2012 Algarve Cup

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2012 Algarve Cup
Tournament details
Host country Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal
Dates29 February – 7 March 2012
Teams12 (from 3 confederations)
Venue(s)9 (in 9 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsFlag of Germany.svg  Germany (2nd title)
Runners-upFlag of Japan.svg  Japan
Third placeFlag of the United States.svg  United States
Fourth placeFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
Tournament statistics
Matches played24
Goals scored62 (2.58 per match)
Top scorer(s) Flag of Germany.svg Célia Okoyino da Mbabi
(6 goals)
Best player(s) Flag of Japan.svg Aya Miyama
2011
2013

The 2012 Algarve Cup was the nineteenth edition of the Algarve Cup, an invitational women's football tournament held annually in Portugal. It began on 29 February and ended on 7 March 2012.

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.

Contents

Format

The twelve invited teams were split into three groups that played a round-robin tournament.

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.

Groups A and B, containing the strongest ranked teams, were the only ones in contention to win the title. The group winners from A and B contested the final, with the runners-up playing for third place and those that finished third in these two groups playing for fifth place.

The teams in Group C were playing for places 7–12, with the winner of Group C playing the team that finished fourth in Group A or B with the better record for seventh place and the Group C runner-up playing the team which came last in Group A or B with the worse record for ninth place. The third and fourth-placed teams in Group C played for the eleventh place.

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. In the case of two teams being tied on the same amount of points in a group, their head-to-head result determined the higher place.

Teams

Listed are the confirmed teams. [1]

Team FIFA Rankings
(December 2011)
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
1
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
2
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
3
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
5
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark
12
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway
Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland
15
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR
18
Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland
29
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary
34
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal (hosts)
43
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales
46

Match officials

CountryRefereeAssistant referees
Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina Salomé di Iorio
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China PR Liang QinYongmei Cui
Yan Fang
Flag of Cuba.svg Cuba Irazema Aguilera
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic Jana AdámkováAdriana Šecová
Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary Katalin Kulcsár
Flag of Italy.svg Italy Carina Vitulano Manuela Nicolosi
Flag of Japan.svg Japan Nami SatoEmi Chiba
Chie Ohata
Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico Lucila VenegasEnedina Caudillo
Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland Morag Pirie
Flag of Singapore.svg Singapore Abirami Apbai
Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Pernilla Larsson
Flag of Togo.svg Togo Aissata Amegee
Flag of the United States.svg United States Margaret Domka
CountryAssistant referees
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada Marie-Josée Charbonneau
Flag of Colombia.svg Colombia Luzmila Gonzalez
Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica Kimberly Moreira
Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia Sanja Rodak
Flag of Cyprus.svg Cyprus Angela Kyriakou
Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Dominican Republic Milagros Leonardo
Flag of England.svg England Sian Massey
Flag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala Marisol Salazar
Flag of Jamaica.svg Jamaica Stacey Greyson
Flag of Paraguay.svg Paraguay Nadia Weiler
Flag of Romania.svg Romania Petruta Iugulsecu
Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland Eveline Bolli
Flag of Thailand.svg Thailand Supawan Hinthong
Flag of Uganda.svg Uganda Diana Mukasa
Flag of Vietnam.svg Vietnam Thi Kieu
CountryFourth official
Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina Salomé di Iorio
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China PR Liang Qin
Flag of Cuba.svg Cuba Irazema Aguilera
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic Jana Adámková
Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary Katalin Kulcsár
Flag of Italy.svg Italy Carina Vitulano
Flag of Japan.svg Japan Nami Sato
Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico Lucila Venegas
Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland Morag Pirie
Flag of Singapore.svg Singapore Abirami Apbai
Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Pernilla Larsson
Flag of Togo.svg Togo Aissata Amegee
Flag of the United States.svg United States Margaret Domka

Squads

Group stage

All times are local (WET/UTC+0).

Group A

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 330060+69
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 32015506
Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland 310225−33
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 300303−30
Germany  Flag of Germany.svg1–0Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland
Mittag Soccerball shade.svg 25' Report
Estádio Municipal, Lagos
Attendance: 200 [2]
Referee: Jana Adámková (Czech Republic) [2]

Sweden  Flag of Sweden.svg1–0Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR
Göransson Soccerball shade.svg 83' Report
Estádio Municipal, Santo António
Attendance: 207 [3]
Referee: Margaret Domka (United States) [3]

Iceland  Flag of Iceland.svg1–4Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
Lárusdóttir Soccerball shade.svg 21' Report Schelin Soccerball shade.svg 2'
Göransson Soccerball shade.svg 13', 38'
Landström Soccerball shade.svg 33'
Desportivo da Nora Park, Ferreiras
Attendance: 150 [4]
Referee: Morag Pirie (Scotland) [4]

Germany  Flag of Germany.svg1–0Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR
Behringer Soccerball shade.svg 33' (pen.) Report
Estádio Municipal, Santo António
Attendance: 300 [5]
Referee: Katalin Kulcsár (Hungary) [5]

Sweden  Flag of Sweden.svg0–4Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
Report Okoyino da Mbabi Soccerball shade.svg 24', 31', 65'
Popp Soccerball shade.svg 90+2'
Estádio Municipal, Parchal
Attendance: 500 [6]
Referee: Carina Vitulano (Italy) [6]

China PR  Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg0–1Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland
Report Friðriksdóttir Soccerball shade.svg 80'
Estádio Municipal, Lagos
Referee: Lucila Venegas (Mexico)

Group B

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 330051+49
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 320172+56
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 310217−63
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 300325−30
Japan  Flag of Japan.svg2–1Flag of Norway.svg  Norway
Nagasato Soccerball shade.svg 45+1'
Kawasumi Soccerball shade.svg 66'
Report Herlovsen Soccerball shade.svg 17'
Estádio Municipal, Parchal
Referee: Lucila Venegas (Mexico) [7]

