FC Midtjylland

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FC Midtjylland owner
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Full nameFootball Club Midtjylland
Nickname(s)Ulvene (The Wolves)
Short nameFCM
Founded2 February 1999
GroundMCH Arena, Herning
Ground Capacity11,800
OwnerFC Midtjylland A/S
ChairmanJohnny Rune
ManagerGlen Riddersholm
LeagueDanish Superliga
2013–14Danish Superliga, 3rd
European away colours
 
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FC Midtjylland owner
FC Midtjylland.png
Full nameFootball Club Midtjylland
Nickname(s)Ulvene (The Wolves)
Short nameFCM
Founded2 February 1999
GroundMCH Arena, Herning
Ground Capacity11,800
OwnerFC Midtjylland A/S
ChairmanJohnny Rune
ManagerGlen Riddersholm
LeagueDanish Superliga
2013–14Danish Superliga, 3rd
European away colours

FC Midtjylland is a professional Danish football team from Herning and Ikast. The team was a result of a merger between Ikast FS (which also includes tennis, badminton and handball clubs) and Herning Fremad. FC Midtjylland plays in the Danish Superliga.

Club history[edit]

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.

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 70s and 80s, but that was about it. At least 10 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.

In 2000 FC Midtjylland were promoted to the Danish Superliga, after a season in which the team had gathered more points than any other team in the history of the 1st division.

In 2011 Dempo SC invested in the club, buying a 34 percent stake.[citation needed] In July 2014, Matthew Benham (owner of English Championship side Brentford) became the majority shareholder of FC Midtjylland's parent company FCM Holding.[1]

Scouting and developing[edit]

FC Midtjylland have generally built a reputation of finding and developing promising talents.

In July 2004, FC Midtjylland was the first Danish club to have its own football academy, similar to that of French side FC Nantes Atlantique. The academy attracts players from throughout Denmark, as well as players from a partnering club in Nigeria – FC Ebedei. The club has developed a network of over 100 clubs located in the western part of Jutland.

In 2008 Simon Kjær, a talent of the academy, was sold to U.S. Città di Palermo in Italy. The transfer fee was approximately DKK 30 million, equal to 4 million €.[2] In 2010 Sune Kiilerich, another talent of the academy, was sold to U.C. Sampdoria and Winston Reid, an academy product and New Zealand international, was sold to West Ham United F.C. for DKK 32 million, equal to 4.26 million € [3][4]

Achievements[edit]

On the pitch the club has been runner-up four times in the Danish Cup final, and finished second twice and third twice in the Superliga. The club's best international result was in the 2002–03 season when the team reached the 2nd round of the UEFA cup, losing to RSC Anderlecht of Belgium.

In the 2008-09 season they reached the second qualifying round of the competition, beating Manchester City 1–0 in Manchester in the first leg of the tie, with Danny Olsen scoring a first half goal.[5] It was Manchester City's first ever loss at home to a foreign team, having only ever lost at home in European Competition to Chelsea. Manchester City won the return leg in Denmark 1–0 after Danny Califf scored a last minute own-goal. Neither team was able to score in extra time and Midtjylland eventually lost the tie on penalties.[6]

Stadium[edit]

In 2004 the team moved to a new stadium in Herning with a capacity of approximately 12000 spectators. FC Midtjylland was the first Danish club to sell the stadium name to a sponsor, resulting in the name MCH Arena.

The opening match on 27 March proved to be a success with FC Midtjylland beating AB 6–0. Five of the goals were scored by Egyptian striker, former AB player Mohamed Zidan and the stadium has been nicknamed the Zidan arena.

Supporters[edit]

Black Wolves is the official fanclub of FC Midtjylland.[7] It was founded in the beginning in 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. It was established in 2007 and later renamed to Ultras Midtjylland.

