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Olympic dreams, character and sensitivity of life

July 19, 2021
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Danish 2020 Olympics medal candidates – No guarantee of success

July 5, 2021
In a few weeks, the Olympic flame will be lit at the “National Stadium” in Tokyo. Due to the global pandemic, the XXXII Olympic Games will be a very special event, as the vast majority of Japanese want the 2020 Tokyo Olympics either postponed or completely canceled. In addition, no spectators wi…

The Siamese twins of football

June 10, 2021
On Friday night, the UEFA EURO 2020 opening match will be played at the Stadio Olympico in Rome, where the hosts from Italy will meet Turkey. The expectations for the Italian national football team – “Gli Azzurri” – are, as always, ahead of international championships, especially in Italy. The r…

Ministry of Sports – Worthless without an active state sports policy

May 18, 2021
Sport is sport and politics is politics. It may be that it is a bit old-fashioned, but there are also some things that are worth sticking to. It must be the sports organizations’ own task to decide their attitudes to political issues”. This statement, which was made a few months ago by Minister …

Mr. FC Bayern Munich

April 21, 2021
On Saturday afternoon, FC Bayern Munich can win the German championship in football with an away win over Mainz 05 for the 9’th year in a row. Only two players have been part of the team in all 9 seasons; the goalkeeper and captain Manuel Neuer as well as club legend Thomas Müller, who is deputy…

“Green heart” – about colour of club, logo and … quality

April 7, 2021
Denmark’s second largest team sport – handball – is in a transition phase, where clubs with core values ​​such as voluntariness, inclusion, diversity and social community are under strong commercial pressure. Among Denmark’s absolutely strongest handball clubs with these core values ​​is Skander…

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – the world’s biggest PR stunt

March 29, 2021
This week, the first European qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup 2022 will be played in Qatar, which without comparison is the most controversial international sporting event since the 1936 Olympic Games in Nazi Germany. At present, only Qatar as World Cup host have secured a place among the 32 na…

Foreign investors in Danish club football

March 25, 2021
Over the past decade, international club football has developed into a giant entertainment industry, with capital-rich investors across countries and continents radically changing the clubs’ ownership structure. One of the world’s largest football clubs – Manchester United – with an annual turnov…

The dream of National Hockey League

March 25, 2021
“Dreams are often the most beautiful in life, and he who can not dream, and whose spirit does not look into the distant, he will not achieve anything great either.” This was stated by the German philosopher, politician and Chancellor Gustav Stresemann, who in 1923 received the Nobel Peace Prize. …

Norway versus rest of the world

January 28, 2021
Next week, over half a million Norwegians will follow the live TV broadcasts from the IBU World Championships 2021 in biathlon, which will be held in Pokljuka in Slovenien. This is not least due to the fact that both the female and male biathletes from Norway have been very dominated in this seas…

The mental health of Danish elite athletes is neither better nor worse than the population as a whole

January 5, 2021
A research project on the mental health and well-being of Danish elite athletes, which has just been published in the scientific journal “Psychology of Sport & Exercise” (No. 52 – 2021) shows that Danish elite athletes have the same mental health and well-being as the population as a whole. T…

2020: Annus corona horribilis – also in the world of sport

January 5, 2021
The Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 has affected every person’s behavior and everyday life, both locally, nationally and globally. For several weeks and months, girls and boys have had training, matches and competitions in football, swimming and gymnastics canceled. And international sporting events, s…

Atalanta B.C. – from “lift club” to CL quarter-finalist

November 25, 2020
“The main explanations for our performance success are a systematic game concept, the ability to develop the individual players and the crew treatment at a very high level. We cannot afford to buy world stars like the big clubs as Juventus F.C., A.C. Milan, F.C. Inter, A.S. Roma or S.S. Lazio, bu…

«La bella momenti della vita» – about the values of life and football

November 25, 2020
Most Italians have a particular passion for art, design, fashion, gastronomy, wine and … football. For generations of Italians, this has given precisely the beauty and meaning of life: “La bella momenti della vita”, as the life-revelers of the boot country say with enthusiasm and glow in the vo…

UEFA Champions League: The rich get richer and the poor get …

October 13, 2020
Next week, the first round of the UEFA Champions League group stage of the 2020-2021 season will be played. And for the first time since the autumn of 2013 with a Danish club – FC Midtjylland – among the 32 clubs, which are divided into 8 groups. 47 clubs from 40 nations in Europe did not manage …

A gentleman from Croydon

October 13, 2020
On Saturday afternoon, there is a top match in the world’s best football league: Crystal Palace F.C. vs. Everton F.C. from Liverpool at Selhurst Park in the south-east of London. There are very few who had predicted a top match between these two clubs after the first two rounds and there are cert…

Putin, State-run doping and a new (inter)national Act

August 27, 2020
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Should Danish Elite sport be supervised?