United States  Flag of the United States.svg5–0Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark
Morgan Soccerball shade.svg 21', 82'
Wambach Soccerball shade.svg 45+1'
Lloyd Soccerball shade.svg 77'
Leroux Soccerball shade.svg 90+1'
Report
Estádio Municipal, Lagos
Attendance: 300 [8]
Referee: Liang Qin (China PR) [8]

Denmark  Flag of Denmark.svg0–2Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Report Sugasawa Soccerball shade.svg 52'
Ohno Soccerball shade.svg 90+1'
Estádio Municipal, Parchal
Attendance: 250 [9]
Referee: Irazema Aguilera (Cuba) [9]

United States  Flag of the United States.svg2–1Flag of Norway.svg  Norway
Wambach Soccerball shade.svg 52'
Leroux Soccerball shade.svg 83'
Report Thorsnes Soccerball shade.svg 90+3'
Estádio Municipal, Lagos
Attendance: 300 [10]
Referee: Salomé di Iorio (Argentina) [10]

Norway  Flag of Norway.svg0–1Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark
Report Rasmussen Soccerball shade.svg 7'
Desportivo da Nora Park, Ferreiras
Attendance: 223 [11]
Referee: Nami Sato (Japan) [11]

Japan  Flag of Japan.svg1–0Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Takase Soccerball shade.svg 84' Report
Estádio Algarve, Faro
Attendance: 1,000 [12]
Referee: Pernill Larsson (Sweden) [12]

Group C

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 321031+27
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 320162+46
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 310226–43
Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland 301213−21
Republic of Ireland  Flag of Ireland.svg0–1Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary
Report Sipos Soccerball shade.svg 2'
Estádio Municipal, Silves
Referee: Carina Vitulano (Italy) [13]

Portugal  Flag of Portugal.svg0–1Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales
Report James Soccerball shade.svg 90+2'
Estádio Municipal, Parchal
Referee: Pernilla Larsson (Sweden) [14]

Portugal  Flag of Portugal.svg4–0Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary
Rodrigues Soccerball shade.svg 13'
Mendes Soccerball shade.svg 56'
Borges Soccerball shade.svg 64'
Couto Soccerball shade.svg 85'
Report
Estádio Municipal, Parchal
Referee: Abirami Apbai (Singapore) [15]

Wales  Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg0–0Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland
Report
Desportivo da Nora Park, Ferreiras
Referee: Aissata Amegee (Togo) [16]

Hungary  Flag of Hungary.svg1–2Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales
Vágó Soccerball shade.svg 72' Report Lander Soccerball shade.svg 10', 50'
Estádio Municipal, Santo António
Referee: Liang Qin (China PR) [17]

Portugal  Flag of Portugal.svg2–1Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland
Borges Soccerball shade.svg 7', 74' Report Quinn Soccerball shade.svg 29'

Placement play-offs

Eleventh place match

Hungary  Flag of Hungary.svg1–2Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland
Tálosi Soccerball shade.svg 60' Report O'Gorman Soccerball shade.svg 18'
Russell Soccerball shade.svg 52'
Estádio Municipal de Quarteira, Quarteira
Referee: Aissata Amegee (Togo) [19]

Ninth place match

Portugal  Flag of Portugal.svg0–1Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR
Report Ma Xiaoxu Soccerball shade.svg 58'
Estádio Algarve, Faro
Referee: Katalin Kulcsár (Hungary) [20]

Seventh place match

Wales  Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg0–3Flag of Norway.svg  Norway
Report Pedersen Soccerball shade.svg 49', 69', 81'
Estádio Municipal de Loulé, Loulé
Referee: Jana Adámková (Czech Republic) [21]

Fifth place match

Iceland  Flag of Iceland.svg1–3Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark
Magnúsdóttir Soccerball shade.svg 44' Report Troelsgaard Nielsen Soccerball shade.svg 3', 18'
Rasmussen Soccerball shade.svg 88'
Desportivo da Nora Park, Ferreiras
Attendance: 54 [22]
Referee: Salomé di Iorio (Argentina) [22]

Third place match

Sweden  Flag of Sweden.svg0–4Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Report Morgan Soccerball shade.svg 4', 33', 73'
Wambach Soccerball shade.svg 36'
Estádio Municipal, Parchal
Attendance: 400 [23]
Referee: Morag Pirie (Scotland) [23]

Final

Germany  Flag of Germany.svg4–3Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Marozsán Soccerball shade.svg 20'
Okoyino da Mbabi Soccerball shade.svg 22', 88', 90+2'
Report Kawasumi Soccerball shade.svg 35'
Tanaka Soccerball shade.svg 55'
Nagasato Soccerball shade.svg 90'

Goalscorers

6 goals
5 goals
3 goals
Cecilie Pedersen (Norwegian footballer) association football player

Cecilie Pedersen is a Norwegian footballer that plays as a striker for Avaldsnes in Toppserien and the Norway women's national football team.

Ana Borges Portuguese footballer

Ana Catarina Marques Borges is a Portuguese footballer who plays for Sporting CP and the Portugal women's national football team. After initially joining on loan from Chelsea, she made the move back to Portugal permanent in July 2017, just before UEFA Women's Euro 2017. She is an important member of the Portugal national team with over 110 caps.

Antonia Göransson Swedish footballer

Antonia Pia Anna Göransson is a Swedish footballer who plays as a winger, most recently for Fiorentina of Italy's Serie A. A product of Malmö FF's youth system, Göransson began her Damallsvenskan career with Kristianstads DFF in 2008. She moved to Germany in 2010, with SV Hamburg, before joining Turbine Potsdam a year later.

2 goals
1 goal

Final standings