Football Club Nordsjælland, commonly known as FC Nordsjælland, Nordsjælland (Danish pronunciation: [ˈnoɐ̯ɕɛlanˀ]) or FCN, is a professional Danish football team from the North Zealand town of Farum. Founded as Farum Boldklub from the merger of the town's two football clubs Farum IK and Stavnsholt BK in 1991, the club changed its name to FC Nordsjælland in 2003.
|Full name||Football Club Nordsjælland|
|Nickname(s)||The Wild Tigers|
|Founded||1 July 2003|
|Ground||Right to Dream Park, Farum|
|Owner||Pathways Group (99%)|
|Head coach||Flemming Pedersen|
|2018–19||Danish Superliga, 6th|
FCN plays in the Danish Superliga, winning its first medal in the 2002–03 season, taking third place. Since then, the Wild Tigers have made four appearances in Europe under both the old UEFA Cup format in 2003–04, 2008–09 and in the UEFA Europa League during the 2010–11 and 2011–12 seasons. In 2010, the club won its first Danish Cup and successfully defended it the following year in 2011, beating Midtjylland in both finals. FCN won the 2011-12 Danish Superliga in May 2012 which qualified the team to participate in the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League.
Nordsjælland plays its home matches at Right to Dream Park, which has a capacity of 10,100 of which 9,800 seating and 300 standing spectators.
Farum BK (1991–2003)
Established on 1 January 1991, from the merger of two football clubs, Farum Idræts Klub (formed in 1910) and Stavnsholt Boldklub af 1974, both from the then Farum municipality (now consolidated with Værløse as the Furesø municipality), Farum BK would become one of the few merger success stories in Danish football, but not without controversy. The club was an initiative local Farum residence and of then local mayor Peter Brixtofte, whom took a personal interest in the club, as well as garnered sponsorship for the team. The club kit colours became a combination of the two merged clubs, the red and white of Stavnsholt with the yellow and blue of F.I.K. combined into a kit with yellow and red striped shirts and dark blue shorts and socks, which is still used in some form to this day. Colours were not the only thing the newly formed club inherited, as Thomas Andreasen who had been with Stavnsholt BK was carried over into the new Farum squad, Andreasen would go on to make a record 295 appearances, playing from the Denmark Series all the way to the Danish Superliga, until his departure from the club in 2007.
Farum BK was placed in the second group of the Denmark Series, the fourth tier in the Danish football pyramid, though it gained promotion to the first group after the club's maiden season. Jørgen Andersen, a former goalkeeper for Hvidovre, took over as the club's first head coach in 1992; the club stayed in the Denmark Series first group for six years. Under the guidance of manager Jørgen Tideman, who took over in 1994, Farum qualified for promotion into the 2nd Division in the 1997–98 season and subsequently turned professional for the first time in club history.
Farum's first full season as a professional club was a fruitful one, edging out Aalborg Chang and Skive to fifth place by one point, gaining promotion for the second time in two years into the 1st Division. The club's meteoric rise was slowed at first with the new challenge of playing in the Danish second tier, though it was not stopped however, ending the 1999–2000 campaign with a respectable eighth-place finish, winning the same number of games as it lost. Farum, however, remained unable to make any sort of impact in the Danish Cup, having lost in the first round for the last three years since making its debut in the tournament in the 1997–98 season. The following year saw some progression in both the league and cup, improving on the previous year's finish by finishing fifth, three spots and nine points behind second-placed promotion winners Vejle, as well as breaking out of the first round of the Danish Cup to eventually fall to Fremad Amager in the third round following a 2–1 loss.
With the 2001–02 season, unconventional coach Christian Andersen was brought in to manage the team, building on the gradual footholds the club had been making in the 1st Division. Jeppe Tengbjerg played a pivotal role, brought in from B.93 the previous year; he scored 16 goals, becoming Farum's top goalscorer of the season and third overall in the league. The team went on to earn promotion into the Superliga after finishing in second place, 11 points clear of third-placed Sønderjylland, one point behind first-place winners Køge, scoring a team total of 69 goals, the highest that season and losing only four games.
Farum's 2002–03 appearance in the top flight of Danish football would be its first and last under the Farum BK name. it ended the season in third place, thus qualifying for the UEFA Cup for the first time in its history. The club's achievement, however, was overshadowed by the controversy involving Peter Brixtofte, who had helped form and fund the club, with deals involving his municipality deliberately overpaying for welfare services bought from private companies who in return would sponsor the Farum football team. Brixtofte was forced to step down as chairman and the club became close to bankruptcy.
