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There are three NFL fixtures coming to London this year.
There have been 21 games in the city since 2007, when the NFL started scheduling games here.
Sky Sports now shows as many NFL games per week as Premier League matches.
Around 90,000 fans will flock to Wembley today to watch the Seattle Seahawks take on the Oakland Raiders. THE
NFL returns to London today as the Oakland Raiders face Seattle Seahawks at Wembley Stadium. The gridiron game, Isobel Dickinson writes, has really kicked off among Brits, with reports showing tickets are now more in demand than those for Glastonbury and Beyoncé. WHO IS PLAYING IN THE NFL LONDON GAMES?
GAME 1 (Today): Oakland Raiders v Seattle Seahawks, below, (at Wembley Stadium – moved from Tottenham’s new stadium after the opening was delayed) GAME 2 (October 21): LA Chargers v Tennessee Titans (at Wembley) GAME 3 (October 28): Jacksonville Jags v Philadelphia Eagles (at Wembley)
PRINCESS Eugenie’s tiny troop are on parade in this official photograph of her wedding to Jack Brooksbank.Cheeky Prince George grins as his sister Charlotte, Savannah and Isla Phillips, Mia Tindall, Maud Windsor and Louis de Givenchy gather sweetly alongside the newlyweds. Theodora Williams also posed but she wasn’t the only Williams to take a starring role.Her dad Robbie, 44, gave an impromptu performance of his hit Angels at the reception.The couple shared a kiss in their carriage before glamming up for the evening do. ITV’s wedding coverage averaged 3million viewers.
Around a third of NFL sides are named after animals (eg Cincinnati Bengals). Buffalo Bills are named after a famous cowboy.WAGs include Gisele Bundchen (Tom Brady), Olivia Munn (ex of Aaron Rodgers), Adriana Lima (Julian Edelman) and Jessica Simpson (ex of Tony Romo).There are 10 Brits in the NFL. The highest profile is running back Jay Ajayi.During Super Bowl Sunday, NFL’s biggest game of the year, more than $1.3billion is spent on beer.Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl last year.
Games last for four 15-minute quarters, but average, with ad breaks and stoppages, 180mins.There are32 NFL teams,12 more than in football’s Premier League.
Research shows there are more than 13million NFL fans in the UK.The UK’s “home” team is, unofficially, Jacksonville Jaguars who play here every year.Jaguars chief Shahid Khan, right, who also owns Fulham, wants to buy Wembley.
■STARS: Gisele Bundchen and, below, Russell Wilson of the Seahawks