Sunday, 1 March 2009

Women’s Algarve Cup Football tournament kicks off Wednesday 4th March, 2009

THE XVI th ALGARVE Women’s Football Cup kicks off on Wednesday 4th of March 2009 at the Municipal Stadium in Lagos, with the USA playing Denmark at noon (local time).

Twelve teams will battle it out in 3 rounds: USA, Wales, Portugal, Germany, Poland, Austria, China, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden and Iceland.

Group A features Germany, Sweden, China, Finland.

The U.S.A. was the winner last year beating Denmark 2-1 and they are also the reigning Olympic champions. They are in Group B together with Norway, Demark, Iceland.

Group C consists of host Portugal along with Poland, Austria and Wales.

Wales plays Austria on Wednesday 4th March at 3PM at the Restinga Stadium in Alvor. The Restinga Stadium is the football grounds of the Portuguese club Alvorense. It’s easy to get to by taxi from Praia da Rocha, Portimão or Alvor or by car with ample parking spaces next to the football grounds.

The Cup final is on Wednesday March 11 at the Algarve Stadium, near Faro at 1.15 PM local time.

Apart from Lagos, Alvor, and Faro other venues for matches include Albufeira, Vila Real de Santo, Olhão, Ferreiras & Loulé.

4th March Results:

Germany 2 -0 Finland
China 0 -0 Sweden
USA 2 -0 Denmark
Norway 3 -1 Iceland
Austria 2 - 1 Wales
Poland 1-2 Portugal

6th March Results:

Sweden 1 - 0 Finland
Germany 3 - 0 China
USA 1 - 0 Iceland
Denmark 2 - 0 Norway
Austria 1 - 1 Poland
Portugal 2 -1 Wales

9th March Results:

Finland 0 - 1 China
Sweden 3 - 2 Germany
Norway 0 - 1 USA
Iceland 0 - 2 Denmark
Portugal 1 - 0 Austria
Poland 1 -5 Wales

11th March Results
1th Place Match : Poland 2 - 1 Wales (10.30AM; Hotel Montechoro Fields; Albufeira)

9th Place Match : Austria 0 - 2 Norway (10.30AM Estádio Municipal; Loulé)

7th Place Match : Portugal 1 - 1 Finland (2 -4 penalty shoot out) (11.30AM; Estádio Municipal; Lagos)

5th Place Match : China 2 - 1 Iceland (10.30AM; Estádio José Arcanjo; Olhão)

3rd Place Match : Germany 0 -1 Denmark (10.30AM; Estádio Algarve; Faro)

Match for the Championship : Sweden 1 -1 USA (4 -3 penalty shoot out) (1.15PM ; Estádio Algarve; Faro)


Enjoy the football!

Links & Notes

With the next Women's World Cup not until 2011 in Germany, and the next Olympic Games not until 2012 in London, competitions such as the 16th annual Algarve Cup in Portugal (March 4-11) are very significant.

Algarve Stadium details
Restinga Stadium, Alvor
Venue details for matches

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