Hamburg Sea Devils

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Uniform of the Hamburg Sea Devils football team in 2024.

The Hamburg Sea Devils are an American football team based in Hamburg, Germany, that plays in the European League of Football (ELF) sind 2021.

History[edit | edit source]

The Hamburg franchise of the ELF is one of the founding teams of the league. The team is operated by SEH Football Betreiber GmbH, the company of Zeljko Karajica, CEO of the ELF. Max Paatz was appointed as the general manager.

The team name was already used by the team with the same name in NFL Europe (NFLE) from 2005 to 2007. It may be used for the current team after approval by the NFL.[1] The predecessor of the team in the NFLE won the last World Bowl on June 23, 2007.

2021 season[edit | edit source]

On July 6, 2021, the head coach of the Hamburg Sea Devils, Ted Daisher, was fired.[2] His successor was Offensive Coordinator Andreas Nommensen, who was initially only to be given the position on an interim basis. However, after a 44-6 win over Berlin Thunder on the fourth day of play, it was announced that Nommensen would serve as head coach until the end of the season. The Sea Devils were able to secure first place in the North Division with seven wins and three losses. They secured a spot in the inaugural ELF Championship Game with a 30-27 win over the Panthers Wrocław in the semifinals. There they faced the Frankfurt Galaxy. In a game that was close until the end, the team lost 30:32.

2022 season[edit | edit source]

For the 2022 season, they secured the services of Charles Jones as head coach. Jones had already coached for the old Sea Devils. The Sea Devils started the season with a win against the Berlin Thunder and a loss against the Barcelona Dragons. From July 2022 until the end of the season, former NFL coach and coordinator John Shoop served as a consultant for Hamburg. Shoop had been a coach for various positions on the offensive side until 2015, including offensive coordinator with the Oakland Raiders.

Starting in the third, the Sea Devils put together a ten-game winning streak, defending the Northern Conference title and finishing as the best team in the regular season. In the semifinals in front of their home crowd, they held off the Raiders Tirol 19-7. In the ELF Championship Game against Vienna Vikings, the Sea Devils never really got into the game and lost 15:27 in their second final.

2023 Season[edit | edit source]

Due to the restructuring of the conferences for the 2023 season, the Sea Devils now play in the Western Conference

Charles Jones was extended as head coach for the 2023 season. A U.S. quarterback, Preston Haire, was signed. Two well-known linebackers, Kasim Edebali and Miguel Boock, ended their careers after the 2022 season.

The game against Rhein Fire on June 11, 2023, marks the first time the Sea Devils will play a game at Volksparkstadion, which was the Sea Devils' home stadium in NFL Europe. The Sea Devils' home stadium was also the home of the Sea Devils in NFL Europe.

In February 2023, league-wide lists were published on the internet showing that the Sea Devils had had a total of at least four cases of doping or drug abuse in the past two seasons, which was confirmed by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA). Three of those cases involved the detection of THC, which resulted in a two-year suspension in all three cases. In addition, now-former Sea Devils running back Glen Toonga was found to have used cocaine, which conditionally resulted in a three-month suspension. In response, general manager Max Paatz stated that the Sea Devils will now increase education on the issue and implement intra-team testing. [3]

The game against Rhein Fire on June 11, 2023 was the first time the Sea Devils played a game at Volksparkstadion, which was the Sea Devils' home stadium in NFL Europe. The Sea Devils lost 22:27, but the two games that followed were clear wins against Cologne and Berlin, and after eight games they had four wins and four defeats to their name. In the last four games, however, there were clear defeats, so that the Sea Devils missed the playoffs for the first time.

After the end of the regular season, the Sea Devils announced the dismissal of Charles Jones as head coach. In addition, defensive coordinator Kendral Ellison moved to the Munich Ravens as the new head coach and general manager Max Paatz moved to Rhein Fire.

2024 Season[edit | edit source]

In November 2023, the US American Matt Johnson was introduced as the new head coach for the 2024 season. The coaching staff will be complemented by defensive coordinator Brandon Noble, who previously played as a defensive tackle for various teams in the NFL for several years. The new sporting director is former player Miguel Boock. On December 14, 2023, the Sea Devils presented Mark Weitz as the new General Manager of the franchise, who had previously worked for SEH Holding GmbH. On December 21, 2023, Javarian Smith was introduced as the new quarterback and Jarvis McClam as wide receiver. Smith comes from the Allgäu Comets (GFL), McClam played for the Raiders Tirol in 2023. Lee Pitts and Caleb Mills were introduced as further US imports.

With the announcement of a match at the Volksparkstadion on July 14, 2024, the previous cooperation with Hamburger SV was also continued for the coming season.

In addition, two matches will be played at the Heinz-von-Heiden-Arena in Hanover, as well as one match each at the Weserstadion in Bremen and the Stadion an der Lohmühle in Lübeck. In addition, the Sea Devils' last home game of the season will also be the first "international game" of the ELF. This will take place at the Šubićevac stadium in Šibenik, Croatia, the home ground of soccer club HNK Šibenik, which is also part of the SEH Holding GmbH portfolio.

