FC Midtjylland

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Midtjylland
FC Midtjylland logo.svg
Full name Football Club Midtjylland
Nickname(s) Ulvene (The Wolves)
Short name FCM
Founded 2 February 1999; 19 years ago (2 February 1999)
Ground MCH Arena, Herning
Capacity 11,800
Owner Matthew Benham
Chairman Rasmus Ankersen
Manager Kenneth Andersen
League Danish Superliga
2017–18 Danish Superliga, 1st
Website Club website
European away colours
Current season

FC Midtjylland (Danish: [ˈmidjylanˀ], "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]

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 clubs 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 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 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

Honours[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 31 August 2018[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
2 Denmark DF Kian Hansen
3 Finland MF Tim Sparv
4 Hungary DF Zsolt Korcsmár
5 Denmark DF Marc Dal Hende
6 Sweden DF Joel Andersson
7 Denmark MF Jakob Poulsen (captain)
8 Denmark MF Ayo Simon Okosun
10 Brazil MF Evander (on loan from Vasco da Gama)
13 Denmark DF Alexander Munksgaard
14 Denmark DF Alexander Scholz
15 Bulgaria MF Bozhidar Kraev
19 Costa Rica FW Mayron George
20 Denmark DF Rasmus Nicolaisen
No. Position Player
24 Denmark DF Mads Døhr Thychosen
26 Ukraine FW Artem Dovbyk
27 Denmark DF Oliver Olsen
28 Denmark DF Erik Sviatchenko
29 Denmark MF Frederik Brandhof
30 Denmark GK Oliver Ottesen
31 Denmark GK Mikkel Andersen
33 Nigeria FW Paul Onuachu
36 Nigeria MF Rilwan Hassan
38 Nigeria MF Frank Onyeka
40 Sweden MF Jens-Lys Cajuste
43 Denmark MF Nicolas Madsen
45 Australia MF Awer Mabil
88 Norway MF Gustav Wikheim

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)
Iceland MF Mikael Anderson (at Excelsior until 30 June 2019)
Canada DF Manjrekar James (at FC Fredericia until 30 June 2019)
Denmark MF Sammy Skytte (at AC Horsens until 30 June 2019)
Denmark DF Søren Reese (at AC Horsens until 30 June 2019)
Denmark DF Kristian Riis (at Esbjerg until 30 June 2019)
No. Position Player
Denmark MF Nikolaj Kirk (at Brentford until 30 June 2019)
Democratic Republic of the Congo MF Gloire Rutikanga (at Ringkøbing IF until 30 June 2019)
Ghana MF Michael Baidoo (at FC Fredericia until 30 June 2019)
Nigeria MF Babajide David (at FK Haugesund until 31 December 2018)
Faroe Islands FW Jakup Thomsen (at FH until 31 December 2018)
Finland MF Kaan Kairinen (at Inter Turku until 31 December 2018)

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
Norway FW Chuma Anene (From FC Fredericia on 1 July 2018)

Youth team[edit]

See: FC Midtjylland Academy

Managers[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 (2014-07-02). "Benham remains fully committed to Bees despite Danish project". Get West London. Retrieved 2015-12-30.
  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 2018-07-14.
  8. ^ "DBU's Officielle Statistikere". Danskfodbold.com. Retrieved 2015-12-30.

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