FC Thun

FC Thun (Fussballclub Thun 1898) is a Swiss football team from the Bernese Oberland town of Thun. The club will play in the Swiss Challenge League after being relegated in the 2019–20 Swiss Super League. 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.

Thun
FC Thun Logo 2011.svg
Full nameFussballclub Thun 1898
Founded1898; 122 years ago (1898)
GroundStockhorn Arena, Thun
Capacity10,000
ChairmanMarkus Lüthi
ManagerMarc Schneider
LeagueSwiss Super League
2019–20Swiss Super League, 9th of 10 (Relegated)
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

 
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 to 1950, 1953 to 54, 1955 to 70 and 1997 to 2002. From 2002 to 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).

In November 2019, PMG, Chien Lee and The Seelig Group invested in the club and became the co-owners of FC Thun football club. [1]

European recordEdit

  • Q= Qualifying
  • PO = Play-off
Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2005–06 UEFA Champions League Q2   Dynamo Kyiv 1–0 2–2 3–2
Q3   Malmö FF 3–0 1–0 4–0
Group B   Arsenal 0–1 1–2 3rd
  Sparta Praha 1–0 0–0
  Ajax 2–4 0–2
UEFA Cup R32   Hamburger SV 1–0 0–2 1–2
2011–12 UEFA Europa League Q2   Vllaznia 2–1 0–0 2–1
Q3   Palermo 1–1 2–2 3–3
PO   Stoke City 0–1 1–4 1–5
2013–14 UEFA Europa League Q2   Chikhura Sachkhere 2–0 3–1 5–1
Q3   Häcken 1–0 2–1 3–1
PO   Partizan 3–0 0–1 3–1
Group G   Dynamo Kyiv 0–2 0–3 4th
  Genk 0–1 1–2
  Rapid Wien 1–0 1–2
2015–16 UEFA Europa League Q2   Hapoel Be'er Sheva 2–1 1–1 3–2
Q3   Vaduz 0–0 2–2 2–2 (a.)
PO   Sparta Praha 3–3 1–3 4–6
2019–20 UEFA Europa League Q3   FC Spartak Moscow 2–3 1–2 3–5

Current squadEdit

As of 24 January 2020[2][3]

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Guillaume Faivre
4   DF Miguel Rodrigues
5   DF Nikki Havenaar
6   MF Kenan Fatkič
7   MF Miguel Castroman
8   MF Gregory Karlen
9   FW Ridge Munsy
10   MF Basil Stillhart
11   MF Matteo Tosetti
15   MF Hiran Ahmed
16   MF Leonardo Bertone
19   MF Justin Roth
20   DF Chris Kablan
No. Position Player
21   MF Uroš Vasić
22   GK Nino Ziswiler
24   MF Magnus Breitenmoser
27   MF Hassane Bandé (on loan from Ajax)
28   MF Nicolas Hasler
29   MF Nias Hefti
30   GK Andreas Hirzel
31   DF Stefan Glarner
33   FW Saleh Chihadeh
34   DF Nicola Sutter
37   MF Dennis Salanović
39   DF Sven Joss
  MF Dominik Schwizer
  MF Nuno da Silva

On loanEdit

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

No. Position Player

Former coachesEdit

HonoursEdit

Swiss Challenge League/Nationalliga B

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

Swiss Cup

ReferencesEdit

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

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