1996 Algarve Cup

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1996 Algarve Cup
Tournament details
Host country Portugal
Teams (from 2 confederations)
Venue(s) 8
Final positions
Champions  Norway (2nd title)
Runners-up  Sweden
Third place  China PR
Tournament statistics
Matches played 16
Goals scored 52 (3.25 per match)
Best player Norway 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.

Format[edit]

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.

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.

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[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Norway 9 3 3 0 0 10 1 +9
 China PR 6 3 2 0 1 7 4 +3
 Russia 3 3 1 0 2 2 5 −3
 Portugal 0 3 0 0 3 1 10 −9
March 11, 1996
Norway  4–1  China PR

March 11, 1996
Russia  2–1  Portugal

March 13, 1996
Norway  3–0  Portugal

March 13, 1996
China PR  1–0  Russia

March 15, 1996
Norway  3–0  Russia

March 15, 1996
China PR  5–0  Portugal

Group B[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Sweden 9 3 3 0 0 10 1 +10
 Denmark 6 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3
 Iceland 3 3 1 0 2 3 5 −2
 Finland 0 3 0 0 3 1 12 −11
March 11, 1996
Sweden  2–1  Denmark

March 11, 1996
Iceland  3–1  Finland

March 13, 1996
Sweden  7–0  Finland

March 13, 1996
Denmark  3–0  Iceland

March 15, 1996
Sweden  1–0  Iceland

March 15, 1996
Denmark  2–0  Finland

Seventh Place[edit]

March 17, 1996
Portugal  3–0  Finland
Goal Couto
Goal Xavier
Goal Sequeira
Montechoro, Albufeira

Portugal finished bottom of their group for the third year in a row but defeated Finland 3–0 to finish seventh in the final overall standings.

Fifth Place[edit]

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 3–2.

Third Place[edit]

March 17, 1996
China PR  2–1  Denmark
Qingmei Goal
Own goal Goal
Goal 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[edit]

March 17, 1996
Norway  4–0  Sweden
Goal 8'Goal 83' Aarønes
Goal 36'Goal 71' Pettersen

An all Scandinavian final saw 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup winners Norway beat Sweden 4–0 and become champions for the second time in the competitions history.

Awards[edit]

 1996 Algarve Cup 

Norway
Second title
Best player
Norway Hege Riise

External links[edit]