Barcelona Dragons

The Barcelona Dragons were a team originally in the World League of American Football and later in the resurrected NFL Europe. Their home field in Barcelona was the Estadi Olímpic de Montjuic, the 1992 Olympic Stadium, and later the Mini Estadi.

Barcelona Dragons
Barcelona Dragons logo
Year founded1991
Year retired2003
CityBarcelona, Spain
Team colorsDark Green, Scarlet Red, Gold, White
                   
Franchise W-L-T recordRegular Season: 59–51–0
Postseason: 2–4
Championships
The Dragons in action.

The Dragons were successful on the field, making it to 4 World Bowls (1991, 1997, 1999, 2001) and winning World Bowl V in 1997.

The team was made part of the FC Barcelona organization in 2002 as the FC Barcelona Dragons, which saw them move mid-season from the city's Olympic stadium to FC Barcelona's second stadium, the Mini Estadi, with its capacity of 15,276.

Despite these efforts, the franchise's fan support decreased and the team began to struggle financially. After the 2003 season, the Dragons were discontinued and they were replaced in the league by the Cologne Centurions.

For the entire duration of the Dragons' history they had only one head coach, "Cowboy" Jack Bicknell. His nickname was translated by his adoptive city to El Caballero (with its additional connotations of "Knight" or "Gentleman" in Spanish).

From 1991–2002, Seymour "Red" Kelin was responsible for Defensive Coordinating duties. Bicknell and Kelin had been coaching together since their days at Boston College, where they helped lead the Eagles to a Cotton Bowl Classic victory in 1984.

Season-by-seasonEdit

The Dragons lost the inaugural World Bowl 21-0 to the London Monarchs in 1991. The game was played at Wembley Stadium in front of more than 60,000 fans.

That was to be the first of four World Bowl appearances for the Dragons, with the second bringing their first success in 1997. In an extremely tight group stage that year, the Dragons finished second with a .500 record, and then beat Rhein Fire 38-24 in the final.

That would prove to be the Dragons' only trophy, but they made it to the World Bowl twice more, losing 38-24 to Frankfurt Galaxy in 1999, and 24-17 to Berlin Thunder in 2001. In both years they had finished top of the regular season standings.

Season League Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
1991 WLAF 8 2 0 .800 2nd (European) 1 1 .500 Lost to London Monarchs in World Bowl '91
1992 WLAF 5 5 0 .500 1st (European) 0 1 .000 Lost to Sacramento Surge in semifinal
1993 WLAF suspended operations from 1993 to 1994
1994
1995 WLAF 5 5 0 .500 3rd (League)  –  –  —  —
1996 WLAF 5 5 0 .500 4th (League)  –  –  —  —
1997 WLAF 5 5 0 .500 2nd (League) 1 0 1.000 World Bowl '97 champions
1998 NFLE 4 6 0 .400 4th (League)  –  –  —  —
1999 NFLE 7 3 0 .700 1st (League) 0 1 .000 Lost to Frankfurt Galaxy in World Bowl '99
2000 NFLE 5 5 0 .500 3rd (League)  –  –  —  —
2001 NFLE 8 2 0 .800 1st (League) 0 1 .000 Lost to Berlin Thunder in World Bowl IX
2002 NFLE 2 8 0 .200 6th (League)  –  –  —  —
2003 NFLE 5 5 0 .500 4th (League)  –  –  —  —
Total 59 51 0 .536 2 4 .333

Head coachesEdit

# Name Term Regular season Postseason Achievements
GC Won Lost Ties Win % GC Won Lost Win %
1 Jack Bicknell 19912003 110 59 51 0 .536 6 2 4 .333 World Bowl '97 championship
NFL Europe Coach of the Year (2001)

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