Vidar in the red jerseys won the first final at Dana Cup in a very interesting game with extra time and a penalty shootout.
Great Start to Dana Cup Finals
G12: Donns FK (NOR) - Vidar FK (NOR) 7-8 (1-1) - after extra time and a penalty shootout.
Donns FK and Vidar FK gave each other and the spectators at Hjørring stadium a great start to this year's finals at Dana Cup. After an unusually exciting and well-played game in G12, Vidar won, but Donns might as well have won. Both teams fought to the last drop of blood. None of the players wanted to give up. It was not until after extra time and a penalty shootout that this year's first winners were found.
From the beginning of the game Vidar put lot of pressure on Donns, who nevertheless managed to get back into the game and were dangerous on several counter attacks. After 21 minutes of play, the team went ahead, but then the battle swayed to and fro in an intense and beautiful fight, which promises well for the rest of the finals.
M*A*S*H Praise the Coaches to the Skies
This year's Dana Cup has been very warm, but people at the M*A*S*H tent praise the coaches highly for not letting the players succumb to the heat.
Week 30 in Hjørring is known for its good weather and, again this year, the week has included lots of sunshine and nice football weather. Nevertheless, the players rarely feel poorly in the heat.
'We have only had one incident of a player feeling unwell due to the heat. Thus, we would like to praise the coaches, whom we see bringing along plenty of water for all the games,' says Jette Nordberg, the manager of Dana Cup's own injury tent which also makes an extra contribution to science.
In total, the people at M*A*S*H have treated around 700 people, anything from scratches and bruises to diagnostic x-rays and the doctors at the tent are able to judge whether or not a person is to be driven to Hjørring hospital.
Moreover, they have also been busy in the massage tent treating aching muscles and joints.
'Our busiest day was on Tuesday as 156 people had massage and, so far, 454 participants have had massage during the week. It is primarily back massage, which is a little bit atypical,' the manager of the massage tent, Jørgen Konradsen, utters.
The wish to buy a t-shirt or a jersey with Dana Cup's logo is huge
Queuing to Get a Nice Dana Cup Memory
The wish to bring back home a nice memory of Dana Cup is huge. At any rate, the queue at Sportsmaster is long if one wants to buy a t-shirt or a hoodie with Dana Cup's logo.
'Of course, we do not yet know the overall sales for Dana Cup 2013 but, last year, we sold 8.000 t-shirts with Dana Cup's logo alone and, this year, we see that the demand is very big,' Aage Strøm from Sportsmaster says.
'As a matter of fact, we try to develop the concept and add new products all the time. In addition to t-shirts and hooded jerseys, you can also buy, for instance, IPhone covers, umbrellas and other products with Dana Cup's logo. Next year, we will definitely have more products on the shelves,' Aage Strøm underlines.
On Saturday, Viasat broadcasts two of the finals from Dana Cup live on TV3 SPORT 1 and Viaplay.
Dana Cup Finals live on TV
For the fourth year in a row, the TV-station Viasat is Dana Cup's official media partner. Among other things, it means that the finals in B19 and G14 can be watched live on TV3 SPORT 1 and Viaplay on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Moreover, Viasat produces an hour-long feature of the tournament, which will be broadcasted on TV3 Sport in August.
From the time when Viasat started a partnership with Dana Cup, each year Viasat has invited a team to MTG's international football tournament MTG United for Peace Cup. This year, it is Dana Cup's best Danish G14-team that is going to Stockholm in the middle of October to compete against 14 other countries.
The same weekend the winner of the Nobel Peace Price is announced in Oslo, and the young players will be allowed to view the event from the Nobel Museum in the heart of Stockholm. The museum will also form the framework of a number of activities, which the young football players must participate in – activities, whose purpose is to put focus on cultural diversity, tolerance and peace.
Dana Cup in the Entire World
This week parents across the world are able to follow their children, who participate in Dana Cup in northern Denmark – in Hjørring.
Director Johnny Jacobsen from Gistrup Film puts together a broadcast, which is accessible via the Internet 24-hours-a-day in the entire world. When parents in, for instance, Peru sit down to have breakfast, they will be able to match their children play a match in Hjørring beginning at 2 p.m. When people in the Philippines have dinner, they will be able to watch what happens in the Dana Cup area in the early morning.
In the Dana Cup area several cameras have been put into place, which via 4G connections ensure that the signals reach Johnny. Next he mixes live pictures and already recorded features, which are then streamed to the world.
Thus, digital communication has had a breakthrough at Dana Cup 2013, and the message from Northern Jutland was well received in no more than 57 countries.
The statics show that 20.000 have visited the live streaming from Dana Cup. Most of the visitors come from Germany and Denmark. However, there have also been a few from Peru and the Philippines.
If you want to watch live streaming from Dana Cup, then click HERE
Bermuda at Dana Cup for the First Time.
Bermuda at Dana Cup for the First Time
44 countries participate in this year's record-breaking Dana Cup. Three of them are new: Honduras, Serbia and Bermuda. The boys from Bermuda's Brazilian Football School, who play in B12, think that the trip to Denmark and Dana Cup has been a huge experience.
'Bermuda's Brazilian Football School is a football school, and it is the children's parents, who have paid for the trip to Denmark,' explains Arne Thomsen, who has lived in Bermuda for two years and has helped arrange the trip to Dana Cup.
'I lived in Bermuda from 1978 to 1980 and back then the country was a great football nation which, among other things, beat the U.S. Today, Bermuda's Brazilian Football School works to restore football and, as the name of the school indicates, Brazil and Brazilian football is the biggest source of inspiration,' Arne Thomsen says.
