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Netherlands national American football team

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Association AFBN
Region Europe (EFAF)
Founded 1987
IFAF Affiliation
Colors Orange, Blue, White
Head coach Reyhan Agoaglu
Team manager Claudio Bartolozzi
Netherlands national American football team
Medal record
American football
Competitor for  Netherlands
Bronze medal – third place 1991 Finland European Championship
Bronze medal – third place 2012 Austria/Switzerland European C Group Championship

The Dutch Lions is the Dutch national American Football team. The team represents the Netherlands in international competition and is made up entirely of Dutch national players, typically but not exclusively playing in the AFBN and GFL competitions.


The Lions first competed internationally in 1986. After failing to progress further than the first qualification round in 1987 (in Finland) and 1989 (in Germany), they achieved a 3rd place finish in the 1991 European Championship in Finland. However, after failing to qualify for the tournament in 1993, combined with upheaval at home within the Dutch governing bodies, the Dutch National Team was to face a long absence from international competition.

Nine years after their previous incarnation, the Dutch returned to the international American Football scene in 2002 under the name Dutch Lions, finishing 5th in the 2003 EFAF C Group European Championship in Denmark after losses to Russia and Italy. Two more losses, this time to Switzerland and Norway in the 2007 EFAF C Group European Championship, led to another 5th place. Five years later, the Lions improved on those results by finishing 3rd in the 2012 EFAF C Group Championship, this time in Austria, with a close loss to Serbia and a win over Russia.

In 2013 and 2014, the Lions played a series of practice games against Poland, Belgium, Czech Republic and Catalonia, losing only the game against Czech Republic in Prague.

As of late 2014, the Netherlands are preparing for the next EFAF C Group European Championship tournament to be held in 2015. The Dutch Lions have never qualified for the IFAF World Championship.

Current Playing Squad

Current Coaching Staff

Name Position
Reyhan Agaoglu Head coach / Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers Coach
Pepijn Mendonca Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks Coach
Carel Aeijelts Averink Receiver Coach
Pascal Matla Offensive Line coach
Michel van Rijswijck Running Backs Coach
Michel Storm Defensive Line Coach
Robbie Hiensch Defensive Backs Coach
Haroen Maree Strength & Conditioning Coach
Orlando Mercelina Quality Control

Current Support Staff

Name Position
Claudio Bartolozzi General Manager
Dave Sahalessi Team Manager
Dennis Hemelrijk Equipment Manager
Yelmar Opstal Equipment Manager
Ruben van Onzenoort Equipment Manager
Jip Regtop Head Trainer
Mailys Petrini Trainer
Danny Gips Trainer
Kay Constandse Video Crew
Nienke Kers Video Crew
Stefan Meertens Video Crew

All time results

Date Opponent Venue Result Competition Result
2 November 1986 Great Britain Alexander Stadium, Birmingham, GB
EFAF European Championship Qualifier Loss [1]
16 November 1986 Great Britain "The Queen's own" Field, Soesterberg, NL
EFAF European Championship Qualifier Loss [2]
16 August 1991 Great Britain Unknown Stadium, Finland
EFAF European Championship Semi-final Loss [3]
1991 France Unknown Stadium, Finland
EFAF European Championship 3rd Place Win [4]
29 October 2002 GERManiacs (German Universities) Den Haag, Netherlands
Exhibition match Win [5]
29 July 2003 Russia Glostrup Stadion, Denmark
EFAF C Group Championship Loss [6]
31 July 2003 Italy Glostrup Stadion, Denmark
EFAF C Group Championship Loss [7]
14 August 2007 Switzerland Sportstadion Wolfsberg, Austria
EFAF C Group Championship Loss [8]
16 August 2007 Norway Sportstadion Wolfsberg, Austria
EFAF C Group Championship Loss [9]
15 September 2012 Serbia Gründenmoos Stadium, St. Gallen, Austria
EFAF C Group Championship Loss [10]
17 September 2012 Russia Stadion Herrenried, Hohenems, Austria
EFAF C Group Championship Win [11]
14 September 2013 Poland Stadion Polonii, Warsaw, Poland
Exhibition match Win [12]
19 July 2014 Belgium Sportpark de Schorre, Ostend, Belgium
Exhibition match Win [13]
6 September 2014 Czech Republic Slavia Prague Athletic Stadium, Prague, Czech Republic
Exhibition match Loss [14]
18 October 2014 Catalonia Estadi del GEiEG, Girona, Spain
Exhibition match Win [15]
19 September 2015 Switzerland Lachenstadion, Thun, Switzerland
Exhibition match Loss [16]
24 October 2015 Belgium Mandemakers Stadion, Waalwijk, Netherlands
IFAF B-Group Qualification Match Win [17]

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External links

  • Dutch National American Football Team Official Website
  • American Football Bond Nederland Website
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