German Japan Bowl presents at the Rice Bowl

Pressekonferenz zum German Japan Bowl beim Rice Bowl am 03.01.2010 (v. l. n. r.): Hidetsugu Hirai, Vizepräsident JAFA, Robert Huber, AFVD Präsident, Teruo Taniguchi, JAFA Präsident und Masahito Tanaka, Vorsitzender Nationalmannschafts-Komitee.

Pressekonferenz zum German Japan Bowl beim Rice Bowl am 03.01.2010 (v. l. n. r.): Hidetsugu Hirai, Vizepräsident JAFA, Robert Huber, AFVD Präsident, Teruo Taniguchi, JAFA Präsident und Masahito Tanaka, Vorsitzender Nationalmannschafts-Komitee.

Japan American Football Association is looking forward to the Continental Friendship Game. As part of the Rice Bowl, the national final of the Japan American Football League at the Tokyo Dome in front of 22,000 spectators AFVD President Robert Huber and JAFA President Teruo Taniguchi presented the project to the press and public.

In the end the Kajima Deers under lead of the Japanese national team coach Kiyoyuki Mori won  with 19: 16 against the long leading Kansai University Emperators. The Rice bowl was the 63th Edition of the final.  Mori will lead the Japanese team as Headcoach notz only on 24.04.2010 to Düsseldorf, but also to the World Championships in Austria 2011.

Teruo Taniguchi was verys pleased about the possibility to play against WC 2007 Bronze Medalist Germany in Dusseldorf. Hidetsugu Hirai, JAFA Vice President and Chairman of  International Committee of JAFA, said that the friendly game against Germany was an important test before the World Cup in 2011 and still pending before the World Cup qualifier against Korea.

Masahito Tanaka, Chairman of the National Committee of JAFA, announced that the JAFA would maintain a continuous future national team program with at least one match per year.

AFVD President Robert Huber was delighted with the challenge to welcome Japan with a high-caliber opponents. "As two-time World Champion and Silver medal winner at the World Cup 2007, Japan is the world's leading American Football National Association. In Japan, American football is played since 1936 with now 63 national finals. In Japan, there is an American football tradition that is unparalleled outside the U.S. and which is very impressing. To measure yourself with such an opponent, is a dream of a lifetime for our players and coaches. " The German Japan Bowl I is placed on 24th Espirit Arena in April 2010 in Dusseldorf. Tickets are available now.

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