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

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Henrik Jensen a Guest Coach for Dallas Texans

Henrik Jensen, who normally coaches Jammerbugt FC and Vendsyssel FF, was this morning a guest coach for Dallas Texans, who had borrowed an artificial turf football field.

'We would like to try a guest coach, so the team can hear another voice and experience how one coaches in Europe. The players are a little bit tired, therefore it is good for them to try something new and move about,' Dallas Texans U18-coach Clint Craft explains.

'The players are very motivated: something which is very typical of American teams, ' adds Henrik Jensen, who has an UEFA A-licence.

The team is in group B19, but it consists of a number of younger players. However, this does not prevent Clint Craft from having great expectations.

'We have a couple of B15 and B16 players on the team and, actually, only five B19 players. Nevertheless, we hope to win Dana Cup, but we know that the competition is tough. Yet, we will do our best.'

Albeit Dallas Texans has come to Dana Cup for the first time, the tournament has already made the acquaintance with a satellite team from Ghana.

'Our manager, Hassan Nazari, handles many of our satellite teams – not only the team from Ghana, but also teams from Canada and all over the USA. The problem with soccer in the USA is that it is mostly found in big cities, but things are improving. Among other things, we try to improve the club by hiring highly qualified youth coaches like Neil Thornber, who used to coach at Manchester United.'

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Former Manchester United Coach: 'I love Dana Cup'

This year the soccer club Dallas Texans has travelled from Dallas in the USA to Dana Cup with two teams led by U11-coach Neil 'Nipper' Thornber and U18-coach Clint Craft.

'Nipper', who worked as youth coach for Manchester United for 10 years, thinks that soccer in the USA at the moment makes progress: one reason being a lot of focus on youth work.

'Personally, I think that the clubs in the USA have sort of "upgraded". Dallas Texans cooperates with the schools in the area, which means that I get to coach the boys four hours a day. In this way they have 10.000 hours of football training before they are to play senior soccer. '

Even though it is a long journey from Dallas to Dana Cup, 'Nipper' does not think that it affects the players in a negative way.

'The boys adjust perfectly. Many of them bring their families along so, of course, it helps when they are overseas for a couple of weeks. It is also important for the players to get away from their usual This year the soccer club Dallas Texans has travelled from Dallas in the USA to Dana Cup with two teams led by U11-coach Neil 'Nipper' Thornber and U18-coach Clint Craft.

'Nipper', who worked as youth coach for Manchester United for 10 years, thinks that soccer in the USA at the moment makes progress: one reason being a lot of focus on youth work.

'Personally, I think that the clubs in the USA have sort of "upgraded". Dallas Texans cooperates with the schools in the area, which means that I get to coach the boys four hours a day. In this way they have 10.000 hours of football training before they are to play senior soccer. '

Even though it is a long journey from Dallas to Dana Cup, 'Nipper' does not think that it affects the players in a negative way.

'The boys adjust perfectly. Many of them bring their families along so, of course, it helps when they are overseas for a couple of weeks. It is also important for the players to get away from their usual surroundings, thus enabling them to cope with away games and long travels before they turn professional,' 'Nipper' says while praising Dana Cup.

'I love it! The tournament is well-organised, and it is important for our players to play against different teams and countries,' explains the coach, who hopes that his team will do really well playing 7-a-side in Hjørring.

'I do not want to put any pressure on them, but our former results show that we can perform. I hope that we make it into the playoffs, but I am happy as long as they do their best,' the youth coach explains.

You can watch a lot more about Dallas Texans on Dana Cup's YouTube-channel:

http://www.youtube.com/user/1982danacup

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Ole Jensen, Onside Sportspræmier, has all the trophies and medals ready for this year's Dana Cup.

Trophies and Medals await the Winners

Onside Sportspræmier in Hjørring will supply trophies, figurines and medals when the winners are found.

'We have supplied almost 100 trophies and 1,400 medals at this year's Dana Cup,' explains the owner of Onside Sportspræmier Ole Jensen.

Onside Sportspræmier supplies trophies and sport medals to a large number of events in Denmark and abroad.

'Even though not all teams can win, then there is nevertheless many teams that would like to bring home a souvenir from Hjørring. Every year at Onside Sportspræmier we supply trophies, figurines and medals to teams that did not qualify for the finals, but would like to have a medal. As a matter of fact, we are able to deliver from day to day and teams are welcome to call or send an email,' Ole Jensen underlines.

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Responsible Dennis Ottosen (right) and Jan Mørch visit Muldbjergskolen, where security is high quality.

Security is High-Quality

When football players and coaches go to bed each night, they may sleep peacefully. Security at Dana Cup is high quality. Every 20th minute the guards at the schools must make sure that security guidelines are followed and five times a day they must send a report to the local authorities.

'The rules are actually fairly simple. As a rule classrooms in a school may not be used as a sleeping place – at least not for several days in a row. However, the local authorities, Beredskabscenter Hjørring, can grant an exemption, which can last for a maximum of five days. As a consequence, the Danish state has to grant an additional exemption and we start sending those applications in September,' explains responsible Dennis Ottesen, who together with his colleges visit each and every school and sleeping place in order to make sure that everything is ok. For instance, there must be a smoke detector in every single room and there has to be one window pr. 10 persons.

