National Football League International Preseason American Bowl in Europe 1986-1997

NFL American Bowl 1997 Official Programme
NFL American Bowl 1997 Official Programme [Reference: 1][Photo Credit: Enda Mulcahy]

American Bowls in Europe 1986-1997

DateVenueWinning TeamRunners-Up
03.08.86London, ENGChicago Bears17Dallas Cowboys6
09.08.87London, ENGLA Rams28Denver Broncos7
31.07.88London, ENGMiami Dolphins27San Francisco 49ers21
06.08.89London, ENGPhiladelphia Eagles17Cleveland Browns13
05.08.90London, ENGNew Orleans Saints17LA Raiders10
11.08.90Berlin, GERLA Rams19Kansas City Chiefs3
28.07.91London, ENGBuffalo Bills17Philadelphia Eagles13
03.08.91Berlin, GERSan Francisco 49ers21Chicago Bears7
15.08.92Berlin, GERMiami Dolphins31Denver Broncos27
16.08.92London, ENGSan Francisco 49ers17Washington Redskins15
01.08.93Barcelona, ESPSan Francisco 49ers21Pittsburgh Steelers14
07.08.93Berlin, GERMinnesota Vikings20Buffalo Bills6
31.07.94Barcelona, ESPLA Raiders25Denver Broncos22
13.08.94Berlin, GERNY Giants28San Diego Chargers20
27.07.97Dublin, IRLPittsburgh Steelers30Chicago Bears17
[References: 2]


The American Bowl, played in Europe from 1986-1997, was the first NFL attempt at promoting the game on the continent. It followed on from regular weekly highlight broadcasts on National TV, and featured Pre-Season games between NFL teams. Matches were played in London, Berlin, Barcelona and Dublin, with the NFL focussing on promoting the World League of American Football / NFL Europe League from 1995 onwards, with the Pittsburgh Steelers v Chicago Bears game in Dublin in 1997, being the last in Europe (a 30-17 win for the Steelers). The American Bowl continued to be held in Tokyo, Mexico City & Sydney from the mid-1990s onwards.



[1] Picture Credit:  NFL American Bowl 1997 Official Programme – Pittsburgh Steelers v Chicago Bears – Croke Park, Dublin – Authors’ Personal Collection


[2] National Football League (2014) “2014 National Football League Record & Factbook | International Games” pg. 508. New York, USA


Thanks to Cillian Smith, Michael Smith & Michael Brophy, Irish American Football Association

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Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

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Last Updated: 4 March 2019

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