1996 Algarve Cup
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1996 Algarve Cup
1996 Algarve Cup
Tournament details
Host countryPortugal
Teams8 (from 2 confederations)
Final positions
Champions Norway
Runners-up Sweden
Third place China PR
Tournament statistics
Matches played16
Goals scored52 (3.25 per match)
Best player(s)Norway Hege Riise

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]


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

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
Norway 4–1 China PR

Russia 2–1 Portugal

Norway 3–0 Russia

Group B

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Sweden 9 3 3 0 0 10 1 +9
 Denmark 6 3 2 0 1 6 2 +4
 Iceland 3 3 1 0 2 3 5 −2
 Finland 0 3 0 0 3 1 12 −11
Sweden 2–1 Denmark

Iceland 3–1 Finland

Sweden 7–0 Finland

Denmark 3–0 Iceland

Sweden 1–0 Iceland

Denmark 2–0 Finland

Seventh Place

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

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

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


Norway 4–0 Sweden
Goal 8Goal 83 Aarønes
Goal 36Goal 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 competition's history.


 1996 Algarve Cup 

Second title
Best player
Norway Hege Riise


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

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