Brajamusti

Football, Violence and Politics

*Recently published in Inside Indonesia (7 March, 2016) Football is the most popular spectator sport in Indonesia with second division games regularly attracting crowds of 30,000 spectators. Massive dance choreography and chanting are usually performed for the full duration of games, creating enormous spectacles. Yet, the passionate and creative fan culture also has an ugly…

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 football mad country. Many of the fans, however, support English, Italian or Spanish…

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 between fans of rival clubs but also between the two main supporter groups…

Buku PSIM

Teman-teman pecinta PSIM dan sepakbola di Indonesia, isi buku saya tentang PSIM dan Brajamusti kurang lebih begini. Maaf, untuk sementara ini, bukunya dalam Bahasa Inggris. Versi Bahasa Indonesia segera menyusul. judulnya: I Love PSIM: the Brajamusti and the Fight for Soccer in Indonesia (Saya Mencintai PSIM: Brajamusti dan Perjuangannya untuk Sepakbola di Indonesia) Kata Pengantar:…

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,…

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