23. - 28. JULY 2018 - HJØRRING - DENMARK

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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.

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Boys from Fossum, Norway, in class B 12 and the girls from Älvsjø, Sweeden, in class G 14

 Fair Play Dana Cup 2013

 The Jury awards the Fair Play trophies this year to a girls and boys team who have shown a very high standard of Fair Play.

The winning teams are the boys from Fossum, Norway, in class B 12 and the girls from Älvsjø, Sweeden, in class G 14

In addition to an overall positive performance they have shown Fair Play at the highest level in a very special situation.

In both cases it is the team's goalkeepers who are directly involved with the total support from the rest of their team.

The ball is kicked past the goal. The referee is in doubt but the goalkeeper informs the referee that he has been in contact with the ball, so the referee gives a corner.

In both cases it meant that a chance for a victory was missed and the result ended in a loss. This is extreme fair behavior.

So welcome the two winning teams - Fossum B 12 and Älvsjø G14 – the Fair Play winners 2013

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The players of the two teams fought fiercely about the ball. Club America from Mexico won gold medals

 Highly Dramatic Final

 B17: Club America (MEX) - Hjørring FC (DEN) 1 - 0 (0 - 0)

Two red cards to Club America and the expulsion of the Mexican coach was the culmination of a highly dramatic final in B17 between Club America and Hjørring FC. The match was intense, and both teams must be praised for the will to fight. And, in particular, Hjørring must be praised for keeping cool, they never gave up trying to win the game.

Furthermore, if Hjørring had netted one from the penalty spot just 90 seconds before the end of the game, the result might have been different, but they missed the golden opportunity. In stead it was Club America's players, who celebrated a long distance goal on the edge of the box after seven minutes of play in the second half.

It is a pity that the red cards and the expulsion of the agitated coach in the end marred the passionate fight.

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 Running for a Good Cause

 On the football pitch many players practice hard to get into shape for Dana Cup. However, off the field you also find role models, who run and train for a very good cause.

As a matter of fact, in the M*A*S*H tent you can find Mads Karlsson, who collects money for a particular purpose.

'This autumn I am going to London to run a half marathon supporting Children With Cancer, which collects money for children with cancer. I do not think that there is a better purpose than that,' explains Mads, who normally works as a doctor at Hjørring hospital.

In the Hawaii bar at Fortuna's clubhouse, all the guests had the opportunity to donate money, and he really appreciated the gesture very much.

'It is very touching what they have done for me. It is my first Dana Cup, so when I turned up they didn't know who I was, and I was meet with such openness,' he outlines.

You can read more about Mads and his project on: www.personligtraening.wordpress.com

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Westchester FC from the U.S.A. in the blue jerseys won gold in G17 ahead of Fortuna Hjørring

 The U.S. Most Dangerous in Front of Goal

 G17: Westchester FC (USA) - Fortuna Hjørring (DEN) 1 - 0 (0 - 0)

In a match in which the hardest battles were fought in midfield, American Westchester FC was a little bit more dangerous in front of goal than the opponents from Fortuna Hjørring. Consequently, Westchester deservedly raised the trophy after the smallest possible victory.

In general, the match lacked any great scoring chances. Several times, the counter attacks of the two teams never resulted in any dangerous movements.

However, the only goal of the match was scored on the counter attack as the Americans took advantage of their greater speed.

Fortuna's players worked hard during the entire match and did have a few sporadic attempts on goal but without luck.

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Finnish Tips Timantit outsprinted the hosts from Fortuna Hjørring and rightly won.

 Fortuna Overthrown

G13: Tips Timantit (FIN) - Fortuna Hjørring (DAN) 6 - 1 (2 - 0)

It is not a shame loosing to a better team. And Fortuna Hjørring lost to such an opponent in the final in G13. Finnish Tips Timantit never let anyone question where the trophy and gold medals were to be placed. Already after 9 minutes of play, the guests in the green jerseys sent a clear message as Fortuna's defence was overrun for the first time.

However, one should give the girls from Hjørring credit for not giving up, even though it gradually became clearer that Fortuna could not match the speed of the opponents. The team, Tips Timantit, was extremely dangerous on counter attacks. In consequence, the club's offensive players again and again outran Fortuna's defence.

Behind 0-3 Fortuna managed to score a goal in the middle of the second half, but Tips Timantit quickly replied by scoring another three goals: for instance, they netted one from the penalty spot.

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Hjørring in the red jerseys lost a very close final and can be proud of the silver medals.

 Penalty Kicks Decide Final

B12: Hjørring FC (DEN) - Fyllingsdalen FK (NOR) 5 - 6 (1 - 2)

 In football there is no such thing as justice, and in a final there always has to be a winner. Therefore, it was ok that Fyllingsdalen FK from Norway won the final in B12. On the other hand, Hjørring FC might as well have held the trophy because the game was very equal and well played. Naturally, the players from Hjørring FC were disappointed but they can be proud of the silver medals.

At half time the Norwegians were ahead, but with a good grasp of the play Hjørring equalised. Then the two teams both scored and as Hjørring had equalised with just a few seconds left of the game, the match went into extra time. Here both teams again managed to score.

In the penalty shoot out the two goalkeepers took centre stage as they saved four of the attempts. However, Fyllensdal won by one goal in the end.

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Djurgårdens IF in the striped jerseys won a great final against Cantalao from Peru.

 Swedish Victory in a Great Final

 B11: Cantalao (PER) - Djurgårdens IF (SWE) 4 - 5 (1- 1)

When Djurgårdens IF scored three goals in three minutes going ahead 4-1, most people at Hjørring stadium had surely given up on Cantalao, but the small agile Peruvians thought differently. Thus, in 12 minutes they managed to equalise. Besides, the level of the game was very impressive.

At that time, more or less everybody expected extra time but, the best player of the game by far, Djurgårdens' number 11, scored the winning goal with just 7 seconds left of the match.

As a matter of fact, it was a great football match, in which one could easily forget that the players are merely 11 years old. Technically and tactically, they showed high class. At the end of the game, the players had used all their energy on running and tackling.

It was a final that might go down in history.

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Football boots are very sought after at Sportsmaster at Dana Cup. Next year, one will be able to order online and then pick up the items at Dana Cup.

 Online Shop at Dana Cup 2014

 Expensive football boots are very sought after in the tent at Sportsmaster. You can often safe up to 30% on the most costly football boots compared to, for instance, Norway. Consequently, many players wait to buy new football boots until the arrived at Dana Cup. The same is true of team jerseys with a logo.

'Next year, we plan to start an online shop at Dana Cup and thus, beforehand, the players will be able to order football boots, for instance. The items will then be packed and ready when the participants arrive in Hjørring,' Aage Strøm explains.

'We are also able to offer clubs special t-shirts with Dana Cup's logo or the clubs' own logo on the jerseys. The clubs simply have to send us their logo and then the clothes will be ready when Dana Cup starts,' elaborates Aage Strøm, who predicts that more items will be accessible online.

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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.

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 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.

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