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Midtjylland
FC Midtjylland.png
Full name Football Club Midtjylland
Nickname(s) Ulvene (The Wolves)
Short name FCM
Founded 1999
Ground MCH Arena, Herning
(Capacity: 11,809)
Chairman Bo Olesen
Manager Allan Kuhn
League Danish Superliga
2008-09 Danish Superliga, 4th
Home colours
Away colours
European away colours

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

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Club history

FC Midtjyllands founding fathers were Mr. Johnny Rune: a carpenter and owner of a private business in the wood-supply industry, and Mr. Ejner Hessel: an authorized Mercedes Benz dealer.

On Tuesday April 6 1999 the two men gathered with a vision of uniting the football clubs Ikast FS (founded 1935) and Herning Fremad (founded 1918) – clubs who for decades had been strong rivals but none of which had ever 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 after long and hard negotiations between the two gentlemen and other parties the deal was sealed, and announced at a press conference the next day.

Since then, FC Midtjylland have gone from one success to the other. 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.

FC Midtjylland in 2007 made a financial expansion in the region of 10 million EUR, to secure its current status as a challenger to the national football throne of Brøndby IF and F.C. Copenhagen.

Scouting and developing

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 all of Denmark, as well as players from a partnering club in Nigeria - FC Ebedei. FC Midtjylland have also gained support from a network of over 100 clubs predominantly situated in the western part of the Jutland peninsula.

In 2008 Simon Kjær, a talent of the academy, was sold to Palermo in Italy.

Achievements

On the pitch the Club has been runner-up twice in the Danish Cup final, and finished second twice and third twice in the Superliga.

The best international result was in the 2002-03 season, where the team reached the 2nd qualifying round of the UEFA cup, but lost to RSC Anderlecht of Belgium.

On 14 Aug 2008 they beat Manchester City 1-0 in Manchester, in the 2nd Qualifying Round 1st leg of the UEFA cup. 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.

Stadium

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 March 27th proved to be a success with FC Midtjylland beating AB Copenhagen 6-0. Five of the goals were scored by Egyptian striker and 2008 & 2010 African nations cup winner for Egypt Mohamed Zidan. He was later involved in a record breaking transfer from FC Midtjylland to SV Werder Bremen in Germany valued at around 4 million Euros, and was one of the top scorers in the German Bundesliga 2006-07 season, scoring 13 goals while being on loan at FSV Mainz 05.

Satellite clubs

The following clubs are affiliated with FC Midtjylland:

Current squad

Up to date as 2009-02-06.[1]

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

No. Position Player
3 Germany DF Kolja Afriyie
5 Denmark DF Martin Albrechtsen
6 Denmark DF Jesper Juelsgård Kristensen
7 Denmark FW Ken Ilsø
8 Denmark MF Jonas Borring
9 Romania MF George Florescu
10 Denmark MF Mikkel Thygesen (captain)
11 Denmark MF Danny Olsen
16 Czech Republic GK Martin Raška
17 Denmark MF Mads Albæk
19 Denmark DF Leon Jessen
No. Position Player
20 Croatia DF Kristijan Ipša
23 Denmark FW Frank Kristensen
24 Sweden FW Ken Fagerberg
27 Nigeria MF Adigun Salami
29 New Zealand DF Winston Reid
30 Nigeria FW Baba Collins
34 Denmark MF Christian Sivebæk
39 Nigeria FW Jude Nworuh
43 Nigeria MF Izunna Uzochukwu
49 Denmark GK Jonas Lössl

Youth team

See: FC Midtjylland Academy

Players out on loan

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

No. Position Player

Retired numbers

Former Players

Season results

Season Pos. P W D L GF GA PTS Danish Cup European Notes
1999-2000 1D 1 30 24 4 2 78 17 76 5th round promoted
2000-2001 SL 4 33 14 11 8 54 43 53 Semifinal
2001-2002 SL 3 33 16 9 8 47 27 57 5th round UC R1
2002-2003 SL 7 33 11 11 11 49 45 44 Runner-up UC R2
2003-2004 SL 6 33 14 6 13 65 51 48 4th round
2004-2005 SL 3 33 17 6 10 49 40 57 Runner-up
2005-2006 SL 7 33 10 11 12 42 52 41 5th round UC R1
2006-2007 SL 2 33 18 9 6 58 39 63 Quarterfinal
2007-2008 SL 2 33 18 8 7 53 36 62 Semifinal UC R1
2008-2009 SL 4 33 16 7 10 55 46 55 3rd round UC Q2

Honours

Achievements

Superleague Formula

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.

References

  1. ^ Truppen at FCM.dk

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