Happiness in Kenya
They are not going to lacks any footballs, when Ushari Spoti from Kenya returns from Dana Cup.
The African boys were happy when the received a grand gift of footballs on Dana Cup's last day.
Sabrina Abramowski from the German club Cloppenburg BV had brought along 10 wonderful balls from the club back home in Germany. It was meant as a gift for some young players, who found it rather difficult to do their sport without the proper accessories. Sabrina Abramowski and Dana Cup decided to give the ten balls a future in Kenya. The happy Kenyans gave expression to their gratitude. Thus, everybody knew that it was the right decision.
Anticipated Brazilian Victory
B14: Bærum SK (NOR) - Pequeninos do Jockey (BRA) 0 - 2 (0 - 0)
If everybody had predicted that Brazilian Pequeninos do Jockey was going to beat Norwegian Bærum SK in the final in B14, then nobody had told the Norwegian boys. Bærum SK played their own game believing that the Brazilian favourites could be beaten by proper Norwegian football.
Therefore, one should praise Bærum SK to the skies because they played some of the most positive football at this year's finals. Not least considering the fact that the Norwegian boys in the yellow jerseys were much smaller than their opponents. For instance, some of the Brazilian players did not mind having a shoot on goal from the middle of the pitch – hard kicks, even.
Consequently, it did not come as a huge surprise when Pequeninos won gold medals but, in reality, Bærum SK was the positive surprise.
On Saturday, Lake Norman SC from the USA won gold medals in G14 by beating Kløfta Ullensaker-Kisa from Norway. On Friday, the club also won bronze medals in G15.
Lake Norman Win Gold and Bronze
G14: Lake Norman SC (USA) - Kløfta-Ullensaker-Kisa (NOR) 1 - 0 (0 - 0) – after extra time.
It was not until the 59th minute of play – 9 minutes into extra time – that Lake Norman managed to score the winning goal and, thus, win G14. The final between Lake Norman SC from the USA and Kløfta Ullensaker-Kisa from Norway lacked goal chances. The American players needed almost an hour of play to score before being able to bring the trophy back home.
Before the final Lake Norman SC had played an impressive 15 games at Dana Cup, because the club had participated in both G14 and G15. Yesterday, they even succeeded in winning bronze medals in G15. It is a great achievement.
The Norwegian players defenced well for a very long time. Actually, you had to wait until extra time before the Norwegian goalkeeper was really put under pressure. In fact, both she and the rest of the Norwegian team played a really good match.
Therefore, it was a real pity for the goalkeeper that, with just one-minute left of extra time, the ball went in the net.
Dallas Texans won gold against Minas from Spain.
Dallas Texans Won Gold
B19: Minas (ESP) - Dallas Texans SC (USA) 1 - 2 (1 - 1) after extra time.
Minas from Madrid played the most beautiful football based on advanced soccer skills and a great first touch. However, Dallas Texans in the red jerseys proved that a big heart willing to fight will get you far. In this case, they won gold in B19 at Dana Cup.
The concept of Dallas Texans was obviously to make use of a solid defence. Thus, the Americans kept the concept throughout the game and, even though Minus – not least due to the player in jersey number 7, who also became Man of the Match – passed the ball well and showed great skills, one of the American players nevertheless headed home a long throw-in to put Dallas Texans ahead. The goal made Minas change tactics and, consequently, the team put much more pressure on the opponents. The Spanish players were rewarded 15 seconds before the final whistle as they equalised from a corner to make it 1-1.
However, only two minutes into extra time Dallas Texans scored the game-winning goal. Actually, they scored again from a dead ball situation: this time from a free kick.
The rest of the match was pure survival for Dallas Texans.
FC Düren-Niederau Best Club
According to the tradition one of the visiting clubs is awarded the title 'Best Club'.
At Dana Cup 2013 the German club FC Düren-Niederau scored the most points.
A clever system, which is based on placing, results, etc., is used when the Best Club is to be found. In consequence, the six teams from the German club were able to collect the most points and deservedly won the trophy.
Intense fighting at close quarters marked an even final in G15 between Gneist and Øvrevoll Hosle.
Relief for Gneist IL in the End
G15: Gneist IL (NOR) - Øvrevoll Hosle IL (NOR) 2 - 0 (0 - 0)
For 40 minutes it looked as the final in G15 was going into extra time. Actually, both teams fought, played and kicked without being really dangerous in front of goal.
