Sports & Culture Round-Up: Free Superliga games for unionists
If you thought free legal advice and representation was the best benefit you get for being a member of the 3F trade union, then think again. How does free Superliga games – sorry, 3F Superliga games – grab you?
Following a deal that will see 3F replace the insurance giant Alka as the primary sponsor of the Danish top flight, the 272,000 members of 3F will be able to attend a number of free games over the next four years.
Claus Thomsen, the head of the Superliga, applauded the deal, saying it would “boost the atmosphere at the stadium by bringing more fans to the stands”.
Hoping to be among the nation’s top sides will be FC Helsingør, which despite being relegated from the Superliga last season will be confident of a swift return next year after being taken over by a US investor group.
However, given that the side is second-last in the Danish second tier, the new owners’ first job will be surviving another relegation.
Led by Jordan Gardner, the co-owner of Irish outfit Dundalk FC, the investors say they are drawn to the club due to its proximity to Copenhagen and the potential to build a new stadium and nurture young talent.
Dane beats Tiger Woods
Danish golfer Lucas Bjerregaard grabbed a few headlines by beating Tiger Woods at the WGC Matchplay in Texas, where he eventually finished fourth. Matt Kuchar beat him the semis, and he then lost to Francesco Molinari in the third-place playoff.
Super six nets record
Oliver Bjorkstrand scored in six consecutive games in March and April to beat the previous Danish record for longest scoring streak in the NHL, which stood at four games. Overall, he has racked up 36 points in 77 games this season.
Bullish in the Bundesliga
Thanks to a hat-trick on March 30, Yussuf Poulsen has now scored 15 goals in the Bundesliga – only the fourth Dane in history to do so. The 24-year-old is now fourth equal in the top scorer rankings, just six behind the leader, Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.
The assist king
Christian Eriksen has notched up at least 10 assists is his last four English Premier League seasons, equalling a record set by David Beckham in 2001. Over his last four seasons, he has earned 15, 15, 11 and 11 assists.
‘Bird Box’ sequel
Josh Malerman, the author of ‘Bird Box’ – which was made into a film by Susanne Bier and smashed the Netflix record for the most views in a week with 45 million downloads – has confirmed he is writing a sequel. ‘Malorie’ will be released on October 1.
Apple eyeing Denmark
It is still unknown whether Apple’s new TV and film streaming service – which many are expecting will challenge Netflix’s dominance – will launch in Denmark. And the same is also true of its video game streaming service Apple Arcade.
Miley to light it up
Miley Cyrus will be performing at the Tinderbox festival in the forest of Tusindårsskoven near Odense in late June. In other concert news, Lauryn Hill from The Fugees will be performing on August 9 at Tivoli as part of its Fredagsrock program, and US singer-actress Janelle Monáe has been added to the Roskilde line-up, along with Noel Gallagher and Johnny Marr.
Bodnia gets BAFTA nod
Kim Bodnia has been nominated for a best supporting actor BAFTA TV award for ‘Killing Eve’ – finally some recognition for a performance universally applauded but overlooked by other award bodies. The award ceremony is on May 12.
Master Fatman dead at 53
As Master Fatman’s name suggests, he was larger than life, but the DJ’s premature death at the age of 53 has shocked the nation. Among his claims to fame were directing the movie ‘Gayniggers From Outer Space’ in 1992 and forming the Cosmic Party, a political movement calling for boundless cosmic love.
Radio station’s farewell
Despite reaching 1.1 million listeners a week, Radio24syv will broadcast for the last time in October after deciding not to pursue an extension of its broadcasting permit. Co-owners PeopleGroup and Berlingske Media blamed DF for suggesting the station should move 70 percent of its operations 110 km away from Copenhagen. However, the decision could be reversed by the general election.
Rapping about Utøya
DR recently profiled Danish rapper Patrick Piscot, a 25-year-old survivor of the 2011 Utøya attack, which he now uses as an influence. Piscot was 18 and attending a Norwegian gymnasium at the time of the attack, which he escaped from in a dinghy. His music is therapy, he tells DR.
Ukulele’s X appeal
Many question whether ‘X Factor’ will have a legacy, but according to DanGuitar it is making the ukulele more popular. The number of players at the nation’s music-focused gymnasiums has risen from six to 168 since 2013. DanGuitar, which sold 4,000 last year, notices a spike every time one is played on ‘X Factor’.
Victor reaps the spoils
Danish badminton star Victor Axelsen won the men’s singles at the India Open. The Super 500 title represents his biggest ranking points haul of the season.
Danes eye FIFA glory
Denmark has drawn Portugal, Russia, the Netherlands and Australia in the draw for the inaugural FIFA eNations Cup, which will feature 20 teams and take place in London from April 13-14.