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Football played since 1977 Football played since 1934
Worldgames Gold Medal 2005
Bronce Medal WC 2003, 2007
European Champion 2001
European Vice-Champion 1987, 2000, 2005
World Champion 1999,2003
Vice-World Champion 2007

The German-Japan Bowl in Düsseldorf is the first meeting of the two national teams from Japan and Germany. Both occupy a dominant position on their continent. Japan's double world champion and Germany, with the two-time winning the bronze medal, have the best record of all European countries.

International friendship games are not so common in American football. Thus, the German-Japan Bowl is an indicator for the current performance level of two established national teams. Will Germany be able to break the Asian dominance or will Japan in the Japan shows, or will Japan show Germany its borders?

For the players it is not only winning  or losing a game, but its also a fight for their place in the team for the next international championship. While Germany is preparing for the European Championships in July 2010 in Frankfurt, Japan is already planning for the World Cup 2011 in Austria. The achievements in this game will be for many athletes the decision for their  nominations and starting position in the future. Exitement and good sportsmanship is therefore ensured in any case.


ESPRIT arena

ESPRIT arena

With its total capacity of up to 66,00 persons the ESPRIT arena is Düsseldorf’s best address for events on a grand scale. Opened in January 2005, the arena is among the most modern venues of its kind. Owing to its closable roof and unique heating system the multi-functional arena offers maximum comfort in all seasons. Here, even in the winter goosebumps are only ever caused by ingenious goals, touchdowns or captivating concerts. Altogether, the ESPRIT arena offers perfect conditions for major sport, show and music highlights.  

From football matches through to rock or classical concerts, the ESPRIT arena is ideally suited to all XXL events. To those wishing to experience such events in an extraordinary atmosphere, the multi-functional arena offers 1,266 business seats, an exclusive First Comfort Club, 22 business boxes and 21 event boxes providing ideal prerequisites for a successful blend of business and enjoyment. Outside public events, too, the Incentive Boxes and the Business Club are attractive venues available for conferences, corporate events or presentations against an extraordinary backdrop.

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Football in Japan

No other country outside of North America has such a long and successful Ameri-can Football tradition than Japan. Japan won the first two American Football World Championships in 1999 in Italy and 2003 in Germany before finishing second to the United States at the World Championships in Japan in 2007 after losing the Championship game in overtime. The first two Japanese American Football teams were founded in 1934.

What is today known as the X League in Japan was founded in 1981. Teams play-ing in the X League are closely affiliated to or directly owned by companies. Since 1983 the Champion of the University League and the Champion of the X-League meet to determine the Japanese Champion in the Rice Bowl.

The German National Team

Following victories against European Championship competitors Sweden and France, Germany was once again able to assert its top position amongst its Euro-pean competitors. "It was important for us to find a top team to play against, in order to prepare our team for the European Championships in Frankfurt", stated Marshall Happer, the National Team Sports Director of the German national team. "Japan is an ideal opponent. None of the other favorites competing in the European Championships this coming summer would have ready been willing to play against us so close the upcoming European Championships".


“We are really looking forward to having a game with the German National Team. Team Japan won the silver medal and Team Germany won the bronze medal at the last IFAF Senior World Championship held in 2007 in Kawasaki, Japan, but we do not know which team is stronger, since we have never played against each other at the senior level. This will be the first game between the two countries, and we believe it will be an exciting one,” says Teruo Taniguchi, President of Japan American Football Association (JAFA). “We are also looking forward to visiting the city of Düsseldorf. Düsseldorf, with its Japanese community and Japanese ties is one of the closest related cities in Europe to Japan and the game in Düsseldorf has a special meaning for the Japanese people. We appreciate this opportunity and would like to express our special thanks to Mr. Robert Huber, President of the German American Football Federation.

"We are very proud to host this game in 2010 and to bring a big American Football game back to Düsseldorf. Like no other city in Germany, Düsseldorf can look back at a long tradition of American Football", says Jörg Mitze, Managing Director of DüsseldorfCongress. "This is the reason the AFVD decided the ESPRIT arena in Düsseldorf is the ideal venue for this game. The German Japan Bowl will be a success for the city of Düsseldorf, the AFVD, DüsseldorfCongress as well as for all fans who love the game of American Football".

The AFVD and JAFA (Japan American Football Association) want to establish a tradition of the Germany-Japan-Bowl, which will take place every few years. The next Bowl would be the Japan-German-Bowl II, which would possibly be played in Japan shortly before the 2015 World Championships. Respective discussions re-garding the second game were also agreed upon.