Lübeck Cougars

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Lübeck Cougars
City: Lübeck
Founded: 1987
Team colors: Red and white
Head coach: Philipp Stursberg
League (2019): GFL2 north
Greatest successes
Regional league champions 1993
Promotion 2nd Bundesliga 1993, 2001
Promotion of the German Football League 2011


Address: Possehlstrasse,
23554 Lübeck
Owner: City of Lübeck
Capacity: 10,000
P.O. Box 1251, 23613 Stockelsdorf
Internet: asc-luebeck.de
Data status
March 24, 2019

The Lübeck Cougars are an American football team from Lübeck in Schleswig-Holstein that has played in the second Bundesliga, the German Football League 2 , since 2013 .


Kickoff of the Lübeck Cougars

After the Lübeck Cougars were founded in 1987, the Hanseatic townspeople took part in the official league operations of the American Football Association Germany (AFVD) for the first time in 1990 .

This was followed by a steady rise up to the 2nd Bundesliga in 1994. After only one year in second class and a fifth place in the final classification, the Cougars had to relegate again due to a restructuring of the league system. At the end of three average years in the regional league, he was finally relegated to the league in 1997.

With a Perfect Season 1999 and the final victory against the second team of the Kiel Baltic Hurricanes , they secured the championship and the associated promotion to the regional league. Despite the final defeat there in 2001 against the Hanover Musketeers , the Lübeckers rose again thanks to another league reform to the 2. Bundesliga North, in which they have established themselves since 2002. After finishing fourth in 2002, the Cougars came third in the 2003 season .

In 2004 the Cougars played their most successful season to date, finishing third behind the Cologne Falcons and their rivals Kiel Baltic Hurricanes with 11 wins and only 3 defeats . After the season the team was renamed Snipes Cougars , as the textile manufacturer Snipes, as the main sponsor, had secured the naming rights to the men's football department. In the two seasons 2005 and 2006 , the Cougars were only able to secure relegation in the 2nd Bundesliga on the last day of the regular season and thus just prevent the threatened relegation. On the last day of the 2007 season , the Cougars reached after five wins in a row, third place in the final table after they were threatened again halfway through the season of relegation.

In the 2008 season , the “Berglöwen” managed their first “winning season” since 2004 with eight wins and six defeats and they ended the season in a solid fifth place. This time the team started again under the official name Lübeck Cougars for the first time in three years , after the sponsor and namesake Snipes withdrew before the season.

In the 2009 season, the upward trend of the Cougars continued: with nine wins and five defeats the team finished third and thus played its best season in five years. Linebacker Philipp Stursberg became the first Cougars player to be appointed to the men's national team. The newly founded Lübeck Cougars II ended their first season in the Association League Hamburg / Schleswig-Holstein without a win.

The Cougars started as a successor in the German Football League for the first time in 2012 because the Mönchengladbach Mavericks were denied their license by the German American Football Association. With only one win and one draw, however, the “mountain lions” could not keep the class and lost in the relegation against the Cologne Falcons.

In 2014 and 2015, the team won the runner-up in the GFL2 and narrowly missed promotion to the GFL. The Cougars also spent the following three seasons in GFL2, but were significantly less successful with fourth and two sixth places.

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