1998 Algarve Cup

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1998 Algarve Cup
Tournament details
Host country Portugal
Teams 8 (from 3 confederations)
Venue(s) 9
Final positions
ChampionsFlag of Norway.svg  Norway (4th title)
Runners-upFlag of Denmark.svg  Denmark
Third placeFlag of the United States.svg  United States
Tournament statistics
Matches played 16
Goals scored 47 (2.94 per match)
Best player Flag of Norway.svg Marianne Pettersen
1997
1999

The 1998 Algarve Cup was the fifth edition of the Algarve Cup, an invitational women's association football tournament. It took place between 15 and 21 March 1998 in Portugal with Norway winning the event for the fourth time in its history defeating Denmark, 4-1, in the final-game. The USA ended up third defeating Sweden, 3-1, 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 United States returned to the tournament, replacing Iceland.

United States womens national soccer team womens national association football team representing the United States

The United States Women's National Soccer Team (USWNT) represents the United States in international women's soccer. The team is the most successful in international women's soccer, winning three Women's World Cup titles, four Olympic women's gold medals, eight CONCACAF Gold Cup wins, and ten Algarve Cups. It medaled in every single World Cup and Olympic tournament in women's soccer history from 1991 to 2015, before being knocked out in the quarterfinal of the 2016 Summer Olympics. The team is governed by United States Soccer Federation and competes in CONCACAF.

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.

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 6320152+3
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 6320175+2
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 63201341
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 03003044
Norway  Flag of Norway.svg 01 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR

United States  Flag of the United States.svg 20 Flag of Finland.svg  Finland

Norway  Flag of Norway.svg 10 Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
Soccerball shade.svg Riise

United States  Flag of the United States.svg 41 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR

Norway  Flag of Norway.svg 41 Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Soccerball shade.svgSoccerball shade.svg Pettersen
Soccerball shade.svg Riise
Soccerball shade.svg Lehn

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

Group B

TeamPtsPldWDLGFGAGD
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 7321080+8
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 7321030+3
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 33102286
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 03003165
Denmark  Flag of Denmark.svg 00 Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden

Netherlands  Flag of the Netherlands.svg 21 Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal

Sweden  Flag of Sweden.svg 20 Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal

Denmark  Flag of Denmark.svg 60 Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
Soccerball shade.svg 2'Soccerball shade.svg 46' Gitte Krogh
Soccerball shade.svg 9'Soccerball shade.svg 20' Birgit Christensen
Soccerball shade.svg 77' Anne Dot Eggers Nielsen
Soccerball shade.svg 83' Hanne Nørregaard
report

Denmark  Flag of Denmark.svg 20 Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal
Soccerball shade.svg 15' Christina B. Petersen
Soccerball shade.svg 60' Lene R. Jensen
report
Montechoro, Albufeira

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

Seventh Place

Portugal  Flag of Portugal.svg 22
(42)
(PSO)
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
Soccerball shade.svg Patrícia
Soccerball shade.svg Carla Couto

Portugal finished bottom of their group for the fifth year in a row but won the match to decide seventh place on penalties after a 22 draw with Finland.

Fifth Place

China PR  Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 32 Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands

Third Place

United States  Flag of the United States.svg 31 Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
Soccerball shade.svg 39' Foudy
Soccerball shade.svg 85' (pen.) Chastain
Soccerball shade.svg 87' Lilly
Soccerball shade.svg 29' Ljungberg

Final

Norway  Flag of Norway.svg 41 Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark
Soccerball shade.svg 44' Haugenes
Soccerball shade.svg 64' Lehn
Soccerball shade.svg 82' Ørmen
Soccerball shade.svg 84' Medalen
Soccerball shade.svg 87' (pen.)

Awards

 1998 Algarve Cup 
Flag of Norway.svg
Norway
Fourth title
Best player
Flag of Norway.svg Marianne Pettersen

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