It is now official that the NFL will once again be heading overseas to Europe with the UK hosting the usual scheduled regular season games in London.
However, there is now a new marquee destination that has become a mainstay for all future NFL action outside of the States and has since developed into one of the league’s biggest global destinations.
For the first time in league history, NFL games will officially be heading across the seas to Munich, Germany at the prestigious Allianz Arena in front of what is sure to be a raucous crowd of up to 75,000 spectators ahead of game day.
Germany will also receive future NFL games in the future with the city of Frankfurt being a prime destination for all football outings due to the city’s proud ties with the sport itself and the ever-passionate fanbases located across the country of Germany.
It is no secret that the NFL has made great strides in providing worldwide fans across Europe with more action from football’s most prestigious league featuring the very best names in almost any sporting profession.
Football in Germany has often taken a major backseat to other popular European sports such as soccer or basketball, yet out almost every major European country, there may be non-more intertwined with the NFL’s growing stature overseas than Germany.
The country had previously witnessed great success in the World League of American Football (or NFL Europe) which was established in 1991 before running until 2007, with this division focusing on delivering minor league football to a number of high-profile European destinations.
Of all major European teams, the German clubs would usually reign supreme with the likes of the Hamburg Sea Devils, Berlin Thunder, and Frankfurt Galaxy all being amongst the prior winners of the event as well as the Rhein Fire and Cologne Centurions who joined the league in 1995 and 2004 respectfully before the competition folded.
The success brought about by the NFL Europa league has certainly kept most German audiences eager to witness more football action in the coming years, and with league commissioner Roger Goodell announcing that the NFL will be present in Germany this year, the country will once again bear witness to more action from the most popular sporting league in the States.
- The Anticipation surrounding the NFL’s return to Germany:
The excitement surrounding the NFL’s first-ever regular season game broadcast in Germany is palpable, and given the teams in question, it is shaping up to be one of the most eagerly anticipated encounters throughout the entirety of the 2022/23 season.
On November 13th, two of the league’s most well-respected franchises in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Seattle Seahawks will class on the prestigious field present at the Allianz Arena, home of the Bayern Munich soccer team that has since reigned supreme over Germany’s top flight division for over a decade.
Ahead of gameday, fans can place their bets with the latest NFL lines which will also include games featured overseas, especially this highly anticipated encounter between two NFC giants.
While the Seahawks may not be in the conversation surrounding a potential championship run anytime soon, they do however bolster one of the league’s most passionate fanbases and have since become a worldwide phenomenon since their dramatic path to their first and only world championship trophy at Superbowl XLVIII back in 2013.
Following on from their first ever victory at the Superbowl event back in 2002, the Buccaneers have largely been a dormant franchise before they acquired superstar Quarterback Tom Brady in 2019, with the legendary star name eventually leading the Bucs to their second ever Superbowl in 2020, collecting his seventh championship ring in the process.
Given the immense popularity that both sides have garnered throughout their team’s tenure as a mainstays within the NFL, this game is sure to attract the wandering gazes of major football fans from across the globe and is sure to be a treat that any fans in attendance at the Allianz will likely remember for the rest of their lives.
- Why is Germany one of the premier destinations for future overseas NFL outings?
It is estimated that the German market remains as the most viable and highly popular sectors in throughout Europe when discussing countries that have amassed the most following towards NFL broadcasts.
With an estimated 19 million football fans across the country and 3.8% of the population admitting that football remains as their all-time favorite sport, Germany is certainly not lacking in fanbases and intrigue towards any NFL franchise and as such is a perfect destination for any future league encounters.
Germany is also among the largest European countries that partake in annual subscriptions for the NFL’s streaming service meaning that the fanfare is very high.
Given that the country also features a spectacular list of populated cities and modernized venues to house such games, Germany is sure to be a staple for all future NFL European endeavors for the foreseeable future.