Berlin Rebels

The Berlin Rebels are an American football team from Berlin, Germany.

Berlin Rebels
Berlin Rebels.jpg
Founded1987
LeagueGerman Football League
Based inBerlin, Germany
ArenaMommsenstadion
ColorsBlack and Silver
   
ChampionshipsJunior Bowl: 1992, 1996, 2000
Division titlesnone
Websitewww.berlin-rebels.de

The team is playing in the German Football League, the highest level of American football in Germany. In the most recent seasons the Rebels managed to qualify for the play-offs.

At junior level, the club had more success, having taken out the German Junior Bowl on three occasions, in 1992, 1996 and 2000.

HistoryEdit

The club was formed in 1987, as the American Football department of the SC Charlottenburg.[1]

The Rebels entered league football in 1988, playing for a season in the third tier Verbandsliga Nord before entering the 2nd American Football Bundesliga, now the GFL 2, in the following year. The club spent three seasons there until a division championship, won without dropping a game, earned it promotion to Germany's highest league.[2]

Four seasons in the GFL followed in which the team never finished better than fifth in its division and consequently missed out on the post season each time. In 1995 it finished sixth in its division and was relegated back to the second tier. The Rebels were a strong side at this level again, taking out division championships in 1996 and 1998. In 1998, it took part in the promotion round to the GFL but missed out to Paderborn Dolphins. After this, the club decided to withdraw from league football altogether and took a two-year break.[2]

The Rebels returned in 2001, now playing in the fourth division Oberliga Ost. A championship there earned the side promotion to the Regionalliga Ost, where it spent another two years before making a return to the 2nd Bundesliga. The first season there went well for the club, coming second in the northern division but after that three average seasons followed with fifth and sixth places.[2]

In 2009, the club won another division championship and moved up to the GFL once more. It was to be a short visit, the Rebels came last and were forced to play the Düsseldorf Panther in the promotion-relegation round. Two very tight games followed. The Rebels lost at home 41–43 but managed to defeat the Panthers in Düsseldorf 34–33. Nevertheless, this was not enough, the Rebels were relegated on aggregate score by a point.[2]

The 2011 season provided an opportunity for easier promotion from the GFL 2 as the GFL was to be enlarged from 14 to 16 teams and, consequently, the division champions were promoted directly and the runners-up had the right to play the last placed GFL teams. The Rebels came second in the northern division, behind the Hamburg Blue Devils but were spared the promotion round when the last placed GFL team, the Assindia Cardinals, decided to withdraw from the league to the GFL 2 for financial reasons.[2] In 2012, the club came fifth in the northern division of the GFL and failed to qualify for the play-off, a result repeated in 2013. It missed out on the play-offs in 2014 and 2015, too after coming sixth and fifth in the league.

In 2016, the Rebels finished their division on a fourth rank and qualified for the play-offs. In the quarter finals they lost against the Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns. The following season was a perfect copy. Again the Rebels finished fourth and lost their quarter final in Schwäbisch Hall, but this time the Unicorns needed an overtime. In 2018 the Rebels played their most successful season. Only a half win short to division champs New Yorker Lions and runners-up Dresden Monarchs they finished third. Their third consecutive quarter finals appearance they lost against Frankfurt Universe.

HonoursEdit

  • GFL
    • Play-off qualification: (4) 2016–2019
    • League membership: (14) 1992–1995, 2010, 2012–present
  • GFL 2
    • Northern Division champions: 1991, 1996, 1998, 2009
  • Junior Bowl
    • Champions: 1992, 1996, 2000

Recent seasonsEdit

Recent seasons of the club:[2][3][4][5][6]

Year Division Finish Points Pct. Games W D L PF PA Postseason
2005 GFL 2 (North) 2nd 24–4 0.857 14 12 0 2 481 143
2006 5th 9–13 0.409 11 4 1 6 107 167
2007 5th 11–15 0.423 13 5 1 7 177 224
2008 6th 12–16 0.429 14 6 0 8 205 337
2009 1st 21–7 0.750 14 10 1 3 284 218
2010 GFL (North) 6th 8–16 0.333 12 3 2 7 188 202 Lost RR: Düsseldorf Panther (41–43 & 34–33)
2011 GFL 2 (North) 2nd 13–7 0.650 10 6 1 3 267 161
2012 GFL (North) 5th 13–15 0.464 14 6 1 7 371 258
2013 5th 12–16 0.429 14 6 0 8 365 360
2014 6th 4–20 0.167 12 2 0 10 174 495
2015 5th 8–16 0.333 12 4 0 8 296 337
2016 4th 21–7 0.750 14 10 1 3 494 315 Lost QF: Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns (14–24)
2017 4th 16–12 0.571 14 8 0 6 462 313 Lost QF: Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns (24–31)
2018 3rd 22–6 0.786 14 11 0 3 367 211 Lost QF: Frankfurt Universe (5–6)
2019 4th 16–12 0.571 14 8 0 6 387 302 Lost QF: Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns (24–45)
2020 No season played because of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • RR = Relegation round
  • QF = Quarter finals
  • In 2006, the home game against the Kiel Baltic Hurricanes was not played, therefore only 11 games.
  • In 2007, the home game against the Langenfeld Longhorns was not played, therefore only 13 games.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ American Football (in German) SC Charlottenburg website, accessed: 15 December 2011
  2. ^ a b c d e f Football History (in German) Historic American football tables from Germany, accessed: 16 December 2011
  3. ^ GFL 2 2008 www.football-aktuell.de, accessed: 16 December 2011
  4. ^ GFL 2 2009 www.football-aktuell.de, accessed: 16 December 2011
  5. ^ GFL 2010 www.football-aktuell.de, accessed: 16 December 2011
  6. ^ GFL 2 2011 www.football-aktuell.de, accessed: 11 December 2011

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