Weather supports Dana Cup
The Danish weather can be a tough opponent. Despite the weather often being rather windy, cold and rainy, it is almost always nice in week 30 when Dana Cup takes place in Hjørring.
And this year, in which Dana Cup sets a new record, the weather has decided to shine on the tournament.
Accordingly, the Danish Meteorological Institute forecasts that it will be sunny with 25 degrees C until Friday.
However, on Saturday, when the finals are played, the forecast is a bit unclear. So far it looks like showers during the day – but it may change.
Hence, remember to use sun lotion and drink plenty of water.
Sun and heat is a factor on the fields during Dana Cup 2013.
Results on the Internet with Lightening Speed
When Maria and her team have finished playing a match at Dana Cup in Hjørring, her mother Rodrigues at home in Peru will be able to see the result on the Internet with lightening speed. Did she win or loose?
'We live in an age of technology and, naturally, it is reflected in our work,' says Jørgen Dahl, who is in charge of the results at Dana Cup.
'All our venues have been given iPads and WIFI, thus straight after the final whistle the referee will pass on the result to one of our employees at the football pitches, who will then upload it in the system making it accessible to everybody in the world within minutes,' continues Jørgen Dahl, who has not yet gotten rid of the written results entirely.
'Naturally, one will still be able to study all the results on the big boards in front of Vendia Hallen in Hjørring,' Jørgen Dahl explains.
One will be able to see the results of the different matches on the Internet a few minutes after the final whistle.
Record-Cup requires many Sleeping Places
When football players, managers and coaches of 921 teams are to be accommodated, it requires many sleeping places. Kasper Poulsen, who is in charge of accommodation, has thus managed to find sleeping places in the local schools for almost 20.000 participants.
'Naturally, when Dana Cup 2013 has a record breaking number of 921 teams, it creates some challenges, especially, since Ulvkærskolen in Hirtshals has closed and Hjørring Private Realskolen is being renovated. Luckily, we have a unique cooperation with the municipality of Hjørring and a number of key figures in the local area, which means that we found room for everybody – and we could have managed another 20 teams,' Kasper Poulsen smiles.
'The mayor of Hjørring, Arne Bolt, took the initiative suggesting that Dana Cup should be allowed to use Rakkeby Skole despite it being used as administration while the town hall of Hjørring is being rebuild. Therefore, the mayor decided that the administration of the municipality should move out of the building a couple of weeks before planned creating space for Dana Cup,' explains Kasper Poulsen, who has had a great cooperation with everybody at Hjørring municipality.
In the small village of Astrup, which is situated seven-eight km. outside Hjørring, the entire village is ready to accommodate players and coaches. Here the village lets almost 20 teams use the local kinder garden, school, the scout hut and sports centre.
'Moreover, the employees in the local schools have been able to find extra classes that we may use. It has been a great experience to encounter so much helpfulness,' Kasper Poulsen stresses.
More than 20.000 players, managers and coaches will be accommodated in schools.
Dana Cup 2013 breaks Records
With 921 participating teams Dana Cup 2013 breaks a distinguished record. Never before in the 32-year history of the tournament have so many teams wanted to participate in the fantastic football tournament in Hjørring.
'The previous record is from 2008, when 832 teams took part. This year we break the record with almost 100 teams; something we are very proud of,' says head of the tournament Jette Andersen, who explains why one should choose Dana Cup.
'We are modest, but we think that we do a great job preparing and organising the tournament. Most of the key persons in Dana Cup's management have taken part many times. It means that everybody knows what to do. Consequently, we are able to offer a very high level of quality all over. From the greeting at the ferries and accommodation to football on super grass pitches and lots of spare time activities. '
'Finally, we know from the participating teams that we are the very best in costumer service. Everybody will get a quick and personal answer, and through the years we have gotten to know a lot of the clubs personally, ' Jette Andersen underlines.
'And, moreover, it is always a lot of fun for the players to participate in a big tournament with many interesting people from the entire world.'
Check-in at Dana Cup
It was a busy morning at the Dana Cup check-in the day before the start of the football tournament. However, that's Dana Cup year after year. Now it is tournament number 32, which takes place in 2013, and it is the biggest tournament so far.
Players and coaches of 921 teams from 45 different countries will be checked in from Sunday morning to Monday evening, and then Monday evening they will participate in the opening ceremony at Hjørring stadium.
