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Nürnberg Rams

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Founded  1981 & 2007 (reformed)
Stadium  Zeppelinfeld
Based in  Nuremberg
Colors  Navy Blue and White
League  German Football League 2
Team history  Nürnberg Rams (1981–1987) Noris Rams (1988–1998) Nürnberg Rams (2007–present)

The Nürnberg Rams are an American football team from Nuremberg (German: Nürnberg) Germany.


The original Nürnberg Rams club was formed in 1981 and renamed to Noris Rams in 1987. It played in the American football Bundesliga, now the German Football League, from 1983 to 1998, reaching the play-off semifinals as its greatest success in 1987. The club became defunct in 1998 but was reformed in 2007.


The origins of the Nürnberg Rams go back to early 1981 when two players of the Ansbach Grizzlies began forming an American football team in Nuremberg. In September 1981 this team joined local sports club TSV 1846 Nürnberg and, in 1982 the Rams joined the 2. Bundesliga, the second tier of American football in Germany. The Rams won this league in its first season and earned promotion to the Bundesliga. The club spent the next sixteen seasons at this level, reaching the play-offs in all but two of those years.

The Rams qualified for the play-offs in their inaugural 1983 Bundesliga season but where knocked out in the quarter finals, a fate the club would suffer in twelve of its fourteen play-off appearances. The second season saw the club struggle and nominally being relegated from the Bundesliga but eventually saved by the demise of the Frankfurter Löwen. After this season, from 1985 to 1997 the club would qualify for the play-offs each year. In 1986 the club split from TSV 1846 Nürnberg and joined ASN Pfeil Nürnberg instead, which forced a rename to Noris Rams for the following season as TSV retained the naming rights. The 1987 seasons saw the clubs greatest success, reaching the semifinals of the play-off for the first and only time where it was knocked out by the Berlin Adler.

The following season the Rams were knocked out in the first round of the play-offs, the only year they did not advance to the quarter finals. From 1989 to 1997 the Rams reached the quarter finals each year and won the southern division title in 1989, 1991 and 1996 without ever reaching or even winning a German Bowl. The clubs demise came after the 1998 season when the Rams did not win a game all season, were relegated and folded.

After a hiatus of nine years a new Nürnberg Rams club was formed in 2007 and entered the lowest level of competition, the Aufbauliga, in 2008. The new club won promotion in every season from 2008 to 2011 and quickly climbed the league pyramid from the sixth to the second tier. Since 2012 the club plays in the German Football League 2, the former 2. Bundesliga.


  • GFL
  • Southern Division champions: 1987, 1989, 1991, 1996
  • League membership: (16) 1983–1998
  • Play-off qualification: (14) 1983, 1985–1997
  • German Junior Bowl
  • Runners-up: 1985
  • Recent seasons

    Recent seasons of the Rams:

  • PR = Promotion round.
  • QF = Quarter finals.
  • SF = Semi finals.
  • GB = German Bowl.
  • References

    Nürnberg Rams Wikipedia

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