American Football is thriving all over the world, especially in Europe. The EU has implemented rules allowing for players from other EU countries to play in other countries. These European “imports” are the foundation to some of the greatest teams in Europe. One of these import players, Arttu Tennberg, was kind enough to answer a few questions about his football experience in Finland as well as his time in Austria this past summer.
AMERICAN FOOTBALL EXPERIENCE
What teams have you played on previously? Porvoon Butchers(Finland), Dresden Monarchs(Germany), and Swarco Raiders Tirol(Austria).
How long have you been playing football? I have played for 13 years. I started in 04 with the Butchers juniors and Went through the whole Junior program, from under 15 to under 21 year olds. Along the way I fell in love with the game and my life started to involve more and more around football. Since I was 20 I started looking for opportunities to play in other countries and playing football. In 2013 I got my first opportunity to play in Germany and enjoyed my me a lot so I decided to do it again. And that is the road I am still on.
LIFE IN AUSTRIA
How do you like it in Austria? Austria is a really nice country. The Tirol area is beautiful and I like the mountains here. The Austrian people are nice and open.
Do you spend a lot of me with teammates or on your own/with other imports? There is a group that goes to the gym a lot together. But other than that I enjoy a lot of me alone. I just enjoy the peace and quiet and going around on my own.
FOOTBALL IN AUSTRIA
How would you compare the football played in Austria to in Finland? It is more professionally run there. The teams have more professional coaches there and the organisations are bigger. The game there is a little faster than in Finland.
What does American Football mean to you?
It is the biggest constant in my life.