1997 Algarve Cup

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1997 Algarve Cup
Tournament details
Host country Portugal
Teams 8 (from 2 confederations)
Venue(s) 9
Final positions
ChampionsFlag of Norway.svg  Norway (3rd title)
Runners-upFlag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR
Third placeFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
Tournament statistics
Matches played 16
Goals scored 41 (2.56 per match)
Best player Flag of Norway.svg Marianne Pettersen
1996
1998

The 1997 Algarve Cup was the fourth edition of the Algarve Cup, an invitational women's association football tournament. It took place between 10 and 16 March 1997 in Portugal with Norway winning the event for the third time in its history, defeating the PR China, 1-0 in the final-game. Sweden ended up third defeating Denmark, 6-5 following a penalty shootout, in the third prize-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

The Netherlands returned to the tournament, replacing Russia.

Netherlands womens national football team Womens national association football team representing the Netherlands

The Netherlands women's national football team is directed by the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB), which is a member of UEFA and FIFA.

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 93300141+13
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 6320164+2
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 33102374
Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland 0300311211
Denmark  Flag of Denmark.svg 41 Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland

Norway  Flag of Norway.svg 51 Flag of Finland.svg  Finland

Norway  Flag of Norway.svg 60 Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland

Denmark  Flag of Denmark.svg 20 Flag of Finland.svg  Finland

Norway  Flag of Norway.svg 30 Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark

Finland  Flag of Finland.svg 20 Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland
Montechoro, Albufeira

Group B

TeamPtsPldWDLGFGAGD
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 9330060+6
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 6320182+6
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 33102154
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 03003088
China PR  Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 30 Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal

Sweden  Flag of Sweden.svg 40 Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands

China PR  Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 10 Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands

Sweden  Flag of Sweden.svg 40 Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal

China PR  Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 20 Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden

Netherlands  Flag of the Netherlands.svg 10 Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal
Montechoro, Albufeira

Seventh Place

Iceland  Flag of Iceland.svg 00
(43)
(PSO)
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal

Portugal finished bottom of their group for the fourth year in a row and lost the seventh place play-off on penalties to Iceland.

Fifth Place

Netherlands  Flag of the Netherlands.svg 10 Flag of Finland.svg  Finland

Third Place

Sweden  Flag of Sweden.svg 00
(65)
(PSO)
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark

1996 runners up Sweden finished in third place overall after winning a penalty shootout following a goalless game.

Final

Norway  Flag of Norway.svg 10 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR
Soccerball shade.svg 75' (pen.) Riise

Norway won the competition for the third time thanks to Hege Riise's 75th-minute penalty.

Hege Riise is a female footballer from Norway.

Awards

 1997 Algarve Cup 
Flag of Norway.svg
Norway
Third title
Best player
Flag of Norway.svg Marianne Pettersen

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References

  1. "Sverige trea i Algarve Cup" (in Swedish). Dagens nyheter. 17 March 1996. Retrieved 2 February 2017.