FC Midtjylland

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FC Midtjylland
FC Midtjylland.png
Full name Football Club Midtjylland
Nickname(s) The Wolves
Short name FCM
Founded 2 February 1999; 17 years ago (2 February 1999)
Ground MCH Arena, Herning
Ground Capacity 11,800
Owner Matthew Benham
Chairman Rasmus Ankersen
Manager Jess Thorup
League Danish Superliga
2015–16 Danish Superliga, 3rd
Website Club home page
European away colours
Current season

FC Midtjylland (Danish: [ˈmid̥jylanˀ], "Central Jutland") is a professional Danish football team from Herning and Ikast in the Mid-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.[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 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.[citation needed]

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, which is equivalent to 4.26 million €.[3][4] Vice-Captain Erik Sviatchenko was also sold for 1.5 million to Celtic.[5]


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.[6] 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. In 2014 Midtjyland got its second ultra firm, a youth department called Midtjylland Ungdom.

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 UEFA Europa League Third Qualifying Round
2012–13 SL 6 33 12 11 10 51 47 47 quarter-final 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 X 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 UEFA Europa League First Qualifying Round



Current squad[edit]

As of 26 June 2016[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
2 Denmark DF Kian Hansen
3 Finland MF Tim Sparv
6 Finland DF Markus Halsti
7 Denmark MF Jakob Poulsen
8 Netherlands MF Rafael van der Vaart
10 Austria FW Martin Pušić
11 Denmark MF Jonas Borring
16 Sweden GK Johan Dahlin
17 Sweden MF Kristoffer Olsson
18 Denmark DF Kristian Riis
19 Denmark MF Marco Larsen
20 Denmark DF Rasmus Nicolaisen
21 Finland MF Kaan Kairinen
No. Position Player
22 Denmark MF Mikkel Duelund
24 Denmark FW Mads Døhr Thychosen
26 Denmark DF Patrick Banggaard
28 Denmark DF André Rømer
31 Denmark GK Mikkel Andersen
33 Nigeria FW Paul Onuachu
35 Republic of the Congo MF Glorie Rutikanga
36 Nigeria MF Rilwan Hassan
42 Nigeria MF Babajide David
43 Denmark DF Rasmus Nissen
70 Czech Republic DF Filip Novák
77 Brazil FW Bruninho (on loan from Guangzhou)
88 Norway MF Gustav Wikheim (on loan from Gent)

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
Australia MF Awer Mabil (at Esbjerg fB until 30 June 2017)
Denmark MF Jonas Gemmer (at AC Horsens until 30 June 2017)
Denmark DF Alexander Munksgaard (at Lyngby BK until 30 June 2017)

Youth team[edit]

See: FC Midtjylland Academy


European competition history[edit]

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 Lisbon 0–3 2–3 2–6 Symbol delete vote.svg
2002–03 UEFA Cup QR Republic of Macedonia FK Pobeda 3–0 0–2 3–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
1R Croatia NK 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 FC 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 (2–4p) 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 S.C. 0–0 1–2 1–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
2012–13 UEFA Europa League PO Switzerland Young Boys Bern 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 FC 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


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  2. ^ "??" (in Danish). Tipsbladet.dk. Retrieved 2015-12-30.  (subscription required)
  3. ^ "Superligaens transferoverblik". Indkast.dk. Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  4. ^ "BBC Sport – Football – New Zealand international Winston Reid joins West Ham". BBC News. 2010-08-05. Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  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 2015-12-30. /
  7. ^ "Superligatrup | fcm". Fcm.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  8. ^ "DBU's Officielle Statistikere". Danskfodbold.com. Retrieved 2015-12-30. 

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