Brisbane Lions

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The Brisbane Lions are an Australian rules football club that plays in the AFL. The club is based in Brisbane, Queensland. It is the most successful AFL club during the last decade (2000–2009), having appeared in four consecutive AFL Grand Finals between 2001 to 2004, winning three (2001, 2002 and 2003).



On 4 July 1996 the Australian Football League (AFL) approved the first ever club merger in VFL/AFL history. The Brisbane Bears and the Fitzroy Lions combined to form the Brisbane Lions. The merged entity played its home games at The Gabba.

Prior to the merge the Brisbane Bears had enjoyed a successful season, losing a preliminary final to the eventual premiers, North Melbourne. In contrast, Fitzroy had finished in last place for two successive seasons, although they contained a number of promising young players.

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