1997 Algarve Cup

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]

1997 Algarve Cup
Tournament details
Host countryPortugal
Teams8 (from 2 confederations)
Final positions
Champions Norway (3rd title)
Runners-up China PR
Third place Sweden
Tournament statistics
Matches played16
Goals scored41 (2.56 per match)
Best player(s)Norway Marianne Pettersen


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

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
China PR 3–0 Portugal
Sweden 4–0 Netherlands
China PR 1–0 Netherlands
Sweden 4–0 Portugal
China PR 2–0 Sweden
Netherlands 1–0 Portugal

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

Netherlands 1–0 Finland

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 2 February 2017.

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China women's national football team results (1990–99)

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Liesbeth Migchelsen

Liesbeth Migchelsen (born 11 March 1971, Harderwijk) is a Dutch former footballer who represented the Netherlands women's national team 95 times between 1990 and 2008. She is the brother of former footballer Theo Migchelsen.Micgchelsen played in Germany for FFC Heike Rheine and in The Netherlands for S.V. Fortuna Wormerveer and AZ Alkmaar.She coached Australian W-League team Canberra United FC from 2013 to 2014.

Tone Gunn Frustøl

Tone Gunn Frustøl (born 21 June 1975) is a former Norwegian footballer, world champion and Olympic medalist.

She debuted for the Norwegian national team in 1994, and played 32 matches for the national team.

She received a bronze medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.Frustøl sat out the 2000 season, but returned to Asker for 2001 after God told her to. She later signed for Amazon Grimstad in 2006 but was one of four players to be summarily dismissed in mid season, due to a sudden cash crisis.

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