Tuesday, March 26, 2013
AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers
Thailand v Kuwait 1-3 (Chanathip) 15,000
Lebanon v Thailand 5-2 (Thitiphan 2) 7,000
Iraq v Indonesia 1-0 3,600
Indonesia v Saudi Arabia 1-2 (Boas Solossa) 75,000
Qatar v Malaysia 2-0 7,320
Malaysia v Yemen 2-1 (Azamuddin, Khryil Muhyeem) 80,000
Well there is an impressive start to the Asian Cup qualifiers for the local nations. If I include Vietnam they also lost both their opening games as well.
All that investment into local football, all that professional management, all them foreign clubs coming here to play friendlies and raise the profile; there is the result. Out of seven games only one has been won!
It is fair to say, and I don't think I will be going out on a limb here, no ASEAN team will qualify for Australia in 2015.
With the exception of Malaysia no team has even garnered a single point.
Big crowds in Malaysia and Indonesia; in Indonesia the home support chucked plastic water bottles at the handful of visiting Saudi fans amid reports of slack security. Nothing new there, similar happened when they met n the 2007 Asian Cup proper.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Tanjong Pagar Flying High
The SLeague has been the daftest, most insane, nuttiest and most unpredictable league in the region over the last few years and this year is proving to be no exception. The top of the table reads like the bottom would have done a few years back with clubs like Tanjong Pagar and Balestier Khalsa usurping the chillied crab cart.
Deltras Derby Delayed
The game was originally slated to be played at Deltras Stadium in Sidoarjo, a practical suburb of Surabaya but the local police weren't too keen on the idea of thousands of Persebaya fans making the short journey to their delightful town.
Kanjuruhan Stadium in Malang was next mooted but Persebaya nixed that idea; they are less than popular in that town at the best of times.
Deltras are saying they don't care where the game is held as long as it is in East Java; anything else would quite naturally cost an arm and a leg in travel and other assorted costs.
Indonesia v Saudi Arabia Tickets
Ticket Prices (10,000 IDR = approx 1USD)
VVIP - 1,000,000 IDR
VIP - 500,000 IDR
Category 1 - 200,000 IDR
Category 2 - 100,000 IDR
Category 3 - 50,000 IDR
Bye Bye IPL
The first season they promised to change the game and they sure managed that by stopping at the half way point. The next season they went the whole hog with Semen Padang champions.
The IPL remember was the league where salaries would be guaranteed by the league. And people fell for it!
Will they finish the season this time? What's the point? The league is a dead man walking and always has been.
Under the newly agreed format a new league, another one, will begin next season with 22 teams; 18 from the Indonesia Super League and the top four from the IPL.
Teams like Arema IPL, Persija IPl and Persebaya IPL won't be admitted to the new set up because they already exist so we are looking at Semen Padang, PSM and two others. Another reports suggests Persiba Bantul, Persijap, Semen Padang and Persiraja though I find it hard to believe there will be no PSM in any future new league.
The IPL teams are of course not happy but tough. They backed the wrong horse. Clubs like Pro Duta and PSLS were never going to become household names and will have to start again from scratch, working their way up through the leagues.
The IPL bites the dust, a few grown mens vanity dashed on the rocks of reality and the apathy of the football public.
Form An Orderly Queue
The current PSSI mob haven't been able to do much with the national team. When they took over they sacked Alfred Riedl, they said they couldn't find his contract, brought in Wim Rijsbergen, ignored him, appoined Maizer, brought in some guy called Charbonnier, ignored him, brought back Maizer, brought in Blanco then decided to make Blanco Technical Director!
Keeping up so far?
Now it appears with Indonesia due to host Saudi Arabia this weekend in an Asian Cup Qualifier they will have two coaches; Rahmad Darmawan and Jacksen F Tiago.
Perhaps being coaches familiar to Indonesian officials they may be allowed to do the job the way they see fit, not like these pesky foreigners with their ideas of discipline and responsibility.
They Think It's All Over...But Is It?
A peace deal to end a lengthy power struggle for control of Indonesian soccer looked to have been agreed with rival factions saying they would unite leagues and national teams to work as one in order to avoid a FIFA ban.
