Dana Cup Hjørring 2018 is over for this year!
Around 1.000 teams were united in Hjørring on one of Northern Europe's most beautiful football arenas.
The medals and trophies are now handed out and we hope that all participants, leaders, coaches, parents, supporters and other guests have had a fantastic week here in Hjørring.
We would like to say thank you to our sponsors, partners, referees, Hjørring Community and of course our amazing volunteers, who time after time, turn up during the Dana Cup week and ensure a smooth week for all of our visitors to Hjørring and the Dana Cup.
We hope you have all arrived home safely og we would like to welcome you back in 2019 from the 22nd to the 27th of July.
We will now take short break before we return to make the Dana Cup 2019 and even better experience. Our office will be closed up to the 1st of September, 2018.
Important mails will be answered.
Ca Barra da Tijuca (BRA) – Nanset IF (NOR) 3-0 (2-0)
’Damage control’ was the headline of what Nanset from Norway was doing in the first half of the final against the very skilled Brazilian players from Ca Barra da Tijuca. While the Brazilians enjoyed themselves, the Norwegian players tried to limit the damage that Ca Barra da Tijuca had caused after just four minutes of play when they scored.
Quick and beautiful passes resulted in the first goal of the game and a few seconds before the end of the first half they scored again. They easily ran past the Norwegian defenders and, calmly, they scored once more.
In the second half the recipe was a little bit different. Accordingly, Ca Barra da Tijuca scored a stunning long-range goal.
However, credit to Nanset for not giving up. The Norwegian boys fought well, but the Brazilian players were simply too good.
Ørn Horten FK (NOR) – HamKam FB (NOR) 1-0 (0-0)
Having lost to Vidar in the final in class B13, the older friends in B14 won gold, when Ørn beat HamKam 1-0 in a close game.
However, HamKam might as well have won. In large parts of the game, HamKam dominated and created the best chances.
Nevertheless, a gorgeous penalty kick determined the match and, thus, Dana Cup’s next-to-last final had a winner.
Viking FK (NOR) – Kragerø IF FB (NOR) 3-0 (2-0)
Viking beat their fellow countrymen, Kragerø, in class G14 and, hence, the team from Stavanger made up for the club’s defeat in class G15 to Celtic.
The girls from Telemark fought hard but they were no real threat to Viking that scored two goals in the first half. Only at the very end of the first half, Viking’s goalkeeper saved a shot indicating the challenges Kragerø faced.
The second half was a little bit boring and when Viking made it 3-0 it simply emphasized the fact that Viking was the better team.
Lizzy FC (GHA) – Lusaka Youth SA (ZAM) 0-1 (0-0)
Lizzy FC was unable to get past Lusaka’s solid defence. On the other hand, the team from Zambia was able to get past Ghana’s defence in a fast paced final.
Both teams started at a quick pace; however, they often lost the ball too easily.
Lusaka Youth SA quickly found the correct pace enabling the players in orange jerseys to control the game.
The first 25 minutes ended goalless and, subsequently, the spectators had to wait another 10 minutes before Lusaka scored on a beautiful header. Moments before, Lusaka had a huge chance to make it 0-1, and, accordingly, they created several chances but no goals.
In the other end of the pitch, Lizzy FC could not turn energy into goal chances, so Lusaka deservedly raised the trophy in class B19.
Viking FK (NOR) – Celtic FC (SCO) 0-1 efter forlængelse (0-0)
Great freedom fighters like Scottish William Wallace and Norwegian Max Manus have not lived in vain. Celtic from Scotland and Viking from Norway in class G15 fought hard in an intense match, and the players fought to the last.
Unfortunately, the efforts did not lead to any goals in ordinary time, and all the spectators had to wait till the last minute of extra time before Celtic scored.
Even though goals are the cream on the layer cake of every football game, the match was never boring because it was very intense.
Thus, it was a superb football match with two teams that played very well.
Vidar Best Club
Vidar from Stavanger has not only been to all the 37 editions of the Dana Cup, this year the Norwegian club is also elected best traveling club. To win the competition teams are awarded points. If a team wins the group it gets two points, second one point. And then if a team wins a match in the A-finals it gets another point, and if it wins the A-final it gets 2 points.
If two teams have the same number of points, the club with less teams at the tournament wins.
Gneist IL (NOR) – Vidar FK (NOR) 3-2 (2-1)
Gneist and Vidar deserve five balls in Saturday’s best final. It was a fast paced, tactical game, in which both teams did well. The spectators saw a highly entertaining match full of spectacular goals.
For instance, Vidar made the mistake of giving away a free kick against Gneist’s number 11 because he buried the ball in the corner of the net. However, Vidar was also effective in front of goal. Thus, the team from Stavanger took advantage of a mistake in Gneist’s defence, thereby, equalising. Or when Gneist went in front on a beautiful goal, which actually looked like a cross. Or when Gneist made it 3-1 10 minutes before the end of the game taking advantage of a mistake in Vidar’s defence.
It takes two teams to create a good football match. Both Gneist and Vidar can be proud of their performance, but only one team can win gold. Even though Vidar tried hard in the second half, Gneist was a bit more effective, which meant that the team from around Bergen could raise the trophy as winners of Class B17.
Ørn Horten FK (NOR) – Vidar FK (NOR) – 0-2 (0-0)
Ørn’s penalty area was just as popular as a postmodern art exhibition in the Easter holidays and just like very few of the visitors return home with a painting, Vidar was unable to take advantage of their chances. Vidar’s strikers kept trying but Ørn’s goalkeeper did so well that he claimed the man-of-the-match award after the game.
If Vidar’s players were over-matched on physical size, they were in many cases superior in skills and speed. And it was actually quick action inside the penalty box that forced Ørn’s goalkeeper to commit an offence inside the penalty area. Then Vidar’s captain deservedly scored on penalty.
Naturally, Ørn’s players were disappointed after the final, but Vidar was simply better.
Skedsmo FK (NOR) – AaB (DEN) 0-2 (0-1)
AaB quickly dominated the final in Class G16. The Danes did not give the Norwegian girls much room and, thus, it was in accordance with distribution of the game that the girls from North Jutland went ahead in the first half.
With a solid defence as foundation, Aab was in control of the match, and Skedsmo FK never got close to winning.
In the second half, the game was based on coincidences. Plenty of mistakes and wrong decisions gave a messy impression, but Aab deservedly scored in the referee’s overtime.
Aab created most chances and, consequently, they were closer to 3-0 than Skedsmo was 1-1. It was just one of those days when Skedsmo played a team that was better.
Kristiansund BK (NOR) – Bærum SK (NOR) 2-1
Saturday’s first final in Class B15 was a pure Norwegian match between Kristiansund BK and Bærum SK. In many ways, it was a typical Norwegian game; well played, intense and fast-paced but, unfortunately, lacking any great chances.
Thus, the first half ended goalless. None of the teams came close to scoring.
However, in the second half things changed as Kristiansund BK went ahead 1-0. Yet, the joy and lead did not last more than a few minutes because Bærum deservedly equalised.
Still, the decisive goal was brilliant. A perfect corner kick found one of Kristiansund’s tall defenders and he did not fail. A perfect header settled a very close and entertaining final.