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; 22 years ago (2 February 1999)
GroundMCH Arena
Capacity11,432
OwnerMatthew Benham
ChairmanRasmus Ankersen
Head coachBrian Priske
LeagueDanish Superliga
2019–20Danish Superliga, 1st (champions)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

FC Midtjylland (Danish: [ˈmitjyˌlænˀ], "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 three times, most recently in 2020.

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.[1]

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 and made three Danish Cup final appearances, but had never been a top team in the Danish league. 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 finalised and announced at a press conference the next day.[2][3]

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.[4] In the 2014–15 season, they won the Danish football championship for the first time. Later on, they won two league titles in 2017–18 and 2019–20, then qualified to the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League group stage for the first time in their history.[5]

Scouting and developing[edit]

Midtjylland have built a reputation of finding and developing promising talents, and have a highly regarded youth academy.[6]

In July 2004, Midtjylland was the first Danish club to establish their own football academy, similar to that of French side Nantes.[7] The academy attracts players from throughout Denmark, as well as players from FC Ebedei, a partnering club in Nigeria. The club has developed a network of over 100 clubs located in the western part of Jutland.[8]

In 2008, Danish centre-back Simon Kjær, a talent of the academy, was sold to Palermo for a transfer fee of approximately DKK30 million (€4 million).[9] 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 (€4.26 million).[10][11] In 2016, vice-captain Erik Sviatchenko was sold for £1.5 million to Celtic.[12]

Other notable sales of academy products include Pione Sisto to Celta Vigo, Rasmus Nissen to Ajax, Andreas Poulsen to Borussia Mönchengladbach and Mikkel Duelund to Dynamo Kyiv.

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.[13] 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 Third 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 36 21 8 7 76 43 71 Champion UEFA Champions League Second Qualifying Round, UEFA Europa League Playoff Round
2019–20 SL 1 35 26 4 5 60 27 82 Third Round UEFA Europa League Third Qualifying Round

Honours[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 February 2021[14][15]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Denmark DEN Jesper Hansen
2 DF Belgium BEL Dion Cools
5 DF Denmark DEN Daniel Høegh
6 DF Sweden SWE Joel Andersson
7 FW Denmark DEN Pione Sisto
9 FW Guinea GUI Sory Kaba
10 MF Brazil BRA Evander
11 MF Australia AUS Awer Mabil
14 DF Denmark DEN Alexander Scholz
17 DF Brazil BRA Ailton
18 DF Denmark DEN Kristian Riis
26 FW Denmark DEN Lasse Vibe
27 DF Denmark DEN Oliver Olsen
28 DF Denmark DEN Erik Sviatchenko
No. Pos. Nation Player
29 DF Brazil BRA Paulinho
30 GK Denmark DEN Oliver Ottesen
31 GK Denmark DEN Mikkel Andersen
33 FW Germany GER Luca Pfeiffer
34 MF Iceland ISL Mikael Anderson
36 FW Denmark DEN Anders Dreyer
38 MF Nigeria NGA Frank Onyeka
40 MF Sweden SWE Jens Cajuste
43 MF Denmark DEN Nicolas Madsen
45 FW Denmark DEN Gustav Isaksen
46 DF Denmark DEN Japhet Sery Larsen
49 GK Denmark DEN Jonas Lössl
74 FW Brazil BRA Júnior Brumado

Youth players in use[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
16 GK Denmark DEN Valdemar Birksø
48 FW Denmark DEN Mads Hansen
No. Pos. Nation Player
50 DF Australia AUS Hosine Bility
58 FW Denmark DEN Aral Simsir

Other players under contract[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Norway NOR Chuma Anene
No. Pos. Nation Player
DF Nigeria NGA Henry Uzochokwu

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. Pos. Nation Player
FW Costa Rica CRC Mayron George (at Pau until 30 June 2021)
MF Bulgaria BUL Bozhidar Kraev (at Famalicão until 30 June 2021)
MF Nigeria NGA Babajide David (at Hatayspor until 30 June 2021)
DF Canada CAN Manjrekar James (at Lamia until 30 June 2021)
DF Denmark DEN Rasmus Nicolaisen (at Portsmouth until 30 June 2021)
DF Denmark DEN Nikolas Dyhr (at AC Horsens until 30 June 2021)
DF Denmark DEN Søren Reese (at AC Horsens until 30 June 2021)
FW Denmark DEN Casper Tengstedt (at AC Horsens until 30 June 2021)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Denmark DEN Victor Torp (at Lyngby Boldklub until 30 June 2021)
GK Iceland ISL Elías Ólafsson (at Fredericia until 30 June 2021)
MF Nigeria NGA Raphael Onyedika (at Fredericia until 30 June 2021)
DF Denmark DEN Tobias Anker (at Fredericia until 30 June 2021)
MF Denmark DEN Christian Tue Jensen (at Fredericia until 30 June 2021)
MF Denmark DEN Oliver Sørensen (at Fredericia until 30 June 2021)
FW Denmark DEN Sebastian Buch (at Skive IK until 30 June 2021)
MF Democratic Republic of the Congo COD Gloire Rutikanga (at Thisted until 30 June 2021)

Youth team[edit]

See: FC Midtjylland Academy

Notable former players[edit]

1990s
2000s
2010s

Coaches[edit]

FC Midtjylland in European competition[edit]

FC Midtjylland's first competitive European match was on 9 August 2001 in the 2001–02 UEFA Cup, playing Northern Ireland's Glentoran to a 1–1 draw in the first leg of the Qualifying Round before ultimately advancing to the First Round where they were eliminated by Sporting CP. In 2016 Midtjylland reached the Round of 32 of the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League, where they achieved a 2–1 home victory over Manchester United but would end up losing 6–3 on aggregate following the second leg.

