FC Midtjylland is a Danish football club based in Herning and Ikast in the midwestern part of Jutland, Denmark. The club currently plays in the Danish Superliga, the country’s highest football league in Denmark.
FC Midtjylland Youth Development System
Since its inception in 2004, the academy has developed players at the highest level and supplied players to both the Super League and various national teams. At the Academy, the goal is to develop the most talented football players and at the same time create whole people with a strong foundation for the future.
Midtjylland has a well-known youth academy and a track record of identifying with nurturing gifted individuals. The first Danish team to create a football academy, like to that of Nantes in France. Players from FC Ebedei, a partner club in Nigeria, as well as players from all around Denmark are drawn to the academy. The club has established a network of more than 100 clubs in Jutland’s western region.
Lots of big names have received their football education at the Academy in FC Midtjylland – and many today live out their dream as a professional football player on the biggest stages abroad. The list includes i.a. Simon Kjær, Pione Sisto, Joakim Andersen, Mikkel Duelund, Rasmus Nissen Kristensen, Erik Sviatchenko, Victor Fischer, Jonas Lössl and Paul Onuachu.
In the Danish U19 league, FC Midtjylland has won five Danish championships in the last 10 years, and at the same time the participation in the UEFA Youth League has given international recognition over several seasons with victories over European big clubs such as Manchester United, AS Roma and Atlético Madrid. Several times the Academy has distinguished itself among the top eight teams in Europe.
In addition to creating skilled football players with a resilience to perform in international contexts, it has from the Academy’s start in 2004 been an indispensable goal to create whole people – therefore FC Midtjylland always prioritizes ensuring the right balance between football, school and social relations , so that every player at the Academy gets the strongest foundation for the future.
The values at the Academy in FC Midtjylland are rooted in making every single football player succeed as a human being.
FC Midtjylland Affiliated Youth Clubs
FCM Klubsamarbejdet consists of 145 cooperative clubs, which makes it Denmark’s undisputed largest network of cooperative clubs.
FCM Klubsamarbejdet is one of the cornerstones of FC Midtjylland. Since the founding of FC Midtjylland in 1998, the cooperation and support from the regional clubs has been crucial and central in the building of FC Midtjylland as a power factor in Danish football.
The work in FCM Klubsamarbejdet is not just about talent development – it is actually even more about strengthening the joy and communities around the local cooperation clubs and making them natural gathering places for social and sporting experiences.
Therefore, FC Midtjylland’s investment in the regional clubs embraces a wide range of elements such as coach training, football schools, club excursions, summer matches and visits from the Superliga profiles. Click here to learn more.
FC Midtjylland Recruitment Trials
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FC Midtjylland History
Johnny Rune, a carpenter who also had a private business in the wood supply industry, and Steen Hessel, a Mercedes-Benz salesman with a dealer’s license, were the founders of FC Midtjylland. Ikast FS (1935) and Herning Fremad (1918), two football teams who had a long history of competing against one another but had never made a significant contribution to the field of Danish sport, were the targets of the two men’s efforts to merge into a single entity.
Ikast FS has never had a team that was considered to be among the best in the Danish league, although having some success in the late 1970s and early 1980s as well as three trips to the Danish Cup final. When on April 6, 1999, a deal was eventually made between the two teams, which was unveiled at a press conference the following day, they had been unable to come to terms on a merger for at least ten years prior to that day.
Due to the fact that Midtjylland racked up more points in a single campaign than any other side in the annals of the first division’s history, the club was elevated to the Superliga in the year 2000. In July of 2014, the owner of Brentford, Matthew Benham, acquired a majority position in FCM Holding, the company that is the parent of Midtjylland.
The 2014–2015 season was the first time they won the Danish football championship. Later on, they were victorious in their respective leagues in 2017–18 and 2019–20, and in 2020–21, they qualified for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League for the very first time in their organization’s existence.
FC Midtjylland Crest
At a press conference held on July 1, 1999, the official date given for the club’s foundation, the FC Midtjylland crest was presented to the public for the first time.
FC Midtjylland Stadium
The MCH Arena, also known as the MCH Messecenter Herning, is a football stadium that can be found in the southern part of Herning, Denmark. It is a component of the MCH Messecenter Herning complex. MCH Group A/S is the owner of the business. It has been the home venue for FC Midtjylland since since March of 2004. A massive structure that is an integral part of the arena is home to the administrative offices of the club as well as the official fan club for the Black Wolves. In addition to it, it features amenities for both the players and the referees, as well as a café, a VIP lounge, press and sky boxes, and a club shop (named Ulveshoppen).
The stadium is the eighth largest football stadium in Denmark, and it can house a total of 11,432 people for domestic matches. There are 7,070 seats available (western and eastern grand stands and partially north stand). When the terraces in the north and south stands are converted into an all-seater arrangement for international FIFA and UEFA matches, the four covered single-tiered stands have the capacity to house 9,430 people.
On November 11, 2007, FC Midtjylland and FC Copenhagen played to a draw in the 2007–08 Danish Superliga, setting the record attendance for the stadium at 11,763 spectators. The match was part of the 2007–08 Danish Superliga.