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FC Midtjylland (Danish: [ˈmitjylænˀ], "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.

Midtjylland
FC Midtjylland logo.svg
Full nameFootball Club Midtjylland
Nickname(s)Ulvene (The Wolves)
Short nameFCM
Founded2 February 1999; 20 years ago (2 February 1999)
GroundMCH Arena, Herning
Capacity11,432
OwnerMatthew Benham
ChairmanRasmus Ankersen
Head coachBrian Priske
LeagueSuperliga
2018–19Superliga, 2nd
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.[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 developingEdit

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]

Later on Midtjylland has sold talents such as Pione Sisto to Celta Vigo, Rasmus Nissen to Ajax, Andreas Poulsen to Gladbach 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.[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 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 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-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 35 21 8 6 75 41 71 Champion UEFA Champions League Second Qualifying Round, UEFA Europa League Playoff Round

HonoursEdit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 2 September 2019[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   GK Jesper Hansen
3   MF Tim Sparv
4   DF Zsolt Korcsmár
5   DF Marc Dal Hende
6   DF Joel Andersson
9   FW Sory Kaba
10   MF Evander
11   MF Awer Mabil
13   DF Søren Reese
14   DF Alexander Scholz
18   DF Kristian Riis
20   DF Rasmus Nicolaisen
25   DF Manjrekar James
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
38   MF Frank Onyeka
40   MF Jens Cajuste
43   MF Nicolas Madsen
44   DF Nikolas Dyhr
45   FW Gustav Isaksen
52   DF Patrick (on loan from Flamengo)
74   FW Júnior Brumado
91   MF Emiliano Marcondes (on loan from Brentford)

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
  GK Bill Hamid (at D.C. United until 30 November 2019)
  MF Ayo Simon Okosun (at AC Horsens until 31 December 2019)
  FW Mayron George (at Vålerenga until 31 December 2019)
  MF Michael Baidoo (at FK Jerv until 31 December 2019)
  MF Kaan Kairinen (at HJK Helsinki until 31 December 2019)
  FW Jákup Thomsen (at FH until 31 December 2019)
  MF Babajide David (at Rosenborg until 31 December 2019)
  FW Chuma Anene (at Crewe Alexandra until 31 May 2020)
  FW Artem Dovbyk (at SønderjyskE until 30 June 2020)
No. Position Player
  MF Bozhidar Kraev (at Gil Vicente until 30 June 2020)
  MF Sammy Skytte (at Stabæk until 30 June 2020)
  MF Nikolaj Kirk (at FC Fredericia until 30 June 2020)
  DF Japhey Sery Larsen (at Brentford B until 30 June 2020)
  MF Christian Tue Jensen (at Brentford B until 30 June 2020)
  FW Sebastian Buch (at Skive until 30 June 2020)
  GK Elias Olafsson (at Aarhus Fremad until 30 June 2020)
  MF Gloire Rutikanga (at Ringkøbing until 30 June 2020)
  DF Henry Uzochokwu (at FC Fredericia until 30 June 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 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 rankingEdit

As of 07.21.2018, Source: [1]

Rank Team Points
112   FC Zürich 12.000
113   OGC Nice 11.500
114   FC Midtjylland 11.500
115   FC Girondins de Bordeaux 11.283
116   Lille OSC 11.283

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Murtagh, Jacob (2 July 2014). "Benham remains fully committed to Bees despite Danish project". Get West London. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  2. ^ "??" (in Danish). Tipsbladet.dk. Retrieved 30 December 2015. (subscription required)
  3. ^ "Superligaens transferoverblik". Indkast.dk. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  4. ^ "BBC Sport – Football – New Zealand international Winston Reid joins West Ham". BBC News. 5 August 2010. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  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 30 December 2015.
  7. ^ "Superligatrup | fcm". Fcm.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  8. ^ "DBU's Officielle Statistikere". Danskfodbold.com. Retrieved 30 December 2015.

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