2009 Algarve Cup

The 2009 Algarve Cup was the sixteenth edition of the Algarve Cup, an invitational women's football tournament held annually in Portugal. It took place between 4 and 11 March 2009. It was won by Sweden who defeated holders the United States in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw in the final-game.[1]

2009 Algarve Cup
Tournament details
Host countryPortugal Portugal
Dates4–11 March 2009
Teams12 (from 3 confederations)
Venue(s)9 (in 9 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Sweden (3rd title)
Runners-up United States
Third place Denmark
Tournament statistics
Matches played24
Goals scored55 (2.29 per match)
Top scorer(s)Germany Kerstin Garefrekes
Wales Jayne Ludlow
Sweden Lotta Schelin
(3 goals)
Best player(s)United States Hope Solo


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 Iceland moved up into Group B from their previous ranking in 2008, replacing Italy who did not feature this time. Wales returned to the competition for the first time in five years, while Austria 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 place.


The twelve invited teams were:

Team FIFA Rankings
(December 2008)
 United States
 China PR
 Portugal (hosts)

Group stage

All times local (WET/UTC+0)

Group A

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Sweden 7 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2
 Germany 6 3 2 0 1 7 3 +4
 China PR 4 3 1 1 1 1 3 −2
 Finland 0 3 0 0 3 0 4 −4
Germany 2 – 0 Finland
Behringer Goal 70'
Garefrekes Goal 90'
China PR 0 – 0 Sweden
Sweden 1 – 0 Finland
Fischer Goal 75'
Germany 3 – 0 China PR
Garefrekes Goal 38'68'
Kulig Goal 58'
Finland 0 – 1 China PR
Bi Yan Goal 73'
Sweden 3 – 2 Germany
Fischer Goal 28'
Schelin Goal 36' Goal 38'
Grings Goal 77'
Kulig Goal 83'

Group B

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 United States 9 3 3 0 0 4 0 +4
 Denmark 6 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2
 Iceland 3 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1
 Norway 0 3 0 0 3 1 6 −5
United States 2 – 0 Denmark
Woznuk Goal 22'
DiMartino Goal 37'
Norway 1 – 3 Iceland
Lie Goal 41' Gunnarsdóttir Goal 18'51'
Rønning Goal 56' (o.g.)
United States 1 – 0 Iceland
Kai Goal 90' Report
Denmark 2 – 0 Norway
Rasmussen Goal 10'
Pedersen Goal 86'
Norway 0 – 1 United States
Report Rapinoe Goal 21'
Iceland 0 – 2 Denmark
Nadim Goal 36'
Ørntoft Goal 67'

Group C

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Portugal 9 3 3 0 0 5 2 +3
 Austria 4 3 1 1 1 3 3 0
 Wales 3 3 1 0 2 7 5 +2
 Poland 1 3 0 1 2 3 8 −5
Wales 1 – 2 Austria
Fishlock Goal 35' Entner Goal 47'
Walzl Goal 85'
Portugal 2 – 1 Poland
Borges Goal 36'
Fernandes Goal 44'
Rytwińska Goal 30'
Austria 1 – 1 Poland
Gröbner Goal 61' Sznyrowska Goal 70'
Portugal 2 – 1 Wales
Fernandes Goal 27'
Cristina Goal 57' (pen.)
Ludlow Goal 70'
Portugal 1 – 0 Austria
Vieira Goal 8'
Poland 1 – 5 Wales
Kawalec Goal 80' Ludlow Goal 22' Goal 32'
Harries Goal 38' Goal 42'
Lander Goal 86'

Placement play-offs

All times local (WET/UTC+0)

11th place

Wales 1 – 2 Poland
Fishlock Goal 14' Sznyrowska Goal 10'
Pożerska Goal 88'

9th place

Austria 0 – 2 Norway
Rønning Goal 43'
Gulbrandsen Goal 78'

7th place

Portugal 1 – 1
(2 – 4 PSO)
Couto Goal 70' Lehtinen Goal 13'

5th place

China PR 2 – 1 Iceland
Lou Jiahui Goal 21'
Xu Yuan Goal 69'
Report Þorsteinsdóttir Goal 45'

3rd place

Germany 0 – 1 Denmark
Rydahl Bukh Goal 41'


United States 1 – 1
(3 – 4 PSO)
Boxx Goal 90' Report Schelin Goal 18'
Boxx Penalty scored
Rapinoe Penalty missed
Lloyd Penalty scored
Rampone Penalty missed
DiMartino Penalty scored
Woznuk Penalty missed
Mitts Penalty missed
3 – 4 Penalty scored Fors
Penalty scored Dahlkvist
Penalty scored Sembrant
Penalty missed Paulson
Penalty missed Schelin
Penalty missed Olander
Penalty scored Segerström
GK 1 Hope Solo
DF 7 Shannon Boxx
DF 17 Heather Mitts (c)
DF 15 Lori Chalupny
DF 3 Christie Rampone
MF 9 Heather O'Reilly Substituted off 88'
MF 16 Angela Hucles Substituted off 83'
MF 11 Carli Lloyd
MF 5 Lindsay Tarpley Substituted off 46'
FW 15 Megan Rapinoe
FW 6 Natasha Kai
GK 18 Nicole Barnhart
DF 4 Rachel Buehler
DF 13 Kendall Fletcher
MF 21 Kacey White
MF 12 Angie Woznuk Substituted in 88'
FW 19 Tina DiMartino Substituted in 83'
FW 8 Amy Rodriguez Substituted in 46'
Sweden Pia Sundhage
GK 12 Kristin Hammarström
DF 2 Charlotte Rohlin
DF 3 Stina Segerström
DF 4 Anna Paulson
DF 6 Sara Thunebro Substituted off 46'
MF 5 Caroline Seger Substituted off 78'
MF 15 Therese Sjögran Substituted off 63'
MF 17 Kosovare Asllani Substituted off 53'
MF 18 Nilla Fischer Substituted off 37'
FW 11 Victoria Svensson (c) Substituted off 71'
FW 8 Lotta Schelin
GK 1 Hedvig Lindahl
DF 7 Emelie Ölander Substituted in 46'
DF 13 Alexandra Nilsson
DF 19 Linda Sembrant Substituted in 78'
MF 16 Louise Fors Substituted in 63'
MF 20 Lisa Dahlkvist Substituted in 37'
FW 9 Anna Lindblom
FW 10 Sara Lindén Substituted in 71'
FW 14 Madelaine Edlund Substituted in 53'
Sweden Thomas Dennerby

Match rules

  • 90 minutes
  • No extra time
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level
 2009 Algarve Cup 

Third title


  1. ^ Paul Kennedy (13 March 2009). "Swedes knock off USA in shootout". Soccer American. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
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