Danish Football History Museum is open
In front of Vendiahallen in Dana Cup's Center Area an unusual exhibition has opened. It focuses on the 125-year-old history of Danish football. The exhibition was put together in connection with the anniversary of the Danish Football Association (DBU) and is found in a big container, which is now open to the public.
Today the exhibition is open from 5-8 p.m., on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., plus on Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
At the opening DBU's president, Jesper Møller, and former UEFA chief public relations officer, Frits Ahlstrøm, gave speeches.
'The exhibition could be the beginning of a proper Danish football museum. However, DBU cannot finance the daily running of the museum, so it would be obvious if a town or municipality would handle the daily running. On the other hand, DBU would contribute with even more historical effects, naturally, the trophy from 1992, when Denmark won the European Championship,' Frits Ahlstrøm said.
Happy Norwegian Girls at Dana Cup
The happy girls from Norway are 13 years old and some of them participate for the second time. Last year they were lucky and won silver. They come because Dana Cup is great and because competition is fierce.
Stopped by the Germans
The coach of a team from London has brought along his boys, aged 14 and 15, to Dana Cup for the first time. He has himself been to Dana Cup with other teams in 2010, 2012, 2013 and this year 2014. Last year his team made it to the quarterfinals.
'Every time we are beaten by the Germans,' the coach says and laughs.
The English come because the coach believes that it is good for the boys to learn what it means to be away from home, plus they have a lot of fantastic experiences. He and the boys are happy to be in Denmark but, nevertheless, think that it is a little bit different than England. They love the social air of Hjørring and think that the people up here are very friendly.
Dana Cup is Known all over the World
'It is in your nature to work hard, when the idea pops up. That is what you have done and, at the same time, you have had a wonderful ability to motivate your surroundings. This combination has made Dana Cup known all over the world', member of the board Torben Vandsted said while stating the reasons for presenting John Robert Larsen with the title of honorary president as a token of respect.
'More than 33 years ago, you got the idea to create a football tournament in Hjørring. Thousands of young people have – thanks to you – obtained experiences for life. The Dana Cup you created means a lot for Hjørring and the entire region of Vendsyssel. Each year Dana Cup with thousands of participants from the entire world creates a very special and colourful summer life in the area.
'Today, having retired, you may proudly look at what you have created and developed. Dana Cup wants to thank you for the huge effort. We thank you by presenting you with the title of honorary president as a token of respect. Moreover, it means that you'll be given a membership for life of 'Den Grønne Butterfly' – the organisation, which runs Dana Cup,' said Torben Vandsted, before John Robert Larsen was handed the visible proof by chairman Ole Vand Bruun and board member Karsten Dissing.
Learn Footvolley by Brazilian Expert
In the Event Area one will be able to meet Brazilian Ivan Guimarães, who teaches footvolley. It is a sport, which combines aspects of beach volley and football. Essentially, it is beach volleyball except players are not allowed to use their hands and a football replaces the volleyball.
'This game is completely different. When you play soccer you can play for 90 minutes without getting a goal. In footvolley you touch the ball after perhaps 5-6 seconds, thus you are touching the ball all the time and here you can also make a point all the time. When you start to play you cannot stop,' Ivan Guimarães explains.
'On the sand it is difficult to balance the whole body and that is what makes it a challenging game,' Ivan Guimarães underlines.
Have your Picture Taken with the European Championship Trophy
Now one can have one's picture taken with the European Championship Trophy, which the Danish national side won in Gothenburg in Sweden in 1992.
The trophy is part of DBU's Jubilee Exhibition, which one can see in Hjørring until Friday.
The exhibition is placed in a container next to Vendiahallen in the Dana Cup Center.
Fortuna's players take good care of the trophy. Here Michelle Madsen and Janni Arnth have their photo taken with the trophy. And so can you!
