FC Thun

FC Thun (Fussballclub Thun 1898) is a Swiss football team from the Bernese Oberland town of Thun. The club plays 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.

Full nameFussballclub Thun 1898
Founded1898; 123 years ago (1898)
GroundStockhorn Arena
ChairmanMarkus Lüthi
ManagerCarlos Bernegger
LeagueSwiss Challenge League
2020–21Swiss Challenge League, 2nd
WebsiteClub website


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 record

  • 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 squad

As of 6 July, 2021[2][3]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   SUI Andreas Hirzel
4 MF  GER Fabian Rüdlin
5 DF  JPN Nikki Havenaar
6 MF  SVN Kenan Fatkič
7 MF   SUI Miguel Castroman
8 MF   SUI Gregory Karlen
9 FW  PLE Saleh Chihadeh
10 MF   SUI Dominik Schwizer
11 MF   SUI Omer Dzonlagic
14 DF   SUI Erik Wyssen
16 MF   SUI Justin Roth
17 DF   SUI Noël Wetz
18 FW  SWE Alexander Gerndt
19 FW  GER Gabriel Kyeremateng
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 DF  GER Pius Dorn
21 MF   SUI Uros Vasic
22 GK   SUI Nino Ziswiler
23 DF   SUI Marco Bürki
24 MF   SUI Roland Ndongo
25 MF   SUI Daniel Dos Santos
28 MF  LIE Nicolas Hasler
29 MF   SUI Nias Hefti
34 DF   SUI Nicola Sutter
44 MF   SUI Magnus Breitenmoser
70 MF  GER Josué Schmidt
94 MF  GER Hiran Ahmed
99 GK   SUI Nico Stucki

On loan

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

No. Pos. Nation Player

Former coaches


Swiss Challenge League/Nationalliga B

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

Swiss Cup


  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