FC Midtjylland

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Midtjylland
FC Midtjylland logo.svg
Full nameFootball Club Midtjylland
Nickname(s)Ulvene (The Wolves)
Short nameFCM
Founded2 February 1999;22 years ago (1999-02-02)
Ground MCH Arena
Capacity11,432
OwnerMatthew Benham
Chairman Rasmus Ankersen
Head coach Bo Henriksen
League Danish Superliga
2020–21 Danish Superliga, 2nd
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

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.

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Club history

Stadium of FC Midtjylland. MCH Arena MCH Arena Herning.JPG
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 developing

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.

Stadium

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

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 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 history

SeasonLeaguePos.Pl.WDLGSGAP Cup Europe
2008–09 SL43316710554655Third round
2009–10 SL63314514414147Finalist
2010–11 SL433131010504249Finalist
2011–12 SL33317795040581/16 Finals UEFA Europa League Third Qualifying Round
2012–13 SL633121110514747Quarter-finals UEFA Europa League Playoff Round
2013–14 SL33316710613855Fourth round
2014–15 SL1332256643471Fourth round UEFA Europa League Playoff Round
2015–16 SL3331788573359Fourth round UEFA Champions League Third Qualifying Round, UEFA Europa League Round of 32
2016–17 SL43615912675354Semi-finals UEFA Europa League Playoff Round
2017–18 SL1362745803985Semi-finals UEFA Europa League Playoff Round
2018–19 SL2362187764371Champion UEFA Champions League Second Qualifying Round, UEFA Europa League Playoff Round
2019–20 SL1362646612982Third Round UEFA Europa League Third Qualifying Round
2020–21 SL2321868573360Semi-finals UEFA Champions League Second Qualifying Round

Honours

Players

Current squad

As of 31 August 2021 [14] [15]

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Jonas Lössl
2 DF Flag of Malaysia.svg  MAS Dion Cools
5 DF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Daniel Høegh
6 DF Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Joel Andersson
7 MF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Pione Sisto
10 MF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Evander
11 MF Flag of Australia (converted).svg  AUS Awer Mabil
14 DF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Henrik Dalsgaard
15 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Bozhidar Kraev
16 GK Flag of Iceland.svg  ISL Elías Rafn Ólafsson
24 MF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Oliver Sørensen
28 DF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Erik Sviatchenko ( captain )
29 DF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Paulinho
30 GK Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Jared Thompson
35 MF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Charles
No.Pos.NationPlayer
37 MF Flag of Nigeria.svg  NGA Raphael Onyedika
38 FW Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Marrony
40 MF Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Jens Cajuste
44 DF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Nikolas Dyhr
45 FW Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Gustav Isaksen
47 FW Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Frederik Heiselberg
48 FW Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Mads Hansen
50 DF Flag of Australia (converted).svg  AUS Hosine Bility
53 FW Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Victor Lind
54 MF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Oscar Fraulo
55 DF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Viktor Bak
58 FW Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Aral Simsir
73 DF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Juninho
74 FW Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Júnior Brumado
90 GK Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Valdemar Birksø

Out on loan

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
DF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Tobias Anker(at Fredericia until 30 June 2022)
DF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Oliver Olsen (at Fredericia until 30 June 2022)
DF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Søren Reese (at SønderjyskE until 30 June 2022)
MF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Nicolas Madsen (at SC Heerenveen until 30 June 2022)
MF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Christian Tue Jensen(at Fredericia until 30 June 2022)
No.Pos.NationPlayer
MF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Victor Torp (at Kortrijk until 30 June 2022)
FW Flag of Guinea.svg  GUI Sory Kaba (at OH Leuven until 30 June 2022)
FW Flag of Germany.svg  GER Luca Pfeiffer (at Darmstadt until 30 June 2022)

Youth team

See: FC Midtjylland Academy

Notable former players

1990s
2000s
2010s

Coaches

FC Midtjylland in European competition

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.

