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European League of Football (ELF) Offseason Update: QB Michael Birdsong Retires & Players Signed/Re-Signed

Players Signed/Re-Signed

  • Vienna Vikings – DE – Dominic Siegel
  • Leipzig Kings – WR – Nemanja Stojanović
  • Leipzig Kings – LB – Martin Strauss
  • Stuttgart Surge – RB – Chris Voumbo
  • Hamburg Sea Devils – DL – Kasim Ededabi
  • Hamburg Sea Devils – OL – Florian Rosenberger
  • Hamburg Sea Devils – LB – Pascal Brinkers
  • Hamburg Sea Devils – LB – Dustin Mohrdieck
  • Cologne Centurions – LB – Sydney Kenea Amadu
  • Cologne Centurions – WR – André Dickmeis
  • Frankfurt Galaxy – DB – Simon Otto
  • Frankfurt Galaxy – WR – Niklas Schumm
  • Düsseldorf Rhein Fire – OL – Marius Mohr
  • Düsseldorf Rhein Fire – DB – Majan Jelvani
  • Düsseldorf Rhein Fire – OL – Philip Weinzierl
  • Düsseldorf Rhein Fire – LB – Maximilian Schmidt
  • Barcelona Dragons – WR – Roque Alarcón

The Hamburg Sea Devils have re-signed NFL veteran linebacker Kasim Ededabi for the 2022 season.

Edebali commented on his return to Hamburg, stating,

“There’s unfinished business. I think nobody in the entire organization needs any extra motivation after remembering the feeling we had stepping off the field last year. This game will never be won by individuals, but always by teams. I’ll do everything I can, on and off the field, to help the team win games, give back to the city that I love, and continue to respect and celebrate the game that we love so much with all of Germany and Europe!”


Leipzig Kings Quarterback Michael Birdsong Retires

Leipzig Kings Quarterback Michael Birdsong has retired from football.

Birdsong ended the 2021 season having thrown for 1,597 yards and 24 touchdowns in only 7 games, also averaging 228.1 passing yards per game with the Kings and completing 62.4 percent of his passes.

Full Statement from Michael Birdsong regarding his retirement:

Leipzig, I am here to officially announce my retirement as a player of this game. A lot of time and thought has been put in this decision. I can’t put into words how much this past season has meant to me. I’m honored to have been able to play for the Kings for my final season. However, my last few seasons didn’t come without setbacks. The injuries have taken a toll. Having played with a tear in my achilles this past season and nearly escaping without the need of surgery, I feel I can’t put my body at risk for that again.

To My Teammates and Coaches: Thank you for the support during this difficult decision. Thank you for giving everything on the field last year and making my last season one that I’ll always remember. I’m sorry I couldn’t join you for one more season, but I have no doubt you will be successful.

To Coach Armstrong: Thank you for bringing me to Leipzig and becoming a dear friend of mine. I enjoyed every second of leading this team with you.

To The City of Leipzig: Thank you for being the best fans in the league and supporting us through the good, bad, and the ugly. The Kings will need your continual support.

To My Wife: You’ve been an amazing support from my first ever collegiate-level game through my very last season. I couldn’t have made it this far without you.

To The Game: The game of football has given me so much in my life. This game has allowed me to receive a college education, have amazing cultural experiences, and develop lifelong friendships. I wouldn’t trade my football experiences for anything in the world. Thanks again.


Dragons Offensive Coordinator Returns With New Role In 2022

Former Barcelona Dragons offensive coordinator, Patrick Wennin, has returned to the team for the 2022 season but will be assuming the role of running backs coach and special teams coordinator this time around. Wennin commented on his return to Barcelona, stating,

 “The decision was simple when it came down to it. Even though this all went down pretty recently I always felt like I wanted to return because of the players. Those boys are my family. The organization and fans have a special place in my heart. As I was back in the states, I consistently felt a pull to go back to Spain and the European League of Football”.


10 Weeks Until Kickoff!

The ELF’s season is set to kick off in only 10 weeks, on Saturday, June 4th at 9 am PT. The first game of the season will feature the Cologne Centurions hosting the Istanbul Rams.

View the European League of Football’s full schedule at europeanleague.football.


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Matt Lyons is a Writer/Contributor for XFL News Hub, USFL News Hub, & CFL News Hub, covering the XFL, USFL, ELF, and TSL since August of 2020.

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