An Englishman and ADO Den Haag

It is mid-morning in an outer suburb of The Hague. HVV Haaglandia is the site for a gathering of supporters of ADO Den Haag, Legia Warsaw, Juventus, Club Brugge and Sparta Rotterdam. I have come to the event with Neal McClimon, an ...

Support Your Local Team

In 2014, I spent some time with the Brajamusti supporter group of Yogyakarta. They actively support and work for the team, PSIM: a second division club with a long history. Indonesia has tens of millions of enthusiastic football fans. It is a ...

Brajamusti of PSIM

PSIM, a football club based in Yogyakarta and founded in 1929, has seen better years. The club is well and truly in the  second tier of the domestic competition and suffers from poor management and fan violence. The violence not only occurs ...

Bonek 1927 v PSSI

The supporters of Persebaya 1927, have been protesting the fate of their Club for several years. Their anger is increasing; protests are intensifying. The protests are taking place on the streets of Surabaya and very heavily also on social media. Bonek 1927 ...

An Afternoon with the Pasoepati Crew

*An edited version of this was published in The Jakarta Post.

Before I got back on the train to Yogyakarta, my friend, Ramdhon said, “take your t-shirt off – it is better not to wear it in Yogyakarta, or even on ...

Football Violence in Indonesia

Football Violence in Indonesia: A Case from Yogyakarta

On Sunday 12th October, 2014,  Muhammad Ikhwanuddin, was killed in a car park near Adi Sucipto airport, Yogyakarta. He had been dragged from the bus, beaten with a baseball bat and stabbed in the ...

Death at Manahan

Joko Riyanto went to the game with a few thousand rupiah in his pocket. He left the game, carried by trembling police, with Rp.3,000 (30 cents, for what it is worth) in his pocket and a bullet hole in the right side ...