Berlin Thunder

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Uniform of the Berlin Thunder football team in 2023.

The Berlin Thunder are an American football team based in Berlin, Germany, that plays in the European League of Football (ELF) since 2021.

History[edit | edit source]

Initially, a group of investors led by Roman Motzkus, a former Berlin Adler player and football commentator, planned to establish an ELF team in Berlin, but talks with the ELF broke down in March 2021. Shortly thereafter, the ELF announced that Berlin would still be represented in the league under a different operating company (FBG Football Berlin GmbH). The Thunder's shareholders were Marko Rehmer, Thomas Ebeling, concert promoter Ronny Boldt and entrepreneur and managing director of FBG Levon Melikian. Through a cooperation agreement between the ELF and the National Football League (NFL), the team took over the name of the Berlin Thunder from NFL Europe, which had existed from 1999 to 2007.

The team's first head coach was Canadian Jag Bal, who was fired after the 2021 season. The franchise's first general manager, from May to September 2021, was Heiko von Glahn.

2021 Season[edit | edit source]

Thunder finished the first season in fourth place in the North Division with three wins and seven losses. With Nicolai Schumann, Wael Nasri and Adedayo Odeleye, three Berlin athletes were named to the league's first All Star Team. On September 12, 2021, Thunder announced that former German NFL pro Björn Werner became part of the franchise as co-owner and sports director. Diana Hoge was introduced as Heiko von Glahn's successor a few weeks later.

2022 Season[edit | edit source]

In preparation for the 2022 season, Johnny Schmuck was introduced as the new head coach on September 30, 2021. The team showed itself stronger than the year before. Until the last game day, they kept the chance for the playoffs, but then lost against the Raiders Tirol with 10:37. At the same time, they were able to increase the spectator average to over 3,500.

2023 Season[edit | edit source]

Berlin Thunder moved to the new Eastern Conference for the 2023 season. New quarterback Slade Jarman was signed. The season was the Thunder's best to date, with eight wins and four defeats. There were straight wins against three opponents, the new franchises from Fehervar and Prague as well as against Leipzig. They won at home against the Wroclaw Panthers and the Hamburg Sea Devils, but lost away from home. On the other hand, they narrowly lost twice against the defending champions Vienna Vikings: 24-27 at home and 9-16 in Vienna. Berlin finished the regular season in second place in the Eastern Conference and thus advanced to the playoffs, which were expanded to six teams, for the first time. In the wild card round, they were clearly outclassed by Frankfurt Galaxy when the game was abandoned five minutes before the end due to serious injuries to a player and a member of staff.

2024 Season[edit | edit source]

The Thunder have signed Jakeb Sullivan from the Galaxy as their new quarterback for the 2024 season.

The franchise is cooperating with the Berlin American Football Academy club, which will start with a flag football team in the German Flag Football League 3 for the first time in 2024.

Stadium[edit | edit source]

The Thunder played the first two games of the 2021 season at Olympiapark-Amateurstadion and then moved to Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark.

Players[edit | edit source]

Top Players[edit | edit source]

Quarterback Year G COMP ATT CMP% YDS TD INT SCK
Joe Germinerio 2022 12 169 306 55.2 2443 21 9 24
Slade Jarman 2023 7 169 263 64.3 2017 21 8 10
Receiver Year G RRC TGT YDS CTCH % YPG YPC LNG TD TD/G
Robin Wilzeck 2022-23 22 84 128 1666 65.6 75.7 19.8 70 14 0.6
Aaron Jackson 2023 11 67 114 886 58.8 80.5 13.2 65 15 1.4
Nicolai Schumann 2021-23 32 58 100 809 58.0 25.3 13.9 66 10 0.3
Seantavius Jones 2021 10 40 84 674 47.6 67.4 16.9 83 12 1.2
Running Year G ATT YDS AVG YPG LNG TD TD/G FMB FML
Jocques Crawford 2021-22 22 398 2145 5.4 97.5 81 16 0.7 13 10

2024 Roster[edit | edit source]

Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Names with a strikethrough = season ending


Rookies in italics
Roster updated May 25, 2024
4 A-import, 6 E-import, 44 homegrown
54 active, 0 practice squad



2023 Roster[edit | edit source]

Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Injured reserve

Names with a strikethrough = season ending
Practice squad


Rookies in italics
Roster updated 18 August 2023
4 A-import, 6 E-import, 42 homegrown
52 active, 3 practice squad



2022 Roster[edit | edit source]

Quarterbacks
  •  9 Joe Germinerio 🇺🇸
  • 18 Ian Gehrke WR

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Names with a strikethrough = season ending
Practice squad


Rookies in italics
updated 04 June 2022
4 A-import, 8 E-import, 44 homegrown
55 active, 1 practice squad



2021 Roster[edit | edit source]

2021 Berlin Thunder
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Names with a strikethrough = season ending


Rookies in italics
Roster updated 18 June 2021



Staff[edit | edit source]

Head Coaches[edit | edit source]

Name Tenure Record Titles
W L
Jag Bal 2021 3 7 -
Johnny Schmuck 2022-Current 15 10 -

2024 Staff[edit | edit source]

Front office

  • Owner – FBG Football Berlin GmbH
  • CEO – Levon Melikian
  • General Manager – Diana Hoge
  • Director of football – Björn Werner
  • Head of operations – Marcus Döbler

Head coach

  • Head coach – Johnny Schmuck
  • Assistant Head coach – Lee Rowland

Offensive coaches

  • Offensive coordinator –
  • Quarterbacks –
  • Running backs – C
  • Wide receivers/tight ends/fullbacks –
  • Offensive line –
 

Defensive coaches

  • Defensive coordinator –
  • Assis. DC and defensive backs – José Schmitt
  • Defensive line –
  • Defensive backs - José Schmitt
  • Linebackers –

Special teams coaches

  • Special teams coordinator – Lee Rowland

Assistant coaches

  • Offensive assistant –
  • Mental coach –

Strength and conditioning

  • Head athletic coach –


Staff updated May 1, 2024


Total record[edit | edit source]

Games Win Loss Win % P+ P- PDiff
Berlin Thunder 35 18 17 0.514 930 786 +144

Record per oppenent[edit | edit source]

Games Win Loss Win % P+ P- PDiff
Fehérvár Enthroners 2 2 0 1.000 96 9 +87
Prague Lions 2 2 0 1.000 83 13 +70
Stuttgart Surge 2 2 0 1.000 78 19 +59
Istanbul Rams 2 2 0 1.000 79 21 +58
Cologne Centurions 2 2 0 1.000 73 36 +37
Leipzig Kings 6 3 3 0.500 177 143 +34
Panthers Wrocław 6 3 3 0.500 146 159 -13
Barcelona Dragons 2 1 1 0.500 35 51 -16
Hamburg Sea Devils 6 1 5 0.167 101 207 -106
Vienna Vikings 2 0 2 0.000 33 43 -10
Frankfurt Galaxy 1 0 1 0.000 3 20 -17
Raiders Tirol 2 0 2 0.000 26 65 -39

Source: https://elfdata.eu/

References[edit | edit source]