Berlin in the red jerseys.
Colourful Team from Berlin
Highly concentrated but, nevertheless, fairly relaxed, the selected team from Berlin prepare for their next game. The high level of skills is no coincidence, since the players are specially chosen talents, aged 15-18, from the area around Berlin as the head coach Aileen Poese puts it. They select players from what is roughly the size of the Danish population.
'The contact was established through our youth committee. I was then asked which age group and, the players here are presently in the middle of the preparation for the new season. Some normally play in the second Bundesliga or B-Jugend Bundesliga and, thus, the team have some young and fairly experienced players. Moreover, that is the age group we are interested in,' explains Aileen .
As the clubs are in the middle of their prepartions for the new season, it is naturally difficult to bring along the players. However, since it is a one-week competition it is ok. Thus, they have brought along 18 players to Dana Cup. Some of they have already played 1 or 2 games for the German national side or at least been selected.
'It is a very colourful team in respect to both age and experience, but they are all very skilled. Let me put it like this. We can easily make substitutions,' smiles Aileen, whose goal is to reach the final. Nevertheless, the team still had time to visit the North Sea to recover.
Forus & Gausel New in Club 100
Club 100 is an exclusive club, which consists of the clubs that, over the years, have sent 100 or more teams to Dana Cup. At this year's VIP-party, Forus & Gausel became a new member of Club 100 and, actually, most of their teams have only participated within the last 10 years.
'10 years ago we began to send teams to Dana Cup for real, a bit more organised. Before that only a few teams had been to Hjørring,' explains the head of the delegation, Thor-Erik Østebø, whose daughter Katrine is among the 160 players and managers in 9 teams.
Forus & Gausel has 1100 members playing either football or handball. Every year the football players aged 9-12 participate in Sør-Cup in Kristiansand and then they can look forward to travelling to Hjørring.
'They really look forward to coming. Dana Cup is a great tournament, both sporting and socially, plus it is nice to be Norwegian in Denmark,' Thor-Erik Østebø smiles. For the last 10 years they have lived in Højene School and, throughout all the years, they have had a wonderful co-operation with Hirtshals Diving School, which is one of the clubs running things at Højene School.
'We start communicating with the diving school before we arrive. Moreover, the day before we leave Norway we send a man in a van to Denmark with our sports equipment. He makes sure that we are already check-in, plus prepare everything for our arrival. It works perfectly,' Thor-Erik Østebø stresses.
Players from TSV Eintracht Eggebek drink plenty of water during halftime.
Enthusiastic about Dana Cup
On a hot day like yesterday, it was important to drink plenty of water in order to stay fit and focused on the game. Thus, the players from TSV Eintracht Eggebek deservedly had plenty of water during halftime in a tight match, which they lost 1-2 to the Norwegian team Austenvoll.
' We chose to come to Dana Cup because it is easy to get here by car. Moreover, we asked the players if they wanted to go to Gothia Cup or Dana Cup and most of them said Dana Cup; and so did the parents,' coach Bjørn Morbeck explains.
'My impression is that the players like Dana Cup very much. This is due to the fact that the tournament is very familial, and they can walk about freely. I can divide them into small groups of three without having to worry. It is easy to find the correct bus. The bus drivers are always friendly. It is easy to get around and, accordingly, we are not afraid of loosing a player,' Bjørn Morbeck continues.
Parents from TSV Eintracht Eggebek support their local team
World Championship Mums
During Dana Cup many parents have chosen to follow their children to Hjørring in order to support them – both on and off the pitch. Consequently, the parents from the village of Eggebek in Northern Germany are here to support their local team and the ones, who are unable to come keep up to date via text messages.
'Our coaches went to the VIP-evening the other day, where it was once again pointed out that, even if, one wants to win the tournament it is important to be together. Naturally, some teams will find it hard to compete against other teams but, simply, happy to take part in the tournament. Moreover, it is important for everybody, the coaches, volunteers and supporting parents, to have a great time. It is almost a kind of World Championship,' smiles Britta Hansen, who always travels with the team and, as a consequence, is at Dana Cup for the fourth time.
Here is the team Berliner Fussballverband
Co-operation with Berlin
In recent years, Fortuna Hjørring has experienced that it has become more and more difficult to find qualified opponents in Denmark. As a consequence, the club wants to establish a co-operation with competent clubs aboard. In that connection, head of Marketing Flemming Nielsen is in the process of establishing a co-operation between four clubs in Germany, Sweden, Norway and Denmark, respectively.
'Now that we want to set up a co-operation, we thought that it would be a good idea to invite the selected team from Berlin, Germany, to this year's tournament. Accordingly, we also plan on sending Fortuna Hjørring to Berlin next year,' Flemming Nielsen says.
The selected team from Berliner Fussballverband consists of players from four local clubs in and around Berlin, who have all been handpicked. Several of the players play in the second Bundesliga or for the national side.
'In order to developed the skills of the girls, it is important to find qualified opponents and, besides, Berlin is not very far away. During the winter season we will also try to launch training camps, where especially Norwegian teams can come and play,' explains Flemming Nielsen, who is looking forward to creating a tournament for four clubs. The tournament is supposed to rotate between the participating partners.
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.