03 January 2013

Dino to power DPMM FC

Yee Chun Leong


Thursday, January 3, 2013

DPMM FC have signed their third import player for next season's Singapore League (S-League).

It is stated on the team's website that "DPMM FC reaching deal with former Dinamo Zagreb defender Dino Drpic."

He will join the duo of Portuguese striker Joao Vitor Rocha De Carvalho Moreira, 26, and Guadeloupean midfielder Stephane Auvray, 31, to become the latest foreign player to be picked up by Brunei's only professional football club.

DPMM FC now have two more slots to fill before the start of the new S-League season.

The Croatian has had 20 caps as a youth international and got his only call-up to represent his country in 2007 in a friendly match against Slovakia.

The 31-year-old defender, who stands at 6ft 5in, spent nine seasons playing for Dinamo Zagreb from 2000-2009.

He then moved to Germany to play for Karlsruher SC and had a brief spells for AEK Athens in Greece and Volyn Lutsk in Ukraine before moving back to Croatia to lace up for HNK Rijeka last year.

DPMM FC recently competed in the Governor Aceh Trophy in Indonesia just last month and finished in fourth place despite failing to notch a single win.

DPMM FC started out their campaign with a 4-2 loss to Indonesian Premier League (IPL) Champions Semen Padang FC.

They were then held to a 1-1 draw by Kelantan in their second game.

They progressed to the last four as group runners-up after playing to a draw against Kelantan after both teams shared exactly the same statistics.

However, they were edged 3-2 by hosts Aceh United in the semi-finals.

They had a chance to finish on the podium but lost to Selangor 3-2 on penalties as both teams drew 1-1 after regulation.

It was a good year for DPMM FC last season as they became the first side to lift the Singapore League Cup twice after overcoming Geylang United 2-0 in the final in August.

They could have made it a double but finished second in the S-League after they lost their final game of the season to Balestier Khalsa FC 2-0 at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas in November.

The Brunei Times


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