FC Nordsjælland (2003–present)
In March 2003, Farum BK was bought by AKP Holding, the holdings company of local businessman Allan K. Pedersen, and in an effort to distance the club from the Brixtofte scandal, Farum BK was re-branded as FC Nordsjælland, named after the North Zealand (Danish: Nordsjælland) region to clarify the club was to represent both the region as well as the town in which the club is based. To reinforce the status as a regional team, a network of local football clubs from the surrounding area was created, consisting of around 66 teams, with the aim to highlight young talent in the region and bring it to national attention via FC Nordsjælland. The network is known as Fodbold Samarbejde Nordsjælland (FSN).
The club's second year in the Superliga, first as Nordsjælland, struggled to improve on the previous year's outing. With its worst goal difference since turning professional, not one FCN player ended in the top ten goal scorers, fighting to avoid relegation for most of the season, ending the campaign in ninth place. The Wild Tiger fans, however, were rewarded with European football with the club's first appearance in the UEFA Cup; it beat Armenian team Shirak 6–0 on aggregate in the qualifying round, but were eliminated in the first round by Greek team Panionios. Christian Andersen was sacked at the end of the 2003–04 season, replaced by Johnny Petersen as head coach.
The following two years under Johnny Petersen were spent avoiding relegation, with no success to speak of in either the Superliga or Danish Cup. Petersen's reign was not completely amiss, as he was noted for creating a good young team and the emergence of players Mads Junker and Anders Due. For the 2006–07 season, Morten Wieghorst was promoted from assistant to head coach, a position the former Celtic player would retain for five years.
Wieghorst's first dilemma in charge of FCN was to fill the gap left by top scorer Mads Junker, sale to Dutch side Vitesse the previous winter. Morten Nordstrand came in on a free from nearby Lyngby after scoring 29 goals in the 1st Division that previous season. Nordstrand would go on to make an instant impact, topping the goal scorers charts for the first half of the 2006–07 season and earning himself a call up to the Denmark national team. Helping the club to a fifth-place finish, Nordstrand ended the season with 18 goals after appearing in every league match that season. Danish champions Copenhagen purchased the player at the end of the season for a then record 15 million Danish kroner, becoming the largest transfer fee ever paid for a player between two Danish clubs.
With lower-than-average attendance and issues still arising from the Brixtofte scandal, chairman Allan Kim Pedersen confirmed there had been discussions to move the club north to Hillerød, where it would be able expand to other sports such as ice hockey and basketball. The move, however, never materialized.
Nordsjælland would find itself in a similar position the following season, again having sold its star striker Martin Bernburg to Copenhagen. The team only managed a ninth-place finish, yet qualified for the UEFA Cup for the second time via the UEFA Respect Fair Play rankings. 2008–09 would become a good year for the Wild Tigers in terms of cup competitions, making it to the quarter-finals in the Danish Cup for the second time in its history, and improving on its previous European outing with wins over TVMK Tallinn and Queen of the South, though later being knocked out by Greek side Olympiacos 0–7 aggregate.
In October 2008, Allan K. Pedersen sold FC Nordsjælland from AKP Holding to himself for a reported 500,000 Danish kroner, shortly before his holding company went bankrupt, a price Pedersen, however, denies. Following an investigation from his creditors, it was found that the sale was forced through without the bank's consent, and that the value for which the club was sold was too low, which ultimate reduced the finances the creators received for the sale. FCN was reevaluated to be worth 35 million kroner at the time of sale. The case has gone to the Supreme Court and is yet to be resolved; it speculated that it could take one-to-four years.
The 2009–10 season saw Nordsjælland lift its first trophy, the Danish Cup. FCN was not drawn against another Superliga team until the quarter-final meeting with Silkeborg, where it won 3–1 in extra time. The team would go on to face Midtjylland in Nordsjælland's first cup final, winning in extra time 2–0 with goals from new signing Nicolai Stokholm and Bajram Fetai, and qualifying for European competition in the newly remodeled UEFA Europa League. The team would repeat this feat the following season, facing Midtjylland once again in the finals of the Danish Cup and winning the trophy for the second time with a 3–2 win. This would be Morten Wieghorst's last trophy with the Wild Tigers, however; he moved to manage the Denmark under-21 national team at the end of the 2010–11 campaign.
