Zenith Data Systems Challenge Trophy

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The Zenith Data Systems Challenge Trophy was a soccer tournament, labelled as an unofficial World Club Championship[1] and sponsored by Zenith Data Systems,[2] that was played in the summer of 1989 in Miami, Florida. Opponents were Arsenal FC, the English champion, and the best Argentinian team, Independiente.[3]

Arsenal became the unofficial World Champion after a difficult 2-1 win at the Joe Robbie (now Sun Life) Stadium. David Rocastle scored two times with the temporary equalizer by Carlos Alfaro Moreno for South-American players.

The Match[edit]

Played at the Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami, Florida, U.S.A.

  • 06-08-1989 Arsenal FC (GBR) – Independiente (ARG) 2-1
  • Att: 10,042
  • Goals: David Rocastle, Alfaro Moreno, David Rocastle (penalty)
  • Yellow cards: O'Leary, Dixon, Caesar (Arsenal), Delgado, Monzon, Altamirano (Independiente)
  • Red cards: Monzon (Independiente), Lewin (Arsenal, physioterapist)


  1. ^ Perry Groves and John Mc Shane, 2006. We all live in a Perry Groves world, John Blake Publishing Ltd, London.
  2. ^ John M. Williams and Stephen Wagg, 1991. British football and social change: getting into Europe, Leicester University press, Leicester, London and New York.
  3. ^ Charles Reynell, 1992. Business & Economics, The Economist, Volume 324, Issues 7766-7778, page 69.

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