Amsterdam Admirals - Team History

Founded: 1994

Stadium: Amsterdam ArenA

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On July 27, 1994, the Amsterdam Admirals was announced as the sixth team that would contest the 1995 World League season. In 1995, the Admirals, under general manager Darrell Roland and head coach Al Luginbill won their first game against the Barcelona Dragons 17-13 in the historic Olympic Stadium Amsterdam. The Admirals finished with an outstanding 9-1 record and staged the World Bowl in front of 23,847 fans, losing to the visiting Frankfurt Galaxy 26-22. In 1996, the Admirals played themselves back into World Bowl contention but missed out when they lost their final game of the season against Frankfurt. Under new GM Bill Peterson, the Admirals attendance doubled during that season.

On April 12, 1997 the Admirals began their second era when they played their first game in the new Amsterdam ArenA. The season resembled a roller-coaster as the Admirals searched for consistency. A record 19,486 fans attended the final home game as the team finished 5-5 for the second straight season.

The Admirals kicked off their fourth season on Easter Sunday April 12, 1998 and in front of a record crowd of 22,614 spectators defeated the Scottish Claymores 26-3. The Admirals were in the running for a World Bowl berth until the very last moment. They tied the Galaxy and Rhein Fire with a 7-3 record and although the Admirals had both the best defense and offense in 1998 the head-to-head results versus Frankfurt and D|sseldorf kept Amsterdam out of the World Bowl. In 1998 the average attendance grew for the fourth year in succession. In 1999 the Admirals suffered their first of two losing seasons under coach Luginbill as they went 4-6 in the head coach's fifth season. The team finished on a high, winning their final two games under quarterback Jim Kubiak. Season 2000 looked promising as Kubiak returned, but the Millennium season was plagued with adversity and injuries, sending the Admirals to their second straight 4-6 record. Known as the "Cardiac Kids" the Admirals entertained the public by winning three times on the game's final play. In 2001, the Admirals made a new start under new head coach Bart Andrus and stayed in the hunt for World Bowl IX until the final week, eventually falling to Berlin Thunder at home in week 10. Andrus, fresh from a Super Bowl XXXIV appearance with Tennessee and a World Bowl 2000 win with Rhein Fire brought a new offensive impetus to the team. In 2002, the Admirals started strongly with victories over the Rhein Fire and Berlin Thunder. But a rash of injuries hit the Admirals hard and they dropped their next six games in a row. A frustrating campaign ended with victories over Barcelona and Rhein but they were not enough to stop the Admirals recording another 4-6 season. In 2003, Andrus' team fell to their record-equalling fifth losing season, tying a record set by the London Monarchs. The Admirals started the season strong with a win at Gelschenkirchen and swept World Bowl winner Frankfurt Galaxy. They closed their home-season with a record for combined scored points in a game (51-43 vs Berlin), but it was not enough to help the Dutch reach World Bowl XI. In 2004, the Admirals avoided a record-setting sixth straight losing season by going 5-5. The season ended on a positive note with the Admirals winning three of their final four games to secure third place in the standings - their best finish since 1998. In 2005, the Admirals made team history by winning their first World Bowl, defeating the Berlin Thunder 27-21 in the final after posting a 6-4 record in the regular season.

The Admirals returned to the championship game in 2006 after posting a 7-3 regular season record. But they were defeated 22-7 by the Frankfurt Galaxy in Yello Strom World Bowl XIV.

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