2003 Algarve Cup

The 2003 Algarve Cup is the tenth edition of the Algarve Cup, an invitational women's football tournament hosted annually by Portugal. It was held from fourteenth to twentieth day of March 2003.

The USA won the tournament defeating China, 2-0, in the final game.[1]

2003 Algarve Cup
Tournament details
Host country Portugal
Cityvarious cities in Algarve
Dates14-20 March 2003
Teams12 (from 3 confederations)
Final positions
Champions United States (2nd title)
Runners-up China PR
Third place Norway
Fourth place France
Tournament statistics
Matches played24
Goals scored56 (2.33 per match)
Top scorer(s)Sweden Hanna Ljungberg
(4 goals each)


The twelve teams are divided into three groups that played a round-robin group stage, followed by one position play-off match for every team.

With 12 teams participating, the Algarve Cup format has been as follows: Groups A and B, containing the strongest ranked teams, are the only ones in contention to win the title. The group A and B winners contest the final - to win the Algarve Cup. The runners-up play for third place, and those that finish third in the groups play for fifth place. The teams in Group C played for places 7–12. The winner of Group C played the team that finished fourth in Group A or B (whichever has the better record) for seventh place. The Group C runner-up played the team who finishes last in Group A or B (with the worse record) for ninth place. The third and fourth placed teams in Group C played for the eleventh place.

Points awarded in the group stage followed the standard formula of three points for a win, one point for a draw and zero point for a loss. In the case of two teams being tied in a group, their head-to-head result determined their place in the group.

Participating teams

Group stage

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 United States 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 5
 Norway 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
 Sweden 3 0 3 0 3 3 0 3
 Canada 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2
United States 1–1 Canada
Goal 85' Aly Wagner Report
Goal 7' Andrea Neil
Sweden 1–1 Norway
Goal 58' Hanna Ljungberg Goal 40' Dagny Mellgren
Sweden 1–1 Canada
Goal 85' Hanna Ljungberg Report Goal 80' Sharolta Nonen
Norway 0–1 United States
Report Goal 4' Shannon MacMillan
Norway 1–0 Canada
Goal 39' Dagny Mellgren Report
United States 1–1 Sweden
Goal 18' Aly Wagner Report Goal 78' Hanna Ljungberg

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 China PR 3 2 1 0 5 1 +4 7
 France 3 2 0 1 4 3 +1 6
 Finland 3 0 2 1 0 1 −1 2
 Denmark 3 0 1 2 1 5 −4 1
Denmark 0–3 France
Goal 14'53' Marinette Pichon
Goal 85' Élodie Woock
China PR 0–0 Finland
Denmark 0–0 Finland
China PR 3–0 France
Goal 15'66' Sun Wen
Goal 56' Bai Jie
France 1–0 Finland
Goal 55' Hoda Lattaf
China PR 2–1 Denmark
Goal 32' Han Duan
Goal 90' Sun Wen
Goal 66' Mette Jokumsen

Group C

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Greece 3 1 2 0 3 1 +2 5
 Portugal 3 1 2 0 5 4 +1 5
 Republic of Ireland 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1 4
 Wales 3 0 1 2 2 6 −4 1
Portugal 1–1 Wales
Goal 11' Inês Silva Report Goal 47' Cheryl Foster
Republic of Ireland 0–0 Greece
Portugal 1–1 Greece
Goal 88' Carla Couto Report Goal 37' Regina Holan
Republic of Ireland 3–1 Wales
Goal 17'81' Olivia O'Toole
Goal 44' Ciara Grant
Goal 20' Ayshea Martyn
Greece 2–0 Wales
Goal 7' Ana Stavroula
Goal 80' Regina Holan
Portugal 3–2 Republic of Ireland
Goal 45' Edite Fernandes
Goal 43' Ana Rita Gomes
Goal 71' Carla Monteiro
Report Goal 31' Michele O'Brien
Goal 28' Claire Scanlan

