Milano Seamen

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Uniform of the Milano Seamen football team in 2023.

The Milano Seamen are an American football team based in Milan, Italy, that plays in the European League of Football (ELF) since 2023.

History[edit | edit source]

The Seamen Milano were founded by Sergio Galeotti, a shareholder of the "Giorgio Armani SpA" on October 27, 1981. In the 1980s they were one of the most successful Italian teams collecting two Italian Super Bowl appearances in 1987 and 1989, with an overall record of 68 wins, 4 draws and 39 defeats in 111 games played. After finishing the 1987 regular season with a record of 11–1, the Milano Seamen defeated the Giaguari Torino 49–3 in the eight-finals. Their winning streak continued after defeating the Rhinos 29-6 and the Doves 20–14 in the quarter- and semi-finals respectively. They lost the Super Bowl against the Frogs Legnano 24–27 after suffering a TD pass with a few seconds remaining on the game clock. They won the Under 20 National Championship in 1989. The team folded in 1990.

After 19 years, in 2009, the team was reestablished by a group of former players, winning the Under 19 championship a year later in 2010 with a lot of athletes from the Falcons Milano, a team disbanded in 2009, the Seamen took part at the II Division championship.

In 2010, the Seamen Milano were admitted to the Italian Football League Championship. In 2012 Joe Avezzano became the Head Coach of the Milano Seamen. In 2014 the Seamen won the Italian Super Bowl for the first time in their history, beating the Parma Panthers 33–3. After the 2020 season was cancelled because of the covid pandemic, the Seamen were playing in the Italian Bowl four times in a row. They lost against the Parma Panthers with 34–40. In the 2021 CEFL season, they lost their quarter-finals too.

In the Italian Bowl 2022 they lost to the Guelfi Firenze with 17–21.

The team announced in April 2022, that they will join the for the 2023 season after negotiation talks with the national association were successful.

The organization will no longer participate in the IFL, but will have a cooperation with the local team Legano Frogs for developing young players. After that, the stadium, headcoach and general manager of the previous club were confirmed.

2023 Season[edit | edit source]

On August 10, 2022, the Seamen announced on Instagram that the Velodromo Vigorelli would continue to serve as their home ground in the 2023 season. One day later, they published the information that Stefan Pokorny will also remain Head Coach in the ELF. General Manager of the ELF franchise is Marco Mutti, who co-founded the team in 1981 and 2009. The Seamen finished their first season in the ELF in last place in the Central Conference, winning just two games. One day after the last game, Stefan Pokorny announced his resignation as head coach.

2024 Season[edit | edit source]

Jim Ward was hired as the new Head Coach for the 2024 season in October 2023. Ward had previously worked as defensive coordinator for the Helvetic Guards. Malik Hoskins joined the Seamen as offensive coordinator. After seven years, the team parted ways with quarterback Luke Zahradka, who subsequently joined the Frankfurt Galaxy. His successor was Zach Bronkhorst from the Angelo State Rams (NCAA Div II).

Stadium[edit | edit source]

After the renovation of the historical stadium Velodromo Vigorelli ended up in 2018, the Milano Seamen were able to play again their home games there, after the brief experience at the Stadio Breda in Sesto San Giovanni, Milan. The Stadium features an artificial turf and endzones in the color of the franchise

Players[edit | edit source]

Top Players[edit | edit source]

Quarterback Year G COMP ATT CMP% YDS TD INT SCK
Luke Zahradka 2023 12 293 498 58.8 3518 25 14 24
Receiver Year G RRC TGT YDS CTCH % YPG YPC LNG TD TD/G
Jean Constant 2023 8 65 104 823 62.5 102.9 12.7 59 3 0.4
Juan Flores-Calderon 2023 12 43 87 817 49.4 68.1 19.0 65 9 0.8
Running Year G ATT YDS AVG YPG LNG TD TD/G FMB FML
Ali Khalife 2023 11 98 387 3.9 35.2 67 3 0.3 3 3
Modeste Pooda 2023 12 85 305 3.6 25.4 23 1 0.1 1 0

2024 Roster[edit | edit source]

Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams


Rookies in italics
Roster updated March 19, 2024
4 A-import, 6 E-import, 40 homegrown
50 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

Reserve lists
  • 17 Tamsir Seck WR Italy

Practice squad

  • 36 Flavio Piccinni CB Italy
  • 93 Samuele Cavallini DE Italy
  •   Matteo Mozzanica OT Italy
  •   Fabio Cucchiara OT Italy
  •   Marcello Moronesi OG Italy
  •   Dario Todisco C Italy


Rookies in italics
Roster updated 18 August 2023
4 A-import, 6 E-import, 43 homegrown
53 active, 6 practice squad



Staff[edit | edit source]

Head Coaches[edit | edit source]

Name Tenure Record Titles
W L
Stefan Pokorny 2023 2 10 ­­-

2024 Staff[edit | edit source]

Front office

  • Owner – Milano Seamen S.r.l.
  • General Manager – Marco Mutti
  • President – Paolo Mutti
  • Advisor – Jon Gruden

Head coach

  • Head coach – Jim Ward

Offensive coaches

  • Offensive coordinator – Malik Hoskins
  • Quarterbacks –
  • Running backs –
  • Assistant running backs –
  • Wide receivers –
  • Tight ends/fullbacks –
  • Offensive line –
 

Defensive coaches

  • Defensive coordinator – Jim Ward
  • Linebacker –
  • Defensive line –
  • Defensive backs –

Special teams coaches

  • Special teams coordinator –

Assistant coaches

  • Quality Coach - Giorgio Longhi

Strength and conditioning

  • Corporate partner – Ultra Strength S&C


updated March 11, 2024


Total record[edit | edit source]

Games Win Loss Win % P+ P- PDiff
Milano Seamen 12 2 10 0.167 328 497 -169

Record per oppenent[edit | edit source]

Games Win Loss Win % P+ P- PDiff
Helvetic Guards 2 1 1 0.500 56 31 +25
Barcelona Dragons 2 1 1 0.500 66 69 -3
Raiders Tirol 2 0 2 0.000 40 80 -40
Munich Ravens 2 0 2 0.000 66 106 -40
Frankfurt Galaxy 2 0 2 0.000 47 93 -46
Stuttgart Surge 2 0 2 0.000 53 118 -65

Source: https://elfdata.eu/

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