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FC Thun

FC Thun is a football (soccer) club from Switzerland.

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About FC Thun

FC Thun 1898 is a Switzerland football (soccer) team from the Bernese Oberland town of Thun. The club currently plays in the Swiss Super League after being promoted in the Swiss Challenge League 2009-10. The club plays at the Arena Thun which accommodates a total of 10,300 supporters, both seated and standing. The club's colours are red and white.

History

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.

On 23 August 2005 FC Thun, with a yearly budget under Euro2 million, wrote Swiss football history. It qualified for the group stages of the UEFA Champions League by beating first FC Dynamo Kyiv & then the Swedish Champions Malmö FF at home 3–0 after having won in Malmö 0–1. Apart from Grasshopper-Club Zürich, FC Zürich and FC Basel, FC Thun is the only Swiss football team to reach the group stages of the Champions League, and the smallest club ever to enter the tournament. Only nine years earlier, Thun were playing amateur third division football in front of crowds of 100.

FC Thun were drawn in Group B alongside European giants Arsenal F.C., AFC Ajax and AC Sparta Prague. They started their first ever Champions League campaign on 14 September 2005 away Arsenal Stadium, where, even after they scored a stunning equaliser 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 Republic champions Sparta Prague at their 'home' venue, the Stade de Suisse, Wankdorf in Bern, where all the club's 'home' matches were held, as the Lachen Stadium does not meet UEFA's prerequisites for Champions League venues. Given the low expectations most had for the club considering their newcomer status, Thun's 1–0 victory thanks to Selver Hodžić's 80th minute gamewinner was something of an upset, and propelled them into second place in the group. Following a loss to Ajax Amsterdam on 2 November 2005, FC Thun fell to 3rd place in Group C, 4 points behind Ajax. The last home game they played in the Champions League was a home match against Arsenal. Thun still had a chance of reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League but realistically had to beat the Gunners. The match result was quite controversial. Thun were denied a goal by Lustrinelli in the 67th minute due to a ruling of offside. Television replays show that the offside decision of the linesman was questionable. This was the second dissallowed goal by Thun in the match, the first being 15 minutes earlier also due to an offside ruling, but this decision was not in question. As the game looked headed to end 0–0, in the 89th minute Robin van Persie fell in the Thunese penalty box. Arsenal were awarded a penalty. This was also a questionable decision, as some camera angles appear to show van Persie falling without Thunese influence. Attacker Robert Pires took the penalty and scored, leaving Arsenal 1–0 winners & with Ajax beating AC Sparta Prague, FC Thun exited the Champions League. However Thun would draw 0–0 with Sparta Prague in their last Champions League group match, thus qualifying for the UEFA Cup third round. This was a fine achievement in itself given the small club's reputation and being tipped to finish bottom of the group.

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 & was replaced by Heinz Peischl. Despite this Thun managed a surprise 1–0 over Hamburg SV in the 1st leg at the Stade de Suisse. However Hamburg were too strong at their home, AOL Arena, and managed to overturn the deficit, winning the 2nd leg 2–0 (2–1 on aggregate).

European Cups

- Q= Qualifying
- PO = Play-Off

Trivia

FC Thun is the only team which participated in the UEFA Champions League group stage, without ever winning a domestic or European prize.




On loan



Former coaches

- Hanspeter Latour (1978–83)
- Stefan Marini (1994–95)
- Andy Egli (1995–98)
- Georges Bregy (1998-01)
- Hanspeter Latour (2001–04)
- Urs Schönenberger (2006)
- Adrian Kunz (2006)
- Heinz Peischl (2006–07)
- Jeff Saibene (2007)
- René van Eck (2007–08)
- Hansruedi Baumann (2008–09)
- Eric-Pi Zuercher (2009)
- Andres Gerber (2009)
- Murat Yakin (2009–2011)
- Bernard Challandes (2011–)

Former players



- Ljubo Milicevic
- António Carlos dos Santos
- Adriano Pimenta
- Gelson Rodrigues
- Armand Deumi
- Marinko Jurendic
- Percy Olivares
- José Gonçalves
- Johan Berisha
- Patrick Bettoni
- Pascal Cerrone
- Fabio Coltorti

- Gregory Duruz
- Alexander Frei
- Eldin Jakupović
- Baykal Kulaksizoglu
- Mauro Lustrinelli
- David Pallas
- Michel Renggli
- Marco Streller
- Reto Zanni
- Yao Aziawonou
- Yao Junior Sènaya

Former Personnel

Co-Trainer

- Christian Brand (2007–08)
- Adrian Kunz (2005–06)
- Thomas Binggeli (2002–05)

Goalkeeper Coach

- Andreas Hilfiker (2006–07)




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