2005 Algarve Cup

The 2005 Algarve Cup is the 12th edition of the Algarve Cup, an invitational women's football tournament held annually in Portugal. It took place 9–15 March 2005. The USA won the tournament defeating Germany, 1-0, in the final-game. The tournament victory was the fourth for the US, and their third in a row.[1]

2005 Algarve Cup
Tournament details
Host country Portugal
Dates9–15 March
Teams12 (from 3 confederations)
Final positions
Champions United States (4th title)
Runners-up Germany
Third place France
Fourth place Sweden
Tournament statistics
Matches played24
Goals scored71 (2.96 per match)
Top scorer(s)United States Christie Welsh
(5 goals)
Best player(s)Germany Birgit Prinz
Best goalkeeperNorway Bente Nordby


The twelve invited teams are split into three groups that played a round-robin tournament.

Since the expansion to 12 teams in 2002, 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 points for a loss. In the case of two teams being tied on the same number of points in a group, their head-to-head result determined the higher place.


Team FIFA Rankings
(December 2004)
 United States
 China PR
 Portugal (hosts)
 Northern Ireland

Group stage

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Germany 3 3 0 0 8 1 +7 9
 Sweden 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 4
 Norway 3 1 1 1 3 6 −3 4
 China PR 3 0 0 3 1 6 −5 0
Norway 2-1 China PR
Rønning Goal 57'
Wiik Goal 76'
Han Duan Goal 68'
Sweden 1-2 Germany
Johansson Goal 68' Smisek Goal 6'
Prinz Goal 77'
China PR 0-2 Sweden
Östberg Goal 35'
Johansson Goal 39'
Germany 4-0 Norway
Mittag Goal 15'
Prinz Goal 56', Goal 58'
Pohlers Goal 65'
China PR 0-2 Germany
Smisek Goal 18'
Wunderlich Goal 80'
Sweden 1-1 Norway
Seger Goal 18' Kaufmann Goal 84'

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 United States 3 3 0 0 8 0 +8 9
 France 3 2 0 1 4 3 +1 6
 Denmark 3 1 0 2 5 7 −2 3
 Finland 3 0 0 3 2 9 −7 0
Denmark 4-1 Finland
France 0-1 United States
Report Welsh Goal 20'
United States 3-0 Finland
Welsh Goal 8', Goal 41'
Wambach Goal 52'
Denmark 1-2 France
Pedersen Goal 18' Pichon Goal 16' (pen)
Diacre Goal 90'
United States 4-0 Denmark
Lilly Goal 6', Goal 58'
Wambach Goal 15'
Welsh Goal 28'
Finland 1-2 France
Mäkinen Goal 29' Pichon Goal 51'
Dusang Goal 85'

Group C

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 England 3 3 0 0 13 0 +13 9
 Mexico 3 2 0 1 4 6 −2 6
 Northern Ireland 3 1 0 2 2 7 −5 3
 Portugal 3 0 0 3 2 8 −6 0
England 4-0 Northern Ireland
Carney Goal 32'
Exley Goal 53', Goal 89'
McArthur Goal 56'
Portugal 1-2 Mexico
Tânia Pinto Goal 11' Report Leyva Goal 52'
Leticia Villalpando Goal 72'
England 4-0 Portugal
Stoney Goal 10'
Yankey Goal 30', Goal 90'
Barr Goal 77'
Mexico 2-0 Northern Ireland
Pérez Goal 23'
González Goal 31'
England 5-0 Mexico
Williams Goal 2', Goal 68'
Handley Goal 34'
Yankey Goal 52'
Smith Goal 78'
Northern Ireland 2-1 Portugal
Hall Goal 18'
Hutton Goal 25'
Report Carneiro Goal 38'

Placement play-offs

Eleventh place match

Portugal 3-1 Northern Ireland
Paula Cristina Goal 58'
Dani Goal 82'
Couto Goal 86'
Report McFadden Goal 39'

Ninth place match

Finland 1-1 Mexico
Levya Goal 40' (o.g.) González Goal 67'

Seventh place match

China PR 0-0 England

Fifth place match

Norway 2-1 Denmark
Christensen Goal 18'
Rønning Goal 22'
Pedersen Goal 13'

Third place match

Sweden 2-3 France
Johansson Goal 37', Goal 64' Georges Goal 5'
BéghéGoal 53'
Lattaf Goal 79'


Germany 0-1 United States
Report Welsh Goal 23'
United States
GK 1 Silke Rottenberg
DF 2 Kerstin Stegemann
DF 17 Ariane Hingst
DF 4 Steffi Jones
DF 5 Sarah Günther Substituted off 70'
MF 18 Kerstin Garefrekes
MF 14 Britta Carlson Substituted off 32'
MF 6 Renate Lingor Substituted off 86'
MF 20 Conny Pohlers Substituted off 46'
FW 9 Birgit Prinz (c)
FW 11 Anja Mittag Substituted off 66'
DF 3 Sonja Fuss Substituted in 70'
MF 16 Viola Odebrecht Substituted in 32'
MF 13 Celia Okoyino Da Mbabi Substituted in 86'
MF 7 Pia Wunderlich Substituted in 83'
FW 8 Sandra Smisek Substituted in 66'
Germany Tina Theune-Meyer
GK 1 Hope Solo
DF 15 Kate Markgraf
DF 2 Heather Mitts
DF 4 Cat Reddick
MF 7 Shannon Boxx
MF 17 Lori Chalupny
MF 13 Kristine Lilly (c)
MF 5 Lindsay Tarpley
FW 10 Aly Wagner Substituted off 75'
FW 20 Abby Wambach
FW 8 Christie Welsh Substituted off 83'
MF 9 Heather O'Reilly Substituted in 83'
MF 19 Angela Hucles Substituted in 75'
United States Greg Ryan
 2005 Algarve Cup 

United States
Fourth title

Final standings

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


  1. ^ Dirk Hinrichs (16 March 2005). "US beats Germany to win third straight Algarve Cup". USA Today. Retrieved 2 February 2017.

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