1999 Algarve Cup

The 1999 Algarve Cup was the sixth edition of the Algarve Cup, an invitational women's association football tournament. It took place between 14 and 20 March 1999 in Portugal with China winning the event defeating the US, 2-1, in the final game. The Chinese triumph also became China's first victory against the USA since 1993.[1]

1999 Algarve Cup
Tournament details
Host countryPortugal
Teams8 (from 3 confederations)
Final positions
Champions China PR (1st title)
Runners-up United States
Third place Norway
Tournament statistics
Matches played16
Goals scored40 (2.5 per match)
Top scorer(s)United States Tiffeny Milbrett


The host and the seven teams invited are Australia, China, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Portugal, Sweden and the United States.

The eight teams were split into two groups that played a round-robin group stage. On completion of this, the fourth placed teams from each group would playoff to determine seventh and eighth place, the third placed teams from 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 the groups would compete for first and second place.

Points awarded in the group stage are three points for a win, one point for a draw and none for a loss.

Group A

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 United States 7 3 2 1 0 7 2 +5
 Norway 6 3 2 0 1 4 3 +1
 Sweden 2 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1
 Finland 1 3 0 1 2 0 5 −5
United States 1–1 Sweden
Goal Tiffeny Milbrett Report Goal Linda Fagerström
Norway 1–0 Finland
Goal Marianne Pettersen
Norway 2–1 Sweden
Goal Linda Medalen
Goal Anita Rapp
Goal Malin Andersson
United States 4–0 Finland
GoalGoal Tiffeny Milbrett
Goal Brandi Chastain
Goal Cindy Parlow
United States 2–1 Norway
Goal Julie Foudy
Goal Kristine Lilly
Report Goal Ann Kristin Aarønes
Sweden 0–0 Finland

Group B

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 China PR 9 3 3 0 0 8 0 +8
 Denmark 4 3 1 1 1 6 3 +3
 Australia 2 3 0 2 1 1 3 −2
 Portugal 1 3 0 1 2 0 9 −9
Denmark 1–1 Australia
Goal Louise Hansen Goal Julie Murray
China PR 4–0 Portugal
Goal 2'Goal 12' Sun Wen
Goal 20' Liu Ying
Goal 34' Pu Wei
China PR 2–0 Denmark
Goal Pu Wei
Goal (own goal)
Portugal 0–0 Australia
Denmark 5–0 Portugal
Goal 38' (own goal)
Goal 44' Merete Pedersen
Goal 45' Janne Rasmussen
Goal 66' Jeanne Axelsen
Goal 77' Mette Jokumsen
Australia 0–2 China PR
Goal Sun Wen
Goal Liu Ying

Seventh place

Portugal 2–1 Finland
Goal 9' Carla Couto
Goal 36' Adilia Martins
Report Goal 70' Julia Uusmalmi

Portugal finished bottom of their group for the sixth year in a row but won the seventh place playoff with a 2–1 win against Finland.

Fifth place

Australia 1–1
Goal Julie Murray Goal Malin Gustafsson

Third place

Norway 2–2
Goal 69' (own goal)
Goal 82' Cecilie Bendiksen
report (nor.) report (den.) Goal 65' Janne Rasmussen
Goal 90' Merete Pedersen


China PR 2–1 United States
Goal 16' Pu Wei
Goal 65' Jin Yan
Report Goal 45' Tiffeny Milbrett

Final standings

Rank Team
1st, gold medalist(s)  China PR
2nd, silver medalist(s)  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Norway
4  Denmark
5  Australia
6  Sweden
7  Portugal
8  Finland

Goal scorers

United States Tiffeny Milbrett
China Jin Yan
Australia Julie Murray
China Pu Wei
China Sun Wen
China Liu Ying
Denmark Jeanee Axelsen
Denmark Mette Jokumsen
Norway Cecilie Bendiksen
15 athletes
1 own goal
 1999 Algarve Cup 

China PR
First title


  1. ^ "Soccer; Algarve Cup Goes to China". New York Times. 21 March 1999. Retrieved 2 February 2017.

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