Sehr gut: German OL Sven Breidenbach, LB Niklas Liesen invited to CFL combine

Offensive lineman Sven Breidenbach and linebacker Niklas Liesen have been extended invitations to showcase their skills for Canadian Football League general managers, coaches and scouts in Toronto at the CFL Combine from March 26-28.

The pair were among 37 players who participated in the CFL Global Combine in Germany, conducted in association with the German Football League.

“We saw a strong competition for the spots in the main CFL Combine,” said Peter Springwald, the German federation’s vice-president of sports operations. “All the players were extremely well prepared and lived up to the high standards of German American football.”

During the 2019 season, CFL rosters featured, for the first time ever, one designated ‘global player’ from outside the U.S. and Canada on each team’s active roster and as many as two more on their practice rosters.

In 2020, the number of global players per team will increase to two on the active roster and up-to-three on the practice roster, with as many as 45 global players competing in the league.

Global players invited to the CFL Combine

Global Combine Players
Finland Micky Kyei
Sebastien Sagne
Sweden Williams James
France Tony Anderson
Anthony Mahoungou
Italy Lorenzo Dalle Piagee
Great Britain David Izinyon
Germany Sven Breidenbach
Niklas Liesen


The full list of global players invited to Toronto will be announced following the completion of the 10 Global Combines. The 2020 CFL Global Draft is slated for April 16.

CFL Global combine schedule

Date Location
February 1 Tokyo, Japan
February 2 Osaka, Japan
February 29 Copenhagen, Denmark
March 15 Mexico City, Mexico

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