Game previews: Wednesday, July 15



Match up Australia vs. Brazil
Date Wednesday, July 14 at noon
Venue Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Canton, Ohio, USA
Broadcast Australia: ESPN3 Australia

ESPN Brazil




WC previous meetings First ever WC meeting between the two nations
Head Coaches Australia – John Leijten

Brazil – Danilo Muller Ribeiro

Australia in IFAF WC 1999 – Fifth place

Group stages: L 6-22 vs. Sweden; L 0-54 vs. Japan

Fifth Place Game: W 10-7 vs. Finland

2003 – Did not participate

2007 – Did not participate

2011 – Eighth place

Group stages: L 61-0 vs. USA; L 65-0 vs. Mexico; L 30-20 vs. Germany

Seventh Place Game: L 48-10 vs. Austria

2015 – Group stages: W 47-6 vs. South Korea; L 53-3 vs. France

Overall record: 2-7

Brazil in IFAF WC 2015 – Group stages: L 31-6 vs. France; W 28-0 vs. South Korea

Overall record: 1-1

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Notes and quotes

Notes: First-ever meeting between Australia and Brazil. … Having opened with a 47-6 win over South Korea, Australia came down to earth with a 53-3 reverse against France on Sunday. … A Jared Stegman to Grant McNaughton 52-yard pass vs. France was the ninth longest all-time in IFAF World Championship history. … Carlisle Jones had 320 yards punting yards vs. France, which is fourth all-time in tournament play and 8 punts, which is joint third all-time. His 55-yard punt vs. France was joint seventh all-time. … Australia head coach John Leijten is the head coach of the Dresden Monarchs in Germany and will begin his club season the week following the IFAF World Championship. … Brazil celebrated its first win in IFAF World Championship history, beating South Korea 28-0 on Sunday, following a 31-6 loss to France. … Receiver Rodrigo Pons won MVP recognition on Sunday as he caught 5 passes for 60 yards and 2 touchdowns. … Rodrigo Dantas threw for 84 yards and 2 touchdowns against South Korea. … Rhudson Fonseca threw a touchdown for the second consecutive game. … Running back Romulo Ramos rushed for 105 yards against South Korea. … Brazil RB Bruno Santucci averaged a new high of 13.5 yards per attempt (minimum of 7 rushes required) as he took the ball 8 times on the ground for 108 yards. … Receiver Heron Azevedo caught a touchdown against South Korea. … Six members of Brazil’s team have been members of the national team since its inception in 2007: Coach Danilo Muller, OL Anselmo Bauer (#72), LB Igor Mota (#14), WR Rodrigo Pons (#9), CB Bruno Rosa (#26), WR Heron Azevedo (#33). … QB Ramon Martire (#4) has played in every one of his country’s games in national team history. … DT Bruno da Silva (#97) also played Handball for the Brazilian national team. … DE Delmer Zoschke (#98) scored the first defensive touchdown in Brazil’s history against Uruguay in 2013. … WR Heron Azevedo, TE/WR Luiz Domingues (#84) and QB Rhudson Fonseca have played college and semi-pro football in the United States, while DT Augusto de Oliveira (#92) played semi-pro football in Canada.

Australia RB Connor Foley: “The loss to France definitely hurt.  We’ve studied film but we’ve just got to put that out of our heads.  I think mentally we weren’t really up for the challenge and that showed physically and on the scoreboard.”

“Brazil are definitely physical.  As running backs, we’ve got to trust our blockers, and as a team trust our game plan and then execute assignments. It is a world championship, so we’re ready for it.  We don’t want to give up.  Against France we took a pounding, but now we’re going to come together and be closer as a team.  We’ve been away from home for a long time, so that has perhaps had an effect, but now we have to rely on each other and fight to the end.”

Brazil WR Rodrigo Pons: “For Brazil, the win was the beginning of a new step that we are taking with the national team of American football.  People in Brazil are very excited and the league at home has grown so much in the last couple of years that this win will mean a lot for the kids who are going to get excited and start playing.  They can see this whole new level of football that they can reach.”

“On a football level, Australia are between Korea and France, so it is going to be a good match up.  I hope we win.  We have to listen to the coaches and stick to the game plan.  They (Australia) have more experience than us, but we will see what we can do.”

