The expected crowd in Düsseldorf may eclipse the number of fans in attendance at each of the weekend World Cup quarterfinal games in South Korea and Japan. On Saturday, Spain will face South Korea in Gwangju before a potential audience of 43,000 while Senegal takes on Turkey before a maximum of 50,000 in Osaka, Japan.
"The fact that we can fill a stadium in Germany - a country steeped in soccer history -- says volumes about the growing popularity and development of our sport in Germany," says DOUG QUINN, senior vice president of NFL International.
Fans in the U.S. can follow all the World Bowl action live on FOX, as CURT MENEFEE and BRIAN BALDINGER have the call at 12:00 PM ET from Düsseldorf's Rheinstadion.
WORLD BOWL FIRSTS
The Rhein Fire and Berlin Thunder could make NFL Europe history on Saturday. The Thunder could become the first team in league history to win back-to-back championships. The Fire could become the first team ever to win three World Bowls after being successful in 1998 and in 2000.
GOODMAN TOP RUSHER
Green Bay Packers running back Herbert "Whisper" Goodman finished as the league's leading rusher with 877 yards for the Scottish Claymores. This is the sixth time in the past eight seasons that a Claymores player has won the rushing title. Goodman started all 10 games and recorded six touchdowns and caught 14 passes for 64 yards.
Also for the Claymores, cornerback Hurley Tarver started every game this season and posted 41 tackles, two interceptions, nine passes defensed, two forced fumbles and eight special teams tackles.
Linebacker Paris Lenon started all 10 games for the Amsterdam Admirals and led the team with 50 tackles. The University of Richmond product had seven passes defensed, five special teams tackles and two interceptions. Admirals defensive tackle John Gilmore started in three of seven games and recorded five tackles.
Running back Joey Dozier started in eight of 10 games and nine receptions for 62 yards for the Frankfurt Galaxy this season.
Offensive lineman Tim Stuber started for F.C. Barcelona in all ten games. Rhein guard Ed Kehl played in six games before being placed on injured reserve with a knee injury.