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Rhein Fire
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Year Founded 1995
Year Retired 2007
Home Field LTU arena
City Düsseldorf, Germany
Team Colors Maroon, Black, Gold, White
Head Coach Rick Lantz
Championships
World Bowls (2)

The Rhein Fire were a professional American football team in NFL Europe, formerly the World League of American Football. Established in Germany in 1995, the franchise resurrected the name of the former Birmingham Fire team which was active during the 1991-1992 WLAF seasons.

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History

The team was based in Düsseldorf (and early on was occasionally referred to in the U.S. as the Düsseldorf Fire), playing its games in LTU arena since 2005 season. Prior to this the team played in Arena AufSchalke in nearby city Gelsenkirchen while LTU arena was being built. The team shared facilities with the football (soccer) club Fortuna Düsseldorf. The Fire also hosted the 2005 World Bowl, where the Amsterdam Admirals upset the then-defending champion Berlin Thunder.

The Fire had been one of NFL Europa's most successful teams as far as fan appeal and competitively on the field. The team is based in an area of Germany that does not have a local Bundesliga team and American Football has become increasingly popular. The team itself has played for five World Bowl championships throughout its history, winning in 1998 (over the Frankfurt Galaxy) and 2000 (over the Scottish Claymores).

Season-by-season

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

Season W L T Finish Playoff results
Rhein Fire (World League)
1995 4 6 0 5th League --
1996 3 7 0 6th League --
1997 7 3 0 1st League Lost World Bowl V (Dragons)
Rhein Fire (NFL Europe)
1998 7 3 0 1st League Won World Bowl VI (Galaxy)
1999 6 4 0 3rd League --
2000 7 3 0 1st League Won World Bowl VIII (Claymores)
2001 5 5 0 3rd League --
2002 7 3 0 1st League Lost World Bowl X (Thunder)
2003 6 4 0 2nd League Lost World Bowl XI (Galaxy)
2004 3 7 0 5th League --
2005 3 7 0 6th League --
2006 6 4 0 3rd League --
Rhein Fire (NFL Europa)
2007 4 6 0 4th League --
Totals 70 65 0 (including playoffs)

Head coaches

# Name Term Regular season Postseason Achievements Reference
GC W L T Win% GC W L Win%
Rhein Fire
1 Galen Hall 1995–2000 60 34 26 0 .567 3 2 1 .667
2 Pete Kuharchek 2001–2005 50 24 26 0 .480 2 0 2 .000
3 Jim Tomsula 2006 10 6 4 0 .600 — — — —
4 Rick Lantz 2007 10 4 6 0 .400 — — — —

Notable players

Other notable personnel

  • Oliver Luck - General Manager 1995, became league president the following year.
  • Ken Karcher - Assistant coach for the Fire, was previously an NFL replacement player and later became a collegiate head coach.

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