Vjeran Simunić

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Vjeran Simunić
Personal information
Full name Vjeran Simunić
Date of birth (1953-04-26) 26 April 1953 (age 64)
Place of birth Split, SFR Yugoslavia
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974 Hajduk Split 7 (0)
1975 Šibeniik
1975–1976 Dinamo Vinkovci 11 (0)
1976–1982 NK Zagreb 72 (0)
Sporting CP
1983–1985 Yomiuri Tokio Wings
Vigor Lamezia
Teams managed
1994 Lipik
NK Čazmatrans
East Riffa Club
1999–2000 RNK Split
Uskok Klis
Slavonac Stari Perkovci
NK Mladost Zabok
2001 Zrinjski Mostar
2002 Hrvatski dragovoljac
2002 Kamen Ingrad
2002–2003 Zadar
2003–2004 Cibalia Vinkovci
2005 Zadar
2005 Segesta Sisak
2006 Čelik Zenica
2006 Trnje
2006 Marsonia
2007 Dugopolje
2007–2008 Imotski
2008–2009 DPMM
2008–2009 Brunei
2009 Imotski
2010 Mosor
2010 Međimurje
2010–2011 Ho Chi Minh City
2011–2013 DPMM
2013–2014 Brunei
2014 Segesta Sisak
2014 Perak FA
2015 Perak FA
2015–2016 Sabah FA
2017– Zadar
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

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 has 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.[1] 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 Italy, 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 DPMM FC in 2012 after FIFA allowed 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.[2] Simunić was named as Coach of the Year at S.League Awards Night for his achievement in 2012 S.League.

In January 2013, Simunić was appointed as Brunei national football team head coach.[3]

On September 16, 2014 Simunić was appointed as head coach and technical director of Perak FA on a two-year contract,[4] but after only two months he were replaced with M. Karathu before the season even started. Simunic were reassigned to youth development academy of Perak FA. Eventually however, in August 2015 he were reappointed as head coach of Perak after Karathu were relieved of his position in July 2015 due to poor performances of Perak in the league.[5]

He was released by Perak at the end of unsuccessful Malaysia Cup 2015 campaign, and subsequently joined another Malaysian team, Sabah FA on December the same year.[6] He only hold the post as head coach of Sabah until June 2016, when he stepped down following unsatisfactory performances by the team during his tenure.[7]

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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