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PSIM Murals

These are some photos of the PSIM murals I have collected over the past two months. Jl.Tirtodipuran, opposite Bu Ageng restaurant Jl.Veteran Jl.Taman Siswa Jl.Kol.Sugiono (correction)  

What Makes This City Yogyakarta

*draft of introduction to my co-authored work with Dimaz Maulana. Perhaps it will form a book. We’re working on it. The woman at the counter asked me about the work I do. I told her “writer”; which is an arrogant way of saying, “unemployed”. The next day, she asked me what am I writing about,…

Seno Writes Soccer

Seno Writes Soccer, Seno Menulis Sepakbola Seno Gumira Ajidarma (born 1957, Boston), one of Indonesia’s most prominent authors, has contributed to the discourse on soccer in Indonesia through the means of short stories, journalism and academic writings. These writings reflect his trajectory as a writer and also the professions and jobs that he acquires.  …

Zlatanism

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Lagercrantz, I am Zlatan Ibrahimovic, trans.Ruth Urbom, London: Penguin, 2011. I am reading Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s autobiography yes I am. In the late 1990s, Malmo Football Club (Malmo Fotbollforening, MFF) was relegated to the second division. The documentary Bladarar shows some of their fans in tears as the final whistle of the…

Politics of Soccer in Indonesia

Politics of Soccer in Indonesia Politik Sepakbola di Indonesia Nurdin Halid occupies the inglorious position of having been the only national soccer boss, to have run the sport’s governing body from within jail. He is perhaps also the most hated man in soccer in Indonesia: for he governed (mismanaged, corrupted) the PSSI (Perserikatan Sepak Bola…

Foreign Footballers in Indonesia

Foreign Footballers in Indonesia a preliminary list (subject to verification) I am wondering who plays football in Indonesia. And so, here is a preliminary list of foreign players playing for teams in the Indonesian Super League.Each team is allowed to have four overseas players: at least one of these players must come from Asia. Players…

Playing the PS Vita

Playing the PS Vita “Everything I learned about life, I learned from playing FIFA on my PS Vita”. I am trying to justify playing my PS Vita: a machine I use almost exclusively for FIFA – I think I have the 2013 edition.  Whatever the case, Suarez is playing for Liverpool – which is a…

Articles on Sport in Indonesia

Articles on Sport in Indonesia I am beginning to do some reading on sport in Indonesia. I am starting to compile a preliminary bibliography. The list is given in the order of reading or finding the articles. A Starting List Freek Colombijn (2000), “The Politics of Indonesian Football”, Archipel, Volume 59, pp.171-200. Colombijn argues that…

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