FC Midtjylland

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 thrice, most recently in 2020.

Midtjylland
FC Midtjylland logo.svg
Full nameFootball Club Midtjylland
Nickname(s)Ulvene (The Wolves)
Short nameFCM
Founded2 February 1999; 21 years ago (2 February 1999)
GroundMCH Arena
Capacity11,432
OwnerMatthew Benham
ChairmanRasmus Ankersen
Head coachBrian Priske
LeagueSuperliga
2019–20Superliga, Champions
WebsiteClub website
European away colours
Current season

Club historyEdit

 
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.

Scouting and developingEdit

Midtjylland have built a reputation of finding and developing promising talents, and have a highly regarded youth academy.[5]

In July 2004, Midtjylland was the first Danish club to establish their own football academy, similar to that of French side Nantes.[6] 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.[7]

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).[8] 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).[9][10] In 2016, vice-captain Erik Sviatchenko was sold for £1.5 million to Celtic.[11]

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 Kiev.

StadiumEdit

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.

SupportersEdit

Black Wolves is the official fanclub of FC Midtjylland.[12] 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 historyEdit

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

HonoursEdit


PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 31 July 2020[13][14]

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Jesper Hansen
2   DF Dion Cools
5   DF Marc Dal Hende
6   DF Joel Andersson
9   FW Sory Kaba
10   MF Evander
11   MF Awer Mabil
14   DF Alexander Scholz
18   DF Kristian Riis
20   DF Rasmus Nicolaisen
25   DF Manjrekar James
26   FW Lasse Vibe
27   DF Oliver Olsen
No. Position Player
28   DF Erik Sviatchenko
29   DF Paulinho
30   GK Oliver Ottesen
31   GK Mikkel Andersen
34   MF Mikael Anderson
36   FW Anders Dreyer
38   MF Frank Onyeka
40   MF Jens Cajuste
43   MF Nicolas Madsen
44   DF Nikolas Dyhr
45   FW Gustav Isaksen
58   FW Aral Simsir
89   FW Ronnie Schwartz

Other players under contractEdit

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

No. Position Player
  FW Mayron George
  FW Chuma Anene
  MF Babajide David
  MF Bozhidar Kraev
  FW Júnior Brumado
  DF Søren Reese
  MF Ayo Simon Okosun
  DF Nikolaj Kirk
No. Position Player
  DF Japhet Sery Larsen
  MF Christian Tue Jensen
  MF Victor Torp
  FW Sebastian Buch
  DF Henry Uzochokwu
  GK Elias Olafsson
  MF Gloire Rutikanga

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player
  MF Michael Baidoo (at FK Jerv until 31 December 2020)
No. Position Player
  MF Kaan Kairinen (at Lillestrøm until 31 December 2020)

Youth teamEdit

See: FC Midtjylland Academy

CoachesEdit

FC Midtjylland in European competitionEdit

FC Midtjylland's first competitive European match was on August 9, 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 up losing 6-3 on aggregate.

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2001–02 UEFA Cup QR   Glentoran 1–1 4–0 5–1  
1R   Sporting CP 0–3 2–3 2–6  
2002–03 UEFA Cup QR   Pobeda 3–0 0–2 3–2  
1R   Varaždin 1–0 1–1 2–1  
2R   Anderlecht 0–3 1–3 1–6  
2005–06 UEFA Cup 1Q   B36 Tórshavn 2–1 2–2 4–3  
1R   CSKA Moscow 1–3 1–3 2–6  
2007–08 UEFA Cup 1Q   Keflavík ÍF 2–1 2–3 4–4 (a)  
2Q   Haka 5–2 2–1 7–3  
1R   Lokomotiv Moscow 1–3 0–2 1–5  
2008–09 UEFA Cup 1Q   Bangor City 4–0 6–1 10–1  
2Q   Manchester City 0–1 (a.e.t) 1–0 1–1 (2–4p)  
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 2Q   The New Saints 5–2 3–1 8–3  
3Q   Vitória de Guimarães 0–0 1–2 1–2  
2012–13 UEFA Europa League PO   Young Boys 0–3 2–0 2–3  
2014–15 UEFA Europa League PO   Panathinaikos 1–2 1–4 2–6  
2015–16 UEFA Champions League 2Q   Lincoln Red Imps 1–0 2–0 3–0  
3Q   APOEL 1–2 1–0 2–2 (a)  
UEFA Europa League PO   Southampton 1–0 1–1 2–1  
Group D   Napoli 1–4 0–5 2nd  
  Club Brugge 1–1 3–1
  Legia Warsaw 1–0 0–1
R32   Manchester United 2–1 1–5 3–6  
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Sūduva Marijampolė 1–0 1–0 2–0  
2Q   Vaduz 3–0 2–2 5–2  
3Q   Videoton 1–1 (a.e.t) 1–0 2–1  
PO   Osmanlıspor 0–1 0–2 0–3  
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Derry City 6–1 4–1 10–2  
2Q   Ferencváros 3–1 4–2 7–3  
3Q   Arka Gdynia 2–1 2–3 4–4 (a)  
PO   Apollon Limassol 1–1 2–3 3–4  
2018–19 UEFA Champions League 2Q   Astana 0–0 1–2 1–2  
UEFA Europa League 3Q   The New Saints 3–1 2–0 5–1  
PO   Malmö FF 0–2 2–2 2–4  
2019–20 UEFA Europa League 3Q   Rangers 2–4 1–3 3–7  
2020–21 UEFA Champions League 2Q

UEFA club coefficient rankingEdit

As of 9 July 2020[15]
Rank Team Points
112   Rangers FC 16.250
113   Molde FK 15.000
114   FC Midtjylland 14.500
115   TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 11.000
116   Hertha BSC 5.000

ReferencesEdit

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