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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; 24 years ago (1999-02-02)
Ground MCH Arena
Capacity11,432
Owner Matthew Benham
Anders Holch Povlsen
ChairmanCliff Crown
Head coach Albert Capellas
League Danish Superliga
2021–22Danish Superliga, 2nd of 12
Website Club website
Current season

FC Midtjylland (Danish:  [ˈmitjyˌlænˀ], "Central Jutland") is a Danish professional football club based in Herning and Ikast in the western 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.

Club history

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 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.

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 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 history

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

Honours

Players

Current squad

As of 31 January 2023 [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 Denmark  DEN Jonas Lössl
4 DF Denmark  DEN Stefan Gartenmann
5 MF Uruguay  URU Emiliano Martínez
6 DF Sweden  SWE Joel Andersson
7 MF Denmark  DEN Pione Sisto
8 MF Sweden  SWE Kristoffer Olsson (loan from Anderlecht)
10 MF Egypt  EGY Emam Ashour
11 FW Denmark  DEN Gustav Isaksen
14 DF Denmark  DEN Henrik Dalsgaard
16 GK Iceland  ISL Elías Rafn Ólafsson
17 DF Denmark  DEN Mads Døhr Thychosen
18 MF Zambia  ZAM Edward Chilufya
20 MF Denmark  DEN Valdemar Byskov
22 DF Denmark  DEN Pontus Texel
No. Pos. Nation Player
24 MF Denmark  DEN Oliver Sørensen
25 FW Kosovo  KOS Astrit Selmani (loan from Hapoel Be'er Sheva)
28 DF Denmark  DEN Erik Sviatchenko ( captain)
29 DF Brazil  BRA Paulinho
30 GK Nigeria  NGA Mark Ugboh
35 MF Brazil  BRA Charles
37 MF Sweden  SWE Armin Gigović (loan from Rostov)
39 FW Colombia  COL Juan Felipe Moreno
47 FW Denmark  DEN Frederik Heiselberg
55 DF Denmark  DEN Victor Bak Jensen
58 FW Denmark  DEN Aral Şimşir
73 DF Brazil  BRA Juninho
74 FW Brazil  BRA Júnior Brumado

Youth players in use

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
15 FW Denmark  DEN Gustav Christensen

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. Nation Player
DF Denmark  DEN Oliver Olsen (at Fredericia until 30 June 2023)
GK Denmark  DEN Valdemar Birksø (at Fredericia until 30 June 2023)
MF Denmark  DEN Andreas Nibe (at Næstved until 30 June 2023)
DF Denmark  DEN Nikolas Dyhr (at KV Kortrijk until 30 June 2023)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Guinea  GUI Sory Kaba (at Cardiff City until 30 June 2023)
FW Brazil  BRA Marrony (at Fluminense until 30 June 2023)
DF Colombia  COL Pablo Ortíz (at Mafra until 30 June 2023)
FW Denmark  DEN Victor Lind (at Norrköping until 31 December 2023)

Incoming players

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 Guinea-Bissau  GNB Franculino Djú (Joining on free agent - 1 July 2023)

Youth team

See: FC Midtjylland Academy

Notable players

1990s
2000s
2010s
2020s

Personnel

Current technical staff

Role Name
Head coach Spain Albert Capellas
Assistant coach Spain Carles Cuadrat
Denmark Niels Lodberg
Goalkeeping coach Denmark Lasse Heinze
Chief Analyst Denmark Sören Bjerg
Opponent Analyst Denmark Oliver Heil

Management

Role Name
Director of Football Denmark Svend Graversen
Sporting Director Denmark Kristian Bach Bak
Head of academy coaching Denmark Jan Knudsen

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.