Match up Japan vs. Mexico
Date Wednesday, July 14 at 3.30pm
Venue Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Canton, Ohio, USA
Broadcast Worldwide:




WC previous meetings 1999 – Gold Medal game: Japan 6 Mexico 0 (OT)

2003 – Gold Medal game: Japan 34 Mexico 14

2011 – Bronze Medal game: Japan 17 Mexico 14

Head Coaches Japan – Kiyoyuki Mori

Mexico – Raùl Rivera Sànchez

Japan in IFAF WC 1999 – Gold medal winners

Group stages: W 21-15 vs. Sweden; W 54-0 vs. Australia

Gold medal game: W 6-0 (OT) vs. Mexico

2003 – Gold medal winners

Semi finals: W 23-6 vs. France

Gold medal game: W 34-14 vs. Mexico

2007 – Silver medal winners

Group stages: W 48-0 vs. France; W 48-0 vs. Sweden

Gold media game: L 23-20 (2OT) vs. USA

2011 – Bronze medal winners

Group stages: W 24-6 vs. Austria; W 35-10 vs. France;

L 31-27 vs. Canada

Bronze medal game: W 17-14 vs. Mexico

2015 – Bye on July 9; L 43-18 vs. USA

Overall record: 10-3

Mexico in IFAF WC 1999 – Silver medal winners

Group stages: W 89-0 vs. Finland; W 54-0 vs. Italy

Gold medal game: L 6-0 (OT) vs. Japan

2003 – Silver medal winners

Semi finals: W 21-17 vs. Germany

Gold medal game: L 34-14 vs. Japan

2007 – Did not participate

2011 – Fourth place

Group stages: W 22-15 vs. Germany; W 65-0 vs. Australia

L 17-7 vs. USA

Bronze medal game: L 17-14 vs. Japan; Bye on July 11

Overall record: 5-4

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Notes and quotes

Notes: Japan lost for only the third time in IFAF World Championship history when downed 43-18 by the United States on Sunday. … Previous losses were by a combined seven points and both came in medal games to the U.S. (23-20 in double overtime in 2007 Gold medal game) and Canada (31-27 in 2011 Bronze medal game). … Japan holds a 3-0 tournament series lead over Mexico, having beaten them in the inaugural Gold medal game in 1999 (6-0 in OT), the 2003 Gold medal game (34-14) and Bronze medal game in 2011 (17-14). … Japan returns a total of 15 players who were part of the 2011 tournament – the most of any country. … Quarterback Tetsuo Takata rushed for and threw a touchdown in the 2011 Bronze medal win over Mexico in Austria. … Japan’s MVP of that game was wide receiver Naoki Maeda, who caught a 19-yard TD in the win. … Mexico’s 2011 Bronze medal game MVP was linebacker Manuel Padilla. … Mexico wide receiver Diego Viamontes scored on an 82-yard kickoff return in that game and led Mexico in receiving against the U.S. last week with 3 catches for 53 yards. … Japan quarterback Shohei Kato took center stage against the United States on Sunday as he set new IFAF World Championship records for pass attempts and completions, finding his receivers on 28 of 49 attempts in a 43-18 loss to the United States. … Kato’s 273 passing yards from Thursday night ranks third on the all-time list in a single game. … Mexico enjoyed extra rest on Sunday, taking the bye following a 30-6 defeat to the United States on July 9. … Quarterback Arroyo Vega completed 11 of 19 attempts against the U.S. for 46 yards. … Mexico’s sole points came through kicker Jose Maltos’ field goals of 44 and 37 yards. … Maltos owns the IFAF World Championship longest field goal record and second place with successful kicks of 56 and 49 yards from 2011 in Austria and his 44-yarder is eighth-best overall. … Maltos also averaged a fourth best 41.5 yards punting average against the U.S. … Defensive lineman Octavio Gonzalez was named MVP of last week’s loss to the United States as he led the team with a sack and a tackle for a loss.

Mexico K Jose Maltas: “We are mentally ready. We have been working very hard in the days between games and all the players are focused on winning against Japan. We’re going to do all we can to win. The Japanese players are very good and they were awesome against the U.S.  We think it will be a tough game.  They are quick guys and well coached.”

“We are more experienced than we were in 2011.  The coaches have prepared for this world championship for three years and they have scouted the players to make their selections and I think this is a better team (than the 2011 team).”

Japan DL Mitsunori Kikira (who lined up on offense and caught a 1-yard TD against USA on July 11): “It was a play we had prepared for a long time and it was a perfect pass, so I was nervous, but of course I was happy to catch the ball for a touchdown.”

“Mexico is a physical team and compared to them we are not so physical, so what we have to do is focus on the details of our scheme and our teamwork.  If we focus on that then we have a chance to win.  We have to all do our own job and execute perfectly.”


