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This prestigious annual invitational tournament will take place March 9 to 15, 2005, in Portugal, as usual.

Schedule:

Group A
March 9 - China v. Norway; Sweden v. Germany
March 11 - China v. Sweden; Norway v. Germany
March 13 - Germany v. China; Sweden v. Norway

Group B
March 9 - France v. USA; Finland v. Denmark
March 11 - USA v. Finland; Denmark v. France
March 13 - Finland v. France; USA v. Denmark

Group C
March 9 - Portugal v. Mexico; England v. Northern Ireland
March 11 - England v. Portugal; Mexico v. Northern Ireland
March 13 - Portugal v. Northern Ireland; Mexico v. England
 

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Results:

Group A

Norway 2-1 China
Sweden 1-2 Germany

Germany 4-0 Norway
China 0-2 Sweden

China 0-2 Germany
Sweden 1-1 Norway

Group B

Denmark 4-1 Finland
France 0-1 USA

USA 3-0 Finland
Denmark 1-2 France

USA 4-0 Denmark
Finland 1-2 France

Group C

England 4-0 North. Ireland
Mexico 2-1 Portugal

Mexico 2-0 North. Ireland
Portugal 0-4 England

England 5-0 Mexico :eekani:
North. Ireland 2-1 Portugal

Placement Round, March 15:

11th & 12th Place: Portugal v. North. Ireland
9th & 10th Place: Mexico v. Finland
7th & 8th Place: England v. China
5th & 6th Place: Denmark v. Norway
3rd & 4th Place: France v. Sweden
1st & 2nd Place: Germany v. USA
 

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O Glorioso said:
Damn... are the Portuguese women ever good?
Well, Portugal didn't finish dead last, at least! ;)

They beat Northern Ireland 3-1 in the placement match to finish 11th.

Other final results:

Mexico 1-1 Finland (Mexico won on penalties; placed 9th)
England 0-0 China (China won on penalties; placed 7th)
Denmark 1-2 Norway (Norway finishes in 5th place)
France 3-2 Sweden (France finishes 3rd)
Germany 0-1 USA (USA wins the Algarve Cup - again!)
 

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Jeff said:
Well, Portugal didn't finish dead last, at least! ;)

They beat Northern Ireland 3-1 in the placement match to finish 11th.

Other final results:

Mexico 1-1 Finland (Mexico won on penalties; placed 9th)
England 0-0 China (China won on penalties; placed 7th)
Denmark 1-2 Norway (Norway finishes in 5th place)
France 3-2 Sweden (France finishes 3rd)
Germany 0-1 USA (USA wins the Algarve Cup - again!)
Oh alright :D
 

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FARO, Portugal (AP) - The United States won its third straight Algarve Cup women's soccer title Tuesday, beating Germany 1-0 on a first-half goal by Christie Welsh.

Welsh hit a low drive off a pass from Aly Wagner against the run of play in the 23rd minute, ensuring she ended as the tournament's leading scorer with five goals. The world champion Germans controlled most of the game, with Birgit Prinz - voted the tournament's best player - earning the best chance in the 16th minute when she shot just wide.

The American team, which edged Germany in a semifinal at the 2004 Olympics on its way to the gold medal, won the Algarve title for the fourth time in six years.

The Americans outscored their four opponents 9-0, including victories over Finland, France and Denmark.

The tournament was United States' first since the resignation of April Heinrichs as coach in February and the retirements of long-time stalwarts Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy and Joy Fawcett last year.

Awards
Top Scorer: Christie Welsh (USA)
Best Player: Birgit Prinz (Germany)
Best Goalkeeper: Bente Nordby (Norway)
 

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Jeff said:
Well, Portugal didn't finish dead last, at least! ;)

They beat Northern Ireland 3-1 in the placement match to finish 11th.
However, two days earlier Portugal had actually lost to the very same opponent which apparently ended a 32 match losing streak for Northern Ireland. :eek:

I haven't found a link to an article that discusses the Northern Ireland women's record of futility, but here is the link to something I saw over on another soccer message board:

http://www.bigsoccer.com/forum/showthread.php?p=4380834#post4380834

After (according to FIFA) a history of 32 consecutive loses in internationals since time began. The Northern Ireland Women's team has not only avoided defeat in a match - they won.
 

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Norway & Bente Nordby

Jeff said:
FARO, Portugal (AP) - The United States won its third straight Algarve Cup women's soccer title Tuesday, beating Germany 1-0 on a first-half goal by Christie Welsh.

Welsh hit a low drive off a pass from Aly Wagner against the run of play in the 23rd minute, ensuring she ended as the tournament's leading scorer with five goals. The world champion Germans controlled most of the game, with Birgit Prinz - voted the tournament's best player - earning the best chance in the 16th minute when she shot just wide.

The American team, which edged Germany in a semifinal at the 2004 Olympics on its way to the gold medal, won the Algarve title for the fourth time in six years.

The Americans outscored their four opponents 9-0, including victories over Finland, France and Denmark.

The tournament was United States' first since the resignation of April Heinrichs as coach in February and the retirements of long-time stalwarts Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy and Joy Fawcett last year.

Awards
Top Scorer: Christie Welsh (USA)
Best Player: Birgit Prinz (Germany)
Best Goalkeeper: Bente Nordby (Norway)
Thanks for posting this article Jeff. Norway had a very disappointing loss to Germany in group play, but still managed to salvage their tournament with a 2-1 victory over Denmark in the 5th place match. Norway also defeated China in their opening match and had a 1-1 draw against Sweden in the final match of group play.

Unfortunately none of Norway's Algarve Cup matches were televised and I haven't heard any reports yet from my contacts who there in Portugal for the tournament, but I'm sure Bente Nordby must have made some huge saves in the matches Norway won and tied for her to have won the best goalkeeper of the tournament award. Bente typically plays her best in Norway's most important matches so perhaps her play was the main reason why Norway held Denmark to a single goal and managed to win the 5th place match against their Scandinavian rival.
 
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