Category: News - published 2000-07-09 by EFAF

EFAF President Reijo Ailasmaa presided over the first meeting of the newly established EFAF Committee for the establishment of policy and relations with the authorities governing Professional American Football in the United States and Europe.

Ailasmaa appointed fellow member of the EFAF Board of Directors Daniel Partel, as Chairman, Robert Huber, President of the AFVD as Vice- Chairman and Axel Gernet, owner of the Hamburg Blue Devils (Europe's most successful Semi-Pro team) as Committee member at large.

Daniel Partel first joined the EFAF BoD in July of 1997, after successfully developing the Eurobowl Tournament into the largest post season competition (in terms of numbers of participating teams-18) in the world. He has established numerous record-breaking spectator figures along the way. Partel served as Chairman of the Organizing Committee for Eurobowls VII, VIII, IX, X, XI.

An American citizen, Partel is currently on assignment in the United States where he serves as President of Lola Cars International Inc. Lola Cars is the oldest British race-car constructor and currently supplies Champ cars to the Newman-Haas and Target-Chip Ganassi (recent winner of the Indy 500).

Dan has enjoyed a successful 21- year career as Founder and Managing Director of the European Formula Drivers Association (EFDA). EFDA is a championship management company, which contributed significantly to the development to many of the World's Top Professional Race car Drivers

Robert Huber, a lawyer by profession, has successfully unified the German-American Football Federation (AFVD), the largest American Football federation in Europe with over 16,000 active players. Robert is credited with establishing the GFL (German Football League) the premier Semi-Pro National League in Europe.

The GFL has provided the majority of European players drafted by the NFLE. Recent German youth players have been awarded scholarships, such as Constantin Ritzmann (Tennessee) and Claudius Osei (Florida State).

Axel Gernet, an entrepreneur with strong advertising and marketing skills established the Hamburg Blue Devils in 1992. Subsequently, the club has become the most financially successful American Football franchise in Europe.The "Big Blue" have won numerous titles as well as being the only team to have won three consecutive Eurobowl Titles: X, XI, and XII.

With a new state of the art 52,000-seat stadium in Hamburg, Germany, Gernet who has promoted the German Bowl and Eurobowl XII, XIII, and XIV, will play host for the first time on July 8th, 2000 to the Alumni Team of Notre Dame.

EFAF President Ailasmaa stated, "This is the A- team in the management of American Football in Europe, and they have to be as from now on- they are dealing with the Pros".

By: Russ Nehmer

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