Stadium[edit | edit source]

The homefield of the Hamburg Sea Devils is the stadium Hoheluft in the Hamburg district Eppendorf, which offers a capacity of 8000 seats. The 1000 seats included here represent the oldest covered grandstand in northern Germany. Sometimes the Hamburg Sea Devils also play in the Volksparkstadion.

Attendance[edit | edit source]

2021 Season Ø 1,744

2022 Season Ø 3,520

Players[edit | edit source]

Top Players[edit | edit source]

Quarterback Year G COMP ATT CMP% YDS TD INT SCK
Salieu Ceesay 2021-22 19 143 243 58.8 1733 10 4 29
Preston Haire 2023 8 135 220 61.4 1619 12 6 7
Moritz Maack 2022-23 23 111 217 51.2 1399 12 9 10
Receiver Year G RRC TGT YDS CTCH % YPG YPC LNG TD TD/G
Jean-Claude Madin Cerezo 2021-23 32 88 141 1038 62.4 32.4 11.8 53 10 0.3
Jean Constant 2022 12 66 93 963 71.0 80.2 14.6 67 7 0.6
Malik Stanley 2023 12 67 123 924 54.5 77.0 13.8 65 9 0.8
Benjamin Mau 2021-23 26 54 95 714 56.8 27.5 13.2 62 5 0.2
Running Year G ATT YDS AVG YPG LNG TD TD/G FMB FML
Glen Toonga 2022 12 257 1468 5.7 122.3 71 21 1.8 6 4
Simon Homadi 2021-23 30 212 757 3.6 25.2 41 4 0.1 1 1

2024 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 July 18, 2024
4 A-import, 6 E-import, 43 homegrown
53 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, 43 homegrown
53 active, 8 practice squad

2022 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
updated 04 June 2022
4 A-import, 6 E-import, 49 homegrown
59 active

Staff[edit | edit source]

Head Coaches[edit | edit source]

Name Tenure Record Titles
W L
Ted Daisher 2021 2 0
Andreas Nommensen 2021 5 3
Charles Jones 2022-2023 16 10 -
Matt Johnson 2024-

2024 staff[edit | edit source]

Front office

  • CEO – Zeljko Karajica
  • General Manager – Mark Weitz
  • Director player personnel –
  • Director of Sports - Miguel Boock
  • Director of Football Administration -Cornelis Mißfeldt
  • Team Management - Cornelis Mißfeldt
  • Director of Football Operations - Josip Udovičić
  • Team Doctor - Thomas Gierth
  • Head of Medical - Annika Zühlsdorf

Head coach

  • Head coach – Matt Johnson
  • Assistant head coach –

Offensive coaches

  • Offensive coordinator –
  • Offensive assistant –
  • Quarterbacks – n/a
  • Wide receivers – Marico Gregersen
  • Tight ends – Marico Gregersen
  • Running backs – Ariel Back
  • Offensive line – Jared Hilbers
  • Assistant offensive line –
  • Offensive quality control –
 

Defensive coaches

  • Defensive coordinator – Brandon Noble
  • Linebackers – Tevin Hanley, Charles Morris
  • Defensive line –
  • Assistant defensive coach – Tevin Hanley
  • Defensive backs – Jamaal White

Special teams coaches

  • Special teams coordinator – Florian Voss
  • Kicking coach – Stefan Nickel
  • Punting coach – Stefan Nickel


Strength and conditioning

  • Head strength and conditioning – Elisabeth Thönig


Staff updated March 29, 2024


Total record[edit | edit source]

Games Win Loss Win % P+ P- PDiff
Hamburg Sea Devils 44 26 18 0.591 1170 914 +256

Record per Season[edit | edit source]

Season Conference Rank Games Win Loss Win % P+ P- Playoffs
2021 North 1 10 7 3 0.700 274 178 Semi final vs Panthers Wrocław 30-27
Championship game vs Frankfurt Galaxy 30-32
2022 Northern 1 12 11 1 0.917 424 160 Semi final vs Raiders Tirol 19-7
Championship game vs Vienna Vikings 15-27
2023 Western 4 12 4 8 0.333 247 278
2024 Western 6 6 2 4 0.333 131 205

Record per oppenent[edit | edit source]

Games Win Loss Win % P+ P- PDiff
Istanbul Rams 2 2 0 1.000 99 26 +73
Cologne Centurions 2 2 0 1.000 52 31 +21
Prague Lions 2 2 0 1.000 58 38 +20
Raiders Tirol 1 1 0 1.000 19 7 +12
Berlin Thunder 6 5 1 0.833 207 101 +106
Leipzig Kings 4 3 1 0.750 145 18 +127
Barcelona Dragons 4 3 1 0.750 99 76 +23
Panthers Wrocław 7 5 2 0.714 165 147 +18
Rhein Fire 5 2 3 0.400 136 159 -23
Frankfurt Galaxy 6 1 5 0.167 101 146 -45
Vienna Vikings 1 0 1 0.000 15 27 -12
Paris Musketeers 4 0 4 0.000 74 138 -64

Source: https://elfdata.eu/

References[edit | edit source]