Vjeran Simunić

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Vjeran Simunić
Personal information
Full name Vjeran Simunić
Date of birth (1953-04-26) 26 April 1953 (age 62)
Place of birth Split, SFR Yugoslavia
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1975 Hajduk Split
NK Šibenik
1975–1976 NK Dinamo Vinkovci
1976–1982 NK Zagreb
Sporting Lisabon
1983–1985 Yomiuri Tokio Wings
F.C. Catanzaro
Vigor Lamezia
NK Mosor
NK Posušje
Teams managed
1994 NK Lipik
NK Čazmatrans
FC East Riffa Club
RNK Split
1999–2000 NK Mosor
NK Uskok
NK Slavonac Stari Perkovci
NK Mladost Zabok
NK Posušje
HŠK Zrinjski Mostar
2001 NK Hrvatski dragovoljac
2002 NK Kamen-Ingrad Velika
2002 NK Zadar
2002–2003 HNK Cibalia Vinkovci
2003–2004 NK Zadar
2005 HNK Segesta
2005 NK Čelik Zenica
2006 NK Trnje
2006 NK Marsonia
2006 NK Dugopolje
2007 NK Imotski
2007–2008 DPMM
2008–2009 Brunei
2008–2009 NK Imotski
2009 NK Mosor
2010 NK Međimurje
2010 Ho Chi Minh City F.C.
2010–2011 DPMM
2011–2013 Brunei
2013–2014 HNK Segesta
2014 Perak FA
* 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 holds the Croatian record for number of managed teams. By 2014 he managed over 30 clubs.

Playing career[edit]

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.

Managerial career[edit]

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.[1] Simunić was named as Coach of the Year at S.League Awards Night for his achievement in 2012 S.League.

On January 2013, Simunić was appointed as Brunei National Football Team head coach.[2]

On September 16,2014 Vjeran Simunic was appointed as Head Coach and Technical Manager of Perak FA on two years contract,[3] but after two months move to another position in club. He is still on two year contract with Perak FA.

Personal life[edit]

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.




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