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The World Bowl was the
American footballChampionship game of NFL Europa, similar to the Super Bowlof the National Football League.
The World Bowl
trophyitself was a globemade of glassmeasuring 35.5 cm (14 inches) in diameter and weighing 18.6 kg (41 lbs).
World League of American Football
NFL Europawas founded in 1991 as World League of American Football(WLAF), with teams in North America and Europe as well as expansion plans for Asia, the name World Bowl was appropriate. It was kept after 1995 when the league limited itself exclusively to Europe.
Venues as NFL Europa
From 1995 to 1997, the World Bowl venue was decided by the standings after 5 weeks of the 10-week season. All venues before, and since, were predetermined before the season.
The 2002 World Bowl was hosted in
Rhein Firehome town of Düsseldorfas a farewell to the old Rheinstadion. After the new LTU arenawas completed, the 2005 World Bowl was hosted there again. It would return in 2006, as a first ever back to back WB site. Düsseldorf has currently no Bundesliga team and was not selected for FIFA World Cupgames, so football is a major sport there, unlike in other NFL Europatowns.
World Football League
World Football League, a short-lived 1970s competitor to the NFL, also named its championship game the World Bowl. In the only WFL World Bowl contested, the Birmingham Americansdefeated the Florida Blazers22-21 on December 5, 1974 at Legion Fieldin Birmingham, Alabama.
World Bowl (WLAF, NFL Europe, and NFL Europa Championships)
Roman Numeralswere not officially used by NFL Europauntil World Bowl IX. Before 2001, the games were billed as World Bowl 2000, World Bowl '99, etc.
* The inaugural World Bowl set two firsts that are yet to be repeated: The
London Monarchsshut out the Barcelona Dragons, and Monarchs safety Dan Crossmanis the only defensive player to be named World BowlMVP (the other awards have been collected by 7 quarterbacks, 3 running backs and 3 wide receivers).
* From 1998 to 2004, only German teams won the World Bowl – a streak broken in 2005 by the single remaining non-German team,
* Teams from the same country have played in the big game six times. There was only one All-American final: World Bowl II (
Sacramento Surge/ Orlando Thunder). The rest have all been German – VI ( Rhein Fire/ Frankfurt Galaxy), a three-year run: X ( Berlin Thunder/Fire), XI (Galaxy/Fire) and XII (Thunder/Galaxy), and XV ( Hamburg Sea Devils/ Frankfurt Galaxy).
* Three teams have won the championship in their home stadium: the Monarchs in the inaugural World Bowl at Wembley Stadium, the Claymores at
Murrayfield Stadiumin Edinburgh(WB IV) and the Dragons at the Estadio Olimpic de Montjuic (WB V). The Claymores' and Dragons' victories were possibly predictable, as between 1995 and 1997 the league not only decided the venue with the leader of the league at the 5-week stage, but also the first team to make it into the World Bowl. This was dropped after WB V, in favour of the top two teams after 10 weeks going to the big game.
* Since the league's 1995 relaunch, the World Bowl has been the league's only postseason game. In 1991 and 1992 however, playoff semi-finals were held involving the three division champions and a wild card team.
* There have only been 2 non-German teams been able to win the World Bowl when they were not playing on their home field (
Sacramento Surge, World Bowl IIand Amsterdam Admirals, World Bowl XIII).
* Only one non-German team has been able to win the World Bowl in Germany (
Amsterdam Admiralsin World Bowl XIII).
* In all three World Bowl births the Admirals lost their starting quarterback before going to the World Bowl, leaving the big job for the backup quarterback.
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