23. - 28. JULY 2018 - HJØRRING - DENMARK

Fortuna Aalesund FK (DEN) – Fortuna Hjørring (DEN) 0-3 (0-3)

When Fortuna Hjørring went in front 1-0 after just one minute of play in the final against Fortuna Aalesund from Norway, the players in blue knew that it was going to be difficult. Fortuna Aalesund fought bravely, but as the Norwegian girls used too much energy defending they were unable to create good chances.

Consequently, Fortuna Hjørring was in control of the game. The 3-0 win was never at risk even though the lead was to some extent a pretext for doing nothing and, subsequently, the second half was not as entertaining as the first 25 minutes.

Fortuna Aalesund won silver and has every reason to be content because, on this day, the Norwegians simply lost to a better football team.

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Fairplay2017 Boys

The Winners of Fair Play 2017

The jury at Dana Cup has found the winners of this year’s Fair Play trophies among the boys and girls. Mansfield Crew FC in class G15 from the USA was awarded the Fair Play trophy among the girls and Cantalao in class B11 from Peru won the boys’ Fair Play trophy with the following reasoning.
Since the arrival in Hjørring, both teams have shown a remarkably pleasant appearance in connection with transport and accommodation.

Likewise, both teams have been extremely cooperative and have always complied with various requests from the referees concerning player information.

During the completion of all games, the players have displayed a very remarkable behaviour and helped ensure that all involved parties around the matches have had a good and unforgettable experience.
Mansfield Crew FC participates in the Dana Cup for the first time.

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Fortuna Hjørring (DEN) – Langfjorden FK (NOR) 3-0 (1-0)

Even though Langfjorden FK had strong support from enthusiastic spectators in the stands, the Norwegian players were busy preventing Fortuna Hjørring from scoring in a game, in which the Norwegian players in the red shirts failed to create a single chance; however, at one point, the Norwegian players and fans felt that they should have been awarded a penalty.
Hence, with a 3-0 win, Fortuna Hjørring deservedly won the trophy in G17.

After at 1-0 lead at half time, it looked as if Langfjorden FK was best in the beginning of the second half. Fortuna Hjørring’s players seemed nervous making too many mistakes, but Fortuna scored two second half goals to give them a well-deserved victory.

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GPS National Team (USA) – Frogner-Skedsmo IL (NOR) 1-0 (0-0)

In a lively final, in which both teams had difficulties creating actual chances, GPS National Team from the USA eventually won by scoring a goal just after half time.

In all 40 minutes, the game was a duel about controlling midfield and, moreover, it was dominated by many physical duels. Several times both teams played well, but observant defenders in both ends stopped all attempts on goal and apart from an American shot that hit the Norwegian crossbar, none of the teams managed to score another goal. Both teams fought hard in the final but, unfortunately, they did not manage to score more goals.

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B12 2017

Tucuman 1 (ARG) – Vidar FK 1 (NOR) 2-0 (5-3)

’I hope to see you in the final.’

That is what the head of Dana Cup, Jette Andersen, told Tucuman and Liverpool FC on Monday, when the mayor of Hjørring, Arne Boelt welcomed the two teams in the town hall.
On Friday Argentinian Tucuman fulfilled Jette Andersen’s wish and even managed to win the final in the club’s first visit to the Dana Cup.

After four minutes of play, Tucuman was 2-0 in front and seemed to have won the game but, in just two golden minutes in the second half, Vidar equalised. However, Tucuman scored again and in only a few minutes the score went from 2-2 to 4-2. Yet, once again Vidar managed to bring excitement into a very entertaining game, when the Norwegians equalised with five minutes left. Tucuman’s goal in stoppage time was only adornment. Super game by both teams.

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G17 Summit


When Fortuna Hjørring and KoldingQ met Friday morning in the semi-final in class G17, it was a Danish summit. Both clubs are among the best four clubs in the Danish 3F League and at youth level both teams also play in the best league.
’Prior to the summer holiday, we won the Danish championship in our age group and, luckily, all the players are here at Dana Cup,’ says Kolding’s head coach, Jesper Bisgaard, who naturally regrets loosing 2-1 to Fortuna.
’My job is to ready the players for the next level in Danish football and practice the style of football that we would like to play in KoldingQ. We like to pass the ball instead of kicking it, but there is no answer book in football and one way of playing is not better or more correct than another. Actually, I think that we saw two ways of playing the game today,’ Jesper Bisgaard says.
On the other side of the centreline Fortuna Hjørring’s head coach was obviously more satisfied.
’It was a kind of summit, and I think that it is great that we are able to play so well knowing that we played three games yesterday. So did KoldingQ but my players also had to work in the kitchen, clean or had other duties at Dana Cup. I think that fact puts the result in perspective.’
Henrik Larsen agrees with Jesper Bisgaard that the many spectators witnessed some of the best Danish girls’ football.
‘We have 5-6 national players and so does KoldingQ,’ says Henrik Larsen, who admits that he has an important task of building on the foundation that coaches in U16 and U14 make and, thereby, preparing the best for both the 3F League and perhaps even the national team.

