FC Midtjylland

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Midtjylland
FC Midtjylland logo.svg
Full nameFootball Club Midtjylland
Nickname(s)Ulvene (The Wolves)
Short nameFCM
Founded2 February 1999; 20 years ago (2 February 1999)
GroundMCH Arena, Herning
Capacity11,432
OwnerMatthew Benham
ChairmanRasmus Ankersen
Head coachBrian Priske
LeagueSuperliga
2018–19Superliga, 2nd
WebsiteClub website
European away colours
Current season

FC Midtjylland (Danish: [ˈmitjylænˀ], "Central Jutland") is a Danish professional football club based in Herning and Ikast in the midwestern part of Jutland. The club is the result of a merger between Ikast FS and Herning Fremad. Midtjylland competes in the Danish Superliga, which they have won twice, most recently in 2018.

Club history[edit]

Stadium of FC Midtjylland. MCH Arena

FC Midtjylland was founded by Johnny Rune, a carpenter and owner of a private business in the wood-supply industry, and Steen Hessel, an authorized Mercedes Benz dealer.[citation needed]

The two men wanted to unite the football clubs Ikast FS (founded 1935) and Herning Fremad (founded 1918) – clubs that for decades had been strong rivals, but had never played any significant role in Danish football. Ikast FS had some success in the late 1970s and '80s, but that was about it. At least ten years had passed with the two clubs being unable to agree on a merger, but on 6 April 1999, a deal was finalized and announced at a press conference the next day.[citation needed]

In 2000, Midtjylland were promoted to the top-flight Danish Superliga after a season in which the team had gathered more points than any other team in the history of the first division.

In July 2014, Matthew Benham (owner of English Championship side Brentford) became the majority shareholder of Midtjylland's parent company FCM Holding.[1] In the 2014–15 season, they won the Danish football championship for the first time.

Scouting and developing[edit]

Midtjylland have generally built a reputation of finding and developing promising talents.[citation needed]

In July 2004, Midtjylland was the first Danish club to have its own football academy, similar to that of French side Nantes.[citation needed] The academy attracts players from throughout Denmark, as well as players from a partnering club in Nigeria – F.C. Ebedei. The club has developed a network of over 100 clubs located in the western part of Jutland.[citation needed]

In 2008, Danish centre-back Simon Kjær, a talent of the academy, was sold to Palermo for a transfer fee of approximately DKK30 million (€4M).[2] In 2010, Sune Kiilerich, another talent of the academy, was sold to Sampdoria, while Winston Reid, an academy product and New Zealand international, was sold to West Ham United for DKK32 million (€4.26M).[3][4] In 2016, vice-captain Erik Sviatchenko was sold for £1.5 million to Celtic.[5]

Later on Midtjylland has sold talents such as Pione Sisto to Celta Vigo, Rasmus Nissen to Ajax, Andreas Poulsen to Gladbach and Mikkel Duelund to Dynamo Kiev.

Stadium[edit]

In 2004, the team moved to a new stadium in Herning with a capacity of approximately 12,000 spectators. Midtjylland was the first Danish club to sell the stadium naming rights to a sponsor, resulting in the name "SAS Arena" which has since been changed to MCH Arena. The stadium's opening match was on 27 March; it proved to be a success, with Midtjylland beating AB 6–0. Five of the goals were scored by Egyptian striker Mohamed Zidan.

Supporters[edit]

Black Wolves is the official fanclub of FC Midtjylland.[6] It was founded in the beginning of August 1999, as the official fanclub of Ikast FS 1993 "Yellow Flames" changed their name at an extraordinary general meeting. Ultra Boys Midtjylland is the first ultra firm in Midtjylland, established in 2007 and later renamed Ultras Midtjylland. In 2014, Midtjyland got its second ultra firm, a youth department called Midtjylland Ungdom.

The club's main rival is Viborg FF, the derby is claimed to be the second biggest in Denmark after FC København and Brøndby IF.

Recent history[edit]

Season League Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Europe
2008–09 SL 4 33 16 7 10 55 46 55 3rd round
2009–10 SL 6 33 14 5 14 41 41 47 Finalist
2010–11 SL 4 33 13 10 10 50 42 49 Finalist
2011–12 SL 3 33 17 7 9 50 40 58 1/16 Finals UEFA Europa League Third Qualifying Round
2012–13 SL 6 33 12 11 10 51 47 47 Quarter-finals UEFA Europa League Playoff Round
2013–14 SL 3 33 16 7 10 61 38 55 Fourth round
2014–15 SL 1 33 22 5 6 64 34 71 Fourth round UEFA Europa League Playoff Round
2015–16 SL 3 33 17 8 8 57 33 59 Fourth round UEFA Champions League Third Qualifying Round, UEFA Europa League Round of 32
2016–17 SL 4 36 15 9 12 67 53 54 Semi-finals UEFA Europa League Playoff Round
2017–18 SL 1 36 27 4 5 80 39 85 Semi-finals UEFA Europa League Playoff Round
2018–19 SL 2 35 21 8 6 75 41 71 Champion UEFA Champions League Second Qualifying Round, UEFA Europa League Playoff Round

