Monday Sports Notes: DBU launches penalties world cup

In other news, the Danish team made all of the finals of the badminton European Championships in Kazan, Russia

DBU launches penalties world cup
The national football association DBU will later this month launch a concept that is bound to send shivers down the spine of English football fans: a penalties world cup. Initially, it is holding nine preliminary tournaments in cities across Denmark – the Copenhagen one is taking place on May 28 in Fælledparken in Østerbro – which anyone over the age of 16 can assemble a team to enter. The nine winners will qualify for final tournament in Fælledparken on July 12, at which they will take on international teams from around the world. You can sign up your team here (in Danish).

Golds galore in Russia
The Danish team made all of the finals of badminton's European Championships in Kazan, Russia as a number of gold and silver medals were secured. Jan Ø Jørgensen lived up to his number one seeding in the men’s singles by beating fifth-seeded Englishmen Rajiv Ouseph 21-18, 21-10 in just 33 minutes to take the gold. Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen won 22-24, 21-13, 21-18 over their compatriots Mads Pieler Kolding and Kamilla Rytter Juhl in the mixed doubles, before Pedersen and Juhl teamed up beat compatriots Line Damkjær Kruse and Marie Røpke in the women’s doubles 21-11, 21-11. Unseeded Anna Thea Madsen fell 9-21, 21-14, 8-21to the first seeded Spaniard Carolina Marin in the women’s singles final, while Mads Conrad-Petersen and Mads Pieler Kolding lost 13-21, 16-21 to the Russian pair Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov in the men’s double final.

Marco Sørensen back on course
Denmark’s top racer in the Formula Renault 3.5 racing championship, Marco Sørensen, 23, has finally broken his points duck for the season after a series of mishaps and crashes. The Saxo Bank driver sits 14th overall after finishing seventh in the second race day at Motorland Aragon in Spain, securing his first six points of the season. Sørensen has since last year also been a test driver at the Formula One team Lotus.

Schöne delivers Ajax another Dutch title
Lasse Schöne scored a cracker of a freekick as Ajax secured its fourth straight Dutch Eredivisie league title thanks to a 1-1 draw with Heracles over the weekend. Along from Schöne, Nicolai Boilesen, Viktor Fischer, Christian Poulsen and Lucas Andersen make up the Danish contingent that contributed to Ajax’s 33rd championship-winning season.

Schmeichel in team of the year
After winning the Championship with Leicester City, Kasper Schmeichel was once again named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year. The son of goalkeeping legend Peter Schmeichel was one of three Leicester City players named and it is the second straight year that he has won the accolade thanks to another strong season with the Foxes.

Stückler becomes youngest ever Brøndby player
A 17-year-old youngster, Daniel Stückler, became the first football player born in 1997 and the youngest ever Brøndby player to make his debut in the Danish Superliga yesterday as Brøndby took on FC Vestsjælland. The striker came on the pitch with just seconds remaining in the game as Brøndby were held 2-2 at home by the Vikings.