From Mumbai to Dana Cup
Andheri Football Academy has travelled to Dana Cup together with India's national coach.
Andheri FA, which is considered one of the best football academies in Mumbai, has for the second time come to Dana Cup, and this time they have brought along a rather special trump card: India's national coach, Maloy Sengupta.
'There are about 100 players at the academy, and 14 of those are here at Dana Cup. It makes the academy a rather large academy, because football is not as popular as in other countries. However, we have a very fine cooperation with several schools and, at the academy, we practice 2 ½ hours a day,' explains Mr Sengupta, whose expectations are not too high.
'So far, we have been very satisfied with the tournament. We drew with a Swedish team, and we are happy with the result,' says Mr Sengupta, who also came along to Dana Cup in 2011 when they participated in the tournament for the first time
Seleccion de Honduras: 'Dana Cup is the best!'
Seleccion de Honduras thinks that the road to success at Dana Cup has been paved.
The team is made up of the best 15- and 16-year-old talents from all over Honduras and, even though, they are younger and smaller than their opponents, it looks as if the team is heading for success having already won the first three matches with an aggregate of 8 goals.
'Dana Cup is the best tournament. Better than Gothia Cup, Norway Cup and Barcelona Cup, and that is why we want to win: because it is a very prestigious tournament. Unfortunately, our best player injured his ankle in the previous game. However, he managed to score 6 goals in two matches, but he is unable to continue playing,' the leader, Dietar Quiroz, explains.
In the beginning of the week the team met the mayor of Hjørring and lit the Dana Cup flame, which made an everlasting impression on both players and coaches.
'We are very happy to be rewarded for our hard work getting to the tournament, since we got to lit the flame on Monday, and it was a great honour. Coming here was very expensive but with hard work and a lot of help from the parents I succeeded getting sponsors, discounts and money enough to make it happen,' Dieter says.
Deputy assistant commissioner Erik Kjærsgaard from the police in Hjørring underlines that we have unconditional right of way in Denmark – thus, you will need to stop for traffic in both directions and wait for a safe gap.
In Denmark Unconditional Right of Way
In Norway the drivers are used to giving way to approaching traffic from the right. It is called 'right of way'. In Denmark it is rarely encountered – not least in Hjørring. In consequence, the hair of Danish drivers and, not least, the police turn grey during Dana Cup as many Norwegians drive the roads in and around Hjørring.
'We have experienced many situation, which might have turned rather dangerous, and it is actually a kind of miracle that no serious accidents have happened on the roads,' says deputy assistant commissioner Erik Kjærsgaard from the police in Hjørring.
'You know, our Norwegian guests are good drivers, but in Denmark we have 'unconditional right of way' in most places, which means that you have to wait for the clear in all directions before driving ahead in the traffic. Normally, so-called 'shark teeth', which have been painted on the road, or a white warning triangle with a red edge indicate unconditional right of way. Here the driver will need to watch for traffic in both directions and wait for a safe gap,' stresses Erik Kjærsgaard, who is pleased to see that Dana Cup does not appear in the daily police activity report.
Kasper Poulsen (right) told about the unusual transport of injured players.
Dana Cup Driver on a Long Trip
When one of Dana Cup's friendly drivers last night had to pick up two injured players at Hospital Vendsyssel, he got an extra experience. At the hospital they had an additional three players, who had to be brought home so, of course, they asked if they could get a lift now that Dana Cup's driver happened to be at the hospital.
'Naturally, answered the polite driver. When the first two players had been dropped off, he asked the remaining three, who turned out to come from Brazil, where they wanted to go. Skagen, they answered in broken English. The driver found that answer a bit strange and, consequently, he asked several times if they meant the town of Skagen 50 km north of Hjørring or Skaga Hotel in the town of Hirtshals just north of Hjørring. Thus, they agreed that it was probably Skaga Hotel, but when they got there, the Brazilian players shook their heads.
'The players maintained that they had to go to Skagen and after the driver had phoned the Secretariat, they agreed that the driver better drive to Skagen – even though it did sound a bit strange that Brazilian players participating in Dana Cup had decided to stay far away in Skagen,' explained Kasper Poulsen, who is in charge of transport during Dana Cup, at today's meeting for school leaders.
When the car reached Skagen, one of the players, in more or less perfect English, burst out:
'It is such a positive experience to see that Skaw Cup and Dana Cup are able to collaborate in transporting injured players'.
The girls dressed in red from Honolulu Bulls have won the first three matches at Dana Cup.
The Bulls from Honolulu Charge Ahead
With three wins in the first three matches Honolulu Bulls Soccer Club charges ahead in G14. Strangely enough because football is still a rather minor sport on Hawaii, where the players rarely play foreign teams.
'Honolulu Bulls took part in Dana Cup back in 2007 for the first time, and since then we have been here several times with boys and girls,' explains head coach Miles Tsuruoka, who is himself at Dana Cup for the first time.
