|Full name||Vjeran Simunić|
|Date of birth||26 April 1953|
|Place of birth||Split, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Perak FA (head coach)|
|1975–1976||NK Dinamo Vinkovci|
|1983–1985||Yomiuri Tokio Wings|
|NK Slavonac Stari Perkovci|
|NK Mladost Zabok|
|2001||HŠK Zrinjski Mostar|
|2002||NK Hrvatski dragovoljac|
|2002||NK Kamen-Ingrad Velika|
|2003–2004||HNK Cibalia Vinkovci|
|2006||NK Čelik Zenica|
|2010–2011||Ho Chi Minh City F.C.|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Vjeran Simunić (born 1954 in Split) is Croatian football manager and former goalkeeper. He is one of the most popular Croatian football coaches. He holds the Croatian record for number of managed teams. By 2014 he managed over 30 clubs. He is currently Head Coach and Technical Manager of Perak FA.
Simunić started his playing career in Hajduk Split, in the 70's. He didn't get too many chances in Hajduk as the competition was very big at the time. After Hajduk, his next station was NK Šibenik, then NK Dinamo Vinkovci and NK Zagreb, where he spent most of the playing career. In 1982 he made transfer to Sporting Lisabon. After one season he moved to Japan. He was first European player to play in Japan. The club was Tokyo Verdy. After two more challenges in Italia, he returned to native country. He finished his playing career in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in NK Posušje.
He started his rich managerial career in NK Lipik, in 1994. Then he changed a couple of Croatian clubs before moving to Italia, then Japan, and Bahrain. However, he couldn't stay too much abroad, and he returned to Croatia, starting impressive row of 13 Croatian clubs, interrupted by 3 BIH clubs, in 8 years. He said that his mission is to improve table situation of every club he takes, and in most cases he did that. That's why he had so many offers. Searching for new challenge, he moved to Asia, this time Brunei. He managed club DPMM, soon after his good results with that club made him coach of Brunei. He was very popular, had lot of fans in country and even got Happy Birthday song chanted by fans during one match. But, he suddenly returned to Croatia, and took manager chair of NK Imotski, where he stayed for only one month. Then he took NK Mosor once again, but, not surprisingly, left that club also, and after one half-season he took Croatia second division club NK Međimurje, at the start of 2010/11 season.
He returned to coach Brunei's only professional club Brunei DPMM FC in 2012 after FIFA allowed Brunei DPMM FC to rejoin S.League after 20 months of suspension due to government interference in Football Association of Brunei Darussalam. Simunić lead Brunei DPMM FC to a successful season in 2012 S.League as he guided them to win 2012 Singapore League Cup and finished second in the 2012 S.League after two seasons without competitive football. Simunić was named as Coach of the Year at S.League Awards Night for his achievement in 2012 S.League.
He is married, and has two sons and one granddaughter and grandson. He speaks a few foreign languages - Spanish, German, Italian and English particularly well. An interesting fact is that he also finished college.
- 2009 Singapore League Cup Champions with Brunei DPMM FC
- 2012 Singapore League Cup Champions with Brunei DPMM FC
- 2012 S.League Runner-Up with Brunei DPMM FC
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- Singapore League Cup
- Singapore League Cup