24 January 2013

DPMM FC's biggest signing yet

Thursday, January 24, 2013
DPMM FC are close to confirming all their imports for the upcoming Singapore-League (S-League) season starting next month.

It is reported on the team's official website that "DPMM FC are to sign 2006 World Cup player, Ivan Bosnjak".

The Croatian striker, an 87th minute substitute for captain Darijo Srna during Croatia's 0-0 draw with Japan in their second Group F match of the 2006 World Cup in Germany, will be Brunei's only professional team's biggest signing in history.

The 33-year-old, who has 14 caps and one international goal to his name, also laced up in six of Croatia's 2006 World Cup qualifying matches against Sweden, Hungary, Malta and Iceland, playing in both the home and away legs against Malta and Iceland.

He will join the other signings Portuguese striker Joao Vitor Rocha De Carvalho Moreira, Guadeloupean midfielder Stephane Auvray, Brazilian centre-back Tales Ricarte dos Santos and compatriot defender Dino Drpic - in the line-up.

Dos Santos is currently in Brazil recovering from a knee injury but is expected to be back before the start of the S-League.

It is also reported that DPMM FC is slated to fly to Vietnam for pre-season friendly games against three Vietnamese teams from February 1-8.

Their last outing was the Governor Aceh Trophy in Indonesia just last month and they 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.

The Brunei Times

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