2007 Algarve Cup

The 2007 Algarve Cup was the fourteenth edition of the Algarve Cup, an invitational women's football tournament held annually in Portugal. It took place between 7 and 12 March 2007 with the previous year's runners-up, the United States, winning the event for a record fifth time, breaking Norway's previous record of four championships, by defeating Denmark, 2-0, in the final game. Sweden ended up third defeating France, 3-1, in the bronze medal game.[1]

2007 Algarve Cup
Tournament details
Host countryPortugal Portugal
Dates7–14 March 2007
Teams12 (from 3 confederations)
Final positions
Champions United States (5th title)
Runners-up Denmark
Third place Sweden
Tournament statistics
Matches played24
Goals scored61 (2.54 per match)
Top scorer(s)United States Carli Lloyd (4 goals)
Best player(s)United States Carli Lloyd
Best goalkeeperSweden Caroline Jonsson


The twelve invited teams were split into three groups that played a round-robin tournament. All of the teams from Groups A and B returned from 2006, but Italy and Iceland were invited back for the third time to play in Group C replacing Mexico and Wales.

Groups A and B, containing the strongest ranked teams, were the only ones in contention to win the title. The group winners from A and B contested the final, with the runners-up playing for third place and those that finished third in these two groups playing for fifth place.

The teams in Group C were playing for places 7-12, with the winner of Group C playing the team that finished fourth in Group A or B with the better record for seventh place and the Group C runner-up playing the team which came last in Group A or B with the worse record for ninth place. The third and fourth-placed teams in Group C played for eleventh place.

Points awarded in the group stage follow 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 placed.


The twelve invited teams were:

Team FIFA Rankings
(December 2006)
 United States
 China PR
 Republic of Ireland
 Portugal (hosts)

Group stage

All times local (WET/UTC+0)

Group A

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Denmark 6 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2
 France 6 3 2 0 1 2 4 −2
 Norway 3 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1
 Germany 3 3 1 0 2 4 3 +1
France 0–4 Denmark
Paaske-Sørensen Goal 30'
Pape Goal 68'
Rasmussen Goal 73'
Pedersen Goal 89'
Germany 1–2 Norway
Lingor Goal 18' Stensland Goal 15'
Wiik Goal 69'
France 1–0 Germany
Bussaglia Goal 33'
Norway 0–1 Denmark
Larsen Goal 89'
France 1–0 Norway
Abily Goal 67'
Germany 3–0 Denmark
Mittag Goal 16', Goal 44'
Behringer Goal 48'

Group B

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 United States 9 3 3 0 0 6 3 +3
 Sweden 6 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3
 Finland 3 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2
 China PR 0 3 0 0 3 1 5 −4
Sweden 3–0 Finland
Sjögran Goal 22'
Svensson Goal 34'
Nordin Goal 90+1'
United States 2–1 China PR
Lilly Goal 19' (pen)
Lloyd Goal 38'
Report Duan Goal 21'
Sweden 1–0 China PR
Rohlin Goal 90'
United States 1–0 Finland
Lloyd Goal 46' Report
Sweden 2–3 United States
Oqvist Goal 71'
Svensson Goal 83' (pen)
Report Wambach Goal 39', Goal 72'
Lloyd Goal 44'
China PR 0–2 Finland
Rantanen Goal 23' (pen)
Talonen Goal 31'

Group C

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Italy 9 3 3 0 0 7 2 +5
 Iceland 4 3 1 1 1 7 4 +3
 Republic of Ireland 2 3 0 2 1 3 6 −3
 Portugal 1 3 0 1 2 2 7 −5
Portugal 1–1 Republic of Ireland
Martins Goal 59' Report Curtis Goal 7'
Italy 2–1 Iceland
Conti Goal 21'
Panico Goal 46'
Viðarsdóttir Goal 45' (pen)
Portugal 0–1 Italy
Report Conti Goal 9'
Iceland 1–1 Republic of Ireland
Logadóttir Goal 36' O'Toole Goal 72'
Portugal 1–5 Iceland
Dani Goal 35' Report Jónsdóttir Goal 6'
Magnúsdóttir Goal 58', Goal 78', Goal 90'
Viðarsdóttir Goal 90+3'
Italy 4–1 Republic of Ireland
Panico Goal 17'
Fuselli Goal 58', Goal 61'
Gama Goal 64'
Byrne Goal 35'

Placement play-offs

All times local (WET/UTC+0)

11th place

Republic of Ireland 0–0
(5–4 PSO)

9th place

Iceland 4–1 China PR
Lárusdóttir Goal 68'
Samúelsdóttir Goal 75'
Viðarsdóttir Goal 81', Goal 82'
Lou Xiaoxu Goal 90+2'

7th place

Italy 1–0 Germany
Fuselli Goal 81'

5th place

Norway 2–0 Finland
Wiik Goal 55'
Storløkken Goal 90'

3rd place

Sweden 3–1 France
Öqvist Goal 17'
Svensson Goal 45+1'
Johansson Goal 47'
Ramos Goal 68'


United States 2–0 Denmark
Lilly Goal 12'
Lloyd Goal 51'
 2007 Algarve Cup 

United States
Fifth title


  1. ^ Dirk Hinrichs (14 March 2007). "US Wins Algarve Cup for Fifth Time". Washington Post. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
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