2006 Algarve Cup

The 2006 Algarve Cup is the 13th edition of the Algarve Cup, an invitational women's football tournament held annually in Portugal. It took place 9–15 March 2006. Eleven teams participated in this edition of the Algarve Cup. Germany won the tournament defeating the USA, 4–3, in the final-game. Sweden ended up third defeating France, 1–0, in the third-prize game.[1]

2006 Algarve Cup
Tournament details
Host country Portugal
Dates9–15 March
Teams11 (from 3 confederations)
Final positions
Champions Germany (1st title)
Runners-up United States
Third place Sweden
Fourth place France
Tournament statistics
Matches played20
Goals scored55 (2.75 per match)


The eleven teams are split into three groups that played a round-robin group stage, with 4 teams each in Group A and Group B, and 3 teams in Group C.

The format for this edition of the Algarve Cup is 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 team that finished last in Group C does not participate in the play-off stage.

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.


The twelve invited teams were:

Team FIFA Rankings
(December 2005)
 United States
 China PR
 Republic of Ireland
 Portugal (hosts)
  • Northern Ireland (77) was scheduled to be the fourth participant in Group C, but they withdrew and were replaced by Slovakia (43), who also withdrew.

Group stage

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Germany 3 3 0 0 9 0 +9 9
 Sweden 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
 Norway 3 0 2 1 0 1 −1 2
 Finland 3 0 1 2 1 9 −8 1
Germany 5–0 Finland
Pohlers Goal 59'
Prinz Goal 63'
Garefrekes Goal 71'
Behringer Goal 80'
Fuss Goal 85'
Norway 0–0 Sweden
Sweden 0–3 Germany
Prinz Goal 29'
Behringer Goal 44'
Wimbersky Goal 58'
Finland 0–0 Norway
Sweden 4–1 Finland
Svensson Goal 26', Goal 52', Goal 85'
Mostrom Goal 68'
Valkonen Goal 85'
Germany 1–0 Norway
Wimbersky Goal 93'

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 United States 3 2 1 0 9 1 +8 7
 France 3 1 1 1 4 6 −2 4
 China PR 3 1 1 1 6 1 +5 4
 Denmark 3 0 1 2 2 13 −11 1
  • France takes 2nd place in Group B via head-to-head result against China
China PR 0–0 United States
Denmark 2–2 France
Nielsen Goal 31'
Sørensen Goal 50'
Coquet Goal 18'
Tonazzi Goal 26'
France 1–0 China PR
Bussaglia Goal 2'
Denmark 0–5 United States
Report Wambach Goal 16'
O'Reilly Goal 29', Goal 31'
Lilly Goal 42'
Kai Goal 72'
United States 4–1 France
Lilly Goal 1'
Wagner Goal 49'
Tarpley Goal 50'
Kai Goal 76'
Report Lattaf Goal 64'
Denmark 0–6 China PR
Duan Goal 20' (34)41'
Yue Goal 28' (52)
Xiaoyan Goal 66'

Group C

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Mexico 2 1 1 0 6 0 +6 4
 Republic of Ireland 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 4
 Portugal 2 0 0 2 0 7 −7 0
Portugal 0–1 Republic of Ireland
Report Laura Hislop Goal 29'
Republic of Ireland 0–0 Mexico
Portugal 0–6 Mexico
Report Castelan Goal 4', Goal 23'
Soto Goal 30'
González Goal 35'
Costa Goal 42'
Maradiaga Goal 77'

Placement play-offs

Ninth place match

Denmark 4–0 Republic of Ireland

Seventh place match

Finland 4–3 Mexico

Fifth place match

Norway 1–0 China PR
Ronning Goal

Third place match

Sweden 1–0 France
Schelin Goal


Germany 0–0 United States
Behringer Penalty scored
Pohlers Penalty scored
Prinz Penalty missed
Okoyino Da Mbabi Penalty scored
Wimbersky Penalty scored
4–3 Wagner Penalty scored
Boxx Penalty missed
Whitehill Penalty scored
Wambach Penalty missed
Lilly Penalty scored
 2006 Algarve Cup 

First title

Final standings

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


  1. ^ Dirk Hinrichs (15 March 2006). "Germany beats US women 4–3 on penalties". USA Today. Retrieved 2 February 2017.

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