The re-launch of the Go-jek Traveloka Indonesian Football League saw the return of Persebaya from several years in non-playing wilderness. This was a struggle played out on the increasingly orderly streets of the port city of Surabaya, and of course through social media campaigns, where fans strengthened their attacks and resolve against the PSSI (Persatuan Sepakbola Seluruh Indonesia, aka Indonesian Football Federation). The reinstatement of Persebaya brought back a degree of history and footballing culture that would have been otherwise missing from the Second Division. Persebaya remains as the nation’s most iconic club, despite its troubled recent history.
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