Duli Pengiran Muda Mahkota Football Club (His Royal Highness the Crown Prince of Brunei Football Club in English, commonly known as DPMM FC) is a professional football club based in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. The club played in the Brunei Premier League in the early 2000s, winning the league title in 2002 and 2004.

Full nameBrunei Duli Pengiran Muda Mahkota Football Club
Nickname(s)Tebuan (The Wasps)
Founded2000; 22 years ago (2000)
GroundHassanal Bolkiah National Stadium
ChairmanPrince Al-Muhtadee Billah
ManagerAdrian Pennock
LeagueBrunei Super League
2021Brunei Super League, 1st of 15 (Ongoing)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The club then decided to play in Malaysia, and joined the Malaysian Premier League as a foreign-based team in for the 2005–06 season. They won promotion to the Malaysian Super League (the top tier of Malaysian football) at the end of their first season in Malaysian football, and then finished 3rd and 10th in the following two season in the Super League. The club then left the Malaysian league and joined Singapore's S.League for the 2009 season. They won the Singapore League Cup, but were forced to withdraw from the league competition five games before the end of the season after FIFA suspended the Football Association of Brunei Darussalam for government interference in its affairs, thus barring teams from Brunei from taking part in overseas competitions. All the club's league results for 2009 were therefore expunged. At the end of the suspension, they re-entered the S.League and won the title in 2015, just after a near-miss in 2014.

DPMM FC is owned by the Crown Prince of Brunei, Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah, who previously played as a goalkeeper for the team, and is coached by Adrian Pennock since 2019.[1]


Beginnings in BruneiEdit

DPMM FC started out as a college team in 1994, before being officially established as a commercial club in 2000. After being the most successful team in college-level football in Brunei, most of the team's talented players joined DPMM FC when it became a commercial team and the club became stronger and more established.

The club enjoyed considerable success in Brunei's domestic competitions in the early-2000s, winning the Brunei Premier League in 2002 and 2004, the Brunei FA Cup in 2004, and the Brunei Super Cup in 2002 and 2004.

Joining Malaysian leagueEdit

In 2005, DPMM FC stopped playing in Brunei's domestic league and joined the Malaysia Premier League (the second tier of Malaysian football) as a foreign-based team, replacing the Brunei representative team. The club was then promoted to the top tier of Malaysian football, Malaysian Super League, where they finished in 3rd place in their first season (2006–07). In the following season (2007–08), they finished in 10th place. They then had to leave the Malaysia Super League due to the deregisteration of the Brunei Football Association by the Registrar of Societies.[2]

Since 2004, DPMM FC had also competed annually in the Singapore Cup (a knock-out tournament which the Football Association of Singapore invites a number of teams from other countries to take part in alongside Singaporean clubs).

S.League, and suspensionEdit

After leaving the Malaysia Super League, DPMM FC joined Singapore's S.League for the 2009 season, becoming the first team in the league to play their home matches outside Singapore. The club quickly made an impact on the Singapore football scene by winning the Singapore League Cup in June 2009. They defeated the Singapore Armed Forces Football Club in the final on penalties after the match had ended in a 1–1 draw. However, on 30 September that year, FIFA suspended the Football Association of Brunei Darussalam for government interference in its affairs. This meant that teams from Brunei were no longer allowed to compete in tournaments run by other national member associations. The Football Association of Singapore appealed to FIFA to allow DPMM FC to finish the S.League season, but the appeal was rejected. The results of all DPMM's league matches for 2009 were therefore expunged.

Lifting of suspension, and success in SingaporeEdit

After 20 months of being suspended, FIFA has decided to lift the suspension off Brunei Darussalam. This means that the national team as well as the football teams from Brunei Darussalam are allowed to join any football competitions under FIFA. DPMM re-entered the S.League in 2012, and became dominant after the arrival of former English Premier League manager Steve Kean in 2014. They won their first S.League title in 2015, a year after losing ground in the final fixture of the 2014 season.[3]

Intention to pull out of the S.LeagueEdit

Since the 2016 season, the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) has been reducing the number of imports allowed per S.League team. This has affected the Bruneian-based outfit greatly, with a lesser pool of local players against Singapore's (or Japan's in the case of Albirex Niigata (S)).[4]

Towards the conclusion of the 2017 S.League in November, DPMM FC announced their intention on their website to possibly move to the Malaysian league, which they last appeared in 2008. This intention was later "dashed" by the FAM and in particular by Football Malaysia LLP, which stipulated that DPMM FC have to play their home games in Malaysia and to have a squad full of Malaysians with Bruneians regarded as import players. DPMM called these rulings "unprofessional" and "insane".[5]

In late December, DPMM stated their intentions to join the Indonesian league for 2018 instead.[6] This was made after a meeting between S.League clubs whereby new rules were set to restrict foreign imports to two, and the implementation of a youth-focused roster. However the move would be "technically impossible" to happen according to PSSI's secretary general a few days after the announcement was made.[7]

Further talks with FAS made at the turn of the year resulted in a compromise that was reached on 10 January 2018, where the S.League competition organisers would allow them to sign up to 3 foreign players instead of 2 with no age restrictions and DPMM will also not be subject to the same age restrictions as the local S.League clubs. Each local S.League team, apart from the Young Lions, will be required to have at least six under-23 players and eight under-30 players in the squad, with the remaining players to be of any age.[8]

Although they participated in the 2018 Singapore Premier League, finishing in third place below champions Albirex and Home United, DPMM is still considering to join another league. Reports by Singapore press in October 2018 revealed that DPMM have submitted official enquiry to join Thai League 1 for the 2019 season.[9] The club would later announce that they would be competing in the 2019 Singapore Premier League,[10] but afterwards expressed an interest to join Indonesia's Liga 1 in 2020.[11]

