Rhein Fire

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Uniform of the Rhein Fire football team in 2023.

The Rhein Fire are an American football team based in Düsseldorf, Germany, that plays in the European League of Football (ELF) since 2022.

History[edit | edit source]

The team was unveiled on September 25, 2021 as one of the new franchises for the ELF's second season. The franchise was able to adopt the name of the former team in NFL Europe (1994 to 2007) due to a March 2020 agreement between the ELF and the NFL.

The operator of Rhein Fire is Number One Sportbetriebs GmbH. Its founding shareholders are Martin Wagner, Rene Engel, and Dirk Reiner; other shareholders are Ottogerd Karasch, David Wallen, and Daniel Thywissen. The team started into it's first season with general manager Patricia Klemm and Head Coach Jim Tomsula, who was also head coach of the Rhein Fire in NFL Europe in 2006. Rhein Fire plays in the Schauinsland-Reisen Arena in Duisburg.

2022 Season[edit | edit source]

Rhein Fire played their first game on June 5, 2022 against the reigning ELF champions Frankfurt Galaxy. In front of a record crowd of 7525 spectators, Rhein Fire won the rematch of the German derby from the NFL Europe days with 29:26. In the first home game on June 19, 2022 against the Istanbul Rams, Fire set a spectator record itself with 7895 spectators and won the third game in a row. The first loss came on June 26, 2022 at home against the Barcelona Dragons. Besides the Dragons, the Hamburg Sea Devils were to be the only ones that Rhein Fire lost to twice in the 2022 season. Rhein Fire still stayed in the playoff race with a 23-21 win at home against the Galaxy on August 21, 2022, setting another regular-season attendance record with 12,055 spectators. However, with the Dragons failing to slip up again, Rhein Fire finished second in the Southern Conference behind Barcelona and narrowly missed the playoffs.

Patricia Klemm stepped down from her position as general manager in October 2022. Tom Aust became the new general manager.

2023 Season[edit | edit source]

Due to the restructuring of the conferences for the 2023 season, Rhein Fire now play in the Western Conference

In October 2022, Tom Aust replaced the previous GM Klemm. Jim Tomsula was extended as Head Coach for the 2023 season. He was supported by former Barcelona Dragons Head Coach Andrew Weidinger as Offensive Coordinator (OC).

Important players were also signed, such as Anthony Mahoungou, Glen Toonga, Alejandro Fernández and Flamur Simon. At the same time, important players such as Jadrian Clark, Nathaniel Robitaille and Martin Pinter were retained. After Nathaniel Robitaille was injured after just a few games, William Patterson was re-signed.

After going 12-0 without defeat in the regular season, the team beat the Frankfurt Galaxy 42:23 in the semi-final at home. This perfect season was crowned with a 53:34 victory in the final against Stuttgart Surge, making Rhein Fire champions of the European League of Football 2023.

Düsseldorf's Mayor Stephan Keller welcomed the team, helpers, cheerleaders and owners to City Hall on September 28, 2023. At the reception, those present signed the City of Düsseldorf's Golden Book. The team celebrated with their fans on the Düsseldorf City Hall balcony.

2024 Season[edit | edit source]

One day after the Championship Game, Rhein Fire announced the appointment of Max Paatz as the new General Manager. Paatz previously held the same position for the Hamburg Sea Devils. In October, the contracts of head coach Tomsula, OC Weidinger and DC Richard Kent were each extended by one year. Tomsula will also hold the title of 'President' in the future, which makes him, along with General Manager Max Paatz, one of the main people responsible for the further development of the franchise.

Stadium[edit | edit source]

The homefield of Rhein Fire is the Schauinsland-Reisen-Arena in Duisburg, Germany which offers a capacity of 31,500 seats.

The 2023 finals, the ELF Championship Game, to be held at the arena on September 24 of that year.

Players[edit | edit source]

Top Players[edit | edit source]

Quarterback Year G COMP ATT CMP% YDS TD INT SCK
Jadrian Clark 2022-23 18 362 555 65.2 5704 76 12 25
Receiver Year G RRC TGT YDS CTCH % YPG YPC LNG TD TD/G
Nathaniel Robitaille 2022-23 16 87 129 1670 67.4 104.4 19.2 77 18 1.1
Harlan Kwofie 2022-23 21 87 140 1514 62.1 72.1 17.4 65 19 0.9
Anthony Mahoungou 2023 10 60 91 984 65.9 98.4 16.4 50 11 1.1
Timothy Knuettel 2022 11 57 75 688 76.0 62.5 12.1 46 7 0.6
William Patterson 2023 6 30 36 506 83.3 84.3 16.9 54 6 1.0
Running Year G ATT YDS AVG YPG LNG TD TD/G FMB FML
Glen Toonga 2023 8 128 926 7.2 115.8 43 9 1.1 1 0
Daniel Rennich 2022-23 19 171 693 4.1 36.5 39 2 0.1 2 2

2024 Roster[edit | edit source]

Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Injured reserve


Rookies in italics
Roster updated May 16, 2024
4 A-import, 6 E-import, 51 homegrown
61 active, 0 inactive, 0 practice squad


2023 Roster[edit | edit source]

Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

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Injured reserve

Practice squad


Rookies in italics
Roster updated 18 August 2023
4 A-import, 6 E-import, 43 homegrown
53 active, 12 practice squad


Total record[edit | edit source]

Games Win Loss Win % P+ P- PDiff
Rhein Fire 26 21 5 0.808 981 570 +411

Record per oppenent[edit | edit source]

Games Win Loss Win % P+ P- PDiff
Cologne Centurions 4 4 0 1.000 180 43 +137
Helvetic Guards 2 2 0 1.000 94 17 +77
Frankfurt Galaxy 5 5 0 1.000 175 117 +58
Munich Ravens 2 2 0 1.000 99 48 +51
Istanbul Rams 2 2 0 1.000 92 44 +48
Paris Musketeers 2 2 0 1.000 95 53 +42
Stuttgart Surge 1 1 0 1.000 53 34 +19
Leipzig Kings 2 1 1 0.500 59 51 +8
Hamburg Sea Devils 4 2 2 0.500 98 113 -15
Barcelona Dragons 2 0 2 0.000 36 50 -14

Source: https://elfdata.eu/

Staff[edit | edit source]

Head Coaches[edit | edit source]

Name Tenure Record Titles
W L T
Jim Tomsula 2022-present 21 5 0 1

2024 Staff[edit | edit source]

Front office

  • CEO – Martin Wagner
  • General manager – Max Paatz
  • President of football operations – Jim Tomsula
  • Director of administration - Detlef Reck
  • Director of operation & logistics - Mario Schulz
  • Director of player personnel – Timur Beckmann
  • Chief of staff - Frank Joachim
  • Cheer & Dance director – Nini Wagner

Head coach

  • Head coach – Jim Tomsula
  • Assistant head coach – Detlef Reck

Offensive coaches

  • Offensive coordinator – Andrew Weidinger
  • Quarterbacks – John Shoop
  • Running backs – Thorsten Estermann
  • Tight ends – Timur Beckmann
  • Offensive line – Erol Seval
  • Assistant offensive line –
 

Defensive coaches

  • Defensive coordinator – Richard Kent
  • Defensive backs – Stephan Schacht
  • Assistant defensive backs –
  • Linebacker – Patrick Köpper
  • Assistant linebacker –
  • Defensive line – Christian Heister
  • Edge Rushers Coach – Claus Biedermann

Special teams coaches

  • Special teams coordinator/Wide receivers – Mario Schulz




Staff updated March 11, 2023


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