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2001–02 UEFA Cup QR Northern Ireland Glentoran 1–1 4–0 5–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
1R Portugal Sporting CP 0–3 2–3 2–6 Symbol delete vote.svg
2002–03 UEFA Cup QR North Macedonia Pobeda 3–0 0–2 3–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
1R Croatia Varaždin 1–0 1–1 2–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
2R Belgium Anderlecht 0–3 1–3 1–6 Symbol delete vote.svg
2005–06 UEFA Cup 1Q Faroe Islands B36 Tórshavn 2–1 2–2 4–3 Symbol keep vote.svg
1R Russia CSKA Moscow 1–3 1–3 2–6 Symbol delete vote.svg
2007–08 UEFA Cup 1Q Iceland Keflavík ÍF 2–1 2–3 4–4 (a) Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Finland Haka 5–2 2–1 7–3 Symbol keep vote.svg
1R Russia Lokomotiv Moscow 1–3 0–2 1–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
2008–09 UEFA Cup 1Q Wales Bangor City 4–0 6–1 10–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q England Manchester City 0–1 (a.e.t.) 1–0 1–1 (2–4 p) Symbol delete vote.svg
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 2Q Wales The New Saints 5–2 3–1 8–3 Symbol keep vote.svg
3Q Portugal Vitória de Guimarães 0–0 1–2 1–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
2012–13 UEFA Europa League PO Switzerland Young Boys 0–3 2–0 2–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2014–15 UEFA Europa League PO Greece Panathinaikos 1–2 1–4 2–6 Symbol delete vote.svg
2015–16 UEFA Champions League 2Q Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps 1–0 2–0 3–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
3Q Cyprus APOEL 1–2 1–0 2–2 (a) Symbol delete vote.svg
UEFA Europa League PO England Southampton 1–0 1–1 2–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
Group D Italy Napoli 1–4 0–5 2nd Symbol keep vote.svg
Belgium Club Brugge 1–1 3–1
Poland Legia Warsaw 1–0 0–1
R32 England Manchester United 2–1 1–5 3–6 Symbol delete vote.svg
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1Q Lithuania Sūduva Marijampolė 1–0 1–0 2–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Liechtenstein Vaduz 3–0 2–2 5–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
3Q Hungary Videoton 1–1 (a.e.t) 1–0 2–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
PO Turkey Osmanlıspor 0–1 0–2 0–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 1Q Republic of Ireland Derry City 6–1 4–1 10–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Hungary Ferencváros 3–1 4–2 7–3 Symbol keep vote.svg
3Q Poland Arka Gdynia 2–1 2–3 4–4 (a) Symbol keep vote.svg
PO Cyprus Apollon Limassol 1–1 2–3 3–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
2018–19 UEFA Champions League 2Q Kazakhstan Astana 0–0 1–2 1–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
UEFA Europa League 3Q Wales The New Saints 3–1 2–0 5–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
PO Sweden Malmö FF 0–2 2–2 2–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
2019–20 UEFA Europa League 3Q Scotland Rangers 2–4 1–3 3–7 Symbol delete vote.svg
2020–21 UEFA Champions League 2Q Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad N/A 1–0 N/A Symbol keep vote.svg
3Q Switzerland Young Boys 3–0 N/A N/A Symbol keep vote.svg
PO Czech Republic Slavia Prague 4–1 0–0 4–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
Group D Italy Atalanta 0–4 1–1 4th Symbol delete vote.svg
England Liverpool 1–1 0–2
Netherlands Ajax 1–2 1–3

UEFA club coefficient ranking[edit]

As of 9 July 2020[16]
Rank Team Points
112 Scotland Rangers 16.250
113 Norway Molde 15.000
114 Denmark Midtjylland 14.500
115 Germany 1899 Hoffenheim 11.000
116 Germany Hertha BSC 5.000

References[edit]

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  5. ^ "Midtjylland 4–1 Slavia Praha". UEFA. 30 September 2020.
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  7. ^ Just Kristensen, Jørn (22 June 2019). "Akademi-ideen blev født i Nantes". herningfolkeblad.dk. Herning Folkeblad. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
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  10. ^ "Superligaens transferoverblik". Indkast.dk. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  11. ^ "BBC Sport – Football – New Zealand international Winston Reid joins West Ham". BBC News. 5 August 2010. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  12. ^ "Erik Sviatchenko: Celtic seal £1.5m transfer of Midtjylland man". BBC Sport. 17 January 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  13. ^ "Black Wolves : Homepage". Black-wolves.com. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  14. ^ "Superligatrup | fcm". Fcm.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  15. ^ "DBU's Officielle Statistikere". Danskfodbold.com. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  16. ^ "UEFA Club Coefficients". www.ludogorets.com. Retrieved 9 July 2020.

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