23. - 28. JULY 2018 - HJØRRING - DENMARK
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.

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 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.

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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.

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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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