German Junior Bowl
The German Junior Bowl, usually only referred to as Junior Bowl, is the annual national championship game for junior teams in the sport of American football
American football
American football is a sport played between two teams of eleven with the objective of scoring points by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone. Known in the United States simply as football, it may also be referred to informally as gridiron football. The ball can be advanced by...

 in Germany
Germany , officially the Federal Republic of Germany , is a federal parliamentary republic in Europe. The country consists of 16 states while the capital and largest city is Berlin. Germany covers an area of 357,021 km2 and has a largely temperate seasonal climate...

. It is contested by the two best teams of the GFL Juniors.

It is the second-oldest still existing bowl game in Germany, after the German Bowl
German Bowl
The German Bowl is the annual national championship game in the sport of American football in Germany. It is contested by the two best teams of the German Football League....

, dating back to 1982. Record winners are the Düsseldorf Panther
Düsseldorf Panther
The Düsseldorf Panther are an American football team from Düsseldorf, Germany. The club is the oldest still existing American football club in Europe, having been formed on 1 May 1978....

, who celebrated their 15th success and their 16th Junior Bowl appearance in 2010.


The first edition of the Junior Bowl was held in 1982 and became a recognised national championship in the following year. Until 2000, regional championships were held rather than a national league. The regional champions then participated in the play-offs to determined the national champion.

In 2001, the GFL Juniors was introduced. The league consisted, for the most part of its existence, of twelve teams, split into three regional divisions, north, central and south, with four teams each. The best eight clubs then took part in the play-offs to determined the two teams that will play in the Junior Bowl.

Like Germany's elite league, the German Football League
German Football League
The German Football League is the elite league for American football in Germany. Playing rules are based on those of the American NCAA....

, the GFL Juniors will be expanded for the 2011 season and play with four regional divisions of five teams each. However, the new western division will play with only four clubs as the Langenfeld Longhorns have withdrawn from the league. In 2012, the divisions will then expand to six teams each, taking the number of elite level junior clubs to 24.

By game

Year Champions Runners-Up Score Location Attendance
1982 Düsseldorf Panther Cologne Crocodiles 13–6 Cologne
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1983 Cologne Crocodiles München Rangers 13–6 Rüsselsheim
Rüsselsheim is the largest town in the Groß-Gerau district in the Rhein-Main region of Germany. It is one of seven special status towns in Hesse and is located on the Main, only a few kilometres from its mouth in Mainz. The suburbs of Bauschheim and Königstädten are included in Rüsselsheim...

1984 Düsseldorf Bulldozer München Rangers 19–0 Düsseldorf
Düsseldorf is the capital city of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia and centre of the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region.Düsseldorf is an important international business and financial centre and renowned for its fashion and trade fairs. Located centrally within the European Megalopolis, the...

1985 Düsseldorf Panther Noris Rams 50–19 Nuremberg
Nuremberg[p] is a city in the German state of Bavaria, in the administrative region of Middle Franconia. Situated on the Pegnitz river and the Rhine–Main–Danube Canal, it is located about north of Munich and is Franconia's largest city. The population is 505,664...

1986 Düsseldorf Panther Munich Cowboys 22–0 Cologne
1987 Düsseldorf Panther Munich Cowboys 19–14 Mainz
Mainz under the Holy Roman Empire, and previously was a Roman fort city which commanded the west bank of the Rhine and formed part of the northernmost frontier of the Roman Empire...

1988 Düsseldorf Panther Würzburg Pumas 27–8 Hanover
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1989 Berlin Adler Kempten Comets 36–12 Nuremberg
1990 Berlin Adler Ansbach Grizzlies 28–0 Düsseldorf 400
1991 Düsseldorf Panther Darmstadt Diamonds 22–12 Hamburg
-History:The first historic name for the city was, according to Claudius Ptolemy's reports, Treva.But the city takes its modern name, Hamburg, from the first permanent building on the site, a castle whose construction was ordered by the Emperor Charlemagne in AD 808...

1992 Berlin Rebels Stuttgart Scorpions 38–6 Hanover 2,734
1993 Cologne Crocodiles Regensburg Royals 44–6 Stuttgart
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1994 Berlin Adler Frankfurt Gamblers 22–0 Rüsselsheim 1,340
1995 Darmstadt Diamonds Düsseldorf Panther 19–13 Stuttgart 700
1996 Berlin Rebels Munich Cowboys 41–12 Aschaffenburg
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1997 Berlin Adler Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns 33–0 Hamburg 770
1998 Düsseldorf Panther Darmstadt Diamonds 13–9 Braunschweig
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1999 Hamburg Blue Devils Stuttgart Scorpions 43–0 Hanau
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2000 Berlin Rebels Darmstadt Diamonds 19–14 Hanau 782
2001 Darmstadt Diamonds Stuttgart Scorpions 13–6 Koblenz
Koblenz is a German city situated on both banks of the Rhine at its confluence with the Moselle, where the Deutsches Eck and its monument are situated.As Koblenz was one of the military posts established by Drusus about 8 BC, the...

