Always Sparta Rotterdam

The fan shop was had just opened. The lights on the towers had not yet been turned on. On the way from Marconiplein RET trains top, a teenager had accelerated down the footpath on his bicycle doing a wheelie. Someone else had ...

Bonek Chants as Interpellation

The ‘Battle of Heroes’ was a friendly game held at the Stadion Gelora Bung Tomo in Surabaya in June, 2015. It featured players from Persebaya Surabaya in the team ‘Andik and Friends’ against a team of players from South America who are ...

The Art of Conducting

The modern orchestral conductor emerged with the rise of large scale symphony orchestras in the 19th century. In orchestral and choral music, a musician – a concertmaster – was able to use his body or bow to maintain rhythm and indicate the ...

The Rise of Jawa Pos and Persebaya

*An earlier version of this article was published in Indonesian on Fandom.id, here: Jawa Pos dan Sepak Bola.

Fajar Junaedi looks at the role played by newspapers in creating football fan culture in Java.

The Jawa Pos (Java Post), a newspaper ...

Racism and Resistance

*An edited version of this essay was published on Shoot Farken, here.

**This essay was initially published in the lead up to Adam Goodes’s return to footy, after a one week break, caused by the ongoing booing of him throughout the ...

Of Istanbul and Football Politics

*An oldie, written during April 2014.

“I hate Galatasaray. They are the worst team in the world,” Orhan remarks at his Camper shoe store on Istiklal Caddesi. A pedestrian walks past the shop wearing a Fenerbache shirt; he calls out to indicate ...

Bonek 1927 as Ultras

“GreenNord27 belongs to all of us. It doesn’t belong to a particular community. No one [group] dominates and no one has a monopoly on it. No one feels the most heroic; no one takes credit for having given the most service or ...

Bonek Against the President

Letter to President Jokowi from Bonek 1927

On the Eve of the 70th Anniversary of Indonesia’s Independence

“We Demand a Mental Revolution for Clean Football”

Presiden Jokowi, whom we venerate, We pray that you – Father ...