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This weekend the B-Group European Championship is about to begin. Five nations will participate in this year’s tournament: The Czech Republic, Denmark, Italy, Spain as well as the hosting nation Austria.

The Austrian national team already arrived safely in Wolfsberg where it holds a practice camp the week before the Championship. Head Coach Rick Rhoades seems to be very happy with how his team prepares for the upcoming challenges: “These players are great. They practice like professionals and they will play like professionals.”

Dr. Gerhard Seifried, the Mayor of the hosting City of Wolfsberg is excited for the Championship to begin: “American Football is an unbelievable sport. It’s hard to put its fascination in words. You really have to see it with your own eyes.“

The other national teams are scheduled to arrive in Wolfsberg within the next couple of days. The first game of the tournament will be played on Sunday at 7pm when Italy faces Spain. Both teams are expected to be highly competitive. Especially Italy, which is coached by former University of Missouri star running back Brock Olivo. The Italians invested a lot in this year’s tournament, Spain on the other hand is expected to be one of the Underdogs, but Head Coach Aitor Trabado already assured: “We will come to win.”

A big opening ceremony will be held this Saturday at 5pm, including the introduction of all teams, players and coaches. The final games will be played next Saturday, August 22.

For more information or ticket requests have a look at the website:

B-EC 09 Schedule:

Saturday, August 15: Opening Ceremony
Sunday, August 16: Day 1
7 pm: Spain – Italy
Tuesday, August 18: Day 2
3 pm: Czech Republix – Denmark
7 pm: Italy – Austria
Thursday, August 20.: Day 3
3 pm: Denmark – Czech Republic
7 pm: Austria – Spain
Saturday, August 22: Final Day
3 pm: Bronze medal game
7 pm: Gold medal game
10 pm: Farewell Party

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