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Barcelona Dragons
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Year Founded 1991
Year Retired 2003
City Barcelona, Spain
Team Colors Dark Green, Scarlet Red, Gold, White
Franchise W-L-T Record Regular Season: 59-51-0
Postseason: 2-4
Championships
World Bowls (1)

The Barcelona Dragons were a team originally in the World League of American Football and later in the resurrected NFL Europe. Their home field in Barcelona was the Estadi Olímpic de Montjuic, the 1992 Olympic Stadium, and later the Mini Estadi. The Dragons were successful on the field, making it to 4 World Bowls (1991, 1997, 1999, 2001) and winning World Bowl V in 1997. The team was made part of the FC Barcelona organization in 2002 as the FC Barcelona Dragons. Despite these efforts, the franchise's fan support decreased and the team began to struggle financially. After the 2003 season, the Dragons were discontinued and they were replaced in the league by the Cologne Centurions.

For the entire duration of the Dragons' history they had only one head coach, "Cowboy" Jack Bicknell. His nickname was roughly translated by his adoptive city to El Caballero (meaning, literally, "The Knight" or "The Gentleman" in Spanish). From 1991-2002, Seymour "Red" Kelin was responsible for Defensive Coordinating duties. Bicknell and Kelin had been coaching together since their days at Boston College, where they helped lead the Eagles to a Cotton Bowl Classic victory in 1984.

Season-by-season

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties

Season W L T Finish Playoff results
Barcelona Dragons (WLAF)
1991 8 2 0 2nd European Division Won Round 1
Lost World Bowl I
Barcelona 10, Birmingham 3
London 21, Barcelona 0
1992 5 5 0 1st European Division Lost Playoffs Sacramento 17, Barcelona 15
1993 Did Not Play
1994
Barcelona Dragons (World League)
1995 5 5 0 3rd League --
1996 5 5 0 4th League --
Barcelona Dragons (NFL Europe)
1997 5 5 0 4th League Won World Bowl V
1998 4 6 0 4th League --
1999 7 3 0 1st League Lost World Bowl VII (Galaxy)
2000 5 5 0 3rd League --
2001 8 2 0 1st League Lost World Bowl IX (Thunder)
FC Barcelona Dragons (NFL Europe)
2002 2 8 0 6th League --
2003 5 5 0 4th League --
Totals 61 55 0 (including playoffs)

Notable players

Erney was signed by the NFL's Denver Broncos in 1990 but never played

Kitna was named the Most Valuable Player in NFL Europe when he led the Barcelona Dragons to the 1997 World Bowl Championship (World Bowl V), winning 38-24 over the Rhein Fire. Jon signed as an undrafted free agent by the Seattle Seahawks. In 1999, he started 15 games for the Seahawks, leading them to a 9-7 record. Jon signed with the Cincinnati Bengals from 2001 until 2006 when he was signed by the Detroit Lions.

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