FC Midtjylland

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FC Midtjylland
FC Midtjylland.png
Full name Football Club Midtjylland
Nickname(s) Ulvene (The Wolves)
Short name FCM
Founded 2 February 1999; 17 years ago (2 February 1999)
Ground MCH Arena, Herning
Ground Capacity 11,800
Owner FC Midtjylland A/S and Matthew Benham
Chairman Johnny Rune
Manager Jess Thorup
League Danish Superliga
2014–15 Danish Superliga, 1st
Website Club home page
European away colours

FC Midtjylland (Danish: [ˈmid̥ɕɛlɑnˀ], "Central Jutland") is a professional Danish football team from Herning and Ikast in the Western part of Jutland. The team was a result of a merger between Ikast FS (which also includes tennis, badminton and handball clubs) and Herning Fremad. FC Midtjylland plays in the Danish Superliga, and won the national league for the first time in 2015.

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.

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 70s and 80s, but that was about it. At least 10 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.

In 2000 FC Midtjylland were promoted to the Danish Superliga, after a season in which the team had gathered more points than any other team in the history of the 1st division.

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

Scouting and developing[edit]

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

In July 2004, FC Midtjylland was the first Danish club to have its own football academy, similar to that of French side FC Nantes Atlantique.[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 Simon Kjær, a talent of the academy, was sold to U.S. Città di Palermo in Italy. The transfer fee was approximately DKK 30 million, equal to 4 million €.[2] In 2010 Sune Kiilerich, another talent of the academy, was sold to U.C. Sampdoria and Winston Reid, an academy product and New Zealand international, was sold to West Ham United F.C. for DKK 32 million, equal to 4.26 million € [3][4]


In the 2014–2015 season of the Danish Superliga, FC Midtjylland were able to win their first major trophy as they took home the Danish Championship. During the season FC Midtjylland achieved an impressive 15 straight home ground victories on MCH Arena.

Prior to the 2014–2015 season, the club had two 2nd-place finishes and four 3rd-place finishes in the Superliga and had been runner-up four times in the Danish Cup final. The club's best international result was in the 2002–03 season when the team reached the 2nd round of the UEFA cup, losing to RSC Anderlecht of Belgium.

In the 2008–09 season they reached the second qualifying round of the competition, beating Manchester City 1–0 in Manchester in the first leg of the tie, with Danny Olsen scoring a first half goal.[5] It was Manchester City's first ever loss at home to a foreign team, having only ever lost at home in European Competition to Chelsea. Manchester City won the return leg in Denmark 1–0 after Danny Califf scored a last minute own-goal. Neither team was able to score in extra time and Midtjylland eventually lost the tie on penalties.[6]


In 2004 the team moved to a new stadium in Herning with a capacity of approximately 12,000 spectators. FC Midtjylland was the first Danish club to sell the stadium name to a sponsor, resulting in the name MCH Arena.

The opening match on 27 March proved to be a success with FC Midtjylland beating AB 6–0. Five of the goals were scored by Egyptian striker, former AB player Mohamed Zidan and the stadium has been nicknamed the Zidan arena.


Black Wolves is the official fanclub of FC Midtjylland.[7] It was founded in the beginning in 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. It was established in 2007 and later renamed to Ultras Midtjylland.

Recent history[edit]

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
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
2012–13 SL 6 33 12 11 10 51 47 47 quarter-final
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


Current squad[edit]

As of 1 January 2016[8][9]

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

No. Position Player
2 Denmark DF Kian Hansen
3 Finland MF Tim Sparv
4 Bulgaria DF Nikolay Bodurov (on loan from Fulham)
5 Norway MF Harmeet Singh
6 Denmark DF Jim Larsen
7 Denmark MF Jakob Poulsen
8 Sweden MF Petter Andersson
10 Austria FW Martin Pušić
11 Costa Rica FW Marco Ureña
14 Czech Republic FW Václav Kadlec
15 Iceland DF Bödvar Bödvarsson (on loan from FH Hafnarfjarðar)
16 Sweden GK Johan Dahlin
17 Sweden MF Kristoffer Olsson
22 Denmark MF Mikkel Duelund
No. Position Player
26 Denmark DF Patrick Banggaard
27 Denmark MF Pione Sisto
28 Denmark DF André Rømer
31 Denmark GK Mikkel Andersen
32 Denmark DF Kristian Bach Bak (captain)
33 Nigeria FW Paul Onuachu
36 Nigeria MF Rilwan Hassan
38 Poland GK Patryk Wolański
45 Australia MF Awer Mabil
70 Czech Republic DF Filip Novák
77 Austria MF Daniel Royer
Finland DF Daniel O'Shaughnessy (on loan from Brentford)
Finland MF Kaan Kairinen

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
Denmark FW Marco Larsen (on loan to Vejle BK until 30 June 2016)
Denmark MF Jonas Gemmer (on loan to AC Horsens until 30 June 2016)
No. Position Player
Nigeria MF Babajide David (on loan to Thisted FC until 30 June 2016)
Nigeria MF Musefiu Ashiru (at Skive IK until 30 June 2016)

Youth team[edit]

See: FC Midtjylland Academy


FCM in Europe[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2001–02 UEFA Cup QR Northern Ireland Glentoran 1–1 4–0 5–1
1R Portugal Sporting Lisbon 0–3 2–3 2–6
2002–03 UEFA Cup QR Republic of Macedonia FK Pobeda 3–0 0–2 3–2
1R Croatia NK Varaždin 1–0 1–1 2–1
2R Belgium RSC Anderlecht 0–3 1–3 1–6
2005–06 UEFA Cup 1Q Faroe Islands B36 Tórshavn 2–1 2–2 4–3
1R Russia CSKA Moscow 1–3 1–3 2–6
2007–08 UEFA Cup 1Q Iceland Keflavík ÍF 2–1 2–3 4–4
2Q Finland FC Haka 5–2 2–1 7–3
1R Russia Lokomotiv Moscow 1–3 0–2 1–5
2008–09 UEFA Cup 1Q Wales Bangor City 4–0 6–1 10–1
2Q England Manchester City 0–1 1–0 2–4(p)
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 2Q Wales The New Saints 5–2 3–1 8–3
3Q Portugal Vitória S.C. 0–0 1–2 1–2
2012–13 UEFA Europa League PO Switzerland Young Boys Bern 0–3 2–0 2–3
2014–15 UEFA Europa League PO Greece Panathinaikos 1–2 1–4 2–6
2015–16 UEFA Champions League 2Q Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps 1–0 2–0 3–0
3Q Cyprus APOEL 1–2 1–0 2–2(a)
UEFA Europa League PO England Southampton 1–0 1–1 2–1
Group D Italy Napoli 1–4 0–5 2nd
Belgium Club Brugge 1–1 3–1
Poland Legia Warsaw 1–0 0–1
R32 England Manchester United  –  –



Superleague Formula[edit]

FC Midtjylland has a team in the Superleague Formula race car series where football teams lend their name to cars. They made their debut in the 2009 season. Hitech Racing has operated the car and Kasper Andersen is the driver. FC Midtjylland and Andersen have been plagued by reliability problems and accidents. They have had 1 pole position, pipping Rangers F.C. to the honour at Circuit Zolder.

In spring 2010 FC Midtjylland closed FCM Racing, due to lack of sponsors.[10]


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