But former Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) member Farid Rahman said the meeting had not followed agreed procedure signed in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by the body and the rival Indonesian Soccer Rescue Committee (KPSI) and witnessed by FIFA.
Rahman and five of his colleagues left Sunday's meeting after attempts were made by PSSI chairman Djohar Arifin Husein to add further points to the agenda after the agreed matters had been discussed.
"The agenda in the booklet is different from the agenda agreed in the MoU. It is not legal," Rahman told Reuters via telephone. "It is a mess, embarrassing for Indonesia."
Sunday's meeting at a luxury hotel was marred by jostling and shouting with almost 500 police deployed to help bring to an end the messy conflict that has seen the soccer-obsessed country hit new lows in international competition.
The meeting was attended by observers from FIFA and Rahman urged them to investigate his claims at the world governing body's two-day executive committee meeting starting on Wednesday in Switzerland.
"FIFA has an executive committee meeting. They have made their report. But the six of us who stepped out of the meeting also made a report of the congress," Rahman said, also querying the validity of the appointment of the new PSSI general secretary Hadiyandra.
Rahman has written to FIFA on behalf of the six members — other are Bob Hippy, Mawardy Nurin, Sihar Sitorus, Tudy Dau, Widodo Santoso — asking what they planned to do about what he said was a violation of statutes.
Rahman said the six had been fired for walking out of the congress but he felt that their departure was necessary to avoid a possible FIFA ban, a frequently suggested threat.
"We stepped out because we wanted to save Indonesian football from a ban," Rahman added. "We are happy that Indonesia is not going to be suspended but we think they should redo it [the congress]."
COMMENT - love the headline in the link. If FIFA were to look into wrongdoings in Indonesia they would never organise a World Cup for another 20 years!
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Persija Looking For New Coach
Names in the hat include former coach Benny Dollo, Bambang Nurdiansyah, Carlos de Mello and Gomez de Oliveria according to a guy from the Persija fan club!
That's not as daft as it sounds. Most clubs here don't have any kind of media section and rely on their supporters to disseminate information!
Light At The End Of The Tunnel For Indonesia Football
The extraordinary congress agreed on revisions to statutes governing the association known as PSSI, and an accord on reunification of the nation’s two professional leagues was reached.
PSSI says the changes bring the association in compliance with FIFA mandates. World football’s governing body had threatened sanctions if Indonesian football’s feuding factions could not resolve their various disputes.
The Indonesia Super League and Indonesia Premier League will be merged under the ISL’s administrator, Liga Indonesia.
Two other issues raised by FIFA were settled prior to the extraordinary congress.
“It’s a good result for Indonesian football. We have agreed on two important agendas. We made revisions to the PSSI statutes and FIFA gave its approval. Indonesia will be free from FIFA’s sanction,” PSSI chairman Djohar Arifin told reporters.
“The reunification of professional leagues will be implemented in 2014 and for the time being, both leagues will run separately.”
One of the most significant PSSI statute revisions concerned the new composition of its Executive Committee. The federation will have an expanded 15-member Executive Committee, comprised of one chairman, two vice chairmen and 12 members. Previously there were 11 members, including one chairman and one vice chairman.
Concerning reunification, both ISL and IPL organizers — Liga Indonesia and Liga Prima Indonesia Sportindo, respectively — presented proposals and road maps for the leagues’ merger. PSSI members on Sunday voted for Liga Indonesia’s proposal.
With the decision, there will be 22 teams in the top-tier league next season, according to Joko Driyono, chief executive of Liga Indonesia.
“The top-tier league will be comprised of 18 ISL clubs and four IPL clubs next season. In November, we will hold an assessment according to the AFC Pro-League requirements,” Joko said.
The meeting was marred by incident when six Executive Committee members walked out as committee member La Nyalla Mattalittis tried to push for a more ambitious agenda. The congress ultimately did not stray from its original agenda.
“We walked out of the meeting because it’s clear that FIFA only pushed for four points in its letter. We just want to play by the rules,” said Farid Rahman, one of the six.
The meeting concluded with the selection of the new-look Executive Committee’s four new members — Zufadli, Djamal Aziz, La Siya and Hardi Hasan — to fill out the 15-member body. La Nyalla was also appointed as new vice chairman.
