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04.07.2008 Swarco Raiders

Swarco Raiders in the EUROBOWL XXII Final at Tivoli

Swarco Eurobowl 2008
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Swarco Eurobowl 2008

When this Saturday at 8pm in the Innsbruck Tivoli the most important and biggest game in club history will be kicked off, a dream becomes reality: to be in the Champion League final, as the first Tyrolean sport club. And in addition in the EURO soccer stadium and against arch-rival and 4-times Eurobowl winner Raiffeisen Vikings.

The Swarco Eurobowl XXII is really a challenge. The Swarco Raiders are facing with the Vikings the dominant football team of this decade. Both teams played each other twice this year, each team won once. With their US imports Joshia Cravalho and Clinton Graham they have playmakers in their team, that can make a big play any time they touch the ball. Felix Hoppel, Athletic Director of the Vikings, knows of their own strengths: “We definitely have the advantage, that we were able to prepare in depth for three weeks now. And we have a lot of players that have played in a Eurobowl final before.”

Vikings staying in team hotel Hilton Innsbruck

Nothing is left to coincidence, there for the Vikings stay at team Hotel Hilton Innsbruck and check in already one day earlier. They will also stay the night after the final and are invited to the legendary post game party at Baggersee. In the course of the press conference the Vikings took the chance to successfully test the quality of the beds at Hilton and to test how resistant Hilton GM Hans Wurzer is, when tackling him.

Swarco Raiders will show their best game

Headcoach Geoff Buffum and his coaching staff is prepared for this big game: “We are very excited to play in the Bowl game, it has been a dream for a long time. With this game we get the opportunity to play another game and to end a season with a positive note, that has been incredible successful this year. We showed in our Austrian League semi-final game that offensively we have a good gameplan, but we prepared some surprises for the final game. On defense we have to compensate for the loss of Safety Will Galusha, some young players will have to step up. Over all we have to tackle well. In games that we have struggled our tackling was also poor.”

League MVP RB Florian Grein states his advantages and disadvantages as following: “We are a very complete team this year, especially on the offensive skill positions we are very strong. Our big disadvantage going in this final is that we only had one week to regenerate and prepare for that big game.”

The winner will get the Swarovski Eurobowl Crystal Trophy

The unique, heavy and valuable Swarovski Eurobowl Crystal Trophy, which was sponsored by Swarovski, was presented at the press conference at Seegrube already. It is a unicum, looks similar like the Vince Lombardi Trophy and will be held by the Eurobowl winner only.

New spectator record possible

The ticket request for this game was bigger than ever before. Since the East part of the stance was full last year in the Eurobowl semi-final game against Marburg, the Swarco Raiders are prepared to open up the North track of the stance if the East part is sold out. And the fans will see a spectacular sideshow:

+ Gameball will be landed through the 1. Tyrolean Parachute Club

+ National Anthem sung by the Rettenbacher Sänderrunde

+ Honorary kickoff through Manfred Swarovski

+ „Giovannis“ facepainting at the entrance

+ „Tiroler Tageszeitung 1.000 Euro Kick“ at halftime

+ IKB raffles three Tivoli & Baggersee season tickets

+ Gigantic Pyro-Show

+ Cheerleader performance

+ DJ Horst & Announcer Christian Hanti

+ Huge Post-Game Party at Baggersee with Raiders & Vikings players

Worldwide broadcast through Live-Stream

As every game of the Swarco Raiders we offer our fans worldwide coverage of the Swarco Eurobowl Final game through our live-stream on www.live.raiders.at with special thanks to our partners of Connexion.


Swarco Raiders Tirol vs. Raiffeisen Vikings Vienna

Sa 05.07.2008 – 8pm Uhr (open gates 7pm)

Tivoli Stadion (Stadionstrasse 10 a, 6020 Innsbruck)


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6020 Innsbruck


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