'My impression of Dana Cup is very positive. Everything is very European. There are many historical buildings, and the food is very different from American food,' smiles the American coach, who had already played three friendlies in Germany, before the bulls arrived in Hjørring.
On Tuesday Honolulu Bulls Soccer Club G14 beat Bærum 4-0 and Voss 5-0, and today the team beat Kvinesdal 4-0.
Football is a small but growing sport on Hawaii, where all the players know each other and where they rarely play foreign teams.
The M*A*S*H tent is open daily between 8.00 a.m. and 10 p.m.
More than 300 treated at the M*A*S*H tent
Heat and extremely dry and hard football pitches demand their victims. Already on the first day of play on Tuesday the doctors and nurses at the M*A*S*H and massage tents had to assist more than 300 players.
In the M*A*S*H tent 170 players turned up with injuries, while the helpers in the massage tent had to treat 160 players and referees.
The M*A*S*H tent is open daily between 8.00 a.m. and 10 p.m. Outside opening hours injured players must contact the doctor from the emergency service. The tents are situated next to the pitch at Fortuna's clubhouse.
Jacob Olsen helps Polish players with their bracelets.
24-hours-a-day Dana Cup answers. Thus, the Secretariat at Dana Cup in Vendia Hallen is always reachable. The office and the phones are open 24-hours-a-day, so everybody can be sure of getting friendly and efficient help.
'We transfer all calls immediately made to Dana Cup's main phone number. Repeatedly, it is people from outside, who are trying to get in contact with key persons in Dana Cup's organisation. But quite often it is also parents or relatives, who need to find a player or a coach at Dana Cup,' explains Jacob Olsen, who is one of the volunteers working at the Secretariat.
The Secretariat is also responsible for the transportation of, for instance, injured players to and from the hospital and guests at Dana Cup.
The busses run a shuttle service from the centre area on Hestkærvej to the schools and football pitches. This weekend the drivers will be busy driving to the ferries, in particular.
The Trip Home has been arranged
While the 921 teams are still busy playing football, Dorthe and Jørgen Nielsen, who are responsible for transport at Dana Cup, have already arranged the trips home for 6.215 participants.
At today's meeting for school inspectors, Jørgen Nielsen said that 3.600 have booked transport to the ferries, in particular, on Saturday. The heavy demand for trips to Norway and Sweden means that 2.200 people have to wait till Sunday before being able to return home.
'Everybody, who has booked transport, will on Friday be told when they can expect to be picked up at the schools. Those, who play in the A-finals on Friday and Saturday, still have the opportunity to alter their travel plans by contacting us, while others, who, for some other reason, want to change their booking, must do so themselves,' Jørgen Nielsen stresses.
Battery charging depots give energy to both players and cell phones.
Recharge the Batteries
Cell phones, IPads and laptops have become an integral part of everyday life for most people. Consequently, an entire day at Dana Cup far away from a plug and a recharger might turn into a challenge. Now Dana Cup offers free recharging in some places in the area for participants and their families.
'We have put up battery charging depots in front of Vendia Hallen and at the Sports Café. Here participants, who have no more energy, can recharge their batteries – both their phones and themselves while waiting for smartphones and IPads to recharge,' smiles Troels Hansen, who is one of many service helpers at the tournament.
Tonight you will be able to watch Sweden vs. Germany at Dana Cup Sport Café and, naturally, Denmark vs. Norway tomorrow evening.
Women's EURO Football in Sport Café
The Danish women have reached the semi-finals at the 2013 UEFA Women's Championship in Sweden and, even though, more than 2300 matches are played at Dana Cup, coaches and managers will get the opportunity to watch the final games of the European Championship for Women.
'We show the match tonight between Sweden and Germany and, naturally, we turn on the TV when Denmark Thursday night play Norway,' says the leader of Dana Cup Sportcenter, Bob Andersen, who encourages interested people to arrive early.
'The game starts at 8.30 p.m., but we already know that a lot of people would like to arrive early to eat a bit of nice food before the match: consequently, you show get there timely if you want to watch top quality European Women's football,' Bob Andersen stresses.
Fortuna Hjørring is very well represented with six players on the Danish national football team.
Dana Cup's first Peruvian girls team enjoyed the opening ceremony.
Enthusiasm Great in Peruvian Girls Team
It has without a doubt been an interesting start to Dana Cup for Santisimo Nombre de Jesus - G17- the girls from Peru. First, off the pitch, when they were invited to meet the mayor of Hjørring, Arne Boelt, in the old town hall and, then, on the football field winning 2-0 against Töreboda IK from Sweden.
'We met the mayor, he was a very nice person, and we were all very excited meeting him and taking part in Dana Cup on the whole,' a young player said.
The girls come from a large Catholic school in Peru, where they, via the school's intensive sports curriculum, can get a physical education, for instance, by playing tennis, volleyball, athletics and, obviously, football.
The results so far mean that Santisimo Nombre de Jesus has good prospects of qualifying for the A-finals before the last group match.