FC Thun

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FC Thun logo.svg
Full name Fussballclub Thun 1898
Founded 1898
Ground Stockhorn Arena, Thun
Ground Capacity 10,000
Chairman Markus Lüthi
Manager Jeff Saibene
League Swiss Super League
2014–15 Swiss Super League, 4th
Website Club home page

FC Thun (Fussballclub Thun 1898) is a Swiss football team from the Bernese Oberland town of Thun. The club currently plays in the Swiss Super League after being promoted in the 2009/10 season. The club plays at the Stockhorn Arena which accommodates a total of 10,000 supporters, both seated and standing. The club's colours are red and white.


FC Thun was founded on 1 May 1898.

It has played in the Nationalliga B from 1946–50, 1953–54, 1955–70 and 1997–2002. From 2002–2008 it played in the Nationalliga A, which was renamed to Axpo Super League. In 2008 the club were relegated to the Swiss Challenge League.

FC Thun reached for the first time the group stages of the 2005–06 UEFA Champions League, and were drawn in Group B alongside European giants Arsenal, Ajax and Sparta Prague. They started their campaign on 14 September 2005 away at Arsenal, where after equalising through Nelson Ferreira, they narrowly lost 2–1 after Dennis Bergkamp scored in the match's dying seconds. On 27 September they hosted the Czech champions Sparta Prague at their 'home' venue, the Stade de Suisse, Wankdorf in Bern, where all the club's European home matches were held, as the Lachen Stadium does not meet UEFA's prerequisites for Champions League venues.[citation needed] Thun's 1–0 victory thanks to Selver Hodžić's 80th minute winner propelled them into second place in the group. Following a loss to Ajax on 2 November they lost 1-0 at home to Arsenal and with Ajax beating Sparta Prague, FC Thun exited the Champions League. However Thun drew 0–0 with Sparta Prague in their last group match and qualifying for the UEFA Cup Round of 32.

Just three days prior to their UEFA Cup tie against Hamburg SV, Thun sacked their coach, Urs Schönenberger who had guided them to the Champions League group stages and was replaced by Heinz Peischl. Despite this Thun managed a surprise 1–0 over Hamburg SV in the first leg at the Stade de Suisse. However Hamburg were too strong at their home, AOL Arena, and managed to overturn the deficit, winning the second leg 2–0 (2–1 on aggregate).

European Cups[edit]

  • Q= Qualifying
  • PO = Play-Off
Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2005–06 UEFA Champions League Q2 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 1–0 2–2 3–2
Q3 Sweden Malmö FF 3–0 1–0 4–0
Group B England Arsenal 0–1 1–2 3rd
Czech Republic Sparta Praha 1–0 0–0
Netherlands Ajax 2–4 0–2
2005–06 UEFA Cup Round of 32 Germany Hamburger SV 1–0 0–2 1–2
2011–12 UEFA Europa League Q2 Albania Vllaznia Shkodër 2–1 0–0 2–1
Q3 Italy Palermo 1–1 2–2 3–3
PO England Stoke City 0–1 1–4 1–5
2013–14 UEFA Europa League Q2 Georgia (country) Chikhura Sachkhere 2–0 3–1 5–1
Q3 Sweden Häcken 1–0 2–1 3–1
PO Serbia Partizan 3–0 0–1 3–1
Group G Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 0–2 0–3 4th
Belgium Genk 0–1 1–2
Austria Rapid Wien 1–0 1–2
2015–16 UEFA Europa League Q2 Israel Hapoel Be'er Sheva 2–1 1–1 3–2
Q3 Liechtenstein Vaduz 0–0 2–2 2–2 (a.)
PO Czech Republic Sparta Praha 3–3 1–3 4–6

Current squad[edit]

As of 21 January, 2016[1]

[2] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Switzerland GK Guillaume Faivre
4 Switzerland DF Marco Bürki (on loan from Young Boys)
5 Switzerland DF Fulvio Sulmoni
6 Liechtenstein MF Sandro Wieser
8 Switzerland MF Michael Siegfried
9 Switzerland FW Roman Buess
10 New Zealand MF Marco Rojas (on loan from Stuttgart)
13 Switzerland FW Simone Rapp
14 Switzerland DF Nicolas Schindelholz
17 Switzerland MF Dennis Hediger
18 Switzerland GK Francesco Ruberto
20 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Ridge Munsy
No. Position Player
21 Portugal MF Nelson Ferreira
22 Switzerland GK Felix Hornung
23 Switzerland MF Norman Peyretti
25 Switzerland DF Kevin Bigler
26 Switzerland DF Thomas Reinmann
27 Switzerland DF Enrico Schirinzi
28 Switzerland DF Andreas Wittwer
31 Switzerland DF Stefan Glarner
33 Argentina FW Gonzalo Zárate
34 Switzerland MF Nicola Sutter
39 Switzerland DF Sven Joss (on loan from Young Boys)
42 Croatia MF Ivan Markovic

On loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Switzerland GK Andreas Schmid (at Naters)
Switzerland MF Gianluca Frontino (at Schaffhausen)
Israel MF Lotem Zino (at Hapoel Tel Aviv)

Former coaches[edit]

Former personnel[edit]


Goalkeeper coach[edit]

  • Andreas Hilfiker (2006–07)


External links[edit]