Three new countries participate in his year's Dana Cup: Bermuda, Honduras and Serbia. Consequently, 112 different countries have been in Hjørring to play football at Dana Cup.
Tuesday morning the matches will start on the 55 pitches in Hjørring and surroundings.
Ready for kick off
The ball is pumped up.
The beautiful Adidas ball "cafusa", a design also used during the recent World Cup test tournament the Confederation Cup in Brazil, is the ball that will be rolling across the fields at the Dana Cup.
There is 250 balls to be used in the 2.325 games.
Dana Cup is played on 55 beautiful, green grass fields.
Dana Cup song from the Faroe Islands
People from the Faroe Islands out in the Atlantic Ocean are well known in Denmark for their happiness and quality of singing. This is confirmed by one of this year's team. The 12 year old boys from HB (Hoyvik B) on the island Streymoy, have released a CD.
Dana Cup asked teams on Facebook to choose their Dana Cup 2013 song and when the fundraising started for the trip to Dana Cup the boys coach, Ingi Rasmussen wrote a song and producer Niels Uni Dam got the team in the studio, where they produced a CD with three songs. One of the songs is the tour and team song for the Dana Cup 2013.
You can hear their song here.
Dana Cup Program 2013
The print version of the Dana Cup program 2013 is ready to see on the internet. Following tradition, these printed and electronic pages cover all types of information about the Dana Cup. Everything from the dining hall guide to information about your accommodation.
You will find easy to use maps, instructions on how to find the bus terminal and where the buses drive to.
You will also find information about lots of different activities happening throughout the Dana Cup week in and round the Dana Cup area. The tournament rules and program for the finals are of course included but there is much more and you can see it here on our website here.
The program for the opening rounds can easily be found on the Dana Cup website.
In the Dana Cup center area, on the schools where the teams are accommodated and many other places you will find wireless internet which can be used free of charge so you can easily get online!
The girls are coming from Peru!
For the first time there will participate a girls team from Peru at the Dana Cup. Santísimo Nombre De Jesús from the South American pacific nation are entered in the Dana Cup 2013 in class G17 for girls 17 years of age.
The Peruvian girls have been working and training hard to prepare for their trip to Hjørring and they have high expectations at the tournament this summer.
It will be the Dana Cup's first experience with Peruvian girls soccer.
For many years, boys teams from Peru, especially the club Cantalao from Lima have excited both supporters and opponents when they start their games in their tradition black and yellow playing strips.
Now it is the girl's turn.
Contact was made with the girls in Peru when the Dana Cup visited Lima in January this year.
Dana Cup is working together with the INLAC organization which is represented in Peru. Italo Amayo and INLAC boss, Armando and Patricia Espinosa from Mexico have done a fantastic job assisting us in getting Santísimo Nombre De Jesús to the Dana Cup. In Lima the project is also strongly supported by the cultural boss, Juan Jose Tan Cantinet.
See an interview with Santísimo Nombre De Jesús
Viasat are ready for the Dana Cup
Dana Cup's media partner are on the sidelines and at times behind the scenes when the Dana Cup takes place. The TV company MTG who are standing behind Viasat will send amoung other things, the G14 and B19 finals from the Dana Cup direct on TV3 SPORT 1 and Viaplay on the 27th of July between 1.00 pm and 4.00 pm.
Over the last four years since Viasat made a co-operation with the Dana Cup, they have invited one of the winning teams to MTG's international soccer tournament - MTG United for Peace Cup. This year it will be Dana Cup's best danish G14 girl's team that will go to Stockholm in the middle of October to competet against 14 other nations.
After the Dana Cup is over they will also show a documentary from the tournament and life around the tournament. There will be sent a one hour program on TV3 SPORT 1 in August.
See more about Viasat's om program from the Dana Cup HERE.
Soccer Circus at the Dana Cup
There is no doubt that soccer is the motivation for the 20.000 young players who will play at the Dana Cup in Hjørring. It is not just on the playing field or within the playing times that it is the driving force.
Also during the breaks before and after the games, will the young players "play" with a ball.
There will be plenty of opportunities at the Dana Cup Soccer Circus, who have set up this summer on the large grassed area near the Vendiahallen and the Dana Cup Sports Center.
The Soccer Circus is made up of 15 to 20 fields, each sized 8 x 15 meters. The fields are enclosed with inflatable rubber and there is room for small competitions or just to socialize with the ball.
There are also 8 to 10 fields set up for soccer tennis.
Dana Cup is sure that this will be a hit this year.