1994 Algarve Cup

The 1994 Algarve Cup was the inaugural edition of the Algarve Cup, an invitational women's association football tournament. It took place between 16 and 20 March 1994 in Portugal with Norway winning the event, defeating the USA, 1-0 in the final game. Sweden ended up third defeating Denmark, 1-0, in the game for third prize.[1]

1994 Algarve Cup
Tournament details
Host countryPortugal
Teams6 (from 2 confederations)
Venue(s)7
Final positions
Champions Norway (1st title)
Runners-up United States
Third place Sweden
Tournament statistics
Matches played9
Goals scored27 (3 per match)
Top scorer(s)Norway Ann Kristin Aarønes
(5 goals)
Best player(s)Norway Ann Kristin Aarønes

Format

The inaugural competition was contested between the hosts Portugal, four Scandinavian teams (Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden) and the USA. Only two confederations were thus represented, CONCACAF and UEFA.

The six invited teams were split into two groups that played a round-robin tournament. On completion of this, 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.

  • All times WET (UTC±00:00).

Group A

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 United States 6 2 2 0 0 6 0 +6
 Sweden 3 2 1 0 1 3 1 +2
 Portugal 0 2 0 0 2 0 8 −8
United States 5–0 Portugal
Gabarra Goal 5'31'
Lilly Goal 21'
Milbrett Goal 85'
Foudy Goal 89'
Report
Sweden 3–0 Portugal
Nilsson Goal 11'
Cazuza Goal 25' (o.g.)
Nessvold Goal 76'
Report
United States 1–0 Sweden
Hamm Goal 1' Report

1991 FIFA Women's World Cup winners; the United States, finished in the top position of Group A with maximum points after winning both of their games including defeating the hosts Portugal 5–0.

Group B

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Norway 6 2 2 0 0 12 1 +11
 Denmark 3 2 1 0 1 2 6 −4
 Finland 0 2 0 0 2 0 7 −7
Norway 6–0 Finland
Hegstad Goal 1'
Aarønes Goal 4'33'
Krokan Goal 52'
Sandberg Goal 85'
? Goal (o.g.)
Report
Denmark 1–0 Finland
Rasmussen Goal 1' Report
Norway 6–1 Denmark
Aarønes Goal 9'57'
Riise Goal 14'
Medaln Goal 17'
Hegstad Goal 38'
Carlsen Goal 60'
Report Hansen Goal 1'

Norway, 1991 World Cup runner's up, defeated their neighbours Denmark and Finland by scoring six goals in each match.

Fifth Place

Portugal 2–0 Finland
Couto Goal 55'
Sequeira Goal 68'
Report

Third Place

Sweden 1–0 Denmark
Videkull Goal 1' Report

Final

Norway 1–0 United States
Aarønes Goal 84' Report

In a replay of the 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup Final, Norway once again faced the USA but won on this occasion.

Awards

 1994 Algarve Cup 

Norway
First title
Best player
Norway Ann Kristin Aarønes

Goalscorers

5 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goal

References

  1. ^ "Damerna vann bronsmatch" (in Swedish). Dagens nyheter. 20 March 1994. Retrieved 2 February 2017.

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Briana Scurry

Briana Collette Scurry (born September 7, 1971) is an American retired soccer goalkeeper and current assistant coach of the Washington Spirit. Scurry was the starting goalkeeper for the United States women's national soccer team at the 1995 World Cup (3rd place), 1996 Summer Olympics (gold medal), 1999 World Cup (champions), 2003 World Cup (3rd place), and the 2004 Summer Olympic Games (gold medal). She played in the semi-final and playoff for third place in the 2007 Women's World Cup (3rd place). She was a founding member of the WUSA, playing three seasons as starting goalkeeper for the Atlanta Beat (2001–2003).

Her career total of 173 international appearances is the second most among female soccer goalkeepers. It is also the fifteenth most of any American female player, and the thirty-second most among all women.

Scurry was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame on August 3, 2017. She was the first woman goalkeeper and first black woman to be awarded the honor.

Norway women's national football team

The Norway women's national football team is controlled by the Football Association of Norway. The team is former European, World and Olympic champions and thus one of the most successful national teams. The team has had less success since the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.

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