Kasper Hjulmand was named Wieghorst's successor in June 2011, promoted from the coaching staff. In preparation for the 2011–12 season, the former Lyngby head coach brought in two Danish internationals in Mikkel Beckmann (from relegated Randers) and Patrick Mtiliga (on a free from Málaga). FCN sought to improve on the previous season's sixth-place finish and to defend its Danish Cup title for the second year running. It would go on to play in the Europa League for second year in a row, exiting the competition in the third qualifying round after losing to Sporting CP 2–1 aggregate, which had also eliminated Nordsjælland from Europe the previous season.
FCN started the new season in good form, peaking as high as second in the Superliga, and an undefeated run at home in all competitions until the 30 October, including an impressive 0–0 draw with Portuguese side Sporting CP, making the start of the 2011–12 campaign one of its best starts in recent years. For the first time in club history, a total of five players were called up to the Denmark national team to face Sweden and Finland in November: Mikkel Beckmann, Andreas Bjelland and debutantes Tobias Mikkelsen, Jesper Hansen and Jores Okore. FCN ended the season as Superliga champions for the first time in its history.
In 2012–13, for the first time FCN participated in the UEFA Champions League, where it was drawn into a difficult group alongside defending champions Chelsea, Serie A champions Juventus and Ukrainian Premier League champions Shakhtar Donetsk. FCN played all its home matches at the Danish national stadium, Parken. It gained one point from the group stage – playing 1–1 against Juventus at home thanks to a direct free-kick goal from Mikkel Beckmann. In the last group match, a controversial goal became the talking point of the match, where Shakhtar Donetsk forward Luiz Adriano scored after a fair play situation to level the score; he received a one match ban from UEFA after the match.
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Jonathan Richter (2005–09)
Overall most appearances
Overall top scorers
|9||Morten Nordstrand||2006–07, 2012–2014||20|
Since 2001, seven players have held the position as club captain for Farum BK or FC Nordsjælland. The first recorded captain was Michael Elbæk. All recorded captains to date have been of Danish nationality. The captain to have lifted the most trophies for FCN is Nicolai Stokholm, who won the Danish Cup on two occasions. Stokholm is also the current and longest-serving captain, having taken over from Henrik Kildentoft when the former arrived at the club in 2009.
Nordsjælland plays its home matches in Right to Dream Park, which has a capacity of 10,100 attendances (9,800 seated). The stadium is the first in Denmark with artificial turf.
- Chairmen: Tom Vernon
- Financial director: Carsten Pedersen
- Administration management: Ole Palmå
- Commercial director: Hanne Rolighed
- Sporting director: Carsten V. Jensen
- Technical director: Flemming Pedersen
- Sporting administration: Michael Nyegaard
- Media officer: Kristoffer Skadhauge
- Head of youth department: Kenneth Rasmussen
- FCN academy leader: Jan Laursen
- FCN affiliate clubs: Dan Pedersen
- Coaching and medical staff
- Runners up (1): 2001–02
- Runners up (1): 1996
- Winners (1): 2012
|Season||League performance||Cup performance|
|1997–98: Denmark Series 1||#3/8||20||14||6||2||6||22||27||−5||Eliminated in first round by Virum-Sorgenfri, 0–3|
|1998–99: 2nd Division||#5/16||50||30||15||5||10||57||38||+19||Eliminated in first round by Nakskov, 2–3|
|1999–00: Faxe Kondi Divisionen||#8/16||42||30||12||6||12||48||58||−10||Eliminated in first round by Roskilde, 1–2|
|2000–01: Faxe Kondi Divisionen||#5/16||50||30||15||5||10||62||48||+14||Eliminated in third round by Fremad A., 1–2|
|2001–02: 1st Division||#2/16||66||30||20||6||4||69||33||+36||Eliminated in third round by Køge, 2–4|
|2002–03: SAS Ligaen||#3/12||51||33||16||3||14||49||58||−9||Eliminated in the quarter-final by Viborg, 2–5|
