The 2008 Algarve Cup was the fifteenth edition of the Algarve Cup, an invitational women's football tournament held annually in Portugal. It took place between 5 and 12 March 2008 with the reigning champions the United States winning the event for a record sixth time, after defeating Denmark, 2-1, in the final game in a repeat of the previous year's final.
|2008 Algarve Cup|
|Dates||5–12 March 2008|
|Teams||12 (from 3 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||9 (in 9 host cities)|
|Champions||United States (6th title)|
|Goals scored||68 (2.83 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Margrét Lára Viðarsdóttir (6 goals)|
|Best player(s)||Cathrine Paaske Sørensen|
The twelve invited teams were split into three groups that played a round-robin tournament. The entrants were almost identical to the previous year, but Italy moved up into Group B from their previous ranking in 2007, replacing France who did not feature this time. Poland appeared in the competition for the first time.
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:
|Republic of Ireland|
All times local (WET/UTC+0)
|Talonen 64'||Ljungberg 25'
|Prinz 17', 28'
Lingor 37' (pen)
Prinz 86' (pen)
|China PR||0–4||United States|
Stangeland Horpestad 63' (pen)
|unknown 42' (o.g.)
|Guo Yue 62'|
|Republic of Ireland||3||3||1||0||2||2||6||−4|
|Portugal||2–0||Republic of Ireland|
|Republic of Ireland||1–4||Iceland|
|Grant 23'||Arnardóttir 7'
Viðarsdóttir 12', 40'
|Viðarsdóttir 15', 17'
|Poland||0–1||Republic of Ireland|
All times local (WET/UTC+0)
|Republic of Ireland||2–2|
|Bi Yan 1'||Fernandes 34'|
|5 – 4|| Matias
Svensson 61', 80'
|Sørensen 31'||Report||Kai 14'
|2008 Algarve Cup|
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