Placement play-offs

Eleventh place match

Republic of Ireland 2–2 Wales
Goal 77'83' Claire Scanlan Goal 6' Milly Durrant
Goal 88' Michelle Green

Ninth place match

Denmark 1–0 Portugal
Goal 84' (own goal – Sandra Loureiro) Report

Seventh place match

Canada 7–1 Greece
Goal 5'38'82' Christine Sinclair
Goal 26' Andrea Neil
Goal 41' Kara Lang
Goal 65' Silvana Burtini
Goal 80' Carmelina Moscato
Report Goal 86' Amiel Loseno

Fifth place match

Sweden 5–0 Finland
Goal 10' Salina Olsson
Goal 39'58' Anne-Maria Eriksson
Goal 74' Victoria Svensson
Goal 90' Hanna Ljungberg

Third place match

Norway 1–0 France
Goal 11' Dagny Mellgren


United States 2–0 China PR
Goal 52' Shannon MacMillan
Goal 56' Mia Hamm
 2003 Algarve Cup 

United States
Second title

Final standings

Rank Team
1st, gold medalist(s)  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s)  China PR
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Norway
4  France
5  Sweden
6  Finland
7  Canada
8  Greece
9  Denmark
10  Portugal
11  Republic of Ireland
12  Wales

Goal scorers

4 Sweden Hanna Ljungberg
3 Canada Christine Sinclair
China Sun Wen
Republic of Ireland Claire Scanlan
Norway Dagny Mellgren
2 Canada Andrea Neil
Greece Regina Holan
France Marinette Pichon
Republic of Ireland Olivia O'Toole
Sweden Anne-Maria Eriksson
United States Aly Wagner
United States Shannon MacMillan
25 athletes Canada Carmelina Moscato
Canada Kara Lang Canada Sharolta Nonen Canada Silvana Burtini China Bai Jie
China Han Duan Denmark Mette Jokumsen France Élodie Woock France Hoda Lattaf
Greece Ana Stavroula Greece Amiel Loseno Republic of Ireland Ciara Grant Republic of Ireland Michele O'Brien
Portugal Ana Rita Gomes Portugal Edite Fernandes Portugal Inês Silva Portugal Carla Couto
Portugal Carla Monteiro Sweden Salina Olsson Sweden Victoria Svensson United States Mia Hamm
Wales Ayshea Martyn Wales Cheryl Foster Wales Michelle Green Wales Milly Durrant
1 own goal


  1. ^ "Algarve Women's Cup". Canada Soccer. 21 March 2003. Retrieved 2 February 2017.

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Aly Wagner

Alyson Kay "Aly" Wagner (born August 10, 1980) is a sports broadcaster and retired American soccer midfielder who last played for Los Angeles Sol of Women's Professional Soccer and the United States women's national soccer team. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time FIFA Women's World Cup bronze medalist. She has worked for Fox Sports and ESPN as a soccer analyst. She is the first woman to call a FIFA Men's World Cup game on U.S television, serving as the analyst alongside Derek Rae for Iran's 1-0 win against Morocco on June 15, 2018.

Ane Stangeland Horpestad

Ane Stangeland Horpestad (née Stangeland; born 2 June 1980) is a Norwegian former footballer who captained the Norway women's national football team. A cultured central defender, she represented Klepp and Kolbotn of the top Norwegian league, the Toppserien. She is from the seaside village of Orre in South-West Norway and lives in the town of Sandnes near Stavanger. Before joining Klepp at the age of 16 she played football only on boys' teams.

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.

Canada women's national soccer team

The Canada women's national soccer team (French: Équipe du Canada féminine de soccer) is overseen by the Canadian Soccer Association and competes in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).

