Brunei DPMM eyeing former Croatia international Ivan Bosnjak

The former Dinamo Zagreb striker, who has featured 14 times for his country and has one international goal to his name, is currently on trial with the Bruneian outfit.
By Khalis Rifhan

Brunei DPMM is set to pull off a major transfer coup in their history, as they look to sign former Croatia international Ivan Bosnjak.

The Brunei Times have reported that Bosnjak has landed in the Sultanate for a tryout with the team and the striker apparently impressed coach Vjeran Simunic during their training session at the Jerudong Mini Stadium.

Bosnjak tasted action as the 2006 World Cup in Germany, having come on as a substitute for captain Darijo Srna in the closing stages of their Group F match against Japan.

The 33-year-old, who made his debut in a friendly against Slovakia in 2000, has 14 international appearances to his name and scored his only international goal against Hong Kong seven years ago.

Bosnjak started his professional career in 1996 with Croatian top division club HNK Cibalia under the guidance of Simunic before making the switch to Hadjuk Split four years later, where he was named the league’s player of the year. 

If he does sign for the 2011 Singapore League Cup champions, Bosnjak will join fellow Croat Dino Drpic, who was snapped up by the club few weeks ago.

The duo had played together during their spell at Dinamo Zagreb from 2004 to 2006, where they ended the 2005/06 season as league champions. Bosnjak also finished as the Golden Boot winner with 22 goals to his name. 

DPMM has also signed Portuguese striker Joao Moreira and Guadeloupean midfielder Stephane Auvray, with the latter featuring recently in an invitational tournament in Aceh, Indonesia.

Moreira has represented his country at Under-21 level, while the Auvray is the current captain of his national team and has formerly turned out for Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls. They have also retained Brazilian defender Tales Dos Santos for the new 2013 S.League season.