1996 Algarve Cup

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1996 Algarve Cup
Tournament details
Host country Portugal
Teams 8 (from 2 confederations)
Venue(s) 8
Final positions
ChampionsFlag of Norway.svg  Norway (2nd title)
Runners-upFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
Third placeFlag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR
Tournament statistics
Matches played 16
Goals scored 52 (3.25 per match)
Best player Flag of Norway.svg Hege Riise
1995
1997

The 1996 Algarve Cup was the third edition of the Algarve Cup, an invitational women's association football tournament. It took place between 11 and 17 March 1996 in Portugal with Norway winning the event for the second time in its history, defeating Sweden, 4-0 in the final-game. [1]

The Algarve Cup, nicknamed the Mini FIFA Women's World Cup, is a global invitational tournament for national teams in women's association football hosted by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF). Held annually in the Algarve region of Portugal since 1994, it is one of the most prestigious and longest-running women's international football events.

Womens association football association football when played by women

Women's association football, also commonly known as women's football or women's soccer is the most prominent team sport played by women around the globe. It is played at the professional level in numerous countries throughout the world and 176 national teams participate internationally.

Portugal Republic in Southwestern Europe

Portugal, officially the Portuguese Republic, is a country located mostly on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. It is the westernmost sovereign state of mainland Europe. It is bordered to the west and south by the Atlantic Ocean and to the north and east by Spain. Its territory also includes the Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira, both autonomous regions with their own regional governments.

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Format

China, Iceland and Russia were all invited to appear in the Algarve Cup for the first time replacing Italy, the Netherlands and the United States. China became the first team to compete in the tournament representing the Asian Football Confederation.

China womens national football team womens national association football team representing the Peoples Republic of China

The Chinese women's national football team, recognized as China PR by FIFA, is governed by the Chinese Football Association. The team is colloquially referred to as "Zhōngguó Nǚzú".

Iceland womens national football team womens national association football team representing Iceland

The Iceland women's national football team represents Iceland in international women's football. It is currently ranked as the 19th best national team in the world by FIFA as of June 2018. On October 30, 2008, the national team qualified to the 2009 UEFA Women's Championship, the first major football tournament Iceland take part in, having previously competed in the 1995 UEFA Women's Championship which was a home and away knockout competition. At the 2013 UEFA Women's Championship they've taken their first point in a major championship, following a draw against Norway in the opening game.

Russia womens national football team womens national association football team representing Russia

The Russia women's national football team represents Russia in international women's football. The team is controlled by the Football Union of Russia and affiliated with UEFA. Vera Pauw replaced Igor Shalimov as coach of the team in April 2011.

The eight invited teams were split into two groups that played a round-robin tournament. On completion of this, the fourth placed teams in each group would play each other to determine seventh and eighth place, the third placed teams in each group would play each other to decide fifth and sixth place, the second placed teams in each group would play to determine third and fourth place and the winners of each group would compete for first and second place overall.

A round-robin tournament is a competition in which each contestant meets all other contestants in turn. A round-robin contrasts with an elimination tournament, in which participants are eliminated after a certain number of losses.

Points awarded in the group stage followed the standard formula of three points for a win, one point for a draw and zero points for a loss.

Group A

TeamPtsPldWDLGFGAGD
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 93300101+9
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 6320174+3
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 33102253
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 030031109
Norway  Flag of Norway.svg41Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR

Russia  Flag of Russia.svg21Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal

Norway  Flag of Norway.svg30Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal

China PR  Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg10Flag of Russia.svg  Russia

Norway  Flag of Norway.svg30Flag of Russia.svg  Russia

China PR  Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg50Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal

Group B

TeamPtsPldWDLGFGAGD
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 93300101+9
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 6320162+4
Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland 33102352
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 0300311211
Sweden  Flag of Sweden.svg21Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark

Iceland  Flag of Iceland.svg31Flag of Finland.svg  Finland

Sweden  Flag of Sweden.svg70Flag of Finland.svg  Finland

Denmark  Flag of Denmark.svg30Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland

Sweden  Flag of Sweden.svg10Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland

Denmark  Flag of Denmark.svg20Flag of Finland.svg  Finland

Seventh Place

Portugal  Flag of Portugal.svg30Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
Soccerball shade.svg Couto
Soccerball shade.svg Xavier
Soccerball shade.svg Sequeira
Montechoro, Albufeira

Portugal finished bottom of their group for the third year in a row but defeated Finland 30 to finish seventh in the final overall standings.

Fifth Place

Russia  Flag of Russia.svg11 asdet
(32)
(PSO)
Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland
Bosikova Soccerball shade.svgSoccerball shade.svg Ólafsdóttir

Russia and Iceland faced each other in the fifth place deciding match and with the score level after normal time and an added period of sudden death extra-time, contested the outcome with a penalty shootout. Russia won this 32.

In a sport or game, sudden death is a form of competition where play ends as soon as one competitor is ahead of the others, with that competitor becoming the winner. Sudden death is typically used as a tiebreaker when a contest is tied at the end of regulation (normal) playing time or the completion of the normal playing task.

Third Place

China PR  Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg2–1Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark
Qingmei Soccerball shade.svg
Own goal Soccerball shade.svg
Soccerball shade.svg Petersen

China reached the third place play-off in their first appearance at the Algarve Cup and defeated Denmark to take the bronze medal.

Final

Norway  Flag of Norway.svg40Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
Soccerball shade.svg 8'Soccerball shade.svg 83' Aarønes
Soccerball shade.svg 36'Soccerball shade.svg 71' Pettersen

An all Scandinavian final saw 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup winners Norway beat Sweden 40 and become champions for the second time in the competition's history.

1995 FIFA Womens World Cup 1995 edition of the FIFA Womens World Cup

The 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup, the second edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, was held in Sweden and won by Norway. The tournament featured 12 women's national teams from six continental confederations. The 12 teams were drawn into three groups of four and each group played a round-robin tournament. At the end of the group stage, the top two teams and two best third-ranked teams advanced to the knockout stage, beginning with the quarter-finals and culminating with the final at Råsunda Stadium on 18 June 1995.

Awards

 1996 Algarve Cup 
Flag of Norway.svg
Norway
Second title
Best player
Flag of Norway.svg Hege Riise

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References

  1. "Ny förlust mot Norge" (in Swedish). Dagens nyheter. 18 March 1996. Retrieved 2 February 2017.