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Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ by FELIC­ITY CROSS

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

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