FC Thun

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Thun
FC Thun Logo 2011.svg
Full nameFussballclub Thun 1898
Founded1898; 121 years ago (1898)
GroundStockhorn Arena, Thun
Capacity10,000
ChairmanMarkus Lüthi
ManagerMarc Schneider
LeagueSwiss Super League
2018–19Swiss Super League, 4th
WebsiteClub website

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.

History[edit]

Chart of FC Thun table positions in the Swiss football league system
Participation certificate of the FC Thun, issued 20. July 1936

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. Thun is the only club competing in the 2017–18 Swiss Super League that has never won a Swiss football championship.

FC Thun reached for the first time the group stages of the 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 home, 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
UEFA Cup R32 Germany Hamburger SV 1–0 0–2 1–2
2011–12 UEFA Europa League Q2 Albania Vllaznia 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
2019–20 UEFA Europa League Q3 Russia FC Spartak Moscow 2–3 1–2 3–5

Current squad[edit]

As of 3 July, 2019[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 Miguel Rodrigues
5 Japan DF Nikki Havenaar
6 Slovenia MF Kenan Fatkič
7 Switzerland MF Miguel Castroman
8 Switzerland MF Gregory Karlen
9 Switzerland FW Ridge Munsy
10 Switzerland MF Basil Stillhart
11 Switzerland MF Matteo Tosetti
13 Switzerland FW Simone Rapp
14 Switzerland DF Roy Gelmi
17 Switzerland MF Dennis Hediger
18 Switzerland GK Diego Berchtold
19 Switzerland MF Justin Roth
No. Position Player
20 Switzerland DF Chris Kablan
21 Switzerland MF Uros Vasic
22 Switzerland GK Nino Ziswiler
23 Switzerland DF Timo Righetti
25 Switzerland DF Kevin Bigler
29 Switzerland DF Nias Hefti
30 Switzerland GK Andreas Hirzel
31 Switzerland DF Stefan Glarner
33 State of Palestine FW Saleh Chihadeh
34 Switzerland MF Nicola Sutter
35 Switzerland FW Nicolas Hunziker
37 Liechtenstein MF Dennis Salanović
39 Switzerland DF Sven Joss

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

Former coaches[edit]

Honours[edit]

Swiss Challenge League/Nationalliga B

  • Champions: 2009–10
  • Promoted: 1953–54, 2001–02

Swiss Cup

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FC Thun Berner Oberland - Fehlermeldung". fcthun.ch. Archived from the original on 7 July 2017. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  2. ^ League, Swiss Football. "FC Thun- Swiss Football League". www.sfl.ch. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  3. ^ Thun coach takes players' advice and quits Reuters, 20 November 2012

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