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Events » BEM 2009

BEC 2009 Champion: Team Austria

Austria vs. Denmark (42:0)

The Austrian national team defeated Denmark 42-0 in the B-group European Championship Gold medal game on Saturday, August 22 at the Lavanttal Arena in front of an enthusiastic home crowd.  The victory now qualifies Austria for the next A-group European Championship which will be held in Frankfurt, Germany in 2010. 

It was another shutout for Austria and their dominant defense which limited its opponent’s offense to just three points overall in the tournament.  Running back Andrej Kliman was honored as the game MVP as he scored three touchdowns in the final. Running back Mario Nerad added two more touchdowns for Austria. 

The Danish national team showcased a lot of talent throughout the tournament, but in the end Team Austria proved to be the undisputed champion of the B-Group European Championship. “This is great,” said Austrian running back and game MVP Andrej Kliman. “I was a little banged up after the national season in Austria ended, and honestly I was not too motivated to play another full week of football plus practice camp but this changes everything.

“The last two weeks have been amazing. Playing for the Austrian national team with the best players in the country is truly a huge honor and an outstanding experience. I can not wait to play the German national team next year in Frankfurt.”

Gold medal game
Austria vs. Denmark (42:0)
Lavanttal Arena, Wolfsberg

Czechs win bronze medal

Italy vs. Czech R. (17:27)

In the Bronze medal game, the Czech Republic defeated Italy 27-17 to claim third place. After losing to the Danes in the preliminary round, the Czech national team showed a different side on Saturday surprising a frustrated Italian team. 

A powerful offense lead by quarterback Libor Navratil and running back Ondrej Visek pounded its way through the Italy defense. Czech Republic also got a strong performance from running back Martin Dlouhy who scored two spectacular touchdowns for the team. The Italian team put together a comeback in the fourth quarter scoring twice, but could not overcome the deficit as the Czech defense securing the bronze medal with a sack on backup quarterback Tommaso Monardi to end the game.

Bronze medal game
Italy - Czech Republic (17:27)
Lavanttal Arena, Wolfsberg