U.S. Soccer

2012 Algarve Cup

2012 Algarve Cup Pre-Tournament Press Conference

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(L to R): The Group B coaches, Japan's Norio Sasaki, Denmark asst. Danny Jung, Norway head coach Eli Landsem and Pia

Representatives from all 12 teams participating in the Algarve Cup attended a press conference today, and as usual, not much of interest was said. (Coaches never seem to say much around other coaches, right? Especially when they are about to play them in a big tournament).

Of course, that changed after the formal part of the media mixer when U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage gave her own mini-press conference to the large contingent of Japanese media who seemed to hang on her every word. We knew Pia was popular in Sweden and the USA, but we guess she's huge in Japan now too.

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Pia chats with the Japanese media contingent...and the teams don't even meet until the third match of group B play

It's no stretch to say that this was the most well-attended pre-Algarve Cup press conference ever (they've only done a big press conference a few times, and only in the past few years has it been a consistent occurence) as the room was packed (in no small part due to the Japanese media).

But one could still feel the World Cup buzz in the air and with the Olympics on the horizon, exciting times are ahead.
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WNT Feb 28, 2012

Schedule

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
WNT vs Sweden 4-0 W Estadio Bela Vista; Parchal, Portugal 400 Morgan (3), Wambach
WNT vs Japan 0-1 L Estadio Algarve; Faro, Portugal 1,000 -
WNT vs Norway 2-1 W Estadio Municipal; Lagos, Portugal 300 Wambach, Leroux
WNT vs Denmark 5-0 W Estadio Municipal; Lagos, Portugal 300 Morgan (2), Wambach, Lloyd, Leroux

2012 ALGARVE CUP

GROUP A

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts

Germany

3

3

0

0

6

0

+6

9

Sweden

3

2

1

0

5

5

0

6

Iceland

3

1

2

0

2

5

-3

3

China PR

3

0

3

0

0

3

-3

0

Wednesday, February 29
Germany 1, Iceland 0; Estadio Municipal; Lagos, Portugal
Sweden 1, China PR 0; Estadio Municipal; Santo Antonio, Portugal

Friday, March 2
Sweden 4, Iceland 1; Desportivo da Nora Park; Ferreiras, Portugal
Germay 1, China PR 0; Estadio Municipal; Santo Antonio, Portugal

Monday, March 5
Germany 4, Sweden 0; Estadio Municipal; Parchal, Portugal
Iceland 1, China PR 0; Estadio Municipal; Lagos, Portugal

GROUP B

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts

Japan

3

3

0

0

5

1

+4

9

United States

3

2

1

0

7

2

+5

6

Denmark

3

1

2

0

2

7

-6

3

Norway

3

0

3

0

1

5

-3

0

Wednesday, February 29
Japan 2, Norway 1; Estadio Municipal; Parchal, Portugal
United States 5, Denmark 0; Estadio Municipal; Lagos, Portugal

Friday, March 2
Japan 2, Denmark 0; Estadio Municipal; Parchal, Portugal
United States 2, Norway 1; Estadio Municipal; Lagos, Portugal

Monday, March 5
Denmark 1, Norway 0; Desportivo da Nora Park; Ferreiras, Portugal
Japan 1, United States 0; Estadio Algarve; Faro, Portgual

GROUP C

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts

Wales

3

2

0

1

3

1

+2

7

Portugal

3

2

1

0

6

2

+4

6

Hungary

3

1

2

0

2

6

-4

3

Ireland

3

0

2

1

1

3

-2

1

Wednesday, February 29
Hungary 1, Ireland 0; Estadio Municipal; Silves, Portugal
Wales 1, Portugal 0; Estadio Municipal; Parchal, Portugal

Friday, March 2
Portugal 4, Hungary 0; Estadio Municipal; Parchal, Portugal
Wales 0, Ireland 0; Desportivo da Nora Park; Ferreiras, Portugal

Monday, March 5
Wales 2, Hungary 1; Estadio Municipal; Santo Antonio, Portugal
Portugal 2, Ireland 0; Estadio Algarve; Faro, Portgual

ELEVENTH-PLACE MATCH

Wednesday, March 7
Ireland 2, Hungary 1; Estadio Municipal de Quarteira; Quarteira, Portugal

NINTH-PLACE MATCH

Wednesday, March 7
China PR 1, Portugal 0; Estadio Algarve; Faro, Portgual

SEVENTH-PLACE MATCH

Wednesday, March 7
Norway 3, Wales 0; Estadio Municipal de Loule; Loule, Portugal

FIFTH-PLACE MATCH

Wednesday, March 7
Denmark 3, Iceland 1; Desportivo da Nora Park; Ferreiras, Portugal

THIRD-PLACE MATCH

Wednesday, March 7
United States 4, Sweden 0; Estadio Municipal; Parchal, Portugal

FINAL

Wednesday, March 7
Germany 4, Japan 3; Estadio Algarve; Faro, Portgual

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