While PSSI is claiming success following Sunday’s meeting, FIFA will have the final word. The congress and its results will be discussed at the next FIFA Executive Committee meeting on April 20.
SOURCE - The Jakarta Globe
COMMENT - is it over? Who knows. But I do know this. The last couple of years of division and nonsense have been a big waste of time and cash; cash that could have been better spent on developing the grass roots of the game and players' salaries. Anybody remember Diego Mendieta?
The vanities of them involved have no limit and it remains to be seen whether or not they can work in tandem for the benefit of, um, you know...
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Van Dijk Hits Ground Running
He has played 6 games for Persib, starting five of them, and found the net six times alongside his new strike partner Kenji Adichihara.
He is now in training with the national team ahead of the Saudi Arabia next weekend when he will be hoping to continue his fine start to life in Indonesia
Tanjong Pagar Announce Sponsorship
Mixed Week In AFC Cup For Indonesian Teams
SOURCE - my Jakarta Globe column (not available on line)
Arema Out Of Pocket
Trouble is no one told Arema about it till they arrived in Bandung!
As you can imagine the club are well pissed and demanding someone somewhere refund their not insignificant expenses they have incurred on a wasted trip.
They say they are out of pocket to the tune of $21,000 after forking out on transport from Malang to Surabaya, flights from Surabaya and hotels in Bandung.
Some of the Arema players decided to put their unexpected freetime to good use. Rather than traipse round the factory outlets or queue for outrageously expensive brownies they turned up at the Arsenal Soccer School in Bandung to say hi.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Arema & Persib Among The Biggest In Asia
Teraktor TBZ have the largest average support in Asia with 58,077 apparently followed by Urawa Red Diamonds on 44,210. Three of the top six come from Iran.
In 7th place come Arema with an average attendance of 27,860 putting them 4,000 fans per game against the second biggest in South East Asia, Hai Phong in Vietnam. Arema are also ahead of Tokyo FC and Yokohama Marinos. Not bad for a provincial town with no international airport playing at a stadium miles outside the city.
Persib come 14th in the list. Ahead of the supposedly greatest sports city in the world, Melbourne Victory. Persib average 20,766 and that will increase when they move to their new stadium.
This is the potential of Indonesian football. The people. It's a shame those who run the game and the clubs don't share that view.
A Sorry Honour Roll
1 fan died at PSPS v Persepam Madura United
1 fan died at Persegres v Arema
1 fan died at Persebaya IPL v Persija IPL
3 fans died at Persija v Persib
5 Persebaya fans fell from roof of train
1 fan died at Sriwijaya v Persiba
1 fan died in trouble between Persebaya and Deltras
2 fans died at the SEA Games Final
3 Persib fans fell from the roof of a train
1 fans died after trouble between Persija and Persitara
1 fan died after falling from the stand Persik v Persib
1 Persija fan attacked and killed before Persija v Persipura
1 fan died at Persipura v Persiwa
1 fan died at Liga Indonesia final between Persija and Persipura
1 fan died at Kanjuruhan Stadium
1 fan died at Persekabpas v Arema
1 fan died at Persija v Persebaya at a pre season tournament
1 fan died at Persela v Persebaya
1 fan fell from the bus at ASEAN Cup Indonesia v Philippines
1 fan died at Persija v Semen Padang
1 PSIS fan died in Jakarta on the way home from a game in Bogor
6 PSIS fans died
3 Persebaya fans died
1 Persebaya fan died in Yogyakarta
This ain't about which club has been involved in the most incidents. It's about basic security. Over 1,200 security personnel were on duty today for the Bandung Derby between Pelita Bandung Raya and Persib. That is a lot of security.
Who allows these kids to climb on the roof of public transport? Whose job is it to stop them?
Why is there no proper segregation inside stadiums? Despite the large numbers of security people at most games I have been to it is the fans who police themselves, well the supporters club. I have seen them prevent incidents escalating and I have seen them try and ease traffic congestion after games.
Crowd control doesn't happen here.
It now appears a politician is taking an interest and he is to be commended for making a start. For too long Indonesian youths have been dying and nothing has been done beyond perhaps the police making the next home game played behind closed doors or in another city.