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2001–02 UEFA Cup QR Northern Ireland Glentoran 1–1 4–0 5–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
1R Portugal Sporting CP 0–3 2–3 2–6 Symbol delete vote.svg
2002–03 UEFA Cup QR North Macedonia Pobeda 3–0 0–2 3–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
1R Croatia Varaždin 1–0 1–1 2–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
2R Belgium Anderlecht 0–3 1–3 1–6 Symbol delete vote.svg
2005–06 UEFA Cup 1Q Faroe Islands B36 Tórshavn 2–1 2–2 4–3 Symbol keep vote.svg
1R Russia CSKA Moscow 1–3 1–3 2–6 Symbol delete vote.svg
2007–08 UEFA Cup 1Q Iceland Keflavík ÍF 2–1 2–3 4–4 ( a) Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Finland Haka 5–2 2–1 7–3 Symbol keep vote.svg
1R Russia Lokomotiv Moscow 1–3 0–2 1–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
2008–09 UEFA Cup 1Q Wales Bangor City 4–0 6–1 10–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q England Manchester City 0–1 ( a.e.t.) 1–0 1–1 (2–4 p) Symbol delete vote.svg
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 2Q Wales The New Saints 5–2 3–1 8–3 Symbol keep vote.svg
3Q Portugal Vitória de Guimarães 0–0 1–2 1–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
2012–13 UEFA Europa League PO Switzerland Young Boys 0–3 2–0 2–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2014–15 UEFA Europa League PO Greece Panathinaikos 1–2 1–4 2–6 Symbol delete vote.svg
2015–16 UEFA Champions League 2Q Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps 1–0 2–0 3–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
3Q Cyprus APOEL 1–2 1–0 2–2 ( a) Symbol delete vote.svg
UEFA Europa League PO England Southampton 1–0 1–1 2–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
Group D Italy Napoli 1–4 0–5 2nd Symbol keep vote.svg
Belgium Club Brugge 1–1 3–1
Poland Legia Warsaw 1–0 0–1
R32 England Manchester United 2–1 1–5 3–6 Symbol delete vote.svg
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1Q Lithuania Sūduva Marijampolė 1–0 1–0 2–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Liechtenstein Vaduz 3–0 2–2 5–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
3Q Hungary Videoton 1–1 ( a.e.t) 1–0 2–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
PO Turkey Osmanlıspor 0–1 0–2 0–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 1Q Republic of Ireland Derry City 6–1 4–1 10–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
2Q Hungary Ferencváros 3–1 4–2 7–3 Symbol keep vote.svg
3Q Poland Arka Gdynia 2–1 2–3 4–4 ( a) Symbol keep vote.svg
PO Cyprus Apollon Limassol 1–1 2–3 3–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
2018–19 UEFA Champions League 2Q Kazakhstan Astana 0–0 1–2 1–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
UEFA Europa League 3Q Wales The New Saints 3–1 2–0 5–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
PO Sweden Malmö FF 0–2 2–2 2–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
2019–20 UEFA Europa League 3Q Scotland Rangers 2–4 1–3 3–7 Symbol delete vote.svg
2020–21 UEFA Champions League 2Q Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad 1–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
3Q Switzerland Young Boys 3–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
PO Czech Republic Slavia Prague 4–1 0–0 4–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
Group D Italy Atalanta 0–4 1–1 4th Symbol delete vote.svg
England Liverpool 1–1 0–2
Netherlands Ajax 1–2 1–3
2021–22 UEFA Champions League 2Q Scotland Celtic 1–1 2–1 3–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
3Q Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 0–3 0–1 0–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
UEFA Europa League Group F Portugal Braga 1–3 3–2 3rd Symbol delete vote.svg
Serbia Red Star Belgrade 1–1 1–0
Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad 1–1 0–0
UEFA Europa Conference League KPO Greece PAOK 1–0 1–2 2–2 (p) Symbol delete vote.svg
2022–23 UEFA Champions League 2Q Cyprus AEK Larnaca 1–1 1–1 ( a.e.t.) 2–2 (4–3 p) Symbol keep vote.svg
3Q Portugal Benfica 1–3 1–4 2–7 Symbol delete vote.svg
UEFA Europa League Group F Italy Lazio 5–1 1-2
Netherlands Feyenoord 2-2 2-2
Austria Sturm Graz 2-0 0–1

UEFA club coefficient ranking

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

References

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  11. ^ "BBC Sport – Football – New Zealand international Winston Reid joins West Ham". BBC News. 5 August 2010. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
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