1998 Algarve Cup

The 1998 Algarve Cup was the fifth edition of the Algarve Cup, an invitational women's association football tournament. It took place between 15 and 21 March 1998 in Portugal with Norway winning the event for the fourth time in its history defeating Denmark, 4-1, in the final-game. The USA ended up third defeating Sweden, 3-1, in the third prize game.[1]

1998 Algarve Cup
Tournament details
Host countryPortugal
Teams8 (from 3 confederations)
Final positions
Champions Norway (4th title)
Runners-up Denmark
Third place United States
Tournament statistics
Matches played16
Goals scored47 (2.94 per match)
Best player(s)Norway Marianne Pettersen


The United States returned to the tournament, replacing Iceland.

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 6 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3
 United States 6 3 2 0 1 7 5 +2
 China PR 6 3 2 0 1 3 4 −1
 Finland 0 3 0 0 3 0 4 −4
Norway 0–1 China PR
United States 2–0 Finland
Norway 1–0 Finland
Goal Riise
United States 4–1 China PR
Norway 4–1 United States
GoalGoal Pettersen
Goal Riise
Goal Lehn
China PR 1–0 Finland

Group B

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Denmark 7 3 2 1 0 8 0 +8
 Sweden 7 3 2 1 0 3 0 +3
 Netherlands 3 3 1 0 2 2 8 −6
 Portugal 0 3 0 0 3 1 6 −5
Denmark 0–0 Sweden
Netherlands 2–1 Portugal
Sweden 2–0 Portugal
Denmark 6–0 Netherlands
Goal 2' Goal 46' Gitte Krogh
Goal 9' Goal 20'Birgit Christensen
Goal 77' Anne Dot Eggers Nielsen
Goal 83' Hanne Nørregaard
Denmark 2–0 Portugal
Goal 15' Christina B. Petersen
Goal 60' Lene R. Jensen
Sweden 1–0 Netherlands

Seventh Place

Portugal 2–2
Goal Patrícia
Goal Carla Couto

Portugal finished bottom of their group for the fifth year in a row but won the match to decide seventh place on penalties after a 2–2 draw with Finland.

Fifth Place

China PR 3–2 Netherlands

Third Place

United States 3–1 Sweden
Goal 39' Foudy
Goal 85' (pen.) Chastain
Goal 87' Lilly
Goal 29' Ljungberg


Norway 4–1 Denmark
Goal 44' Haugenes
Goal 64' Lehn
Goal 82' Ørmen
Goal 84' Medalen
Goal 87' (pen.)


 1998 Algarve Cup 

Fourth title
Best player
Norway Marianne Pettersen


  1. ^ "Sverige trivs inte mot USA". Dagens nyheter. 21 March 1998. Retrieved 2 February 2017.

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