Mirko Grabovac

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Mirko Grabovac
Personal information
Full name Mirko Grabovac
Date of birth (1971-09-19) 19 September 1971 (age 45)
Place of birth Stobreč, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1995 Primorac 1929 4 (0)
1995–1996 Cibalia Vinkovci 16 (2)
1996–1997 Zadarkomerc Zadar 11 (1)
1997–1999 Primorac 1929 33 (10)
1999–2003 Singapore Armed Forces 137 (143)
2004–2007 Tampines Rovers 100 (83)
2008 Sengkang Punggol 2 (0)
National team
2001–2008 Singapore 12 (0)
Teams managed
NK Imotski
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 May 2009.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 May 2009

Mirko Grabovac (born 19 September 1971 in Stobreč, SFR Yugoslavia) is a Croatian former professional football player and coach. He had changed his nationality to Singaporean in 2002 in order to play for the Singapore national football team before renouncing it in 2008.

Football career[edit]

Grabovac was the top scorer in Singapore's S.League in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002 while playing for the Singapore Armed Forces FC (SAFFC), and again in 2005 playing for Tampines Rovers. He was named the S.League's Player of the Year in 2000.

With SAFFC, he scored a total of 150 S.League goals in five seasons along with seven goals in Asian competitions.

In 2007, he scored his 240th S.League goals in the Singapore Cup semi-final against Bangkok University to overtake Egmar Goncalves as the all-time S.League top goalscorer.

A year later, Grabovac was hired by Sengkang Punggol to play as a striker as well as double up as the assistant coach under head coach Saswadimata Dasuki. However, he was unable to pass the mandatory beep test twice, and served as caretaker coach for the Dolphins for a short period, starting with a 1–0 win over Gombak United which was Sengkang's second victory of the season.

Grabovac stepped down two months later as Fandi Ahmad was put in charge of the squad, and the Croatian decided to leave Singapore on 5 October 2008 to rejoin his family in his native Croatia renouncing his citizenship as well.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Singapore Armed Forces[edit]

Tampines Rovers[edit]

Individual[edit]

  • S.League Top Scorer Award: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005
  • S.League Player of the Year: 2000
  • S.League Player of Decade
  • 244 S.League Goals
  • 1999-2000 igrao za NK Hajduk Split

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