1st Vice President of the Bermuda Football Association, Calvin Blankendal, coaches Bermuda's team at Dana Cup.
Bermuda's Brazilian Football School acts as ambassadors for Bermuda on the trip to Denmark, and Bermuda's Ministry of Tourism are among the sponsors.
After Dana Cup the team from Bermuda will take part in Brøndby Cup and Vildbjerg Cup.
Rhein-Hunsrück JFV in the black jerseys takes part in Dana Cup for the first time
New German Elite Club at Dana Cup
Rhein-Hunsrück JFV is a new elite cooperation in the south-western part of Germany. The club has only existed for three years and takes part in Dana Cup for the very first time.
'In the area there are many smaller towns and in recognition of the fact that the small clubs are unable to succeeded on a high level individually, we decided to found Rhein-Hunsrück JFV, where we gather talents from the area around Rheine and Mosel. 40 clubs from the Rhein-Hunsrück area have joined the cooperation,' explains Frank Schneider, who coaches the B14 team during Dana Cup.
JVF stands for junior cooperation and they hope to keep the talents in the area. Rhein-Hunsrück JFV is in the regional league. In Junior U15 the team has a clear led of 10 points to second place.
Rhein-Hunsrück JFV has not brought along all their best players since some were unable to participate. Moreover, the team only has two substitutes in B14.
The club from Stockholm boasts of being Sweden's biggest club measured by teams and players
Brommapojkarna – Sweden's Biggest Club
Even though, it is hard work organising 254 teams and almost 5.000 players, Magnus Hermannsson, who helps coach the club's B17 team participating in this year's Dana Cup, finds it worth the effort.
'Dana Cup is a funny place to be. The atmosphere is great and the football fields are fantastic. We are not used to playing on proper grass, and the players find it much better than our artificial turf fields at home, he explains before the team's quarterfinal, which they aim to win.
'Unfortunately, we didn't qualify for the A-finals having only won one game and lost two. Nevertheless, we played a very good match against Hjørring FC, a game that was very equal, but they managed to score 10 minutes before the final whistle. We know that the team from Hjørring is extremely good and, consequently, we are very satisfied with the performance. But now we aim to win the B-finals,' says Hermansson, who has been with the club for the last 10 years.
This year St. Pauli has sent its Young Rebels to Dana Cup.
Cult-Club from Hamburg
'Some think of us as Germany's special team. We have founded the club on traditional football values and we do a lot for anti-racism and, recently, we have done a petition to promote anti-homophobia. It is an integrated part and culture of the neighbourhood, St. Pauli,' explains Jonas Louca, who coaches the club's B11 team, which is called Young Rebels.
St. Pauli is the highest-ranking football club representing a neighbourhood and not an entire city. Normally, it is easily recognisable by its pirate flag but not this year.
'The last time we were here we put our flag in the goalkeeper's goal, but we were not allowed to do so, thus this time the flags stay at home,' smiles Jonas Louca, who has led his team to four convincing victories indicating that St. Pauli has many talents.
'The players know that they are part of a professional football club, and that they have the opportunity to become professional, when they play here,' he says.
So far, St. Pauli has won 4 games with a score of 27-1 and, as a result, the team has made it to the quarterfinals in B11.
Kuala Lumpur Youth Soccer Academy sets new standards for diversity on the football pitch
KLYS – a Multiethnic Football Team
KLYS from Malaysia is what one could call a rather variegated crowd. Due to special rules in the Malayan league, they have taken the initiative by establishing an academy for young, primarily foreign players.
'In Malaysia foreign players are not allowed to play in the league-system. In consequence, we established an academy in order to give the many foreigners in Malaysia the opportunity to play youth football and be together with the others. In our team we have players from 6-8 countries at the moment, for instance from Switzerland, Nigeria, Japan and China,' explains Aidil Sulaiman, who used to be a professional football player in Singapore.
'Football is very valuable as a tool for integration. Here, it is not important where people are from or how they look like. By teaching children the meaning of respect, we can live and work together in stead of looking at where people are from,' clarifies Aidil Sulaiman, before he talks about the goals of the team at this year's tournament.
'For such a small academy as ours, we are very content. By coming to Dana Cup, and by playing against all the best teams, and by learning about other cultures, we have already reached ours goals' he says.
You can watch the entire interview with KLYS on: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfGrjlhR0EM
The jury at Dana Cup work hard to ensure that no teams use players, who are too old. Besides, the players in this picture are not suspected of being too old.
Jury in Control of the Players
Any complaints of the matches during Dana Cup will be passed on to the jury. Many complaints concern referees, who, according to the protests, have performed poorly and, thus, have had a negative effect on the outcome of the games. The rest of the complaints, more or less, involve opponents, who have used players that are too old to participate in a certain age group.
'In the tournament rules it is written that the jury at Dana Cup can take a random test in relation to the age of the players. Already last year we started to take more random tests and, this year, we have intensified the work. We turn up early at the football fields before the start of a match and then we ask the teams to hand over a list of the players, whom the coach plans on using. Then we control the age of the players. This kind of preventive work has resulted in fewer complaints that previous years,' explain Finn Larsen and Hans Jørn Christensen, who make up the jury together with Søren Bach.
Monday evening at midnight every club has to hand in a list of all the players they want to use at the tournament. Afterwards, no changes can be made to the list, not even if a team has several injured players.
'In a way, we prevent clubs from switching a player from one team to another, if they see an opportunity to improve their chances of winning,' stress the two experienced members of the jury, who have been stricter this year than previous years.
Anybody can file a protest. A complaint costs 500 Danish kroner, and if the complain is justified one will get one's money back.