The story of FCM is a fascinating one, a very rare case in football where two derby rivals merged to form a new club. Herning Fremad (founded in 1918) and Ikast FS (founded in 1935). Herning Fremad and Ikast FS had a strong local rivalry, but never really played a significant role in Danish football.
Thats when the Chairmen of the two Clubs decided that for them to have a better chance of challenging the likes of FC Copenhagen and Brondby, the biggest teams in Danish football, they would have to put up a united front. Thus the idea of a merger between the two clubs evolved and the rest, as they say, is history.
After long deliberations, in April 1999 FC Midtjylland came into existence. After a season in the second division, they immediately won promotion to the Danish Superliga, the Danish top division, in a season where they garnered more points than any other team in the history of the second division. Since then FCM are going from strength to strength.
The FCM Academy is considered as one of the best in Europe. Having started as recently as 2004, FCM have achieved remarkable success in youth development in a relatively short period of time. Some of the Academy’s best talents are now playing for various clubs across Europe besides representing FCM in the Danish Superliga and Europa League.
Regularly playing in the Europa League, FCM are now targeting the UEFA Champions League group stage participation in the coming years.
The Club crest is the head of a wolf. FCM have chosen the wolf as the symbol of the Club. Historically speaking, the region of Herning and Ikast had many wolves.
Also the wolf in many ways represents the philosophy of FCM. The wolf is a pack animal, which stays together, eats together and hunts together. Sticking together, teamwork and excellent camaraderie among all members is the key to the success and survival of the wolf pack.
FCM in many ways also represents the same philosophy where great importance is given to teamwork, cooperation and working together to achieve the set objectives.
The FCM Academy is based in Ikast and is widely regarded as one of the best youth systems in Europe at the moment. Having started the Academy only in 2004, they have achieved great success with their Academy.
The Academy has an excellent scouting network and identifies potential players when they are very young. They are given the best of training at the Academy and when ready, they are picked to play for the FC Midtjylland first team. One can assess the quality of the Academy by looking at the number of players in the current FCM first team from the Academy. More than 80% of the FCM first team is made up of Academy players. That is remarkable for a Club who is finishing in the top 4 of the Danish Superliga each year, playing the UEFA Europa League and knocking on the doors of the UEFA Champions League.
Many of the players are now playing for various Clubs across Europe. The most prominent names to have been sold to other Clubs in Europe are:
Simon Kjaer – Palermo in Italy, now playing for AS Roma.
Winston Reid – West Ham United
Sune Kiilreich – Sampdoria in Italy, now playing for Silkeborg
Sekou Oliseh – CSKA Moscow
FCM also operates an Academy in Lagos, Nigeria in partnership with former Nigerian footballer Churchill Oliseh. This Academy has been hugely successful in getting talented Nigerians to train as per FCM training rigours and also has seen many Nigerians play for FCM in Denmark and later in Europe.
FCM also have a women’s handball team which has achieved success in Denmark and European competitions.
They play in the Dame Handbold Ligaen (Women’s Handball league of Denmark) and the Handball Champions League.
Similarity and synergy between Dempo SC and FC Midtjylland
Dempo SC and FCM have come together to revolutionise Indian football and provide a platform for the best Indian players to play in Europe. To create something new TOGETHER, the symbiosis and synergy between the partners is extremely essential. Both Clubs stand for common values both on the pitch and off the pitch.
On the pitch, the philosophy of both Clubs can be summarised by the famous Latin phrase “nil satis nisi optimum” – Nothing but the best is good enough. Winning honours for the Club and continuous development of football in general and players in particular are seen as key.
Both Clubs stand strongly by values such as hard work, discipline, integrity, teamwork, fair play and excellence.
Hence we see that the two Clubs are very similar in philosophy and approach.
What we hope to achieve from our partnership with FCM?
The FCM-Dempo SC partnership is a long term partnership for football development in India. Through this partnership, we aim to start a top of the line Academy in Goa. With state of the art facilities, combined with technical knowhow from FCM on football coaching, we hope to build the best youth development system not only in India but one of the best in Asia.
The objective of the Academy is to develop top quality professional footballers. The crème de la crème of this Academy will go on to represent Dempo SC and FC Midtjylland in their respective leagues and represent India.