Contributed by FAS
February 10, 2009 – The S.League has confirmed today that Brunei DPMM FC will be the 12th team in the competition for the 2009 season.
They will replace Chinese side Dalian Shide Siwu with the new campaign kicking off on Monday 16 February.
S.League CEO Winston Lee said, "We are delighted to welcome DPMM FC to the S.League. We were impressed with their proposal including their management capabilities. Our clubs playing their away games against DPMM FC in Brunei will definitely add to the excitement of the league and will also provide greater exposure and branding opportunities for the S.League and our partners."
Brunei DPMM FC will be based at the 30,000 capacity Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. In a first for the S.League, league matches will be played outside of Singapore with the other 11 teams flying to Brunei to take on DPMM FC at least once each during the season.
Said Brunei DPMM FC's Vice-Chairman, YAM Pengiran Anak Abdul Rahim, "The idea of playing in the S.League came about a couple of seasons ago. The S.League is very competitive and DPMM FC are looking forward to the challenge of playing in one of Asia's top 10 leagues. The inclusion of teams from Japan and Korea makes the S.League very exciting too, so it was a simple choice for us to want to be a part of this."
Brunei DPMM FC are coached by Croatian Vjeran Simunic and will make their S.League bow on 27 February when they take on the Young Lions at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
Their first S.League home game at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium will be on 5 March against 2008 runners-up Super Reds.