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We are back – the NEW YORKER LIONS start the GFL season 2021
It has been more than 20 months since the New Yorker Lions team last stepped onto a playing field; October 12th 2019, at the Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt, playing against Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns and the German Bowl XL was at stake. The result should still be in the memory of all fans of the Lions, because with a close but deserved 10:7 victory with the Lions securing their 12th German championship title and thus further extending their record championship series. What then followed were more than 600 days of waiting, some of them agonizingly long, with many ups and downs.
The 2020 season was canceled and proper training was out of the question until mid-May 2021, but then everything suddenly moved very fast and in just four weeks Head Coach Troy Tomlin faced the difficult task of forming a new New Yorker Lions team for the 2021 GFL season. Due to the uncertainty of the last few months, many experienced national players were no longer available, as they had to make other career moves. And other players planned for 2020 stayed in their home countries and play there in the national leagues.

Thus, in 2021 a Lions team will start, which consists of many young talented players from the region, but also some experienced faces. Players such as Christian Bollmann, Justus Holtz, Paul Bogdann, Benhur Ayra, Robert Sövegjarto and Mike Friese are still part of the attack. In the defense the young and in the GFL inexperienced players around David Müller, Benjamin Krahl, Robin Papke, Christoph Bachmann as well as Samuel Kargel are lined up.

The three US players Jake Kennedy playing quarterback, multi-talented Exavier Edwards who will feature as Runningback and Da’Shawn Benton who will add some experience into the defensive side, strengthen the team. The Lions have already shown how the past few tough weeks of training have bonded the newly formed team together. In the first and second leg against the Berlin Rebels, the Lions were able to dominate. 

On Saturday, 26.06.2021, the Lions' next home game will take place at Eintracht Stadion Braunschweig. This time they will face a particularly strong opponent, the Dresden Monarchs. But that's not the only highlight we can look forward to. Because the whole thing can be seen live on Sport 1 from 16.30!

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