Sports News in Brief: DBU hoping for UEFA help in Barca academy dispute

Elsewhere, Denmark stay up at the IIHF worlds and Olesen stumbles at the death

The European footballing body UEFA will evaluate the ongoing dispute between the Danish football association DBU and Spanish giants FC Barcelona regarding the controversial FCBEscola Copenhagen academy opening up in Ballerup.

In March, FC Barcelona revealed it would open its very first year-round Scandinavian academy in August this year, but DBU rejected the plan, citing the need to protect Danish talent and children as young as six from having to audition to be accepted to the academy.

DBU referred to a UEFA document from 2013 that maintains that a club must seek approval from a national football association before being able to establish a football academy in that country.

Danes stay up at worlds
Despite losing their final game 0-1 to Slovenia, Denmark managed to avoid relegation at the ice hockey IIHF World Championships in the Czech Republic. The Danes were forced to play the tournament without their NHL stars, but managed to beat Norway 4-1 and snatch a point off Slovakia in a 3-4 overtime loss to ensure their survival.

Danish women’s hands on the big prizes
FC Midtjylland and Team Tvis Holstebro’s women’s teams both enjoyed glory in Europe last week by winning the European Cup Winners Cup and the European Handball Federation Cup respectively – thus taking home two of Europe’s three main club tournaments. FC Midtjylland beat French side Fleury Loiret 46-42 over two legs, while Team Tvis Holstebro overcame Russian outfit Rostov-Don 55-53.

Last Dane skating
Anaheim Ducks netminder Frederik Andersen is the last Dane remaining in the NHL playoffs after Frans Nielsen, Lars Eller and Jannik Hansen were all ousted with their respective teams. Andersen and the Ducks will take on 2013 champions Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Final for a place in the Stanley Cup series.

Olesen close in Mauritius
Danish golfer Thorbjørn Olesen came agonisingly close to winning a European Tour event as he lost at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open in a play off to George Coetzee of South Africa. Olesen’s sterling effort as some surprise considering it was the 25-year-old’s first tournament in three months due to a hand injury that required an operation, which he sustained falling off a camel.

Sanne’s special strike
Danish footballer Sanne Troelsgaard’s stunning goal for her club Kolding Q against Fortuna Hjørring has been named the best goal scored by a woman in the world in the month of April by the Women’s Soccer United. Troelsgaard, who also plays for Denmark, blasted a shot from close to 40 metres up into the top left hand corner of the goal. See the video below (the commentator’s response is highly amusing).

  • Huge fire at Novo Nordisk – building “cannot be saved”

    Huge fire at Novo Nordisk – building “cannot be saved”

    A fire broke out at a Novo Nordisk site in Bagsværd on Wednesday morning. There have been no casualties, but the fire is “extensive and spreading”, and Novo’s administrative building “cannot be saved” say emergency services.

  • Digitization is the secret ingredient in Chinese restaurateur’s growth adventure

    Digitization is the secret ingredient in Chinese restaurateur’s growth adventure

    Publisher Jesper Skeel and Korean BBQ restaurant chain owner Zen discuss the ups and downs of independent entrepreneurship and how to crack the Copenhagen market, from both an international and Danish perspective.

  • Pro-Palestinian demonstrations divide Copenhagen society

    Pro-Palestinian demonstrations divide Copenhagen society

    As popular protests of the Israeli offensive in Gaza erupt around the world and in the media, from university campuses to the streets of major cities, discord is escalating between demonstrators, the general public, authorities and politicians.

  • Denmark leads 15 member states in call to outsource EU migration policy

    Denmark leads 15 member states in call to outsource EU migration policy

    Just one day after the EU finally landed its New Pact on Migration and Asylum following four years of tough negotiations, a group of 15 member states, led by Denmark, issued a joint call for greater efforts to outsource migration policy and  prevent migrants from arriving at EU borders in the first place.

  • How to lead Danes IV – Cultural Bypassing

    How to lead Danes IV – Cultural Bypassing

    Many of us Danes, despite being well-educated and well-travelled, often lack experience in navigating cultural differences at work. This can lead to ‘cultural bypassing’, where we believe we are at a level of enlightenment where we no longer are burdened by the risk of making cross-cultural mistakes. As their manager, you can help your Danish colleagues by acknowledging cultural differences in the workplace.

  • Denmark’s Climate Minister wants to expand green agriculture bill

    Denmark’s Climate Minister wants to expand green agriculture bill

    Legislation to cut the sector’s emissions could “kill two birds with one stone” if it also combats fertiliser run-off in Denmark’s marine environment, says Climate Minister Lars Aagard, marking a potential shift in the green negotiations.