'Moreover, we demand that the guards check the rooms every 20th minute. Subsequently, they have to send us a report five times a day, and we can clearly see that the schools take security very seriously,' Dennis Ottosen emphasizes.

Every night an employee of Beredskabscenter Hjørring visits the schools, and as a result all the schools will be visited during the week.

'At beredskabscentret we want to be an active and constructive partner of Dana Cup. We are not a local authority that wants to obstruct the tournament. Our primary goal is to make sure that nobody is hurt when they stay overnight in the schools. Hereby, we ensure that the parents feel safe sending their children to Dana Cup in Hjørring: as security is high quality here,' Dennis Ottosen underlines.

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Arne Boelt takes an active part in Dana Cup. Partly by hosting at the old town hall and partly by opening the tournament Monday evening at Hjørring stadium.

Hjørring supports Dana Cup

Every year Dana Cup experiences a lot of support from Hjørring and the municipality. Not least this year, with a record-breaking number of participants, the support has been overwhelming. And there are many reasons why everybody is being so supportive.

'Dana Cup is extremely important for Hjørring and the entire area: much more than people imagine. That is why the municipality of Hjørring heavily supports the tournament and the many, many thousands of people, who visit the town each year,' mayor Arne Boelt stresses.

'For instance, last year I was invited to the big camp for boy scouts in Denmark. There I experienced the extensive preparations needed to arrange such a single event. And it made me think: "But, the people behind Dana Cup do this every year. It is just bigger." The experience seriously opened my eyes to the importance of Dana Cup, even though I did know that 25.000 people are important for the municipality,' the mayor adds.

'Consequently, the municipality of Hjørring supports Dana Cup. We want to do everything to create the best framework, plus be an active part in the process. The inquiry we had make a couple of years ago together with the University of Aalborg also showed that the most important thing for the participants is that things work. And this is where we can help,' mayor Arne Bolt stresses.

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Two Teams Welcomed at Town Hall

In keeping with tradition, Monday morning the mayor of Hjørring welcomed two teams in the old town hall. Previously, representatives of Selection Regional from Honduras and Santisimo Nombre de Jesus together with mayor Arne Boelt had symbolically lit the flame, which continues to burn throughout Dana Cup 2013.

The event at the town hall signalled the beginning of one of the world's biggest football tournaments. Thus, many months of preparation is replaced by football boots and sweaty t-shirts.

On behalf of Hjørring mayor Arne Boelt welcomed the players to the town and the local area, plus he said a few words about the municipality of Hjørring and the history of the town.

Also the leader of Dana Cup, Jette Andersen, used the opportunity to welcome the participants.

The two South American teams had brought along many gifts, especially for mayor Arne Boelt, plus representatives of the players and coaches gave beautiful speeches in English.

Finally, the players of Honolulu Bulls Soccer Club from Hawaii performed a lovely traditional dance and they got a big round of applause.

Mayor Arne Boelt and Krumme lit the flame at the City scene.

The leader of Dana Cup, Jette Andersen (left), received a lot of presents together with the mayor.

The girls of Honululu Bulls Soccer Club performed a traditional dance.

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6414 People are picked up by Bus

The department of transport is one of the key functions of Dana Cup. Every year several thousand players and coaches are transported to schools, the area at Vendia Hallen and the football fields. And as an extra service Dana Cup offers to pick up all the teams at the ferries, railway stations and airports in order to bring them to their sleeping places.

'This year we have to transport 6414 people. The first group of people was picked up at Aalborg Airport on Friday when they arrived from the Faeroe Islands. On Saturday we picked up almost 500 people, and yesterday was a very busy day since 3214 participants arrived on board the ferries from Norway and Sweden,' explains, the head of the department of transport, Jørgen Nielsen.

'Today, Monday, we are going to pick up 2590 people in 45 busses – 30 in the morning and 15 in the afternoon.'

Even though the last participants have not arrived yet in Hjørring, the transportation home has already been planned. On Friday 267 participants have booked transportation home. On Saturday 3660 players and coaches will be on the busses, while 2082 stay till Sunday before returning home. The last 200 people return home on Monday.

When all the teams have been collected at the ferries, railway stations and airports, they go straight to Check-in in Hjørring.

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Even the Number of Referees breaks Records

921 teams and 2325 football matches require referees. As a result even the number of referees breaks records. 240 referees from 16 different countries referee at this year's tournament in Hjørring.

'Each year the wish to come to Dana Cup is bigger than our demand so, normally; we turn down around 30 referees. This year, on the other hand, we have increased the number with about 10; for instance, 6 referees come from Istanbul in Turkey. We have never before had referees from there,' explains Søren Bach, who is in charge of the selection of referees.

'However, this year Martin Braun, who referees in the Danish 2nd division, participates. He lives in Brønderslev, just south of Hjørring; thus, he is also local,' Søren Bach says.

Dana Cup attracts referees from the entire world. This year 240 referees participate.

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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.

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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.

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