Vienna Vikings

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Uniform of the Vienna Vikings football team in 2023.

The Vienna Vikings are an American football team based in Vienna, Austria, that plays in the European League of Football (ELF) since 2022

History[edit | edit source]

In September 2021 the Vienna Vikings were founded as a corporation and the announcement of their plans to participate in the European League of Football (ELF) was made officially during the halftime of the inaugural Championship Game in Duisburg.

The professional ELF Team uses the same nickname and practice facilities as the amateur team, the American Football & Cheerleading Club Vienna Vikings which was founded in 1983 and has been known as one of Europe's most dominant teams having won the Eurobowl title five times (2004–2007 and 2013), as well being the runner-up five times (2001, 2003, 2008, 2010 and 2012). In the national championship the AFC Vienna Vikings are holding the record of 15 Austrian Bowl victories.

Business lawyer and longtime quarterback in the Austrian Football League, Robin Lumsden stepped in as co-owner and investor.

In their first ELF season in 2022, they won the ELF outright.

2022 Season[edit | edit source]

In the 2022 season, the Vienna Vikings played at the Generali Arena. In the regular season, the Vikings won ten of their twelve games to secure first place in the Central Division. Prior to the semifinals, the Austria Wien soccer club withdrew its agreement to use the Generali Arena, so the game had to be played at the Ravelin Football Center in front of 900 spectators. The Vikings advanced to the final at Klagenfurt's Wörthersee Stadium with a 39-12 victory over the Barcelona Dragons. In the Championship Game, the Vikings secured the ELF championship with a 27-15 win over the Hamburg Sea Devils.

2023 Season[edit | edit source]

After quarterback Jackson Erdmann announced his retirement from active sports, the Vikings signed Chris Helbig from the Potsdam Royals as quarterback for the 2023 season. Otherwise, the roster remained largely unchanged. After the disagreements with Austria, the Vikings' home stadium remained unclear for a long time. Finally, the Generali-Arena was again announced as the venue for the first home game against the Prague Lions at the beginning of April. The remaining home games will took place at the Hohe Warte stadium.

Three games before the end of the regular season, the Vikings won the conference title again ahead of schedule and became the first team to secure home field in the 2023 play-offs. With 12:0 wins from the regular season, they then qualified directly for the semi-finals, where they hosted the Stuttgart Surge. The Vikings missed out on a return to the final after losing 33:40 at home.

The Vikings announced the departure of offensive coordinator John Shannon during the 2023 season. Austrian national team head coach Max Sommer was hired as a consultant and Calaycay took over the offensive playcalling. Sommer took over as offensive coordinator in November 2023.

2024 Season[edit | edit source]

In February 2024, the Vikings unveiled their new logo for the ELF team.

Stadium[edit | edit source]

Generali Arena[edit | edit source]

In the 2022 season, the Generali Arena was the home stadium of the Vikings. The stadium, where Austria Wien soccer club normally plays its matches, can accommodate up to 17,656 spectators. In the 2022 season, an average of 3,449 fans visited the stadium. Before the semi-final, Austria withdrew its consent to use the Generali Arena and the match had to be played at the Ravelin Football Center.

In the 2023 season, only the home opener against the Prague Lions was played in the Generali Arena for the time being. The semi-final against the Stuttgart Surge on June 17, 2023 was also played in the Generali Arena. There was a record crowd of 10,108 spectators.

In the 2024 season, the first home game will also be played in the Generali Arena. The guest will be Austrian rivals Raiders Tirol. The second home game against Berlin Thunder will also take place in the Austria Wien stadium.

Ravelin Football Center[edit | edit source]

The Ravelin football center has been the training center of AFC Vienna Vikings since 2007. Covering an area of 25,600 m², it has two permanently marked artificial turf football pitches, floodlights suitable for television and a grandstand for 888 spectators.

The ELF team played on the Ravelin twice. The 2022 semi-final took place in front of 900 spectators at the Ravelin after Austria Vienna withdrew its consent to use the Generali Arena. In the 2023 season, the last home game against the Fehervar Enthroners was played on the Ravelin.

Hohe Warte[edit | edit source]

The Hohe Warte stadium, also known as the "Heilige Warte" by fans, is the traditional home stadium of AFC Vienna Vikings. It has a capacity of 4,500 spectators. In the 2023 season, it was the main stadium of the ELF team.

Wiener Neustadt Arena[edit | edit source]

On April 2, 2024, the Vikings announced that they would play their remaining home games of the 2024 season at the Wiener Neustadt ERGO Arena, located in Wiener Neustadt, about 50 km south of the federal capital. Those four games will be against the Wroclaw Panthers, Helvetic Mercenaries, Prague Lions and Fehervar Enthroners. The stadium, normally the home ground of the local soccer team 1. Fortuna Wiener Neustädter SC, was completed in 2019, has natural grass and a capacity of 4,000 spectators.

