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Thun, Switzerland

About Thun

Fussballclub Thun 1898, better known as FC Thun, was first established in May 1898. They have spent much of their history outside of the top tier of Swiss football, but have risen to prominence in recent times, challenging near the top of the division and representing their country in several continental tournaments. Thun played in the top tier consistently from 2002 to 2008. After suffering relegation in 2008, they returned to the top flight ahead of the 2010-11 campaign.

As recently as 1996, FC Thun were playing amateur level football in Switzerland's third division. Just nine years later, in 2005, they made history by becoming the smallest club to ever reach the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, with an annual budget of just €2 million. In doing so, they became only the third Swiss team to qualify for that stage of the competition. Their home stadium at the time did not meet UEFA standards, so their matches were played at BSC Young Boys' Stade de Suisse. Over the course of their Champions League campaign, FC Thun achieved a memorable victory over Sparta Praha, but ultimately failed to advance from the group, which also contained European heavyweights Arsenal and Ajax. 

To date, the club have failed to win any of Switzerland's major honours, although they have occasionally come close. In the 1954-55 season, they were beaten finalists in the Swiss Cup. Furthermore, in 2004-05, they finished the league season in second place, behind eventual winners, FC Basel.

Thun's increase in popularity and recet participation in European tournaments led to the development of a new stadium, Arena Thun, which replaced the club's hold home, Stadion Lachen. The construction of Arena Thun cost €140 million and was completed in 2011. It features an artificial turf and is able to hold up to 10,000 supporters.

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