SeasonCompetitionRoundClubHomeAwayAggregate
2001–02 UEFA Cup QR Ulster Banner.svg Glentoran 1–14–05–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
1R Flag of Portugal.svg Sporting CP 0–32–32–6 Symbol delete vote.svg
2002–03 UEFA Cup QR Flag of North Macedonia.svg Pobeda 3–00–23–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
1R Flag of Croatia.svg Varaždin 1–01–12–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
2R Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Anderlecht 0–31–31–6 Symbol delete vote.svg
2005–06 UEFA Cup 1Q Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg B36 Tórshavn 2–12–24–3 Symbol keep vote.svg
1R Flag of Russia.svg CSKA Moscow 1–31–32–6 Symbol delete vote.svg
2007–08 UEFA Cup 1Q Flag of Iceland.svg Keflavík ÍF 2–12–34–4 (a) Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Flag of Finland.svg Haka 5–22–17–3 Symbol keep vote.svg
1R Flag of Russia.svg Lokomotiv Moscow 1–30–21–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
2008–09 UEFA Cup 1Q Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Bangor City 4–06–110–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Flag of England.svg Manchester City 0–1 ( a.e.t. )1–01–1 (2–4 p) Symbol delete vote.svg
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 2Q Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg The New Saints 5–23–18–3 Symbol keep vote.svg
3Q Flag of Portugal.svg Vitória de Guimarães 0–01–21–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
2012–13 UEFA Europa League PO Flag of Switzerland.svg Young Boys 0–32–02–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2014–15 UEFA Europa League PO Flag of Greece.svg Panathinaikos 1–21–42–6 Symbol delete vote.svg
2015–16 UEFA Champions League 2Q Flag of Gibraltar.svg Lincoln Red Imps 1–02–03–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
3Q Flag of Cyprus.svg APOEL 1–21–02–2 (a) Symbol delete vote.svg
UEFA Europa League PO Flag of England.svg Southampton 1–01–12–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
Group D Flag of Italy.svg Napoli 1–40–52nd Symbol keep vote.svg
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Club Brugge 1–13–1
Flag of Poland.svg Legia Warsaw 1–00–1
R32 Flag of England.svg Manchester United 2–11–53–6 Symbol delete vote.svg
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1Q Flag of Lithuania.svg Sūduva Marijampolė 1–01–02–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Flag of Liechtenstein.svg Vaduz 3–02–25–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
3Q Flag of Hungary.svg Videoton 1–1 (a.e.t)1–02–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
PO Flag of Turkey.svg Osmanlıspor 0–10–20–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 1Q Flag of Ireland.svg Derry City 6–14–110–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Flag of Hungary.svg Ferencváros 3–14–27–3 Symbol keep vote.svg
3Q Flag of Poland.svg Arka Gdynia 2–12–34–4 (a) Symbol keep vote.svg
PO Flag of Cyprus.svg Apollon Limassol 1–12–33–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
2018–19 UEFA Champions League 2Q Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Astana 0–01–21–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
UEFA Europa League 3Q Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg The New Saints 3–12–05–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
PO Flag of Sweden.svg Malmö FF 0–22–22–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
2019–20 UEFA Europa League 3Q Flag of Scotland.svg Rangers 2–41–33–7 Symbol delete vote.svg
2020–21 UEFA Champions League 2Q Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ludogorets Razgrad N/A1–0N/A Symbol keep vote.svg
3Q Flag of Switzerland.svg Young Boys 3–0N/AN/A Symbol keep vote.svg
PO Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Slavia Prague 4–10–04–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
Group D Flag of Italy.svg Atalanta 0–41–14th Symbol delete vote.svg
Flag of England.svg Liverpool 1–10–2
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ajax 1–21–3
2021–22 UEFA Champions League 2Q Flag of Scotland.svg Celtic 1–12–13–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
3Q Flag of the Netherlands.svg PSV Eindhoven 0–30–10–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
UEFA Europa League Group F Flag of Portugal.svg Braga
Flag of Serbia.svg Red Star Belgrade
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ludogorets Razgrad

UEFA club coefficient ranking

As of 24 May 2021 [16]
RankTeamPoints
99 Flag of Croatia.svg Rijeka 13.500
100 Flag of Hungary.svg Ferencváros 13.500
101 Flag of Denmark.svg Midtjylland13.500
102 Flag of France.svg Saint-Étienne 13.000
103 Flag of France.svg Nice 13.000

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