Honours[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 4 November 2019[7][8]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Denmark GK Jesper Hansen
3 Finland MF Tim Sparv
4 Hungary DF Zsolt Korcsmár
5 Denmark DF Marc Dal Hende
6 Sweden DF Joel Andersson
9 Guinea FW Sory Kaba
10 Brazil MF Evander
11 Australia MF Awer Mabil
13 Denmark DF Søren Reese
14 Denmark DF Alexander Scholz
18 Denmark DF Kristian Riis
20 Denmark DF Rasmus Nicolaisen
25 Canada DF Manjrekar James
27 Denmark DF Oliver Olsen
No. Position Player
28 Denmark DF Erik Sviatchenko
29 Brazil DF Paulinho
30 Denmark GK Oliver Ottesen
31 Denmark GK Mikkel Andersen
34 Iceland MF Mikael Anderson
38 Nigeria MF Frank Onyeka
40 Sweden MF Jens Cajuste
43 Denmark MF Nicolas Madsen
44 Denmark DF Nikolas Dyhr
45 Denmark FW Gustav Isaksen
52 Brazil DF Patrick (on loan from Flamengo)
74 Brazil FW Júnior Brumado
91 Denmark MF Emiliano Marcondes (on loan from Brentford)

Incoming players[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Denmark FW Lasse Vibe (from IFK Göteborg at 1 January 2020)

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
United States GK Bill Hamid (at D.C. United until 30 November 2019)
Denmark MF Ayo Simon Okosun (at AC Horsens until 31 December 2019)
Costa Rica FW Mayron George (at Vålerenga until 31 December 2019)
Ghana MF Michael Baidoo (at FK Jerv until 31 December 2019)
Finland MF Kaan Kairinen (at HJK Helsinki until 31 December 2019)
Faroe Islands FW Jákup Thomsen (at FH until 31 December 2019)
Nigeria MF Babajide David (at Rosenborg until 31 December 2019)
Norway FW Chuma Anene (at Crewe Alexandra until 31 May 2020)
Ukraine FW Artem Dovbyk (at SønderjyskE until 30 June 2020)
No. Position Player
Bulgaria MF Bozhidar Kraev (at Gil Vicente until 30 June 2020)
Denmark MF Sammy Skytte (at Stabæk until 30 June 2020)
Denmark MF Nikolaj Kirk (at FC Fredericia until 30 June 2020)
Denmark DF Japhey Sery Larsen (at Brentford B until 30 June 2020)
Denmark MF Christian Tue Jensen (at Brentford B until 30 June 2020)
Denmark FW Sebastian Buch (at Skive until 30 June 2020)
Iceland GK Elias Olafsson (at Aarhus Fremad until 30 June 2020)
Democratic Republic of the Congo MF Gloire Rutikanga (at Ringkøbing until 30 June 2020)
Nigeria DF Henry Uzochokwu (at FC Fredericia until 30 June 2020)

Youth team[edit]

See: FC Midtjylland Academy

Coaches[edit]

FC Midtjylland in European competition[edit]

FC Midtjylland's first competitive European match was on August 9, 2001, in the 2001-02 UEFA Cup, playing to a draw with Northern Ireland's Glentoran, 1-1 in the first leg of the Qualifying Round, before ultimately advancing to the First Round, where it was eliminated by Sporting CP. In 2016 Midtjylland reached the Round of 32 of the 2015-16 UEFA Europa League where Midtjylland got a 2-1 home victory over Manchester United but ultimately lost 6-3 on aggregate.

UEFA club coefficient ranking[edit]

As of 07.21.2018, Source: [1]

Rank Team Points
112 Switzerland FC Zürich 12.000
113 France OGC Nice 11.500
114 Denmark FC Midtjylland 11.500
115 France FC Girondins de Bordeaux 11.283
116 France Lille OSC 11.283

References[edit]

  1. ^ Murtagh, Jacob (2 July 2014). "Benham remains fully committed to Bees despite Danish project". Get West London. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  2. ^ "??" (in Danish). Tipsbladet.dk. Retrieved 30 December 2015. (subscription required)
  3. ^ "Superligaens transferoverblik". Indkast.dk. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  4. ^ "BBC Sport – Football – New Zealand international Winston Reid joins West Ham". BBC News. 5 August 2010. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Erik Sviatchenko: Celtic seal £1.5m transfer of Midtjylland man". BBC Sport. 17 January 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Black Wolves : Homepage". Black-wolves.com. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  7. ^ "Superligatrup | fcm". Fcm.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  8. ^ "DBU's Officielle Statistikere". Danskfodbold.com. Retrieved 30 December 2015.

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