23. - 28. JULY 2018 - HJØRRING - DENMARK

 All Stars Mexico (MEX) – Düren-Niederau FC (GER) 3-0 (1-0)

 Justice does not exist in football. Nevertheless, Düren-Niederau FC from Germany probably think that the team deserved better than loosing 3-0 to All Stars Mexico in the final of B12.

From the very first whistle the Germans put tremendous pressure on the Mexicans, who seemed totally surprised. However, All Stars gradually fought back and deservedly went ahead 1-0 after five minutes of play. Düren-Niederau FC got back in the game and had three great attempts towards the end of the first half, including a nice bicycle kick which the Mexican goalkeeper saved miraculously.

Nine minutes into the second half All Stars Mexico scored again therewith securing the victory in a game that could just as well have tipped over to the Germans' advantage. One of the differences was efficiency in front of goal, which was for instance emphasised by the nice free kick late in the second half.

High praise also to Düren-Niederau FC. It takes two teams to create a good match.

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 Cantolao (PER) – Düren-Niederau FC (GER) 5–0 (3-0)

 With an almost frightening ease Cantolao outplayed a German defence time and again. Skills and football understanding were some of the tools, which the South Americans used to open the German defence scoring several nice goals.

With ease the players from Peru outplayed the German team, who simply happened to meet a better opponent.

When Cantolao went ahead 4-0 eight minutes into the second half, the small South Americans almost ended the game and, so, the final goal on penalty was just extra entertainment.

But although the South American team was better, there was still reason to applaud Düren-Niederau FC, because they never gave up fighting till the final whistle.

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 Skedsmo FK (NOR) – Ylämyllyn Yllätys (FIN) 4-3 (1-1) after penalty shootout

 The first game of the finals was very equal until the very end. Norwegian Skedsmo only won after extra time and penalty shootout. The Norwegian girls slowly gained the upper hand in the first half and, consequently, the players in white went ahead 1-0 after 15 minutes of play.

However, Ylämyllyn Yllätys make good use of the well-known Finnish fighting spirit because just three minutes later they equalised on a beautiful shot from the distance.

The equaliser gave the Finns confidence and, thus, they were the better team in the second half. Nonetheless, none of the teams managed to score in ordinary time and, accordingly, the game went into extra time and penalty shootout. And here Skedsmo scored three times and Ylämyllyn Yllätys twice. Thus, Dana Cup's first gold medals went to Norway.

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 Start of Interesting Finals

 With the start of the knockout phase at Dana Cup 2016, the tension on the football pitches is high. As a consequence, viewers can look forward to some interesting games with brilliant passes and icy finishes as the A- and B- finals will start this afternoon.

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 Unusual Help

 During today's lunch some might have noticed that some of the serving staff were a little younger than usual. Those members of staff all play football for Fortuna Hjørring but are still too young to participate in the tournament.

'Basically, we had to find new helpers because many Fortuna teams participate in Dana Cup. Given that they are all out playing on Thursday either in second round A or B, we needed extra help to serve food. Consequently, the oldest girls who are still too young to play come in with their parents Thursday for lunch and work together in order to give the girls a sense of what they are going to experience next year,' says Hanne Brusgaard, who adds that everything has gone well because they were super efficient.

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 Gifts for the Mayor of Hjørring

 Although the B11 team of Ahrensburg TSB v. 1847 in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, had already been knocked out of the tournament, they had nevertheless brought a gift of friendship for the mayor of Hjørring Arne Boelt.

'Of course, the boys were quite sad when they, after a 1-0 lead, lost 2-1 in the last second,' recounts coach Oliver Zaar. Together with their coaches Kim Erik Petersen, Oliver Zaar and physiotherapist Christina Zaar the young team has travelled to Dana Cup for the first time. Naturally, they will enjoy the remaining days in Hjørring and the surrounding area.

In addition to the gift from their football club, the captain of the team also handed mayor Arne Boelt a present from their own mayor Michael Sarach. Surprised by the fine gesture, naturally the mayor inquired about how things were going in the tournament and what the boys had experienced in Hjørring.

'The boys have been twice in Fårup Sommerland and, surely, they would like to go again. Since we live in Hirtshals we will now visit the eagle sanctuary 'Eagleworld' and the North Sea Oceanarium,' explains Christina Zaar, who like her husband is fluent in Danish.

As a small consolation and thank you, the mayor immediately invited the whole team for a special back-stage tour of the North Sea Oceanarium, so the boys can really explore the biggest aquarium in Northern Europe.

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 The Olympic Torch

 As everybody knows the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will start with the opening ceremony on the evening of Friday 5 August in the Maracanã stadium. Presently, there is actually an Olympic torchbearer at Dana Cup 2016.

On July 24th the founder of the Brazilian football club Pequeninos do Jockey in São Paulo, 82-year-old José Guimarães Júnior, had the special honour of carrying the Olympic torch on its way to the opening stadium. He was chosen to participate in the Olympic torch relay in order to honour him for his long work with kids in the suburbs.

When asked about what it was like to carry the Olympic torch, José Guimarães Júnior says with passion in his voice: 'It was an honour so great that no money could buy this.' Despite running with the Olympic on July 24 he still wanted to fly straight to Dana Cup to support his team and because it might also be the last time he visits.

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 Dana Cup seeks Medical Students

 Football is a contact sport. Therefore, players might hurt themselves while tackling, heading or simply by pushing themselves too hard in order to win at Dana Cup.

