The Dictators won the rare football trophy

There was a pleasant atmosphere and overall fighting spirit among the crowd, as researchers and administrative staff from BSS squared off in a football tournament last Saturday. The winning team was the IFSK Dictators.

2013.10.04 | Ingrid Marie Fossum

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Last Saturday, ten teams from BSS challenged each other in a football tournament that took place in the University Park. It was a festive day, where researchers and administrative staff from BSS got to socialise and have fun. Henrik Friis Bach, Head of Department Secretariat at Political Science and goalkeeper for the IFSK Warriors, had put a lot of effort into organising the event:

“We are going to have fun - and we are going to win!”

After the first match against the the IFSK Masterminds, Henrik had the following comment:

“I let in a goal - that was a drag - but then the game ended 1-1, so that was an okay start.” 

Teamwork across disciplines

All who attended the event agreed that Henrik had done a great job arranging it. Anita Trosborg, Head of Department Secretariat at Business Communication, was there to cheer for her team called VelBCOMme. According to her, events such as this will play a major role in establishing teamwork and collaboration across the disciplines and departments at BSS in the future:

“It is an occasion for the entire main academic area to come together and establish a social bond as well. For instance, I only know a quarter of the people that are here today.” 

Wall Street Fighters and other creative names

There were happy faces and fighting spirit all across the line, and the teams had been very creative in choosing their names: From the psychology department’s Pavlov’s Dogs to the law department’s team Dolus (Dolus = the guilt that falls upon those who do deeds contrary to good conscience).

Like the other teams, the economists had chosen a fun name for their team:

“It was one our Italians who came up with the name. It is a reference to a computer game called ‘Street Fighters.’ And we are doing finance most of us, so that is the story behind it,” explains Thomas Kokholm, captain of the Wall Street Fighters. 

Few girls on the playing field

Generally, very few girls had signed up to play, but the three teams representing the administration - ADM No. 1, Admina2rs and The Informers - had managed to get a couple of girls to come along. When asked what it was like to be one of the few girls playing against all these men, the girls replied:

“We didn’t know there would be such a majority of men,” said Jette Rolskov from AU Research and Talent and player for the Admina2rs. And Ann Katrine Lebæk from AU Career added:

“When I signed up I didn’t think there would be this gender difference. I support equality all over the board, and I am pleased that we are supporting the cause. At the Career Centre we have even included a female student assistant on our team. We hereby encourage more girls to participate next time, because they can easily keep up with the guys. 

And I don’t think I am worse at playing football than the guys,” concludes Jette with a smile.

Difficult conditions

To the question of what they thought about the football tournament so far, the economists replied: “Tiring. The field is too large and the goals are too small.” Despite their great efforts, the economists had not scored a goal yet.

The two small football fields were placed in the south-western corner of the University Park. There were holes and manhole covers all around the playing fields, which, in addition, slanted downwards a little - but the biggest challenge was apparently the size of the goals.

The Informers were unhappy that they never managed to score any goals, but the IFSK Dictators proved early on that scoring was not an impossible accomplishment.

“It helped a little that the goalie had thrown himself to the other side, so all I had to do was hit the goal,” says Svend-Erik Skaaning of the IFSK Dictators.

Three teams from Political Science in the semi-finals

Political Science dominated the last three rounds, as al three IFSK teams had fought their way to the semi-finals. The spectators gradually thinned out, and in the end only the most persistent fans were there to witness the semi-finals. Wives and children, who were there to cheer on the teams in the morning, had gone home.

In the semi-finals it was the IFSK Warriors against the IFSK Dictators and the IFSK Masterminds against Dolus. Dolus’ injured player Kasper Stensgård coached the team wearing a classy blue suit:

“I am injured, so I thought I had to assert myself in some way,” says Stensgård.

Despite their well-dressed coach, Dolus lost the penalty shootout, giving the two IFSK teams, the Masterminds and the Dictators, a place in the finals. 

Tired but happy victors

After such a long day, the players were beginning to look tired. The dictators had 3 victories and one tied match in the group stage, one emphatic 4-1 victory in the semi-final against the IFSK Warriors - and the final resulted in a 1-1 tie against the IFSK Masterminds. Yet another match had to be decided by a penalty shootout.

Before the shootout, the goal scorer of the IFSK Dictators Henrik Seeberg offered his opinion on how the game went:

“I am tired. We have played five matches. We could have won the match if only the other team hadn’t scored. It annoys me that we have to go through a penalty shootout to settle it.”

In the end, the IFSK Dictators were the winners of the BSS Football Tournament. After their victory, Svend-Erik Skaaning said:

“The guys fought like crazy! It was awesome! We expected to reach the semi-finals, but because we had injured players and we were tired, we didn’t expect to win the whole thing! But the most important thing is that it was a team from Political Science that won!”

Mehdi Mozaffari China Cup Trophy

There was, of course, a trophy for the winning team. And it was the man behind the tournament, Henrik Friis Bach, who got to present the trophy to the winning team - the so-called ‘Mehdi Mozaffari China Cup Trophy.’

The day before the tournament, Professor Mozaffari had entered the emeritus ranks and had cleared out his office, donating the Chinese “trophy” to the tournament.  But what was that thing?

“Maybe you can put a candle right there, and it can warm up a pot of tea? Maybe that’s it,” suggests Henrik Seeberg. Despite the trophy being large and heavy, there was some dissatisfaction among the team members:

“We kind of lacked the feeling of holding the great big golden cup, I think,” Seeberg complains. Seeberg also remarked that the trophy will most likely be placed where it can cause sensation and envy.

But before being put on a pedestal at the Department of Political Science and Government, the players brought the trophy along for the evening event in the Mathematics Cafeteria, where all the players got a chance to mull over the events of the day and have a glass of wine to soothe their throbbing muscles. 

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