München Rangers

The München Rangers are an American football team from Munich (German: München) Germany.

München Rangers
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Founded1981
LeagueGerman Football League 2
Based inMunich
StadiumDantestadion
ColorsOrange and Black
   
OwnerFootballclub München 1981 München Rangers e.V.
PresidentDennis Kunze
Head coachMike Sholars
Websitewww.muenchen-rangers.de/

The club had its most successful era between 1987 and 1991 when it played in the American Football-Bundesliga, now the German Football League and qualified for the play-offs just once, in 1990. After more than two decades in regional football leagues the club made a return to the national leagues when it won promotion to the German Football League 2, the second tier of league football in Germany, in 2014.

HistoryEdit

The club was formed in 1981 out of the youth team of the Munich Cowboys.[1]

The Rangers entered league football in 1983 in the 2. Bundesliga Süd, now the German Football League 2, where it won a division title in 1986 and promotion to the American Football-Bundesliga.[2] During these early years the club also reached the German Junior Bowl on two occasions, in 1983 and 1984, but lost both games.

The club played in the southern division of the Bundesliga for the next five seasons, a league where their local rival, the Munich Cowboys, also played. With the exception of the 1990 season, when it reached the play-offs and lost to the Bad Homburg Falken in the first round the Rangers were never a strong side. In 1991 the club came eighth and last in its league and was relegated. The following season, back in the 2. Bundesliga Süd, the club suffered another relegation and disappeared into regional football.[2]

Rangers played in the Bavarian league, the Bayernliga, for the following seasons until dropping out of league football altogether at the end of the 1997 season. The club focused on rebuilding in 1999 and 2000 and rejoined league football in 2001, now in the tier five Landesliga. It returned to the Bayernliga the season after, dropped to the fifth tier once more in 2004 and then played in the Bayernliga until 2012.[2]

The club enjoyed a revival from 2012 onwards, winning the southern division of the Bayernliga that year. It was promoted from there to the tier three Regionalliga Süd where it finished fourth in its first season. A second place in the league in 2014 allowed the Rangers to participate in the promotion round to the German Football League 2 and, after to wins over the Albershausen Crusaders, a team previously unbeaten, the club was promoted.[2][3] The club finished last in the southern division of the GFL 2 in 2015.

HonoursEdit

Recent seasonsEdit

Recent seasons of the Rangers:[2][4]

Year Division Finish Points Pct. Games W D L PF PA Postseason
2012 Bayernliga Süd
4th level
1st 18–2 0.900 10 9 0 1 236 102 Won PR-SF: Landsberg X-Press (27–12)
Won PR-F: Feldkirchen Lions (20–8)
2013 Regionalliga Süd
3rd level
4th 10–10 0.500 10 5 0 5 190 221
2014 2nd 18–6 0.750 12 9 0 3 462 184 Won PR: Albershausen Crusaders (22–7 & 28–13)
2015 GFL 2 (South) 8th 2–26 0.071 14 1 0 13 255 559
2016 8th 0–28 0.000 14 0 0 14 124 596
2017 Regionalliga Süd
3rd level
2nd 18–6 0.750 12 9 0 3 529 336
2018 2nd 18–4 0.818 11 9 0 2 421 260
2019 3rd 12–8 0.600 10 6 0 4 351 331 Lost PR-SF: Nürnberg Rams (28–35)
  • PR = Promotion round.
  • QF = Quarter finals.
  • SF = Semi finals.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ History (in German) München Rangers website, accessed: 10 October 2014
  2. ^ a b c d e München Rangers season by season results football-history.de, accessed: 10 October 2014
  3. ^ Albershausen Crusaders stolz auf Geleistetes (in German) Südwest Presse, published: 30 September 2014, accessed: 10 October 2014
  4. ^ 3. Liga Süd 2014 tables and results football-aktuell.de, accessed: 10 October 2014

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