A professional medical tent staffed by trained doctors and nurses, student nurses and medical students is part of Dana Cup's renowned quality. In the MASH tent players will get a quick medical assessment of the injury and whether it is necessary to send them to radiography or further examination at Vendsyssel Hospital in Hjørring. In this way, the huge football tournament burdens the hospital as little as possible and, at the same time, student nurses and medical students get important clinical experience, which they can use in their continuing education.

'However, we would like more medical students to volunteer,' says general manager of Dana Cup's health department, nurse Jette Nordberg, who had expected that the establishment of the Faculty of Medicine at Aalborg University would have led to an increase in medical students.

'But we only have two medical students from Aalborg University this year,' explains Michael Bang, who will graduate in a year. He is from Hjørring and, of course, he knew Dana Cup, so he already volunteered last year.

'However, one of the problems is that students do not know Dana Cup. In Aarhus there is more focus on sports medicine and, consequently, it is natural for students to gain experience at Dana Cup, plus teachers in Aarhus make good publicity for the tournament.

'I think that Aalborg needs to focus on sports medicine and then Dana Cup must intensify marketing to the students, for instance, by including the secretaries, who have direct contact with the students.

'I think that is great to come to Dana Cup as a medical student. We get the opportunity to see some of it all, from rupture to fractured skull. There is always something relevant to do. Besides we have a great community in the MASH tent, where we also enjoy ourselves when not working,' Michael Bang smiles.

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 MASH-Doctor behind Research Project

 Thursday at noon 850 people had been to the MASH tent at Dana Cup 2016 due to injuries sustained on the football pitch, in their spare time or due to illness. But how many are actually injured, who are they and what kind of injuries do they sustain?

Those are questions that doctor Peter Agger from Aarhus University Hospital has been asking himself several times for the last 11 years. Along with a handful of colleagues, he has just completed a research project, which has been based on Dana Cup from 2012 to 2014, that is three editions of the world's third largest football tournament for youth.

'From the survey we can conclude a number of facts but we need more data,' says Peter Agger, who has had to collect three years of data, so far.

'In Denmark we must keep a record, also at Dana Cup, so the data was right there. Basically, we just had to look at the data from start to finish. So far, we can see that the girls are generally more injured than the boys – at least, they have come to the MASH tent more often than the boys. We know that there are differences in muscle, joint and bone strength in girls and boys. Consequently, there might be a physiological explanation. But there might also be a cultural difference, because we know that women are more likely to see a doctor than men, and it might be the same for girls and boys,' underlines Peter Agger, who has noticed that more players get injured at the end of the tournament than in the beginning.

'We cannot immediately see why, but it might have something to do with fatigue, but it might also have something to do with the fact that the longer the teams progress in the tournament the more sacrifices the players bring in order to achieve a good sporting result. And that can mean more injuries,' the doctor thinks.

'The research project will continue since we will add this year's data in order to make preparations for next year's Dana Cup even better. If we know that there are more ankle and knee injuries than arm and shoulder injuries, we could bring more crutches, for instance. But by collecting more data we will be able to focus on even more aspects of the injuries. We can focus on specific types of injuries, but we also know that those who seek help in the MASH tent come for reasons other than sport injuries. Do illness or injuries occur in a small place with many young people?' ponders Peter Agger, who expects to collect data for another two or three Dana Cups before he and his colleagues may be able to answer more of their questions.

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 Trophies Waiting for the Winners

 The winning team from each group gets a fine trophy as proof of their good results. The trophies are different depending on whether it is a girls or boys team that wins.

'Actually, many teams would like to give each player a trophy. We can easily help them – for a fee,' smiles the head of Information at Dana Cup Lizzy Kærholm, who encourages teams to come to Information to collect their trophies.

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 South Korean Team without South Koreans

 Opponents and spectators could not find a single South Korean player on the team as Rising Star from South Korea prepared for the first match at this year's Dana Cup. Rising Star is in fact an academy team comprised entirely of girls from the Western Hemisphere, daughters of specialists who are stationed in South Korea for a shorter or longer time.

'Rising Star Academy was established in 2008 and brings girls from the entire world together to practice soccer. Rising Star is a very spacious academy where girls are equally welcomed regardless of their footballing level. Some of the girls have not even played football before starting at the academy,' explains Susanne Galsøe, who has lived in Busan for a year together with her husband and three children. The family is actually from Højene in Hjørring, and when the two high school teachers felt like trying something new they headed east. Here Susanne Galsøe and her husband teach at the International School BIFS in Busan, where students are typically children of specialists in the oil industry and shipbuilding, the military or education.

'Our children went to school at BIFS and practice football a couple of times a week at Rising Star Football Academy. The children are very dedicated. They go to school till 4 PM after which they practice football and take the bus home – for some of them the bus ride is 1,5 hours, so they have to be really serious about their football and we can also see that they have indeed improved even though the opponents at Dana Cup have been very good,' smiles Susanne Galsøe and Christina Seidenfaden – the latter is a trained surgical nurse, but she is a full-time housewife in South Korea.

In order to get a South Korean nurse authorization she has to be able to speak Korean fluently. And after just one year in South Korea she is unable to do so.

'The girls at Rising Star Football Academy do not only come from Busan, but from all over South Korea and even girls whose parents have actually moved home to their respective countries have come to Dana Cup. Thus, one of the girls has flow alone all the way from Washington D.C. to Denmark in order to play on the team,' Susanne Galsøe and Christian Seidenfaden explain.

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