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Berlin Thunder
Berlin Thunder helmet Berlin Thunder logo

Current team status: Defunct
Based in Berlin, Germany
Stadium/Home field Olympiastadion (Berlin)
League WLAF / NFL Europa
Team colors Black, Green, Tan, Orange, White[1]
                        
Team history
Founded 1999
Folded 2007
Championships
/ World Bowl wins
3: World Bowl IX (2001), World Bowl X (2002), & World Bowl XII (2004)
Uniform Berlin Thunder Jerseys.png

The Berlin Thunder were a professional American football team in NFL Europe.

History

The Thunder came into existence as an expansion team, after the London/England Monarchs franchise shut down operations, prior to the 1999 season. Home games from 1999-2002 were played at Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark and one game in 2006. Olympiastadion was the home stadium from 2003 to 2007. They were the second team in league history to use the Thunder name, following the Orlando Thunder from 1991–92.

The Thunder won the World Bowl 3 times: 2001, 2002 and 2004 (a year that they went 9-1).

They also made it to the World Bowl in 2005, but were narrowly defeated by the Amsterdam Admirals. The final score was 27-21.

Two Berlin quarterbacks, Rohan Davey (2004) and Dave Ragone (2005), were named NFL Europe Offensive Most Valuable Players. Linebacker Rich Scanlon (2005) was named NFL Europe Defensive MVP. In 2006, the Thunder had three players earn All-NFL Europe honors: guard Chad Beasley and safety Anthony Floyd earned all-league honors at their respective positions and German defensive end Christian Mohr was honored as the national player on the defensive all-league team.

On April 1, 2006, the Thunder recorded their very first tie in franchise history. Trailing the Hamburg Sea Devils 17-0 at halftime, the Thunder erased their deficit to tie it up, going into overtime in which neither team could come up with a point. This was only the second tie in the history of NFL Europe. The previous tie came in the 1992 season between the Rhein Fire and the London Monarchs, also 17-17.

Season-by-season

Season Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
1999 3 7 0 .300 6th (in League)
2000 4 6 0 .400 6th (in League)
2001 6 4 0 .600 2nd (in League) 1 0 1.000 World Bowl IX champions
2002 6 4 0 .600 2nd (League) 1 0 1.000 World Bowl X champions
2003 3 7 0 .300 6th (in League)
2004 9 1 0 .900 1st (in League) 1 0 1.000 World Bowl XII champions
2005 7 3 0 .700 1st (in League) 0 1 .000 Lost to Amsterdam Admirals in World Bowl XIII
2006 2 7 1 .250 6th (in League)
2007 2 8 0 .200 6th (in League)
Total 42 47 1 .472 3 1 .750

Head coaches

# Name Term Regular season Postseason Achievements
GC Won Lost Ties Win % GC Won Lost Win %
1 Wes Chandler 1999 10 3 7 0 .300
2 Peter Vaas 2000–2003 40 19 21 0 .475 2 2 0 1.000 2 World Bowl championships (IX, X)
NFL Europe Coach of the Year (2002)
3 Rick Lantz 2004–2006 30 18 11 1 .617 2 1 1 .500 World Bowl XII championship
NFL Europe Coach of the Year (2004)
4 John Allen 2007 10 2 8 0 .200

Notable players

  • Richard Adjei - LB (Germany) (2007)
  • David Akers - K (1999)
  • Chris Barclay - RB (2007)
  • Lang Campbell - QB (2005)
  • Rohan Davey - QB (Jamaica) (2004)
  • Anthony Floyd - S (2005)
  • Chas Gessner - S (2004)
  • Ben Hamilton - C (2002)
  • Madre Hill - RB (2001)
  • Israel Idonije - DE (Canada) (2004)
  • Dave Ragone - QB (2005)
  • Brian Simnjanovski - P/K (2005)
  • Brian Waters - C/OG (2000)
  • Phil Stambaugh - QB (2003)
  • Ahmad Hawkins - CB (2002)
  • Tony Pape - G (2005)

See also: Category:Berlin Thunder players

References

  1. Team Colors – NFLE. SSUR.org. Retrieved on 2010-02-20.

External links

Berlin Thunder
History

Franchise Stadiums

 

Head coaches:

  • Wes Chandler (1999)
  • Peter Vaas (2000-2003)
  • Rick Lantz (2005-2006)
  • John Allen (2007)
 

World Bowl appearances/Championships won (3)

  • World Bowl IX (2001)
  • World Bowl X (2002)
  • World Bowl XII (2004)
Seasons
1999 2000 2001 2002 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
World League of American Football/NFL Europa
Teams
Teams Teams (cont'd)
Seasons
1991 1992 1993 no season 1994 no season 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
2005 2006 2007

See also

  • World Bowl
  • Intercontinental Football League
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