The details above come from today's edition of Top Skor. Fair play to them for doing the research and to the politician, Deddy Gumelar, for taking an interest in this sorry tale.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Persis Held At Home
Moments later there was a penalty given after a Madium player went flying in on a Persis player who is now having breakfast on the International Space Station.
The ref gave a pen because it was a pen. Madiun walked off the field for a while, had a huddle then went back and allowed their keeper to face the pen. It was a poor effort but the keeper excelled himself by throwing himself over the ball!
Quality stuff from the country where everything that happens can never be made up!
The game ended 1-1 so I guess everyone went home happy.
By the way the game was played at Sriwedari because Manahan was used by Persija yesterday and will be again later in the week.
Odd but again I don't make these things up!
Better The Guarantee Of Rice Today Than The Promise Of Fish Tomorrow
In recent years Pelita Jaya in the ISL and Bandung FC in the LPI have tried to muscle in on the city of Bandung and have not only failed to make an impact; they have failed to last.
Bandung is blue as is West Java. Persib blue. The whole bloody province with perhaps the odd pocket in places like Bekasi and Depok which are more Jakarta satellites than Sundanese homeland.
If I know this as an outsider then surely the locals must know it.
You don't pile into Newcastle or Barcelona and try and take on the local big boys without doing your homework, without spending massive amounts on marketing and without having your head seen to.
Pelita Jaya tried to play their home games in Soreang, Purwakarta and Karawang without creating any kind of lasting impression so it was little surprise when the owners decided to sell the club. What was a surprise was when it was announced they had been bought by Bandung Raya, a club playing so far down the Indonesian pyramid most had forgotten they were even a football club.
Pelita Bandung Raya showed signs of ambition. They brought in Simon McMenemy as coach and signed the likes of Nova Arianto, Mijo Dadic, Gaston Castano and Eka Ramdani.
But the fans weren't interested. The Bandung Raya support continued but the Pelita Jaya fans, attracted during their spell in Karawang, decided they weren't going to make the journey and the gate suffered. Games played at Soreang, a fine stadium which is far from the middle of nowhere, echoed to the shouts of the coaching staffs and players with never more than 1,500 attracted to the games.
The club drastically reduced ticket prices to no avail.
West Java is blue.
Following the 1-0 home defeat to Persita at the weekend coach Simon McMenemy has quit, tweeting that 'I'm a proud man so I will be the 1 to confirm that I will be leaving PBR, Results speak louder than developing young players, Disappointed'.
Two wins all season have seen Pelita Bandung Raya slip into the relegation zone, and their next home game sees them come up against Persib themselves.
There was a hint that all was not well within the club on Sunday when McMenemy tweeted 'trust is useless if it only goes one way'.
Building a team for the future is a job fraught with difficulties. Not every club is blessed with a generation like Beckham, Scholes, Giggs or Thomas, Rocastle, Merson.
Results are what keep coaches in a job, unless you are Arsene Wenger, and the potential glories of tomorrow carry no weight in a la la land where egos among the club management will always trump footballing decisions taken on the training field.
Such has it ever been here and so it will continue.
The question is how much longer can the football club last?
Did You Believe The Hype?
Since that heady December Irfan has moved to Chonburi in the Thai Premier League and Okta has all but disappeared off the football map.
After last season with Persiram we are now well into the new Indonesia Super League season and Okta remains clubless.
Telling that none of the big clubs have taken a punt on the once promising one, he is now being overlooked by the national team; quite rightly considering he has no club.
While many raved about the he scored back in 2010 for Indonesia two other incidents stick in my mind. Once when he came on as a sub, to a roaring reception, he set off in the wrong direction and needed his team mates to tell him which way he should be facing.
The other was when he dared an audacious overhead a couple of yards from his own goal line and lost possession. He got a massive cheer from the crowded stadium but I don't think his team mates were so impressed.
Dead Indonesian Football Fans
I've lost count of how many supporters who have not returned from a football match in this country and no one does a thing.
Mind you recent disturbances in South Sumatra (between the police and military)and Sumba (where a mob killed a family of seven apparently over a land dispute) suggest there is a crisis in law and order in this country and to show you the pervading mentality an alleged gang leader who was recently arrested in Jakarta pointedly told the media he would not have his 'followers' take any action.