August 20, 2020
Elite sports have a very low priority by the politicians of the Danish Parlament (Folketing) and the government ministers, except when they are guests at the Confederation of Danish Sports (DIF) during the Olympic Games or prizes are to be awarded at annual TV galla shows where Denmark’s best ath…

With the body into the culture – Gleam of light in Sport history

August 20, 2020
Did you know that love affairs between young athletes and between them and older men who took care of their upbringing were part of daily life in ancient schools, that gladiatorial battles in the Roman Empire between armed men and against animals were extremely bloody and often fatal, that the Da…

Which Nordic countries have the greatest chances of sporting success at the 2021 Olympics?

July 6, 2020
In late March 2020, after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Japan’s government decided to postpone the XXXII Olympic Games, which should have been held during the period July 24 – August 9, 2020. And, probably until the summer of 2021, there will…

You’ll Never Walk Alone

June 17, 2020
When you walk through a storm Hold your head up high And don’t be afraid of the dark At the end of a storm There’s a golden sky And the sweet silver song of a lark Walk on through the wind Walk on through the rain Though your dreams be tossed and blown Walk on, walk on With hope in your heart And…

The battle for the Danish Championship: FCK vs. FCM …. also for the coming years

May 13, 2020
Next week, the Danish Super League in football resumes after almost 3 months of break due to corunavirus. Unfortunately without spectators at the stadiums – but better late than never and better with second best solution than no solution. However, the best thing about playing the remaining two ro…

League clubs in Danish elite sport under intensive financial pressure

May 12, 2020
The league clubs in Danish football, handball and ice hockey are facing some very intensive financial challenges in these weeks. Admittedly, the professional clubs are covered by the two state “aid packages” on salary compensation and compensation for canceled matches, which partially cover the c…

From outskirt to frontskirt. The fight of gymnastics in a century

May 12, 2020
New book on OD, Danish gymnastics, academies, politics and cultural history on the occasion of the 100’th anniversary of Academy of Physical Education, Ollerup. No state, organization, private company or school can be established or developed by individuals, regardless of their knowledge, capabil…

Sport as a tool for a better everyday life or … big business

March 2, 2020
These are special experiences that bring memories to life – both inside and outside the world of sports. One of my special experience is the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games with London as a fantastic host city. It is no coincidence that London has hosted the world’s biggest sporting event for t…

KSDH, KSDH, KSDH …

February 13, 2020
Aarhus Gymnastics Club of 1880, GF or “The whites of Fredensvang”: Dear child has many names. This is also the case with AGF from Aarhus: The city’s football pride with 5 Danish Championships and 9 Cup titles, which is a Danish record. AGF is also the club in Denmark that has played the most seas…

“Investegation of conditions for elite athletes in the Danish Swimming Federation” – Personal comments

February 12, 2020
A few days ago, “Investegation of the conditions for elite athletes in the Danish Swimming Federation” (February 6, 2020) prepared by the Chamber of Lawyers was published. The investegation was carried out on the basis of the documentary program of the Danish Broadcasting Company (DR) “Swimming s…

Do you best – New book about children and adolencents in school, sports and society

January 14, 2020
“Talk nicely”, “Behave well” and “Do your best”. Born in the 1950’s, raised as a child in the 1960’s and adolencent in the 1970’s, expressions like these have always had value and meaning to me. But the words for today’s children and adolencents have different values ​​and meanings than for my ge…

Sports Year 2019: Historic World Championships and few Top 8-rankings

December 7, 2019
The 2019 World Championships in Handball became two very different experiences, for players, coaches, managers, journalists and spectators. In the first month of the year, the Danish men’s team for the first time ever won the World Championship in handball. On home court, the men’s team throughou…

The dream that was crushed by power politics and a foolished rental contract

December 7, 2019
A few months ago, Team Denmark published a press release stating “… that Team Denmark and the Sports Conferation of Denmark (DIF) at a common board meeting decided to lift the vision of building a national elite sports center in Copenhagen to a comprehensive solution involving the whole country” …

US Olympic & Paralympic Training Center: One of the factors behind US sports dominance in international elite sport

November 4, 2019
The United States has been the world’s best sports nation since the turn of the Millennium, especially because of the great dominance of the Summer Olympic disciplines. The United States’ dominance in international elite sport was most recently confirmed at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where athletes a…

Talent development and elite sport in secondary schools

October 11, 2019
October 9, 2019 The revision of the Act on Elite sport in 2004 contained two new tasks for Team Denmark. The aims of the institution are to develop Danish elite sport in a socially responsible way. Firstly, the so-called 15-year rule was abolished, which meant that Team Denmark also had the oppor…

Unique talent, hard training and conscious choices: Karsten Warholm’s pathway to international success