On Wednesday and on Thursday the trophy is taken out of the showcase and from 1-2 p.m., plus from 7-8 p.m. one can have one's picture taken. On Friday, the last day of the Jubilee Exhibition in Hjørring, it is from 1-2 p.m.
Good to Experience the World
James Lawry from Portland, Oregon in the USA has come to Dana Cup for the first time with to teams, B13 and G12, from the National Soccer Academy.
The teams came from Gothia Cup in Sweden. On the first day of Dana Cup his boys had won one match and lost one; the girls had lost.
James loves Denmark and, so far, Dana Cup has only surprised him positively.
'People are so friendly and accommodating and the countryside is beautiful,' he says. He admits that it is a long journey from the USA to Denmark, but he feels that it is good for the children to experience the world. However, he thinks that it is a pity that many parents are here with their children, thereby, not giving them the chance to make their own choices like the ones without their parents.
The National Soccer Academy has chosen to come to Dana Cup because it is more exotic than a football tournament in the USA. At the tournaments in the USA they might play against teams from Mexico and Canada, but not from the rest of the world. Moreover, it is more exciting for the children to travel to Europe and see the world. James also says that, naturally, they are here to play soccer but, on the other hand, it is a great opportunity to experience Europe. The journey is long, but the international aspect is very important.
Mamuka Met his Idol
For Mamuka Kvaratskhelia, head of delegation for the Georgian club Vake 91, the visit in DBU's Jubilee Exhibition in front of Vendiahallen on Tuesday was a welcome reunion with his big football idol, the former Danish national player Preben Elkjær.
Mamuka has been a dear guest at Dana Cup for many years, both as head of delegation and freelance journalist working for the Georgian media. For many years, the Danish football icon Preben Elkjær has fascinated him, and he has visited him on several occasions.
The Jubilee Exhibition, which was put together to celebrate the Danish Football Association's 125 years anniversary, features pictures of Preben Elkjær in action on the pitch, for instance.
New Friendships are very important
Somon, Umar and Wasswa Ibrahim, aged 17, from Kent Sports Academy in Uganda participate in their first Dana Cup. They are part of a team of boys aged 15-18 years, who have travelled to Denmark to play football.
They take part in Dana Cup because of all the fantastic experiences and they talk about how it feels to develop their skills by playing against teams from other countries participating at Dana Cup.
Also friendships are very important for them and they like meeting new people from the entire world. They also talk about how great Danish food and people in the area are.
They do not mind the long journey – on the contrary.
Mexican Evening in the Sports Café
Tonight is Mexican Evening in Dana Cup's Sports Café; the skilled kitchen staffs serve delicious Mexican meals.
'For 99 dkr. guests can eat as much as they want to,' Lene Thomsen from the Sports Café smiles. The cosy café, which has a large outdoor terrace and nice indoor rooms, is situated next to Dana Cup's Sports Center. The Café opened last year and already then it became a success.
'We can clearly see that this year more people know we exist because a lot come for both lunch and dinner,' explains Lene Thomsen, who is also able to offer large meeting rooms with big TV-screens.
By the way, the menu in the Sports Café is pulled pork or nachos, for instance. Mexican Evening is tonight from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., while the Café stays open every day from 10 a.m. until midnight.
Impressive Honour to Dana Cup's 'Dad'
In 1982 the then manager of Fortuna Hjørring came up with the idea of arranging a football tournament for youth players in Hjørring.
Dana Cup was born.
And since then the tournament has just continued to grow. More and more teams from more and more countries have come to Hjørring in the last week of July, and Dana Cup has turned into the world's third largest football tournament for youth – and with more than 40 nations even the most international.
Throughout all the years John Robert Larsen has work tirelessly for Dana Cup and even if he is no longer in charge of the huge event, he still helps out.
His huge contribution and involvement was deservedly celebrated by presenting him with the title of honorary president as a token of respect on Tuesday evening at the traditional VIP-evening in Vendia Hallen. The chairman of Dana Cup's board, Ole Vang Bruun, presented him with the honorary title.