|UEFA NEWS AND SCHEDULES|
March 16, 2005
the Algarve Cup-a brief history and background of the Cup
by Colin A. Aldis
Despite having lost the services of some of the all-time greats of U.S.
Soccer, their national team with a so called temporary head coach,
still managed to win the prestigious Algarve Cup tournament. This was
3rd time in a row for the USA, and the 4th time overall, in the
This pre-season tournament, a joint co-operation with three Nordic countries
Norway, Sweden and Denmark started on Cyprus in 1993, when Anson Dorrance
brought a youthful team to the island, a few months before going to Hamilton,
Canada to win silver medals
The switch to Portugal in 1994, has seen the competition grow from six
teams to twelve, and is only short of a complete world cup, with Brazil
Norway have won 4 times, in 1994, 1996, 1997 and 1998, Sweden won
in 1995 and 2001, and China in 1999 and 2002. The USA won for the first
time in 2000, and started their present run in 2003.
Final positions of teams in the last three years.- in the Algarve
In 2005, with the UEFA finals less than 3 months away, there was increased interest from all the media. The final and third place matches at the new and superb Estadio Algarve were shown live on Eurosport TV for the first time. As usual, all the other matches were captured on video by a local company.