EC2010: The final day is here

Category: European Championship - published 2010-07-30 by EFAF

A great week of football is coming to a close in Hessen, but we still have three more games to look forward. In the biggest game of European football, the European champion of 2010 will be crowned Saturday night at the Commerzbank Arena.

Playing for the title are the first timers France, and the hosts Germany, who are aiming for their second European championship. The Germans will be playing in the final for the fourth consecutive time: in 2000 and 2005 they lost, but took home the gold in 2001 by beating Finland.

The finalists have won their both games this far in the tournament: Germany defeated Austria 22-20 and Finland 23-4, whereas Team France has wins over Sweden (14-7) and Great Britain (50-0). Saturday also sees the end of a long and succesful career: the final will be veteran wide receiver Marc-Angelo Soumah's last game.

Both finalists have a number of statistical leaders in their rosters: the leading scorers in the tournament are French kicker Bruno Nekili and wide receiver Jeremy Rabot, both with 18 points scored. French quarterback Max Sprauel is the passing yards leader with 499, whereas German quarterback Dennis Zimmermann has the best passing efficiency (173.0). German running back Danny Washington is second in rushing yards (147) behind Austria's Andrej Kliman. Team Germany's wide receiver Dominic Hanselmann has the most catches in the tournament, 14.

In the bronze medal game, Austria tries to grab its second European championship medal, the first bronze coming from the home tournament of 1995. The European champions from 2005, Sweden, have three medals, one of each colour.

In the morning game two countries with a long tradition of American football battle for the right to stay in the A-group. Both Finland and Great Britain have two losses heading into the final day of the tournament, and a third one would mean a relegation to B-group. The 2010 EC saw the end of a long streak for Finland, who had brought home a medal from every tournament since the beginning of the sport in the continent.

The final game will be televised on Eurosport2. The channel can also be watched on the internet via Eurosport player. Live stats can be found at the EFAF Liveticker.

Schedule:

Saturday, 31.07.2010

Game for 5th place, Prefield Commerzbank-Arena 10:00

Game for 3rd place, Commerzbank-Arena 16:00

Final, Commerzbank-Arena 19:30

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