If you what some kind of rationale over this break down of law and order you have come to the wrong place. Did these incidents happen under the New Order regime of Suharto? Is it a result of greater de centralisation or symptomatic of a weak central government? Is it a legacy of a generation growing up disenfranchised , despite the vote, or the teething pains of a society still struggling to come to terms with independence and globalisation that is passing large numbers by?
Buggered if I know...
Chelsea Excited (Yawn) About Indonesia Trip
Chelsea will follow on the heels of English Premier League foe Arsenal as the second big-time club from England’s top flight to play in the capital this year, with the match scheduled for July 25.
Sponsored by lender Bank Negara Indonesia, the 2012 European Champions League winner will face the Indonesia All Stars, a team that will be selected by BNI customers via a poll starting today.
“We are very pleased to announce this historic fixture — Chelsea’s first game in Indonesia,” club CEO Ron Gourlay told a press conference in Jakarta on Thursday.
“We know there is huge support for the team in the country. The fan [base] here is enormous. A figure of over 2 million fans in Indonesia on our Facebook page demonstrates that, and we are delighted our supporters will have the chance to watch us play in Jakarta.”
Gourlay first broke the news of Chelsea’s Jakarta visit on the club’s official website last month.
“Our preseason preparations will be well underway by July 25 and we will be bringing the strongest squad available for the game against the Indonesia All Stars,” Gourlay said. “We expect to bring two to three new faces.”
He also expressed Chelsea’s interest in opening a football academy in Indonesia.
Felia Salim, BNI’s vice president director, said the bank was pleased to bring the London-based team to Indonesia earlier than its original plans for a 2015 visit. The lender has partnered with Chelsea on a program to co-brand debit, pre-paid and credit cards issued to Indonesian customers.
“We had a previous talk with Chelsea that if we could achieve 25,000 BNI Chelsea payment cards per year after launching six months ago, we would be able to bring the team to Jakarta. Currently there are 106,000 cards in the market, so they decided to come earlier,” Felia said.
Ticket information will be announced within the next 10 days by organizer MyEvents.
National team coach Luis Manuel Blanco will take the managerial reigns for the Indonesia All Stars.
SOURCE - The Jakarta Globe
17/07 - Chelsea v Thai All Stars (Bangkok)
21/07 - Chelsea v Malaysia XI (KL)
25/07 - Chelsea v Indonesia All Stars (Jakarta)
Quite why they can't just play a local club side is beyond me. Are you telling me the Hong League is better than any in this region? If Arsenal can play Kitchee why can't they play Persija?
Persija Lack Vision
Monday, March 04, 2013
Weekend Results 2-3/03
Persita v PSPS 0-0 2,350
Persela v Persisam 1-1 (Zaenal Arifin; Bayu Gatra) 10,244
Persepam v Mitra Kukar 3-1 (Osas Marvelous 2, Ishak Djober; Setia Hadi) 14,000
Persiram v Persidafon 0-0 1,232
Persiwa v Persiba 2-0 (Camera Sekou 2) 4,375
Persib v Persija 3-1 (Kenji Adichihara, Sergio Van Dijk 2; Pedro Javier) 26,587
Persipura v Barito Putra 4-1 (Otavio Dutra 2, Bio Paulin, Lukas Mandowen; Coulibray) 23,133
A busy ISL weekend not short on upsets. What is no surprise is Persipura comfortably overcoming Barito Putra with the aid of a couple of pens by Dutra. The Black Pearls go top for the first time this season. Mitra Kukar could have gone top had they won on Madura but it was not to be as newly promoted Persepam, coached by the irrepressible Daniel Roekito, thumped them to continue their unbeaten home record.
The big game no doubt was at Jalak Harupat as Persib overcame Persija 3-1 with new signing Van Dijk continuing his fine start to life in Indonesia netting a brace. Persija, to add to their woes, had Fabiano sent off for a second red card, the challenge reckless rather than malicious and the back slapping that accompanied him off the field possibly helped keep the crowd calm.
