Representatives for RØA and Eik Tønsberg received plaquettes and diplomas when they became members of Club 100
600 Managers Enjoyed a VIP Evening
Tuesday evening is a special evening during Dana Cup. Here managers and invited guests enjoy a couple of hours of nice food, official speeches, plus music and dance. Thus, Tuesday evening 600 people from all over the world met in Vendia Hallen.
The program of the evening included silver plaquettes and diplomas for the representatives of the two Norwegian clubs RØA and Eik Tønsberg, which both became members of Club 100 at Dana Cup – that is clubs, which have sent 100 teams or more to the tournament through out the years.
Moreover, the players of Honolulu Bulls Soccer Club from Hawaii performed a traditional dance. The boys danced Haka, while the girls danced hula-hula.
Coach Café is a popular meeting place for coaches and managers.
Popular Meeting Place for Coaches
Coach Café has been moved from an area close to Vendia Hallen to a newly build terrace at Dana Cup Sportscenter. Here the cafe is a popular meeting place for coaches and managers from the entire world. They relax between matches, watch live Sports-TV, take refreshments or eat something.
Coach Café is open daily during Dana Cup from 9 a.m. till 10 p.m.
Hilde Birkelund Preus is Youth Sporting Manager at Eik Tønsberg, which now is a part of Club 100 at Dana Cup.
Focus on Football and Solidarity
'We didn't take part in the first Dana Cup 32 years ago. But, on the other hand, we have been here each year since then, and this year four teams participate.' Hilde Birkelund Preus says.
She is Youth Sporting Manager at Eik Tønsberg, which Tuesday evening at the VIP event became an official member of Club 100 at Dana Cup – that is the club in which the members have sent 100 or more teams to Dana Cup though out the years. Moreover, Hilde Birkelund Preus is a member of the board at Eik Tønsberg.
'Each year we sent a team B15, B16 and G16. We have always done so. In addition, this year we have a team in B19. Before the departure from Norway the players sign their names to a letter stating that they will do drink alcohol, nor party at the disco. In Eik Tønsberg we don't try to hide the fact that we come to Dana Cup in order to play football and to be together. Football and solidarity form the basis of our stay at Dana Cup, and last year we were even managed to win the final in class G19,' explains Hilde Birkelund Preus, who praises Dana Cup a lot.
'Dana Cup is a great event. It is easy for us to get to Denmark. The facilities are great and the football pitches are all close by. Through out all the years we have stayed in Højene. Here we feel at home, and here we have gradually gotten to know many of the guards,' Hilde Birkelund Preus adds.
Eik Tønsberg is the biggest club in the area: a club with 52 teams. The trip to Dana Cup is one of the highlights of the year. The club pays for a part of the trip, while the players have to pay the rest. It has never been a problem because the parents have always been very supportive. Many of the parents come along to Denmark – as a consequence, Eik Tønsberg has never been depended on busses. In stead, players and coaches drive in private cars.
Blood, Sweat and Faroese Rhythms
Hard work normally pays off. Havnar Bóltfelag's U12 team from the Faeroe Islands exemplifies this statement because for the last 12 months they have been collecting money in order to participate in Dana Cup 2013 in Hjørring. For instance, players, parents and managers from the club in Torshavn have sold scratch lottery tickets, collected empty bottles and worked in the cafeteria of the clubhouse, but they have become famous for something rather untraditional – a battle song.
Coach Ingi Rasmussen wrote the song, which sold a lot of CDs at home. Consequently; the sale of CDs has directly enabled the 30 boys from HB U12 to fulfil their wish to participate in this year's Dana Cup. The song ' Gev mær H' has quickly become a hit at this year's Dana Cup, and if you have not heard the song yet, you can listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVIRfW8PFjA
However, the 12-year-old boys from the islands in the Atlantic will continue to be in the full blaze of the publicity: presently, they are working on a video, which will surely become very popular on Dana Cup's Facebook page and YouTube the following days.
With this, the boys from Havnar Bóltfelag prove that it helps to be creative, and that anything is possible if you believe in yourself and work hard. In addition, the Danish TV channel TV2/Nord has discovered the team and, thus, you will be able to see the a feature from Tuesday 23 July 2013:
Al-Shabab won the national championship for U15 in Lebanon and they play entertaining and dynamic football.
Football without Politics and Religion
'We really like Denmark and Dana Cup,' stresses Nasser Bahkti, who is chairman of a club with 300 players. The best grown-up players play in the third best Lebanese league. Nevertheless, Al-Shabab can bring together six internationals aged 15. Surprisingly, the team won the national championship in Lebanon.
'We have decided that we do not want any sponsors, because they would be able to influence the choice of players. We want to decide that ourselves. In consequence, the players' parents have paid money into a fond that has financed the trip to Dana Cup. Those, who could easily pay extra, have done so. And those, who were unable to pay as much, have paid the least,' explains Nasser Bahkti, who has brought along 16 players and 6 coaches.
Al-Shabab's participation in Dana Cup 2013 might be the beginning of more teams from Lebanon taking part in the tournament.
'I have agreed with Alison Forman from Dana Cup that I will try to get more teams to come already next year,' clarifies Hassan, who is married to a Dane and has lived in Denmark for 27 years. For 20 years he has coached, and he still has many good contacts in Lebanon.
