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Netherlands national American football team

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.

Netherlands Netherlands
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Association AFBN
Region Europe (EFAF)
Founded 1987
IFAF Affiliation
Colors Orange, Black, White
Head coach Canada Michael Williams
Team manager vacant
Netherlands national American football team
Medal record
American football
Representing  Netherlands
Bronze medal – third place 1991 Finland European Championship
Bronze medal – third place 2012 Austria/Switzerland European C Group Championship
Bronze medal – third place 2016 United Kingdom European Championship Qualifying Tournament



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, under new Head Coach Winston Ronde, 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. In 2015, Head Coach Winston Ronde resigned, and was replaced by Reyhan Agaoglu. After an away loss in a practice game against Switzerland, the Dutch Lions succeeded in qualifying for the 2016 European Championship Qualifying Tournament by defeating rivals Belgium in Waalwijk.

The Lions played host to Ireland in their first ever international practice game, again in Waalwijk, in 2016 as a warm up to the upcoming tournament in the United Kingdom. The Lions were comfortably ahead 20-0 when the game was abandoned early in the third quarter due to lightning.

In September 2016 the Dutch Lions travelled to Worcester, United Kingdom to compete in the qualifying tournament for the 2018 European Championship. Despite leading 13-0 at half time, an injury to Quarterback Richard Bouthoorn contributed to a heartbreaking 20-13 loss in the semi-final, thereby ending the dreams of competing in the 2018 finals. The Netherlands bounced back in the bronze medal game to defeat Russia 17-6. The Lions ended the 2016 season by taking a makeshift squad to face Poland in Lublin in an exhibition game, losing comprehensively 42-14.

In August 2017, it was revealed by the Belgian American Football Federation that American Football Bond Nederland had made the decision to put the Dutch Lions programme on hold until 2018. After the resignation of Head Coach Reyhan Agaoglu, the federation planned to announce a new Head Coach after the summer of 2017. [1]

The Dutch Lions have never qualified for the IFAF World Championship.

Most Recent Playing Squad (2016)Edit

2016 Dutch National American Football Team Playing Squad (Qualifying Tournament)

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs

Most recent Coaching Staff (2016)Edit

Name Position
Reyhan Agaoglu Head coach / Linebackers
Pepijn Mendonca Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks Coach
Carel Aijelts Averink Receiver Coach
Pascal Matla Offensive Line coach
Orlando Mercelina Running Backs Coach
Michel Strom Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Line Coach
Robbie Hiensch Defensive Backs Coach
Steve Sheppard Special Teams Coordinator

Most recent Support Staff (2016)Edit

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

All time resultsEdit

Date Opponent Venue Result Competition Result
2 November 1986   Great Britain Alexander Stadium, Birmingham, GB
EFAF European Championship Qualifier Loss [2]
16 November 1986   Great Britain "The Queen's own" Field, Soesterberg, NL
EFAF European Championship Qualifier Loss [3]
16 August 1991   Great Britain Unknown Stadium, Finland
EFAF European Championship Semi-final Loss [4]
1991   France Unknown Stadium, Finland
EFAF European Championship 3rd Place Win [5]
29 October 2002   GERManiacs (German Universities) Den Haag, Netherlands
Exhibition match Win [6]
29 July 2003   Russia Glostrup Stadion, Denmark
EFAF C Group Championship Loss [7]
31 July 2003   Italy Glostrup Stadion, Denmark
EFAF C Group Championship Loss [8]
14 August 2007    Switzerland Sportstadion Wolfsberg, Austria
EFAF C Group Championship Loss [9]
16 August 2007   Norway Sportstadion Wolfsberg, Austria
EFAF C Group Championship Loss [10]
15 September 2012   Serbia Gründenmoos Stadium, St. Gallen, Switzerland
EFAF C Group Championship Loss [11]
17 September 2012   Russia Stadion Herrenried, Hohenems, Austria
EFAF C Group Championship Win [12]
14 September 2013   Poland Stadion Polonii, Warsaw, Poland
Exhibition match Win [13]
19 July 2014   Belgium Sportpark de Schorre, Ostend, Belgium
Exhibition match Win [14]
6 September 2014   Czech Republic Slavia Prague Athletic Stadium, Prague, Czech Republic
Exhibition match Loss [15]
18 October 2014   Catalonia Estadi del GEiEG, Girona, Spain
Exhibition match Win [16]
19 September 2015    Switzerland Lachenstadion, Thun, Switzerland
Exhibition match Loss [17]
24 October 2015   Belgium Mandemakers Stadion, Waalwijk, Netherlands
IFAF B-Group Qualification Match Win [18]
27 August 2016   Ireland Mandemakers Stadion, Waalwijk, Netherlands
Exhibition match Win


16 September 2016   Czech Republic Sixways Stadium, Worcester, United Kingdom
IFAF Euro Qualification Tournament Semi-Final Loss


18 September 2016   Russia Sixways Stadium, Worcester, United Kingdom 17–6 IFAF Euro Qualification Tournament Third Place Game Win [21]
8 October 2016   Poland Arena Lublin, Lublin, Poland 42–14 Exhibition match Loss


10 November 2018   Belgium Shotgun field, Beringen, Belgium 14–7 Exhibition match Loss[23]

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