In the 1990s, SAFFC had the Croatian triumvirate of Jure Eres, Velimir Crljen and Ivica Raguz, who fired the club to stunning success in the S-League.
Speaking the same language and helping each other out off the field, the trio settled quickly in Singapore.
They were not even born when the likes of C Kunalan, Patricia Chan, Alex Chan and Tan Thuan Heng starred for Singapore at the 1969 South-east Asia Peninsular (SEAP) Games in what was then Rangoon, the capital of Burma. Much has obviously changed since.
Hockey set Enrico Marican on the straight and narrow. Looked after primarily by his grandmother after his parents divorced when he was seven, the youngster began to spend much of his time away from home.