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Frankfurt Galaxy
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Current team status: Defunct
Based in Frankfurt, Germany
Stadium/Home field Commerzbank-Arena, Waldstadion (Frankfurt), Germany
League WLAF / NFL Europa
Team colors Purple, Orange & White               
Head coach
  • Jack Elway (1991–1992)
  • Ernie Stautner (1995–1997)
  • Dick Curl (1998–2000)
  • Doug Graber (2001–2003)
  • Mike Jones (2004–2007)
  • Team history
    Founded 1991
    Folded 2007
    Championships
    / World Bowl wins
    4: World Bowl III (1995)
    World Bowl VII (1999)
    World Bowl XI (2003)
    World Bowl XIV (2006)
    Overall
    franchise record (in W-L-T):
    Regular season: 82-68-0 (.547)
    Playoffs: 4-4-0 (.500)
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    The Frankfurt Galaxy was a professional American football team that originally played in the World League of American Football and later in the resurrected NFL Europe. The team was based in Frankfurt, Germany and played in the Commerzbank-Arena, formerly called Waldstadion. The Galaxy was the only team in the league to have remained in operation and in the same city throughout the league's existence.

    In September 2014 it was announced that the Frankfurt Football Betriebs GmbH had purchased the rights for the Frankfurt Galaxy from the NFL. It plans to rename the Frankfurt Universe, playing in the German Football League 2 into Frankfurt Galaxy and to take the former's spot in the league in 2015. An attempt to do the same in 2007 had failed because the naming rights then lay with the NFL.[1][2]

    History

    In 1991, the Galaxy was a founding member of the World League of American Football (WLAF). They hosted the first ever WLAF game against the London Monarchs at the Waldstadion on March 23, 1991 and scored the first ever WLAF points with a safety, but lost the game.

    When the World League resumed in 1995, the Galaxy, the Monarchs, and Barcelona Dragons were the only former WLAF teams that continued playing. Before it folded, Frankfurt Galaxy was the oldest pro football team outside of the NFL and CFL. Frankfurt also played in the last NFL Europa game, losing the 2007 World Bowl to Hamburg.

    The Frankfurt Galaxy's record eight appearances in the 15 World Bowl games were evenly split in the composite standings with four wins (1995, 1999, 2003 and 2006) and four losses (1996, 1998, 2004, and 2007).

    Season-by-season

    Season League Regular season Postseason
    Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
    1991 WLAF 7 3 0 .700 3rd (European)  –  –  —  —
    1992 WLAF 3 7 0 .300 2nd (European)  –  –  —  —
    1993 WLAF suspended operations from 1993 to 1994
    1994
    1995 WLAF 6 4 0 .600 2nd (League) 1 0 1.000 World Bowl '95 champions
    1996 WLAF 6 4 0 .600 2nd (League) 0 1 .000 Lost to Scottish Claymores in World Bowl '96
    1997 WLAF 4 6 0 .400 5th (League)  –  –  —  —
    1998 NFLE 7 3 0 .700 1st (League) 0 1 .000 Lost to Rhein Fire in World Bowl '98
    1999 NFLE 6 4 0 .600 2nd (League) 1 0 1.000 World Bowl '99 champions
    2000 NFLE 4 6 0 .400 5th (League)  –  –  —  —
    2001 NFLE 3 7 0 .300 6th (League)  –  –  —  —
    2002 NFLE 6 4 0 .600 3rd (League)  –  –  —  —
    2003 NFLE 6 4 0 .600 1st (League) 1 0 1.000 World Bowl XI champions
    2004 NFLE 7 3 0 .700 2nd (League) 0 1 .000 Lost to Berlin Thunder in World Bowl XII
    2005 NFLE 3 7 0 .300 5th (League)  –  –  —  —
    2006 NFLE 7 3 0 .700 2nd (League) 1 0 .000 World Bowl XIV champions
    2007 NFLE 7 3 0 .700 2nd (League) 0 1 .000 Lost to Hamburg Sea Devils in World Bowl XV
    Total 82 68 0 .547 4 4 .500

    Head coaches

    # Name Term Regular season Postseason Achievements
    GC Won Lost Ties Win % GC Won Lost Win %
    1 Jack Elway 19911992 20 10 10 0 .500  –  –  –  —  —
    2 Ernie Stautner 19951997 30 16 14 0 .533 2 1 1 .500 World Bowl '95 championship
    World League Coach of the Year (1995)
    3 Dick Curl 19982000 30 17 13 0 .567 2 1 1 .500 World Bowl '99 championship
    2× NFL Europe Coach of the Year (1998, 1999)
    4 Doug Graber 20012003 30 15 15 0 .500 1 1 0 1.000 World Bowl XI championship
    NFL Europe Coach of the Year (2003)
    5 Mike Jones 20042007 40 24 16 0 .600 3 1 2 .333 World Bowl XIV championship
    NFL Europe Coach of the Year (2006)

    Notable players

    No. Player Position(s) Years Played Notable
    5, 81 Template:Flagicon Mario Bailey WR 1995–2000 All-Time NFL Europe Receiving leader
    1, 18 Template:Flagicon Andy McCullough WR 1999, 2001 World Bowl VII Most Valuable Player[3]
    4 Template:Flagicon J. T. O'Sullivan QB 2004, 2007 NFL Europa Co-Offensive Most Valuable Player (2007)[4]
    11 Template:Flagicon Mike Perez QB 1991–1992 First starting quarterback in team history
    32 Template:Flagicon Roger Robinson RB 2006 Led League in rushing, All-NFLEL team selection[5]
    82 Template:Flagicon Keith L. Craig WR 1991 First Service Member (U.S.Army) selected under Operation Discovery[6]

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    References

    1. Aus Universe wird Galaxy Template:De icon football-aktuell.de, accessed: 10 September 2014
    2. Streit um Frankfurt Galaxy Template:De icon football-aktuell.de, accessed: 10 September 2014
    3. Andy is a real catch. NFL.com (June 27, 1999).
    4. Template:Cite press release
    5. Template:Cite press release
    6. "Wiesbaden Galaxy sets player tryouts, medical seminar", September 11, 1991. 

    External links

    Frankfurt Galaxy
    History
    • Founded in 1991, Folded in 2007
    • Based in Frankfut, Germany

    Franchise Stadiums

    • Commerzbank-Arena

    Head coaches:

    • Jack Elway (1991-1992, in WLAF)
    • Ernie Stautner (1995-1997)
    • Dick Curl (1998-2000)
    • Doug Graber (2001-2003)
    • Mike Jones (2003-2007)

    World Bowl appearances (8)

    • '95
    • '96
    • '98
    • '99
    • XI
    • XII
    • XIV
    • XV

    League championships (4)

    • 1995
    • 1999
    • 2003
    • 2006
    Seasons
    19911992 1995 1996 1997 19981999 2000 20012002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007

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    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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