2002 Düsseldorf Panther Darmstadt Diamonds 61–26 Düsseldorf 700
2003 Düsseldorf Panther Darmstadt Diamonds 40–0 Schwäbisch Hall
Schwäbisch Hall
Schwäbisch Hall is a town in the German state of Baden-Württemberg and capital of the district of Schwäbisch Hall. The town is located in the valley of the river Kocher in the north-eastern part of Baden-Württemberg....

2004 Düsseldorf Panther Franken Knights 47–7 Düsseldorf 1,200
2005 Düsseldorf Panther Franken Knights 48–10 Düsseldorf 1,050
2006 Düsseldorf Panther Berlin Adler 26–7 Düsseldorf 1,530
2007 Düsseldorf Panther Stuttgart Scorpions 47–26 Mönchengladbach
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2008 Düsseldorf Panther Stuttgart Scorpions 49–30 Mönchengladbach 1,500
2009 Berlin Adler Cologne Falcons 21–14 Mönchengladbach 1,500
2010 Düsseldorf Panther Hamburg Young Huskies 17–7 Berlin
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2011 Cologne Falcons Düsseldorf Panther 24–18 Cologne 4,362
  • Champions in bold.

By team

App. Team Wins Losses Pct. Season(s)
16 Düsseldorf Panther
Düsseldorf Panther
The Düsseldorf Panther are an American football team from Düsseldorf, Germany. The club is the oldest still existing American football club in Europe, having been formed on 1 May 1978....

15 2 0.882 1982, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1995, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010
7 Darmstadt Diamonds 2 5 0.286 1991, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
6 Berlin Adler
Berlin Adler
The Berlin Adler is an American football club based in Berlin, Germany. The club is one of the most successful clubs in the sport in Germany, having won six German Bowls as well as a ten Ladies Bowls and five Junior Bowls....

5 1 0.833 1989, 1990, 1994, 1997, 2006, 2009
5 Stuttgart Scorpions
Stuttgart Scorpions
The Stuttgart Scorpions are an American football team from Stuttgart, Germany.The clubs greatest success came in 2007, when it reached the German Bowl but lost to the Braunschweig Lions.-History:The Stuttgart Scorpions were formed in December 1982...

0 5 0.000 1992, 1999, 2001, 2007, 2008
3 Berlin Rebels 3 0 1.000 1992, 1996, 2000
Cologne Crocodiles
Cologne Crocodiles
The Cologne Crocodiles are an American football team from Cologne, Germany.The clubs greatest success came in 2000, when it won the German Bowl for the first and, so far, only time...

2 1 0.667 1982, 1983, 1993
Munich Cowboys
Munich Cowboys
The Munich Cowboys are an American football team based in Munich, Germany. The club, together with the Düsseldorf Panther and the Ansbach Grizzlies, is one of the oldest in Germany. The team refers to itself as The Grand Old Team of the South....

0 3 0.000 1986, 1987, 1996
2 Cologen Falcons 1 1 0.500 2009, 2011
Franken Knights 0 2 0.000 2004, 2005
München Rangers 0 2 0.000 1983, 1984
1 Hamburg Blue Devils
Hamburg Blue Devils
The Hamburg Blue Devils are an American football team in Hamburg, Germany. The Blue Devils are one of the most successful American football clubs in Germany, having won four German Bowls as well as three Eurobowls...

1 0 1.000 1999
Düsseldorf Bulldozer 1 0 1.000 1984
Noris Rams 0 1 0.000 1985
Würzburg Pumas 0 1 0.000 1988
Kempten Comets 0 1 0.000 1989
Ansbach Grizzlies
Ansbach Grizzlies
The Ansbach Grizzlies are an American football team based in Ansbach, Germany. The club, together with the Düsseldorf Panther and the Munich Cowboys, is one of the oldest in Germany...

0 1 0.000 1990
Regensburg Royals 0 1 0.000 1993
Frankfurt Gamblers 0 1 0.000 1994
Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns
Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns
The Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns are an American football team from Schwäbisch Hall, Germany.The clubs greatest successes were winning the southern division title in the German Football League in 2009 and 2011, followed up by winning the German Bowl in 2011....

0 1 0.000 1997
Hamburg Young Huskies 0 1 0.000 2010
  • Bold denotes Junior Bowl victory.

External links

GFL Juniors website German Football League official website German American Football Association website Football History Historic American football tables from Germany
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