Satellite clubs[edit]

The following clubs are affiliated with FC Midtjylland:

Recent history[edit]

SeasonPos.Pl.WDLGSGAPCupNotes
2008–09SL433167105546553rd Round
2009–10SL63314514414147Finalist
2010–11SL433131010504249Finalist
2011–12SL33317795040581/16 Finals
2012–13SL633121110514747quarter-final
2013–14SL33316710613855Fourth round

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 7 July 2014[8]

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

No.PositionPlayer
1DenmarkGKLasse Heinze
3FinlandMFTim Sparv
5NigeriaMFOluwafemi Ajilore
6DenmarkDFJim Larsen
7DenmarkMFJakob Poulsen
8SwedenMFPetter Andersson
9DenmarkFWMorten Rasmussen
10NetherlandsFWTim Janssen
11Costa RicaFWMarco Ureña (on loan from Kuban Krasnodar)
14DenmarkGKJakob Haugaard
15DenmarkDFJesper Lauridsen
17SwedenMFKristoffer Olsson (on loan from Arsenal)
18DenmarkDFErik Sviatchenko (vice-captain)
No.PositionPlayer
19DenmarkFWMarco Larsen
20GhanaDFFrancis Dickoh
21IcelandMFEyjólfur Héðinsson
26DenmarkDFPatrick Banggaard
27South SudanMFPione Sisto
28DenmarkMFAndré Rømer
32DenmarkDFKristian Bak Nielsen (captain)
33NigeriaFWPaul Onuachu
35DenmarkDFFrederik Møller
36NigeriaMFRilwan Hassan
43NigeriaMFIzunna Uzochukwu
44NigeriaFWSylvester Igboun

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.PositionPlayer
16DenmarkGKOliver Korch (at Hobro until 30 June 2015)
24Faroe IslandsDFSonni Nattestad (at AC Horsens until 30 June 2015)
00PolandGKPatryk Wolanski (at Vejle Boldklub until 31 December 2014)

Youth team[edit]

See: FC Midtjylland Academy

Notable former players[edit]

For a list of all notable players, see List of FC Midtjylland players.

Managers[edit]

FCM in Europe[edit]

Q= Qualifying PO = Play Off Round

SeasonCompetitionRoundCountryClubHomeAwayAggregate
2001–02UEFA CupQNorthern IrelandGlentoran F.C.1–14–05–1
1PortugalSporting Lisbon0–32–32–6
2002–03UEFA CupQRepublic of MacedoniaFK Pobeda3–00–23–2
1CroatiaNK Varaždin1–01–12–1
2BelgiumRSC Anderlecht0–31–31–6
2004–05UEFA Cup1Faroe IslandsB36 Tórshavn2–12–24–3
2RussiaPFC CSKA Moscow0–32–32–6
2007–08UEFA CupQ1IcelandKeflavík ÍF2–12–34–4
Q2FinlandFC Haka5–22–17–3
1RussiaLokomotiv Moscow1–30–21–5
2008–09UEFA CupQ1WalesBangor City F.C.4–06–110–1
Q2EnglandManchester City F.C.0–11–02–4 (Penalty)
2011–12UEFA Europa LeagueQ2WalesThe New Saints5–23–18–3
Q3PortugalVitória S.C.0–01–21–2
2012–13UEFA Europa LeaguePOSwitzerlandYoung Boys Bern0–32–02–3
2014–15UEFA Europa LeaguePOGreecePanathinaikos F.C.1-41-22-6

Honours[edit]

Achievements[edit]

Superleague Formula[edit]

FC Midtjylland has a team in the Superleague Formula race car series where football teams lend their name to cars. They made their debut in the 2009 season. Hitech Racing has operated the car and Kasper Andersen is the driver. FC Midtjylland and Andersen have been plagued by reliability problems and accidents. They have had 1 pole position, pipping Rangers F.C. to the honour at Circuit Zolder.

In spring 2010 FC Midtjylland closed FCM Racing, due to lack of sponsors.[9]

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