It was a very even game, but then things finally began to move. Despite being in possession of the ball most of the time, Gneist IL never created any big chances. But in three minutes two beautiful goals essentially decided the outcome of the game.
Gneist seemed to be the physically strongest players on the pitch. The fighting at close quarters was intense, the tackles were good and the runs were fast and, accordingly, Gneist IL deserved winning gold. Nonetheless, Øvrevoll Hosle also performed well.
Hjørring FC gave way to a super force as Club America won B15.
Hjørring FC Gave Way to Superior Team
B15: Hjørring FC (DEN) - Club America (MEX) 0 - 3 (0 - 1)
It takes two teams to create a match worth seeing. Consequently, Hjørring FC should be proud of the silver medals. Even though, Club America went ahead 1-0 after just one minute of play the local boys from Hjørring refused to give up.
After a very long position warfare, in which none of the teams managed to get the upper hand, despite proper fighting, the Mexicans finally showed that they had come to raise the trophy.
In just five minutes Club America altered the score from 0-1 to 0-3, the last goal scored on a perfect cross that was finished with a beautiful volley.
The rest of the game was an intense fight between the two teams.
Düren-Niederau from Germany won B13.
German Fingerprints on the Trophy
B13: Holmen IF (NOR) - Düren-Niederau FC (GER) 0 - 4 (0 - 1)
The roles were divided early on in the final in B13. More or less from the first whistle, Düren-Niederau took control of the game. And even though Holmen tried to win, the German players were simply better.
They scored the first goal after seven minutes and albeit they did not score for another 30 minutes it was nevertheless the logical consequence of them controlling the game. Holmen rarely came near Düren-Niederaus' goal but, on the other hand, the opponents had several nice shots on goal and in the end they scored another two goals.
After the game, the players from Holmens were the first people to express their congratulations to the Germans in winning the Dana Cup final. As a matter of fact, it was a really fine gesture by a skilled group of players, who won silver.
M*A*S*H Support Science through a Ph.D. Project
This year when the M*A*S*H tent has injured players, their unfortunate situation supports science in the fight against injuries.
'This year M*A*S*H is involved in a Ph.D. project, in which the researchers partly want to analyse if some injuries are over-represented and, for instance, if any particular injuries are in some way related to gender or age,' the manager of the M*A*S*H tent, Jette Nordberg, explains.
It is expected that the results will improve the possibility of preventing injuries in the long run since it is a study, which has never been done before on such a large scale:
'We have treated around 700 people, anything from scratches and bruises to diagnostic x-rays, so we have plenty of data to analyse when doing the Ph.D.,' explains Peter Anker, who normally studies medicine at Aarhus University.
Molde in the white jerseys beat Astor 7-0, who never gave up
Strong Win for Molde
G16: Astor FK (NOR) - Molde FK (NOR) 0 - 7 (0 - 3)
Astor FK fought bravely for the whole 60 minutes but, in a purely Norwegian Final in G16, Molde was simply too good. From the first whistle, the players in the white jerseys from Molde put a lot of pressure on Astor, who never created any big chances.
Molde displayed a beautiful and effective game. Moreover, a creative number 20 in good form and an extremely dangerous finisher wearing the jersey number 50 led the team.
The result speaks for itself. 7-0 signals a huge difference, but Astor must be praised for never giving up even when things looked bleak. In addition, you cannot blame Astor's goalkeeper: Molde simply played a great game.
Thus, it was a strong win in a beautiful final.
Both teams had the will to win.
Norwegian Final With Few Shots on Goal
G19: Nidlev IL (NOR) - Trondheim Ørn (NOR) 5 - 6 (0 - 0) after extra time and penalty kicks
Both teams had the will to win but two strong defences prevented Nidlev and Trondheim from creating any big chances in the final in G19. In the first half Trondheim had a single header on goal whereas Nidlev in the second half had two fine shots from the distance.
The rest of the match was full of long balls and both teams defended themselves tooth and nail.
Trondheim Ørn had two huge chances in the beginning of extra time, which might have resulted in goals, and they dominated the rest of the match, thus they should have won.
However, the final was decided with a penalty shootout.