On 15 September 2019, DPMM were confirmed to be champions of the 2019 Singapore Premier League after their closest rivals Hougang United only managed to play a 4–4 draw with Geylang International, leaving the Bruneian club with an unassailable four-point lead at the top of the table.[12] They also reached the semi-finals of the Singapore Cup before being eliminated by via penalty shootout to Warriors FC on 30 October.[13]

In 2020, DPMM participated in the Singapore Premier League but could only play one game before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the league to be suspended until October.[14] The team was unable to fulfill the remaining fixtures due to travel restrictions between Brunei and Singapore, resulting in the inevitable exclusion from the year's SPL season.[15]

DPMM once again withdrew from the 2021 Singapore Premier League due to the ongoing travel restrictions imposed by the Brunei government, but not before showing intent to participate in the league.[16]

Return to BruneiEdit

In 2019, DPMM sent a youth team to play in the 2018–19 Brunei Premier League, with three first teamers namely Azim Izamuddin Suhaimi, Abdul Azizi Ali Rahman and Azwan Ali Rahman also registered with the team.[17] They finished in first place at the end of the season, winning promotion to the 2020 Brunei Super League.[18] The 'B' team which began to boast import players like Shuhei Sasahara only completed two games before the season was eventually cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[19]

Due to the first team's withdrawal from the Singapore Premier League for the 2021 season, head coach Pennock announced that his team will be lacing up for the upcoming 2021 Brunei Super League which is slated to begin in June.[20]


Current squadEdit

As of 21 May 2021[21]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   BRA Emerson
2 DF   BRU Wafi Aminuddin
3 DF   BRU Abdul Mu'iz Sisa
4 MF   BRU Hanif Farhan Azman
6 MF   BRU Azwan Saleh
7 MF   BRU Azwan Ali Rahman
8 MF   BRU Hendra Azam Idris
9 FW   BRU Abdul Azizi Ali Rahman
10 FW   BLR Andrey Varankow
11 MF   BRU Najib Tarif
12 GK   BRU Haimie Anak Nyaring
No. Pos. Nation Player
13 DF   BRU Hanif Hamir
14 DF   BRU Helmi Zambin
15 MF   BRU Hazwan Hamzah
16 MF   BRU Nur Asyraffahmi Norsamri
17 FW   BRU Hakeme Yazid Said
18 FW   BRU Razimie Ramlli
19 MF   BRU Nur Ikhwan Othman
20 DF   BRU Fakharrazi Hassan
21 DF   BRU Abdul Aziz Tamit
22 FW   BRU Shah Razen Said
23 DF   BRU Yura Indera Putera
25 GK   BRU Wardun Yussof (Captain)

League and Cup historyEdit

Season League Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P   Brunei FA Cup/
  Malaysia FA Cup/
League Cup
Top goalscorer Goals Head Coach
  Singapore Cup
2001   Pepsi Cup League 2 8 7 0 1 42 4 15   Radiman Abdul Rahman 17   Sandi Sejdinovski
2002   Brunei Premier League 1 14 13 1 0 55 16 40 Quarter Final   Sean Lockhart 10   Yordan Stoykov
2003 2 18 14 2 2 65 12 44 Round 2   Ajayi Oluseye 28   Azman Eusoff
2004 1 18 17 1 0 81 7 52 Winners 30   Amir Alagic
2005 Withdrew Quarter Final   Goran Vujanović 17   Graham Paddon
05-06   Malaysia Premier League 3 21 9 6 6 40 33 33   Tiago dos Santos 10   Ranko Buketa
06-07   Malaysia Super League 3 24 13 5 6 46 29 44   Shahrazen Said 21
07-08 10 24 4 10 10 27 34 22 First Round   Shahrazen Said
  Rosmin Kamis
5   Yordan Stoykov
2009   S.League Expelled from the league[22][23] Quarter Final Winners   Shahrazen Said 8   Vjeran Simunić
10-11 Banned by FIFA
2012   S.League 2 24 15 3 6 49 26 48 Preliminary Winners   Shahrazen Said 13   Vjeran Simunić
2013 8 27 9 8 10 38 48 35 Quarter Final Runners-up   Rodrigo Tosi 8
2014 2 27 15 5 7 63 30 50 Third Place Winners 24   Steve Kean
2015 1 27 15 7 5 48 26 52 Third Place First Round   Rafael Ramazotti 21
2016 3 24 12 5 7 47 37 41 Quarter Final Runners-up 20
2017 8 24 5 2 17 30 61 17 Quarter Final Semi Final 14
2018   Singapore Premier League 3 24 11 8 5 46 38 41 Runners-up   Volodymyr Pryyomov 18   Renê Weber
2019 1 24 15 5 4 51 25 50 Fourth Place   Andrey Varankow 21   Adrian Pennock
2020 Withdrew[15]   Charlie Clough
  Andrey Varankow
2021   Brunei Super League 1 6 6 0 0 56 1 18   Andrey Varankow 22

Continental recordEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2002-03 AFC Champions League Qualifiers Round 2   Geylang United 0-3 4-0 0-7
2003 ASEAN Club Championship Group B   Perak FA 3-0 3rd
  Singapore Armed Forces 2-2
2005 ASEAN Club Championship Group B   Thailand Tobacco Monopoly 2-2 2nd
  Finance and Revenue 1-2
  Tampines Rovers 0-1
Semi Final   Pahang 1-0







  • Pengiran Sengamara Di Raja Cup
    • Runner-up (1): 2000
  • DPMM FC Invitational Cup
    • Winners (1): 2002
  • Brunei Super Cup
    • Winners (2): 2002, 2004
  • Brunei FA Cup
    • Winners (1): 2004



Club officialsEdit


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