Cologne Centurions

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Uniform of the Cologne Centurions football team in 2023.

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

History[edit | edit source]

Founding[edit | edit source]

In March 2021, it was announced that a new franchise in Cologne is one of the eight teams to play in the inaugural season of the European League of Football. The team would be named Cologne Centurions, taking the identity of the former NFL Europe team, after the league reached an agreement with the NFL for the naming rights. [1]

2021 Season[edit | edit source]

After finishing 5–5 in the regular season, Cologne advanced to the play-offs where they were eliminated by eventual champion Frankfurt Galaxy in the first round. After the season, their Head Coach Kirk Heidelberg left the organization, reportedly in mutual agreement.

2022 Season[edit | edit source]

In the second season, Frank Roser took over as head coach. [2] In early April, Runningback Madre London moved to the Pittsburgh Maulers in the newly formed USFL. [3] The Centurions started the season with two wins, but then suffered nine straight losses. The team thus finished the season in third place in the Southern Conference. After the final game of the 2022 regular season, Frank Roser announced that he had resigned from his position as head coach of the Centurions by mutual agreement.

2023 Season[edit | edit source]

Due to the restructuring of the conferences for the 2023 season, the Centurions now play in the Western Conference.

Kahlil Carter was hired as the new head coach in October 2022. [4] Carter most recently served as the defensive coordinator of the Montreal Alouettes in the CFL in 2018, as well as coaching high school football.

In mid-October 2022, Quarterback Jan Weinreich announced that he would not play for the Centurions in 2023. [5]

On March 17, 2023, the Centurions announced the retirement of Kahlil Carter from the head coaching position. [6] He was succeeded by Christos Lambropoulos, who had been the Centurions' offensive coordinator in the previous season.

The season was disappointing in sporting terms. Not a single win was achieved in the strong Western Conference. Only in the interconference games against the Prague Lions did Cologne manage to win twice. There were also two wins off the field due to the withdrawal of the Leipzig Kings.

At the beginning of October 2023, the Centurions announced that they would not be renewing the contracts of Sporting Director David Drane, Head Coach Christos Lambropoulos, Defensive Coordinator Javan Lenhardt, OL Coach Jason Tillery and RB Coach Glynn Mansfeld.

2024 Season[edit | edit source]

As Cologne's stadiums are occupied during the 2024 European Football Championship, the Centurions will play at least four of their six home games at the Tivoli in nearby Aachen. Gregg Brandon, who already has over 40 years of college experience, has been hired as the new head coach. The Centurions have secured the services of Jag Bal as defensive coordinator.

Stadium[edit | edit source]

The Centurions are playing their home games at Südstadion. Two games of the 2023 season will be played at Sportpark Höhenberg in Cologne. In the 2021 season, the Centurions played two games at Ostkampfbahn

Attendance[edit | edit source]

2021 Season Ø 1,167

2022 Season Ø 1,843

Players[edit | edit source]

Top Players[edit | edit source]

Quarterback Year G COMP ATT CMP% YDS TD INT SCK
Jan Weinreich 2021-22 20 379 672 56.4 4817 45 19 41
Receiver Year G RRC TGT YDS CTCH % YPG YPC LNG TD TD/G
Quinten Pounds 2021-22 19 127 214 1675 59.3 88.2 13.2 81 21 1.1
Paul Kavadia-Lenhardt 2021-23 23 85 145 1053 58.6 45.8 12.4 75 8 0.3
Louis Geyer 2022 12 47 100 687 47.0 57.2 14.6 79 9 0.8
Terryon Robinson 2023 10 58 94 565 61.7 56.5 9.7 35 8 0.8
Jannik Loercks 2021-22 21 52 79 559 65.8 26.6 10.8 37 5 0.2
Running Year G ATT YDS AVG YPG LNG TD TD/G FMB FML
Madre London 2021 9 269 2009 7.5 223.2 86 22 2.4 3 2

2024 roster[edit | edit source]

Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Rookies in italics
Roster updated May 18, 2024
4 A-import, 6 E-import, 58 homegrown
68 active, 0 practice squad


2023 Roster[edit | edit source]

Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers


Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Rookies in italics
Roster updated 18 August 2023
4 A-import, 5 E-import, 41 homegrown
50 active, 1 practice squad


Staff[edit | edit source]

Head Coaches[edit | edit source]

Name Tenure Record Titles
W L T
Kirk Heidelberg 2021 5 5 0 0
Frank Roser 2022 3 9 0 0
Kahlil Carter * [7] 2023 0 0 0 0
Christos Lambropoulos 2023 4 8 0 0

Note:

  • * = Resigned before start of season

2024 Staff[edit | edit source]

Front office

  • Owner – Hans Seger
  • CEO/General Manager – Senad Mecavica
  • Director of football –

Head coach

  • Head coach – Gregg Brandon

Offensive coaches

  • Offensive coordinator – Gregg Brandon
  • Running backs – Steffen Sikora
  • Offensive line – Greg Studrawa
  • Ticht Ends – Kai-Erik Lyck
 

Defensive coaches

  • Defensive coordinator – Jag Bal
  • Defensive line –
  • Defensive backs – Dave Donaldson

Special teams coaches

  • Special teams Coordinator – Dave Donaldson

Assistant coaches

  • Head of Scouting & Analytics – Steffen Sikora



updated April 2, 2024


Total record[edit | edit source]

Games Win Loss Win % P+ P- PDiff
Cologne Centurions 35 12 23 0.343 813 1204 -391

Record per oppenent[edit | edit source]

Games Win Loss Win % P+ P- PDiff
Prague Lions 2 2 0 1.000 60 23 +37
Stuttgart Surge 2 2 0 1.000 58 32 +26
Istanbul Rams 2 2 0 1.000 83 68 +15
Leipzig Kings 4 3 1 0.750 104 121 -17
Panthers Wrocław 2 1 1 0.500 72 86 -14
Raiders Tirol 2 1 1 0.500 69 91 -22
Barcelona Dragons 4 1 3 0.250 138 143 -5
Hamburg Sea Devils 2 0 2 0.000 31 52 -21
Paris Musketeers 2 0 2 0.000 29 64 -35
Berlin Thunder 2 0 2 0.000 36 73 -37
Rhein Fire 4 0 4 0.000 43 180 -137
Frankfurt Galaxy 7 0 7 0.000 90 271 -181

Source: https://elfdata.eu/

References[edit | edit source]