|2003–04: SAS Ligaen||#9/12||32||33||7||11||15||35||59||−24||Eliminated in fifth round by Copenhagen, 2–4|
|2004–05: SAS Ligaen||#10/12||30||33||8||6||19||36||59||−23||Eliminated in fifth round by Fremad A., 2–3|
|2005–06: SAS Ligaen||#9/12||38||33||9||11||13||49||55||−6||Eliminated in fourth round by Viborg, 0–3|
|2006–07: SAS Ligaen||#5/12||57||33||16||9||8||67||39||+28||Eliminated in third round by OB, 0–1|
|2007–08: SAS Ligaen||#9/12||43||33||11||10||12||47||51||−4||Eliminated in third round by Vejle, 1–2|
|2008–09: SAS Ligaen||#8/12||35||33||9||8||16||44||53||−9||Eliminated in the quarter-final by AaB, 1–2|
|2009–10: SAS Ligaen||#7/12||43||33||12||7||14||40||41||−1||Winner, won the final against Midtjylland, 2–0 (aet)|
|2010–11: Superligaen||#6/12||39||33||10||9||14||38||50||−12||Winner, won the final against Midtjylland, 3–2|
|2011–12: Superligaen||#1/12||68||33||21||5||7||49||22||+27||Eliminated in the quarter-final by Copenhagen, 0–2|
|2012–13: Superligaen||#2/12||60||33||17||9||7||60||37||+23||Eliminated in the fourth round by Midtjylland, 2–3|
|2013–14: Superligaen||#6/12||46||33||13||7||13||38||44||−6||Eliminated in the Semi-finals by Copenhagen, 1–2|
|2014–15: Superligaen||#6/12||44||33||13||5||15||39||44||−5||Eliminated in the 2nd Round by SC Egedal, 1–1 (3–4 p)|
|2015–16: Superligaen||#9/12||38||33||11||5||17||35||51||−16||Eliminated in the 2nd Round by Næstved BK, 0–1|
|2016–17: Superligaen||#5/14||49||36||13||10||13||59||55||+4||Eliminated in the 3rd Round by Næstved BK, 0–1|
|2017-18: Superligaen||#3/14||59||36||17||8||11||76||58||+18||Eliminated in the 4th Round by Hobro IK, 1-1 (3-4 p)|
FC Nordsjælland in European competition
FC Nordsjælland's first competitive European match was on August 14, 2003, in the 2003-04 UEFA Cup, beating Shirak F.C. 4-0 at home. In total, the club has participated in European competitions in seven different seasons, reaching as far as the Group stage of the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League. However, they have never qualified for the group stage after starting from a qualifying round.
Fodbold Samarbejde Nordsjælland
The Fodbold Samarbejde Nordsjælland (Football Cooperation North Zealand or FSN in short) is a network of affiliated clubs headed by FC Nordsjælland, in which to highlight talent, youth development, cooperation and community in the North Zealand region. Where clubs participating receive benefits from FCN such as loan moves, friendlies, tickets to games, merchandise, coach visits, training camps and coaching courses. In return, FC Nordsjælland get access to a large scouting network of youth players, which has helped develop many young talent to become youth internationals, who have gone on to play professionally in the Danish Superliga and beyond. FSN has also played an important role in the attendance rise in Farum Park.
- Allerød FK
- Alsønderup IF
- Ålholm Fodbold
- Ølsted IF
- Ølstykke FC
- Ballerup IF
- BFC Lundegården
- Blistrup SI
- Brødeskov IF
- Blovstrød IF
- Dalby IF
- Dragør BK
- Døllefjelde Musse IF
- Elite 3000
- Espergærde IF
- FA 2000
- Farum BK
- Faxe Ladeplads IF
- FC Holte
- FC Jonstrup
- FIF Hillerød
- Frederikssund IK
- Frem Hellebæk
- G77 Gundsømagle
- Gilleleje FK
- Gørløse SI
- Grantoften IF
- Græsted IF
- Gundsølille IF
- Gundsømagle 77
- Gurre IK
- Hasle IF
- Hørsholm-Usserød IK
- Helsinge Fodbold
- Helsingør IF
- Hillerød GI
- Hornbæk IF
- Humlebæk BK
- Hundested IK
- IF Skjold Birkerød
- IS Skævinge
- Jyllinge FC
- Jægersborg BK
- Kalundborg GB
- Karlebo IF
- KBK Hillerød
- Kirke Hyllinge IF
- Kirke Værløse IF
- KFUMs Boldklub Roskilde
- Kr. Værløse IF
- Lolland-Falster Alliancen
- Lynge Uggeløse IF
- Måløv BK
- NB Bornholm
- Nordstevns GI
- Nødebo IF
- Nivå Kokkedal FK
- Oppe Sundby IF
- ORI Fodbold
- Raklev GI
- Ramløse Fodbold
- Skovshoved IF
- Slangerup og Omegns IF
- Slangslunde-Ganløse IF
- Snekkersten IF
- Store Lyngby IF
- Tikøb IF
- Uvelse IF
- Værløse BK
- Vejby-Tisvilde Fodbold
Footnotes and references
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