History of FC Thun
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. In their only season in the top flight during the first 100 years of history (1954/55), they reached the swiss cup final, but lost against FC La Chaux-de-Fonds. From 2002–2008 FC Thun played in the Nationalliga A, which was renamed to Super League. In 2008 the club was relegated to the Swiss Challenge League, only to be promoted to the top flight again in 2010, after winning the championship title of the Challenge League.
On 23 August 2005 FC Thun, with a yearly budget under 2 million Euro, wrote Swiss football history. It qualified for the group stages of the UEFA Champions League by beating FC Dynamo Kyiv and the Swedish Champions Malmö FF at home 3-0 after having won in Malmö 0-1. Apart from Grasshoppers 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 played in a European Cup again in 2011/12. In the Europa League they won against albanian side Vllaznia Shkoder and US Palermo before loosing against Stoke City. In 2013/14 they reached the group stage of the Europa League (where they played against Rapid Vienna, Dynamo Kyiv and KRC Genk), by beating Tschichura Satschchere, BK Häcken and Partizan Belgrad during the qualification.