The team reached international prominence at the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup, losing in the third place match to the United States. Canada qualified for its first Olympic women's soccer tournament in 2008, making it to the quarterfinals. Canada are two-time CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup champions, and two-time Olympic bronze medalists from London 2012 where they defeated France 1–0 in Coventry and from Rio de Janeiro 2016, after defeating hosts Brazil 2–1 in São Paulo.A certain segment of the Canadian women's soccer fans are closely linked to the U-20 team (U-19 prior to 2006), partly due to Canada hosting the inaugural FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship in 2002, a tournament in which the team won silver in front of 47,784 fans at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta. Canada also hosted the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, where they were eliminated in the quarterfinals by England. Canada set the tournament and team record for attendance in the process, with 1,353,506 and 54,027 respectively.

Canada women's national soccer team results

The following is a list of all results of the Canada women's national soccer team.




Scorers list only the Canadian scorers.

China women's national football team results (2000–09)

This article lists the results for the China women's national football team between 2000 and 2009.

Erin McLeod

Erin Katrina McLeod (born February 26, 1983) is a Canadian soccer player, Olympic bronze medalist and visual artist. A veteran goalkeeper for the Canada women's national soccer team, she also plays for SC Sand. She first appeared for the Canada women's national soccer team at the 2002 Algarve Cup and has since made 116 appearances for the team. In 2012, as part of the Canadian Soccer Association's Centennial Celebration, she was honoured on the All-Time Canada XI women's team.McLeod has represented Canada in three FIFA Women's World Cups: 2007 in China, 2011 in Germany and 2015 in Canada. She has played in two Olympic tournaments: 2008 in Beijing and 2012 in London where she helped Canada win the bronze medal. Before joining FC Rosengård in 2015, she played professional soccer for the Vancouver Whitecaps, Washington Freedom, Dalsjöfors GoIF, Chicago Red Stars, and Houston Dash. She played collegiate soccer for the Southern Methodist University Mustangs as well as the Penn State Nittany Lions where she set several all-time records.

McLeod's most notable and controversial appearance came during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. In the semi-final match against the United States on August 6, the referee ruled that McLeod had broken the six-second handling rule in the 76th minute, when Canada was leading 3–2. A free kick was given to the United States which resulted in a penalty being called on Canadian player Marie-Ève Nault after the ball struck her in the arm. The United States was given a penalty kick, which McLeod did not save. The United States ultimately won the game in overtime, eliminating Canada's chance for the gold medal.McLeod has suffered three ACL injuries to her right knee. The most recent occurred on March 23, 2016 while playing for FC Rosengård that kept her out for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Hanna Ljungberg

Hanna Carolina Ljungberg (born 8 January 1979 in Umeå, Västerbotten) is a Swedish former football player, who played the position of forward. She played for the club side Umeå IK and for the Swedish national football team. She debuted for Sweden, at age 17, on 6 February 1996, when Sweden won 8-0 against Spain.

Ljungberg can be seen in the Sveriges Television documentary television series The Other Sport from 2013.

List of international goals scored by Christine Sinclair

Christine Sinclair is a professional soccer player who has played as a striker for the Canada women's national soccer team since 2000. As of June 24, 2019, her 182 goals in 286 matches ranks second in most career international goals scored by a female or male soccer player worldwide—behind only Abby Wambach with 184 goals. She surpassed Mia Hamm for the number two spot in February 2016. The all-time leading goal scorer and most-capped player of the Canadian national team, Sinclair is also the captain of the team.Sinclair made her debut for the senior team at age 16 at the 2000 Algarve Cup where she was the tournament's leading scorer with three goals. She scored seven goals for Canada at the 2002 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup, which tied for the tournament's lead. Her three goals at the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup helped lead Canada to the team's first fourth-place finish (a team best at the time since the inaugural 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup).At the 2012 London Olympics, Sinclair broke the record of most goals scored in Olympic women's soccer and was awarded the Golden Boot after scoring two goals against South Africa, one against Great Britain, and a hat-trick against the United States in the semifinal. Her performance earned her the honour of Canada's flag bearer in the closing ceremony as well as the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

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