Players[edit | edit source]

Top Players[edit | edit source]

Quarterback Year G COMP ATT CMP% YDS TD INT SCK
Jackson Erdmann 2022 12 207 344 60.2 2849 26 13 26
Christopher Helbig 2023 11 175 277 63.2 2372 18 6 19
Receiver Year G RRC TGT YDS CTCH % YPG YPC LNG TD TD/G
Jordan Bouah 2022-23 22 88 144 1334 61.1 60.6 15.2 90 12 0.5
Florian Bierbaumer 2022-23 14 48 65 772 73.8 55.1 16.1 45 8 0.6
Weston Carr 2023 9 31 51 636 60.8 70.7 20.5 61 5 0.6
Michael Breuler 2022 12 52 78 559 66.7 46.6 10.8 57 4 0.3
Running Year G ATT YDS AVG YPG LNG TD TD/G FMB FML
Florian Wegan 2022-23 18 196 1087 5.5 60.4 59 10 0.6 2 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


Rookies in italics
Roster updated May 23, 2024
4 A-import, 6 E-import, 49 homegrown
59 active, 0 inactive


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

  •  5 Anton Wegan RB {{{4}}} 🇦🇹
  • 29 Kevin Wojta RB {{{4}}} 🇦🇹
  • 18 Raphael Komeyli-Birjandi WR {{{4}}} 🇦🇹
  • 82 Florian Simsek WR {{{4}}} 🇦🇹
  • 57 Michael Hinterwirth-Haider OG {{{4}}} 🇦🇹
  • 28 Sebastian Schrenk CB {{{4}}} 🇦🇹
  • 14 Caspar Prill K {{{4}}} 🇦🇹


Rookies in italics
Roster updated 18 August 2023
4 A-import, 6 E-import, 48 homegrown
58 active, 8 inactive


Staff[edit | edit source]

Head Coaches[edit | edit source]

Name Tenure Record Titles
W L
Chris Calaycay 2022-current 24 3 1

2024 Staff[edit | edit source]

Front office

  • Owners – Robin Lumsden, Constantin Burkheiser,
    Markus Kraetschmer, AFC Vienna Vikings e.V.
  • General Manager – Lukas Leitner
  • Communications & Player Personnel – Kiki Klepsch
  • Sideline Management – Michaela Dvorak
  • Football Operations – Lenard Oberladstätter
  • Team Doctors – Albert Zich, Christian Gäbler
  • Gameday Coordinators – Moritz Jadin, Oscar Burger

Head coach

  • Head coach – Chris Calaycay
  • Assistant head coach –

Offensive coaches

  • Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks – Max Sommer
  • Running backs – Marianne Pahkala
  • Wide receivers/tight ends – Christoph Putz / Arnold Bürgmayr
  • Offensive line – Thomas Tippold
 

Defensive coaches

  • Defensive coordinator/linebacker – Daniel Auböck
  • Defensive line – Benjamin Sobotka
  • Defensive backs – Christoph Putz
  • Linebackers – Michael Hönig

Special teams coaches

  • Special teams coordinator – Marianne Pahkala
  • Kicker – Sebastian Daum


Strength and conditioning

  • Head strength and conditioning – Marianne Pahkala
  • Defensive Assistant - Max Plank, Matthias Mörth, Jochen Adler


updated May 1, 2024


Total record[edit | edit source]

Games Win Loss Win % P+ P- PDiff
Vienna Vikings 27 24 3 0.889 865 456 +409

Record per oppenent[edit | edit source]

Games Win Loss Win % P+ P- PDiff
Prague Lions 2 2 0 1.000 124 30 +94
Leipzig Kings 2 2 0 1.000 94 28 +66
Istanbul Rams 2 2 0 1.000 86 22 +64
Raiders Tirol 4 4 0 1.000 105 56 +49
Barcelona Dragons 3 3 0 1.000 90 50 +40
Fehérvár Enthroners 2 2 0 1.000 62 32 +30
Hamburg Sea Devils 1 1 0 1.000 27 15 +12
Berlin Thunder 2 2 0 1.000 43 33 +10
Panthers Wrocław 4 3 1 0.750 80 85 -5
Stuttgart Surge 3 2 1 0.667 116 53 +63
Frankfurt Galaxy 2 1 1 0.500 38 52 -14

Source: https://elfdata.eu/

References[edit | edit source]