The Jockey's Boys Ready to Conquer Dana Cup
In keeping with tradition the club 'Pequeninos do Jockey' participates in B14 and B16.
The club, which is known for its offensive style and massive work with rather poor children from the home country Brazil, is as anticipated among the favourites in both groups.
Pequeninos has won Dana Cup 8 times in B14 and 5 times in B16, and the expectations to this year's tournament are thus very high:
'I hope we win! We are certainly good enough, ' says Gima Jose Guimares – also known as 'the Jockey' due to his past as a professional and highly respected jockey. After falling off his horse and, therewith, breaking his hip, he had to stop his career and decided to use his good reputation to start a football club.
'Actually, the club was founded in 1970 as a club for adults, but later it turned into a boys' club. Moreover, we were invited to Dana Cup in 1986, and we have taken part ever since,' the Jockey explains.
Pequeninos Do Jockey won its first match 7-2 in B16 convincingly.
The team, Tarup-Pårup, plays in B13 and won the first match 6-1. On the far left, it is Claus Haugaard Hansen and, on the right, wife Dorthe. Mikkel sits next to his father.
Won a Trip to Dana Cup with the Entire Team
When Mikkel Haugaard Hansen, for a laugh, last summer took part in an SMS-competition on Viasat, he had not imagined that he and his 16 teammates would be going to Dana Cup 2013 – for free. Last year one had to guess the number of participating teams. '832' Mikkel answered. And that was the correct answer.
'Mikkel was rather surprised when Dana Cup's chief public relations officer, Torben Vandsted, called and said that our son had won the competition. Actually, he did not really believe it at first, and it was not until a further talk with Torben that we realised that he had truly won,' smiles Dorthe Haugaard Hansen, who together with her husband, Claus, and a huge group of parents have come along with the boys from the island of Fyn.
'It is the first time we are at Dana Cup, and it is rather overwhelming. Everything is big, and there are people everywhere, but we are very impressed because everything is very well organised,' thinks Dorthe Haugaard Hansen, who shares a weekend cottage with another family. All the players' parents are here and they stay in weekend cottages, caravans or tents.
'Since Dana Cup takes place in week 30, one of the most popular holiday weeks in Denmark, it has been a challenge. We had to say yes to Dana Cup already last autumn and, initially, it was a bit difficult getting the parents to sign up that early but, thankfully, we succeeded, and I can easily imagine returning when Mikkel's younger brother gets a little bit older,' Dorthe Haugaard Hansen adds.
In order to thank Mikkel for the invitation his teammates collected money and gave Mikkel an Ipad mini.
Football with the Hands
After long and hard football matches you might need to put your feet up and have a rest. However, you can still play football. In EA Games' tent at Dana Cup you have the opportunity to play several different football games and, even though the temperature rises during the day in the big tent, there are many boys and girls, who would like to play football using their hands.
Røa has sent 100 Teams to Dana Cup
From the time when Dana Cup started in 1982 Røa IL has been a regular element of the tournament.
With a single team in G12 this year, Røa reaches a milestone with 100 teams in Dana Cup's history. And there are many reason for returning year after year:
'Hjørring is a town, which is built for playing football. There are lots of football clubs and, consequently, many fine football grounds that enable such a big tournament. The organisation of Dana Cup and the atmosphere are really good, and we meet a lot of new teams. I think that is why we keep returning,' says Nils-Arne Grønlie, who is at Dana Cup for the third time.
'As a matter of fact, if we make it to the A-finals then we would be very satisfied. It is the girls' first real tournament, and the Danish teams are really good, but we hope to qualify for the A-finals.'
Røa IL were beaten 2-0 by Fortuna Hjørring in their first match.
Entertaining Football with Challenges
Football Tivoli is a completely new activity at Dana Cup. Football Tivoli is situated behind Vendia Hallen, and it is free.
The person behind Football Tivoli is Jan Hansen, who in 1990 invented the concept of football schools in Denmark. After the first year with 1.100 participants, the football school became such a huge success that he sold the concept to the Danish Football Association.
'I needed a strong partner to develop the concept. At that time, 5.000 boys and girls had already signed up for the football school but after the first year, running the schools in cooperation with the Danish Football Association, 15.000 players took part, so we became almost too successful,' smiles Jan Hansen, who has subsequently spread the concept to 21 countries in the world.
'Everybody is welcome to play on my inflatable football fields or play football tennis,' says Jan Hansen, who is no longer attached to the Danish Football Association.
Kevin Ball is a retired U.S. Navy captain. He participates in Dana Cup for the fourth time.
Sea Captain to Command
Even though Kevin Ball is a retired U.S. Navy captain, he still commands on the football fields at Dana Cup. The American soccer referee from Seattle is at Dana Cup for the fourth time – and he would gladly return next year.
'I participated as a referee for the first time in 2007, when my two boys, aged 14 and 15 at that time, took part in the tournament. Moreover, I have refereed since 2003, and I have already refereed more than 3000 games,' explains Kevin Ball, who is very involved with the American Special Olympics.
'Normally, I referee many games both in youth and in senior levels of football,' he adds.
'Dana Cup is a fantastic tournament, and I am happy to participate as long as the management of the tournament want me to. I learn a lot about soccer and experience, how the game is played differently in different parts of the world.'
'When I am not refereeing, I spend time with my British colleges. They take care of me as a "colonial",' smiles the American referee, who books the airline ticket many months before the first whistle is blown.