Category: League of Ireland Internationals

Soccer Bowl International Tournament 1989



A League of Ireland XI travelled to Trinidad in the Caribbean to play in the Soccer Bowl 1989 International Tournament. Having beaten Ecuador (presumably on penalties) after a 1-1 draw in the Semi-Finals, the League of Ireland XI lost to hosts Trinidad & Tobago 1-0 in the Final. Peru finished third defeating Ecuador 2-1 in the Third Place Playoff. Reference: [1-2]. The Quality of opposition for the League of Ireland squad was undeniable with Ecuador and Peru, both South American countries, always strong, and Trinidad & Tobago at the time in line for a 1990 World Cup Finals berth (they would eventually lose out on the last day of Qualifying to USA). Reference: [3-4]

About the Soccer Bowl

The Soccer Bowl 1989 International Tournament was a preseason International Tournament held in Trinidad & Tobago that took its name from the Championship Game of the by then defunct North American Soccer League (1977-1985) Championship Game, also called Soccer Bowl, like Super Bowl in American Football (NFL).

Aerial View of Trinidad with Stadium Visible

Aerial view of cityscape against cloudy sky, Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago. Contributor: shipfactory Reference: [3]

Image References

[3] Contributor: shipfactory (2022) Aerial view of cityscape against cloudy sky, Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago Item ID: 347457122. [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 28 February 2022]

Results References

[1] Anon. / Kier Radnedge (ed.) (1989) “Results” World Soccer. September 1989. Volume 30 Number 1. pg. 55. IPC Magazines, London, England, UK.

[2] Guy Oliver (1989) “Peru” Guinness Record of World Soccer. p. 674. Guinness Publishing, Middlesex, England, UK.

[3] Guy Oliver (1989) “The Fourteenth World Cup” Guinness Record of World Soccer. p. 57-58. Guinness Publishing, Middlesex, England, UK.

[4] Anon. / Kier Radnedge (ed.) (1989) “World Cup Results and Tables” World Soccer. January 1990. Volume 30 Number 4. pg. 59. IPC Magazines, London, England, UK.


Thanks to Jason Caldwell.


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