Match up USA vs. France
Date Wednesday, July 14 at 7pm
Venue Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Canton, Ohio, USA
Broadcast USA:



WC previous meetings First ever WC meeting between the two nations
Head Coaches USA – Dan Hawkins

France – Patrick Esume

United States in IFAF WC 1999 – Did not participate

2003 – Did not participate

2007 – Gold medal winners

Group stages: W 77-0 vs. Korea; W 33-7 vs. Germany

Gold Medal game: W 23-20 (2OT) vs. Japan

2011 – Gold media winners

Group stages: W 61-0 vs. Australia; W 48-7 vs. Germany;

W 17-7 vs. Mexico

Gold Medal game: W 50-7 vs. Canada

2015 – Group stages: W 30-6 vs. Mexico; W 43-18 vs. Japan

Overall record: 9-0

France in IFAF WC 1999 – Did not participate

2003 – Fourth place

Semi final: L 23-6 vs. Japan

Bronze medal game: L 37-7 vs. Germany

2007 – Sixth place

Group stages: L 48-0 vs. Japan; L 16-14 vs. Sweden

Fifth place game: L 3-0 vs. Korea

2011 – Fifth place

Group stages: L 45-10 vs. Canada; L 35-10 vs. Japan;

W 24-16 vs. Austria

Fifth Place Game: L 21-17 vs. Germany

2015 – Group stages: W 31-6 vs. Brazil; W 53-3 vs. Australia

Overall record: 3-8

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Notes and quotes

Notes: Despite this being the third IFAF World Championship in which both nations have competed, the United States and France have never met before. … The United States added to its unbeaten streak in tournament history, clocking up a ninth win since first participating in 2007. … The U.S. is bidding to win a third successive world title and opened with victories over Mexico (30-6) and Japan (43-18). … Having set new records with 8 sacks in a single game and 18.5 tackles for a loss against Mexico, the U.S. threw a tournament record three interceptions against Japan. … Wide receiver Trent Steelman had 7 receptions against Japan, which is joint fourth all-time in a single game. … Wide receiver Luc Meecham’s 23.6 yards average receptions per game vs. Japan ranks seventh all-time. … The U.S. gained a record 580 yards and ran a record 74 total plays vs. Japan. … France is enjoying a best-ever performance at an IFAF World Championship, having won two consecutive games for the first time. … France has scored 84 combined points in two games in 2015, having scored a total of 88 points in eight prior games. …. French kick returner Anthony Dable recorded the second-longest kickoff return for a touchdown – an 82-yard charge to the end zone against Australia – to back up the 102-yard record he spectacularly set only three days earlier when Brazil found him unstoppable. … Dable, who plays for Europe’s top-ranked team and Eurobowl champions Braunschweig New Yorker Lions in Germany, set an average yards per kickoff return of 79 yards against Australia. … Dable’s total of 158 return yards in Thursday’s game ranks second behind the 175 yards recorded by compatriot Jeremy Larroque in 2011 against Japan. … Anthony Couvin’s 83-yard return ranks fourth all-time. … French running back Nicholas Khandar’s 88-yard scoring run against Australia was the longest run from scrimmage and the longest touchdown rush of all-time.

United States free safety Curtis Slater: “I personally know three of the guys because they play in Germany with me, so I know their receiving corps will provide us with some good competition. We know that they’re going to throw the ball and we know that we’re going to have to execute our assignments that we practice each day.”

“Being the United States we have a big target on our backs and everyone is going to give us their best shot.  We just have to make sure we’re doing our job and stay on top of that.”

France head coach Patrick Esume: “We’re going to play this game to win.  We’re not going in there trying to survive against the U.S. – we’re playing to win.  We obviously know that the U.S. is the team to beat, by far, but we’ll try to get our guys to believe in themselves and what we do and then I think coach Val (defensive coordinator Bob Valesente) and I came up with a good plan and we’re going to try to execute it.”

“What really encouraged me was to see how well we ran the ball, especially in the second game (vs. Australia).  Under the conditions we had, when the rain was coming down like crazy, we couldn’t really throw the ball and that’s one of our strengths, throwing the ball and getting out guys that can run out in space.  We couldn’t do that, yet we were able to control and dominate the line of scrimmage and run the ball.  That was encouraging to see.  Against the U.S. we’ve got to put all phases together – offense, defense and special teams and the running game and passing game – and we’ve got to do it all.”

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