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FC Nordsjælland

FC Nordsjælland is a football (soccer) club from Denmark.

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Football Club Nordsjælland (F.C. Nordsjælland, or FCN in short) is a professional Danish Football (soccer) team from the North Zealand town of Farum, Denmark. 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 F.C. Nordsjælland in 2003.

FCN plays in the Danish Superliga, achieving their highest league position in the 2002–03 Danish Superliga season, taking 3rd place. Since then the Wild Tigers have made four appearances in Europe under both the old UEFA Cup format in 2003–04 UEFA Cup, 2008–09 UEFA Cup and in the UEFA Europa League during the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League and 2011–12 UEFA Europa League seasons. Their greatest spell of success has come within the last two years, lifting their very first trophy the Danish Cup in 2009–10 Danish Cup and successfully defending it the following year in 2010–11 Danish Cup, consequently beating FC Midtjylland in both finals.

F.C. Nordsjælland plays its matches at Farum Park, which has a capacity of 10,100 of which 9,800 seating and 300 standing spectators. The club is known for focusing heavily on youth with a strong talent development. Their play style is often referred to as aggressive attack minded football, where they play a 4-2-3-1 system in which they flood the midfield with bodies and play with a single striker.


Farum BK (1991-2003)

Nordsjælland would find themselves in a similar position the following season, again having sold their star striker, Martin Bernburg was brought in from F.C. Copenhagen. The team only managed a ninth place finish, yet qualified for the UEFA Cup for their second time via the UEFA Fair Play rankings. 2008–09 Danish Superliga 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 their history, the club managed to improve on their previous European outing with wins over FC TVMK Tallinn and Queen of the South F.C., to been convincingly knocked out by Greek side Olympiacos F.C. 0-7 aggregate.

In October 2008, Allan K. Pedersen sold F.C. Nordsjælland from AKP Holding to himself for a reported 500,000 Danish kroner, shortly before his holding company went bankrupt. A price Pedersen 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 supreme court, and is yet to be resolved, it speculated that it could take 1–4 years.

2009–10 Danish Superliga season saw F.C. Nordsjælland lift their first trophy, the 2009–10 Danish Cup. FCN were not drawn against another Superliga team until the quarter final meeting with Silkeborg IF, winning 3-1 in extra time. The team would go on to face FC Midtjylland in Nordsjælland's first cup final, winning in extra time, 2-0 with goals from new signing Nicolai Stokholm and Bajram Fetai, qualifying for European competition in the newly remodeled Europa League. The team would repeat this feat the following season, facing Midtjylland once again in the finals of the Danish Cup, winning the trophy for the second time with a 3-2 win. This would be Morten Wieghorst's last trophy with the Wild Tigers, moving on to manage the Denmark national under-21 football team at the end of the 2010–11 Danish Superliga campaign.

Kasper Hjulmand was named Wieghorst's successor in June 2011, promoted from the coaching staff, the former Lyngby head coach brought in two Danish internationals, Mikkel Beckmann from relegated Randers FC, and Patrick Mtiliga on a free from Málaga CF, all in preparation for the 2011–12 Danish Superliga season. FCN would be looking to improve on last season's sixth place finish and to defend their Danish Cup for the second year running. They would go on to play in the Europa League for second year in a row, to be knocked out of the competition in the third qualifying round by Sporting Clube de Portugal 2-1 aggregate, who had also eliminated FC Nordsjælland from Europe the previous season.

FCN started the new season in good form, peaking as high as 2nd in the Superliga, and an undefeated run at home in all competitions until the 30 October, including an impressive 0-0 draw with Portugal side Sporting Lisbon, making the start of the 2011-12 campaign one of their best starts in recent years. For the first time in the club's history, a total of five players were called up to the Denmark national football team to face Sweden national football team and Finland national football team in November, including Mikkel Beckmann, Andreas Bjelland and debutantes Tobias Mikkelsen, Jesper Hansen and Jores Okore.


Players out on loan

Overall top scorers

- Anders Due
- Carsten Fredgaard
- Daniel Jensen (footballer born 1985)
- Mads Junker
- Thomas Kristensen
- Nicki Bille Nielsen
- Morten Nordstrand
- Danny Olsen
- Tommy Olsen
- Nicklas Pedersen
- Stephan Petersen
- Thomas Rasmussen
- Michael Ribers
- Jonathan Richter
- Simon Richter
- Kris Stadsgaard
- Jeppe Tengbjerg
- Ulrich Vinzents
- Patrice Bernier
- Issey Nakajima-Farran

- Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi

- Dževdet Šainovski

- Joseph Kamwendo

- Pierre Bengtsson
- Andreas Dahl
- Benjamin Kibebe
- Johnny Lundberg
- Marcus Pode

United States
- Heath Pearce
nationality. The captain to have lifted the most trophies for FCN is Nicolai Stokholm, winning the Danish Cup on two occasions. Stokholm is also, coincidentally the current and longest-serving captain, having taken over from Henrik Kildentoft when he arrived at the club in 2009.

- Financial director: Carsten Pedersen
- Administration management: Christian Nørkjær
- Commercial director: Hanne Rolighed
- Sports director: Jan Laursen
- A+ coach: Kenneth Rasmussen
- FCN academy leader: Lars Hallengreen

Coaching and medical staff
- Head coach: Kasper Hjulmand
- Assistant manager: John Bredal
- First team coach: Flemming Pedersen
- Attacking coach: Mark Strudal
- Fitness coach: Mathias Zangenberg
- Goalkeeping coach: Lars Høgh
- Head team Assistant: Jacob Schwabe
- Physiotherapists: Jakob Møller & Hans Ørting
- Doctor: Jesper Petersen
- Dietician: Lars Skotte

Managerial history


- Danish Cup:
- - Winners (2): 2009–10 Danish Cup, 2010–11 Danish Cup

Season results

{: Football Cooperation North Zealand or FSN in short) is a network of clubs headed by F.C. 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 workshops. In return F.C. 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.

Affiliated clubs

- Alsønderup IF
- Ålholm Fodbold
- Ølsted IF
- Ølstykke FC
- Ballerup IF
- BFC Lundegården
- Blistrup SI
- Brødeskov IF
- Blovstrød IF
- BK Søllerød-Vedbæk
- Dalby IF
- Døllefjelde Musse IF
- Elite 3000 Fodbold
- 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
- Gurre IK
- Hareskov IF
- Hasle IF
- Hørsholm-Usserød IK
- Helsinge Fodbold
- Hillerød GI
- Hornbæk IF
- Humlebæk BK
- Hundested IK
- IF Skjold Birkerød
- IS Skævinge
- Jyllinge FC
- Kalundborg GB
- Karlebo IF
- Kirke Hyllinge IF
- Kirke Værløse IF
- KFUMs Boldklub Roskilde
- Kr. Værløse IF
- Lynge Uggeløse IF
- Måløv BK
- Nødebo IF
- Nivå Kokkedal FK
- Odder IGF
- Oppe Sundby IF
- ORI Fodbold
- Raklev GI
- Ramløse Fodbold
- Rønneholtparken
- Slangerup og Omegns IF
- Slangslunde-Ganløse IF
- Store Lyngby IF
- Tikøb IF
- Uvelse IF
- Værløse BK
- Vejby-Tisvilde Fodbold

Footnotes and references

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