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12.07.2005 Vienna Vikings


The Chrysler Vikings Vienna defended their european title of the previous year, again against the Italian Champion Bergamo Lions. More than 4.200 visitor followed the game in Vienna. Rainy weather, wet ground and wind did make the game difficult for both opponents.

Chiquita Eurobowl XIX
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Chiquita Eurobowl XIX

The Vienna Vikings defended their 2004 Eurobowl championship in a rainy 29-6 struggle against the Lions of Bergamo. Many going into the game thought that the rain and bad weather might help the strong Bergamo running game, but neither team was able to establish the rush.

While the game pitted two of the most prolific offenses in Europe against one another, it was defense that set the tone for the game. Bergamo dropped eight and nine into coverage to slow down the Shawn Olson(168 passing yards) led purple passing game, leaving star linebacker Omar Rimlawi (6.5 tkl 2 fumbles recovered) to shut down the running game.
The Vikings used the nearly 700 lbs of defensive tackles Daniel Nwangwu and Norbert Baumberger to plug up the middle, freeing up linebacker Roman Floredo (6 tkl) to slow down Bergamo’s running game. Shutdown corners Neil Maki (2 int 1 touchdown) and Nico Hribernick (1 int) kept former Valpo record setter David Macci in check.

The Vikings scored first on a 25 yard interception return by Neil Maki, but the Lions answered right back with a 66 yard drive of their own capped off with a 2 yard run by former Michigan running back Walter Cross. While that was the only score of the game for the Lions, they were able to move the ball into scoring position right before halftime with the score 19-6, but the fade pass was intercepted in the back of the end zone by Nico Hribernick. Lance Gustafson scored two tds,(1 rush, 1 Receiving) Wolfgang Hable caught 1 td pass for 25 yard and Peter Kramberger connected on a 29 yard field goal to round out the scoring.

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