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 three times, most recently in 2020.

Midtjylland
FC Midtjylland logo.svg
Full nameFootball Club Midtjylland
Nickname(s)Ulvene (The Wolves)
Hedens Drenge (The Boys of the Moor)
Short nameFCM
Founded2 February 1999; 23 years ago (1999-02-02)
GroundMCH Arena
Capacity11,432
OwnerMatthew Benham
Anders Holch Povlsen
ChairmanCliff Crown
Head coachAlbert Capellas
LeagueDanish Superliga
2021–22Danish Superliga, 2nd
WebsiteClub website
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 club 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 developingEdit

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.

StadiumEdit

In 2004, the team moved to a new stadium in Herning with a capacity of 11,432 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.

On 22 June 2022, the club started an expansion of MCH Arena that will add a new hospitality lounge and 11 new VIP boxes. The expansion will increase the total capacity by 720 seats, taking the capacity from 11,432 to a total of 12,152. The expansion is believed to be finished in December 2023.

SupportersEdit

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 unofficial faction in Midtjylland, established in 2007 and later renamed Ultras Midtjylland. In 2014, Midtjylland got its second unofficial faction, a youth faction called Midtjylland Ungdom. As of today, there are three unofficial factions: Zartow, Chaos Crew, and Midtjylland Ungdom. Collectively, all FC Midtjylland supporters go under the name of Hedens Drenge.

Hedens Drenge is currently Midtjylland’s largest fan-based social media account, with a following of around 11,000 on Instagram and Facebook combined.

The club's main rival is Viborg FF. This rivalry is often referred to as The Battle of the Heath, The Battle of Hatred, and The Derby of Midtjylland. The derby is claimed to be the second biggest in Denmark behind that of 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 36 26 4 6 61 29 82 Third Round UEFA Europa League Third Qualifying Round
2020–21 SL 2 32 18 6 8 57 33 60 Semi-finals UEFA Champions League Second Qualifying Round
2021–22 SL 2 32 20 5 7 59 33 65 Champion UEFA Champions League Second Qualifying Round
UEFA Europa League Group Stage
UEFA Europa Conference League Knockout Round

HonoursEdit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 9 September 2022[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   DEN Jonas Lössl
4 DF   DEN Stefan Gartenmann
5 MF   URU Emiliano Martínez (loan from RB Bragantino)
6 DF   SWE Joel Andersson
7 MF   DEN Pione Sisto
8 MF   SWE Kristoffer Olsson (loan from Anderlecht)
9 FW   GUI Sory Kaba
10 MF   BRA Evander
11 FW   DEN Gustav Isaksen
14 DF   DEN Henrik Dalsgaard
16 GK   ISL Elías Rafn Ólafsson
17 DF   DEN Mads Døhr Thychosen
18 MF   ZAM Edward Chilufya
19 MF   CIV Chris Kouakou
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 MF   DEN Valdemar Byskov Andreasen
22 DF   DEN Pontus Texel
24 MF   DEN Oliver Sørensen
26 DF   COL Pablo Ortíz
28 DF   DEN Erik Sviatchenko (captain)
29 DF   BRA Paulinho
30 MF   NGA Mark Ugboh
35 MF   BRA Charles
36 FW   DEN Anders Dreyer
39 FW   COL Juan Felipe Moreno
44 DF   DEN Nikolas Dyhr
73 DF   BRA Juninho
74 FW   BRA Júnior Brumado

Youth players in useEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
21 MF   DEN Andreas Nibe

Out on loanEdit

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   DEN Aral Şimşir (at Lillestrøm until 31 December 2022)
FW   DEN Victor Lind (at HamKam until 31 December 2022)
DF   DEN Oliver Olsen (at Fredericia until 30 June 2023)
GK   DEN Valdemar Birksø (at Fredericia until 30 June 2023)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   BRA Marrony (at Fluminense until 30 June 2023)
FW   DEN Frederik Heiselberg (at Fredericia until 30 June 2023)
DF   DEN Viktor Bak (at Hobro until 30 June 2023)
DF   CIV Ousmane Diomande (at Mafra until 30 June 2023)

Youth teamEdit

See: FC Midtjylland Academy

Notable playersEdit

1990s
2000s
2010s
2020s

CoachesEdit

FC Midtjylland in European competitionEdit

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   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 (2–4 p)  
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   Ludogorets Razgrad 1–0  
3Q   Young Boys 3–0  
PO   Slavia Prague 4–1 0–0 4–1  
Group D   Atalanta 0–4 1–1 4th  
  Liverpool 1–1 0–2
  Ajax 1–2 1–3
2021–22 UEFA Champions League 2Q   Celtic 1–1 2–1 3–2  
3Q   PSV Eindhoven 0–3 0–1 0–4  
UEFA Europa League Group F   Braga 1–3 3–2 3rd  
  Red Star Belgrade 1–1 1–0
  Ludogorets Razgrad 1–1 0–0
UEFA Europa Conference League KPO   PAOK 1–0 1–2 2–2 (p)  
2022–23 UEFA Champions League 2Q   AEK Larnaca 1–1 1–1 (a.e.t.) 2–2 (4–3 p)  
3Q   Benfica 1–3 1–4 2–7  
UEFA Europa League Group F   Lazio 5–1 27 Oct
  Feyenoord 6 Oct 13 Oct
  Sturm Graz 3 Nov 0–1

UEFA club coefficient rankingEdit

As of 30 May 2022[16]
Rank Team Points
85   Espanyol 19.228
86   Athletic Bilbao 19.228
87   Midtjylland 19.000
88   Molde 19.000
89   Zorya Luhansk 18.000

ReferencesEdit

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