1 - Persipura 9 6 3 0 20-4 21
2 - Arema 10 7 0 3 24-11 21
3 - Mitra Kukar 9 6 1 2 20-15 19
4 - Persisam 9 4 3 2 14-12 15
8 - Cristian Gonzales (Arema)
7 - Boas Solossa (Persipura), Alberto Goncalves (Arema), Djibril Coulibaly (Barito Putra)
Persid v Persebo 1-1 (Nurul Mauludi; Zul Asmi) 6,017
Perssin v Sumbawa Barat 4-1 (Syamsuddin, Bintang 2, Rizki; Feriansyah) 5,773
Persikabo v PSCS 1-1 (Mustopha Aji; Bienvenue Nnengue) 8,000
Madiun Putra v PSMP 2-1 (Ainun Hamesurogo 2; Supaham) 3,000
An East Java local derby saw a late equaliser by Mauludi to save the points for Persid Jember. Meanwhile it was 3rd against 2nd at Cibinong with honours shared. PSCS went top on goal difference of PSIS
Indonesia Premier League
Semen Padang v Persiba 2-1
Persema v Bontang 4-1
PSIR v Persebaya 0-0 12,500
Pro Duta v Arema 2-0
PSLS v Persija 3-3
Persiraja v Persijap 1-0
Persibo v PSM 2-0
Persepar v Perseman 0-2
Wow! A full set of fixtures in the IPL. Arema finally managed to play their first game of the season but lost. They had previously uniliaterally pulled out of their first two games claiming they weren't ready though an off field dispute did contribute to this. as ever! They forfeited their last game, away to Semen Padang, 3-0. Persema began a new era with new colours, new badge and a new nickname. Life without Irfan began well but it was Bontang they were playing and even at this stage they will evaluate their coach after losing their opening games conceding nine in the process.
Persebaya's notorious Bonek following made the shortish journey along the north coast of Java in their 000's, anywhere between 3 and 4,000, with some camping outside Rembang's 10,000 capacity stadium overnight.
Wins for Semen Padang and Perseman mean they currently share top spot.
Friday, March 01, 2013
Goals Galore In ISL
Arema v Pelita Bandung Raya 4-2 (Alberto Goncalves 3, Cristian Gonzales; Gaston Castano, Dane Milavanovic) 20,498
Persegres v Sriwijaya 3-4 (Novriansyah, Faristian, Matsunaga; Tantan 3, Hilton) 9,756
Arema's win against PBR saw them climb to the top of the ISL after their 10th game. Gonzales and Goncalves now have 15 goals between them out of the 24 Arema have scored. However the 2009/2010 have played six games at home, 100% record, and have played two games more than their nearest rivals, Mitra Kukar and Persipura, who sit just two and three points behind them.
A couple of years back big things were expected of Tantan, then with Persitara. It didn't happen, so rarely does here, but a hat trick today for Sriwijaya was a reminder of what he could do. Remember, Persegres sacked their coach yesterday but it doesn't seem to have halted the malaise in their corner of East Java.
Sriwijaya's win takes them above Persegres to 6th in the table level on points with Persisam and Barito Putra but the Kalimantan teams have a better goal difference.
Persip v PSIS 1-1 (Patricio Jiminez; Emile Lingkers) 11,575
Persetema v Persiku 0-0 5,000
Crowd Trouble Just One More Woe
Today's Pantura Derby between Persip and PSIS was marred by incidents involving rival supporters and saw visiting fans stuck outside the stadium two hours after the game had ended as home fans pelted them with rocks and the usual plastic bottles.
Over 11,500 attended the Divisi Utama game seeing it end 1-1.
Saturday's East Java derby between Deltras and Persebaya has been postponed due to fears of crowd trouble. Persebaya, in the Divisi Utama, may lack the numbers of the IPL version but the distance between the two rivals is paper thin and security officials, anticipating a large influx of the infamous Bonek decided it was better not to issue the necessary permits and call the game off.
It is hoped to reschedule the game for Kanjuruhan Stadium near Malang at a later date.
And finally Sunday's volatile clash between Persib and Persija will have spectators present but there won't be any away fans. That is any Persija fans who do make the journey won't be wearing club colours. They may also polish up on their Sundanese language skills!