Sport in Brief: Barca eyes CPH academy

The tiki-taka brand of football may be coming to Denmark in the near future as Barcelona has revealed plans to open a new talent academy in Copenhagen. The academy will be open all year round and will be one of two new schools that Barcelona is opening abroad. The other is in Tokyo.


Mainz sack Hjulmand
Bundesliga outfit Mainz 05 has sacked its Danish coach Kasper Hjulmand four games into the second half of the season following the winter break. The former FC Nordsjælland coach had had been in charge since the start of the season. A former Danish Mainz player, Bo Svensson, has been named the new assistant 
coach.


Superliga kicks off
The Danish Superliga resumed following the winter break last weekend, with the top three – FC Midtjylland, FC Copenhagen and Randers – all winning in style. FCM  maintained their eight-point lead in the standings ahead of the Lions and have 15 games left to seal their first ever Superliga trophy.


No help from Halep
Caroline Wozniacki lost 6-2, 1-6, 1-6 to Romanian top seed Simona Halep in the semi-finals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships last week. The third seed Dane won the first set convincingly, but Halep – who went on to win the final – turned the match around thanks to some strong baseline play.


Magnussen chance?
Kevin Magnussen could end up getting some Formula 1 driving time in McLaren-Honda’s MP4-30 racer after all after his team-mate Fernando Alonso was hospitalised following a training crash on Sunday. The Dane is the reserve driver for the team and could fill in for Alonso in the upcoming Barcelona test.





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