‘ When the players come to me, I expect, not least, that the technical skills are all right. We continue practicing skills, but certainly also tactical understanding,’ he emphasises. Having won the game, Fortuna Hjørring plays the final in G17 tonight in Nord Energi Arena.


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B11 2017

Frederikssund FB (DEN) – Cantalao (PER) 5 – 2 (1-1)

Cantalao from Peru has proud traditions in the Dana Cup. The South Americans won class B11 in 2016 and have won that class four times. Apparently, the Danish boys from Frederikssund did not know that.

They played a great game based on technical skills and a good tactical understanding, totally without respect for their opponents and, thus, already went in front 1-0 after six minutes of play. However, five minutes before half time, Cantalao equalised with a perfect header.

Just one minute into the second half, the story repeated itself. Due to a well-played attack, Frederikssund went in front again but only a couple of minutes later Cantalao equalised. Then the best player of the match, Frederikssund’s number 10, took control of the game. Scoring a real hat trick, he clearly underlined the Danish dominance, so Frederikssund deservedly won the match 5-2.

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G12 2017

Kreis Cloppenburg NFV (GER) – Minsk FC (BLR) 3 – 4 after extra time (2-1)

The fortunes of battle fluctuated. An old worn phrase in football but, nevertheless, it fits well to describe the first final between Kreis Cloppenburg NFV from Germany and Minsk FC from Belarus.
From the very beginning of the game, the Belarusians put a lot of pressure on the opponents and, actually, dominated the game until the Germans scored after 11 minutes of play. Six minutes later they went in front 2-0, but when Minsk scored one minute before half time, the game changed. Consequently, Minsk FC equalised one minute into the second half.

After 28 minutes Kreis Cloppenburg scored again from the distance, but five minutes later Minsk equalised again, and as nobody scored again, the game went into extra time.
In extra time Minsk FC won the game when the captain, one of the best players of the game, scored.

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During the Dana Cup tournament the SPORTMASTER-tent has been very busy. Among other things, it is due to the fact that many players would like name and number on their shirts.

’Naturally, the participants can also get name and number on the official shirts of their favourite football clubs,’ Kasper Hansen from SPORTMASTER emphasises. Name costs 80 kr while it costs 30 kr for each number. The SPORTMASTER-tent is open on Friday 9-22 and on Saturday 9-14.


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U.S. Virgin Islands Competes at the Dana Cup


For the second year running the Virgin Islands American Youth Soccer Organisation (VIAYSO) U19 soccer team participates in Dana Cup. What is more, earlier in the spring the St. Croix AYSO hosted The St. Croix International Centennial Soccer Tournament, where teams from the V.I. and Denmark played a number of friendlies. The team is very happy to take part in the Dana Cup, because they like being exposed to the game at the next level.

’We come from an island where we only have four men’s teams and, thus, the boys’ exposure to the game is very limited. With only four teams they have a high school season with only 9 games. And for us to come here and play without being outplayed by anybody is an accomplishment in itself ’ says coach Yohannes Worede and adds that it is good to know that they can put up a fight. This afternoon, the team from St. Croix lost 1-2 to Norwegian Odds BK, despite a brave fight.


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U.S. Parents on European Tour


This year a large group of parents from North Carolina, USA, have chosen to come along with their 34 Lake Norman Soccer Club players and two coaches to the club’s 4th Dana Cup. Before arriving at Dana Cup, the group travelled to Iceland to compete in friendlies against local teams. At the same time, they tried to take in Iceland by visiting Gulfoss Waterfall and enjoying the Blue Lagoon. The parents like this combination of football games and sightseeing.

‘ Our club has been coming here for a few years. It is a great experience for us. It allows our kids to see competition from around the world and as a parent it is great to be able to see a very family friendly soccer environment with teams from multiple countries and to have a little holiday. Moreover, we get a chance to bond with our team and club to create community feeling and, at the same time, we get to see our kids play against other competition,’ Cedric Coco says.

Moreover, Cedric Coco is very impressed by the camaraderie at Dana Cup because it is like a miniature World Cup and, additionally, he thinks that Dana Cup and the city of Hjørring have created that unbelievable atmosphere.


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