FC Midtjylland have been crowned champions of Denmark, the second time in four years they have taken the top prize. FCM, as they are known, secured the Superliga title with a 1-0 win over AC Horsens on Monday night, after overtaking Brøndby IF in the final days of the season. FCM, where Brentford FC Owner Matthew Benham has the majority shareholding, were victorious in their last five games to win the league by four points.
FCM has a close association with Brentford at all levels both on the football side and commercial side with a sharing of knowledge and regular dialogue between the respective members of each club. Brentford FC Co-Director of Football Rasmus Ankersen is Chairman of FCM and our Chairman Cliff Crown and our Board Director Nity Raj are both on the Board of FCM. After winning the title in 2015, FCM reached the last 32 of the UEFA Europa League – losing to Manchester United having previously knocked out Southampton. They will now get another crack at the UEFA Champions League with a place in the Second Qualifying Round secured.
With three games of the season to go, a second title for FCM was a tall order. They went to Brøndby last week needing to win to draw level at the top of the table and managed to earn a 1-0 victory. FCM then won away at Football Club Copenhagen – the defending champions – while Brøndby let a 2-0 lead slip in stoppage time against Horsens to hand over the initiative. FCM then beat Horsens to take the title.
Cliff Crown said: “I am absolutely thrilled for Matthew and Rasmus and everyone at FCM at winning the Superliga again on the last day of the season. The team never gave up despite losing three key players in the January Transfer Window. The new recruits and squad stepped up to the plate and delivered what most of us thought was highly improbable after we had lost 3-2 at home to Brøndby just over four weeks ago.
“The whole club is a very special place and they have showed what can be achieved against the odds. It gives continued hope to Brentford that we too can achieve our objectives.”