September 13, 2019
September 13, 2019 One of the greatest favorites in the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championship is 23-year-old Karsten Warholm, who was born and raised in Ulsteinvik – a village with 6,000 inhabitants on the West Coast of Norway. There are several reasons for Warholm’s favorite role in the 400-met…

Danish rowing before the 2020 Olympics: Two candidates for medals and disappointing Olympic qualifications

September 1, 2019
September 1, 2019 Danish athletes and teams have won a total of 45 medals at the last 5 Olympic Games, which have been held since the Millennium. Top scorer among the medal winners is rowing, which has won a total of 9 Olympic medals (3 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze medals) closely followed by sail…

Generational change in Danish badminton requires targeted efforts in relation to the recruitment and development of female players

August 6, 2019
August 6, 2019 In two weeks the TOTAL BWF Badminton World Championships 2019 will take place in Switzerland and Denmark have “only” Top 8-seeded players in two categories: Anders Antonsen in men’s singles and Kim Astrup and Anders Skårup in men’s doubles – the lowest number of seedings since the …

Back home to Aarhus by the lane of memories

July 12, 2019
July 11, 2019 Next week I moved back to the capital of Jutland after 38 years “away from home”. The reason I left Aarhus in the summer of 1981 was that I was “forced to do so” to complete my master’s degree in Political Science and Physical Education. At that time, only P.E. was offered at the Un…

Japan heading for great sporting success at the 2020 Olympics

June 19, 2019
June 19, 2019 There is only one year to Tokyo in the days of July 24 – August 9 will host the 2020 Olympics. The populous and proud empire was also in 1964 host of the first Olympic Games held in Asia. In addition, Japan has previously been very successful in organizing the 1972 Winter Olympics i…

World-class talent development: The key factor for international success of Finnish ice hockey

May 19, 2019
May 19, 2019 2019 IIHF World Championship 2019 was a great success for Finland, which during the tournament defeated Sweden in the quartar final, Russia in the semi final and in the WC final the big favorites from Canada with 3 – 1. On the Finnish team, which primarily consisted of players from t…

Still in deep water: A life buoy was thrown, but without land in sight

May 10, 2019
May 10, 2019 Two weeks ago, I was very surprised that Team Denmark submitted “Statement to the Minister of Culture about the DR documentary: Swimming stars – below the surface” without prior contact or dialogue with the undersigned, who was the CEO of Team Denmark during the period 1’st of Septem…

In deep water – the Act on Elite sport, capacity and relations of power

April 28, 2019
April 25, 2019 Denmark is one of the few countries in the World where the parliament – the “Folketing”, which pass all legislation and which controls how the government manages the legislation – has passed an Act on Elite sport. It was the most visionary Minister of Culture, Niels Matthiasen, who…

More and more adolescents are “drop outs” in the Danish football and handball clubs

April 11, 2019
April 11, 2019 Of course, the bottom line of any account is important, but the revenues and expenses can also be very interesting. And sometimes the most important information is the notes of the account with small founts. This was the case when the two largest sports organizations in Denmark – T…

Norway – the World’s best winter sport nation

March 15, 2019
March 15, 2019 In recent weeks, the World Championships 2019 in alpine skiing, Nordic disciplines – cross-country skiing, ski jumping and combined – and biathlon showed once again that Norway is the World’s best winter sports nation. Norway won a total of 38 WC medals (20 gold, 9 silver and 9 bro…

Track cycling – the best Danish medal chances at the 2020 Olympics

March 3, 2019
March 3, 2019 Cycling – especially track cycling – is both historically and currently one of Denmark’s best sports. Denmark is among the ten best cycling nations in the world despite modest 5,300 license riders under the age of 18 and only three tracks in Ballerup (Copenhagen), Odense and Aarhus….

Finnish elite sports: Proud traditions, new organizational structure and current challenges

February 4, 2019
February 2, 2019 Finland has a strong historical tradition for elite sports. Since the Olympic debut in 1908, the proud sports nation has won a total of 303 medals at the Summer Olympics, ranking Finland with a modest population of 5.5 million inhabitants as the most winning nation per inhabitant…

First World Championship in men’s team handball for Denmark?

February 4, 2019
January 3, 2019 The 2019 World Championship in men’s team handball starts in next week and Denmark is the host nation for the second time in history. The hostess is shared with Germany, but except for the opening match against Chile played in Copenhagen and the two semifinals played in Hamburg, a…

Sports year 2018: It’s still the wrong direction for Danish elite sports

February 4, 2019
December 10, 2018 The Danish national team in women’s team handball ended with a modest 8’th place at the European Championships in France in the sports year 2018. It’s now 14 years since Denmark has won a medal at EC in women’s team handball and the way back to the world’s top four for the women…