Europe Review-Preview

While the World Bowl match-up has already been decided there is still experience to be gained in the season's final two weeks.

Jerry Schumacher continues to be the most productive Bear abroad as he's among the leading tacklers for the Amsterdam Admirals. The middle linebacker tallied 7 tackles a week ago that gives him 38 on the year (28 unassisted) to go along with an interception, two passes defensed and a forced fumble. Although the effort didn't come in victory as the Admirals lost a 19-17 decision to Scotland dropping their record to 3-5.

Another Bear on the Amsterdam roster is receiver Andre Forde. His offensive snaps have been limited this season, but he's averaging 6.8 yards on six catches. He's also a part of kick coverage and added a special teams tackle against the Claymores.

Brooks Barnard dropped two punts inside the 20-yard line, which gives him 12 on the season. The league's leading punter is averaging 36.5 yards per attempt and has just two touchbacks for the Rhein Fire.

Cologne linebacker Marcus Reese had three tackles in a defensive battle with Rhein. The 7-6 decision went in favor of the Centurions improving their record to 3-5, which put them in a tie for third place with the Fire and Admirals. Reese has 30 tackles on the year (23 solo) and has forced a fumble.

Two Bears will represent Berlin in the World Bowl. WR Aaron Boone and DT Israel Idonije aren't starters on the Thunder roster, but have made contributions. Boone is averaging 23.0 yards per catch and has two touchdowns on six receptions. Idonije has reached the quarterback on two occasions.

The Berlin Thunder (7-1) and Frankfurt Galaxy (6-2) will compete in World Bowl XII on Saturday June 12 at Arena AufSchalke in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

The Week 9 action begins with the Scottish Claymores (2-6) looking to end a testing season on a high in the first of two home games at Hampden Park. This week, they take on a Thunder team looking to maintain their momentum heading into World Bowl. Also playing on Saturday are original Deutschland Derby rivals Frankfurt and Rhein. The contest will likely see the Fire draw their biggest crowd of the year.

Sunday's encounter sees the Centurions play host to the Amsterdam Admirals (3-5).

2004 NFL EUROPE LEAGUE STANDINGS
*Berlin 7 1
*Frankfurt 6 2
Amsterdam 3 5
Cologne 3 5
Rhein 3 5
Scotland 2 6
* Clinched Berth in World Bowl XII

WEEK 8
Berlin 31, Frankfurt 27
Cologne 7, Rhein 6
Scotland 19, Amsterdam 17

Week 9 Schedule
Saturday, May 29, 2004

Berlin at Scotland 9:00 AM (ET) DIRECTV* Nick Halling & Erik Kramer
Frankfurt at Rhein 1:00 PM (ET) NFL Network Derrin Horton & Hardy Nickerson

Sunday, May 30, 2004
Amsterdam at Cologne 2:00 PM (ET) FOX** Curt Menefee & Brian Baldinger

*Game re-airs on NFL Network at 8:00 PM ET on Saturday, May 29.
**Four-hour tape delay. Game begins at 10:00 AM (ET)


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