1997 Algarve Cup
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1997 Algarve Cup
1997 Algarve Cup
Tournament details
Host countryPortugal
Teams8 (from 2 confederations)
Final positions
Champions Norway
Runners-up China PR
Third place Sweden
Tournament statistics
Matches played16
Goals scored41 (2.56 per match)
Best player(s)Norway Marianne Pettersen

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 Netherlands returned to the tournament, replacing Russia.

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 14 1 +13
 Denmark 6 3 2 0 1 6 4 +2
 Finland 3 3 1 0 2 3 7 −4
 Iceland 0 3 0 0 3 1 12 −11
Denmark 4–1 Iceland

Norway 5–1 Finland

Norway 6–0 Iceland

Denmark 2–0 Finland

Norway 3–0 Denmark

Finland 2–0 Iceland
Montechoro, Albufeira

Group B

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 China PR 9 3 3 0 0 6 0 +6
 Sweden 6 3 2 0 1 8 2 +6
 Netherlands 3 3 1 0 2 1 5 −4
 Portugal 0 3 0 0 3 0 8 −8

Sweden 4–0 Portugal

China PR 2–0 Sweden

Montechoro, Albufeira

Seventh Place

Iceland 0–0

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

Third Place

Sweden 0–0

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


Norway 1–0 China PR
Goal 75 (pen.) Riise

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


 1997 Algarve Cup 

Third title
Best player
Norway Marianne Pettersen


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

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