Football Politics

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 their shared allegiance and she replies with a smile. Despite Orhan’s antagonism and…

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 President – are always given health so that you are able to carry out the obligations of the national…

Warkop Pitulikur and Football Activism

*by Fajar Junaedi and Andy Fuller **an earlier version of this article was published on Football Fandom Indonesia. ***photos by Husin Ghozali Resistance towards injustice can appear anywhere. The resistance to the political forces that have sought to kill off the Persebaya football club emerged at an informal coffee house (warung kopi) known as Warkop…

Ersatz Capitalism and Indonesian Football

*Guest post by Fajar Junaedi of Muhamadiyah University, Yogyakarta **This article is a translation of Kapitalism Semu dan Kegagalan Swastanisasi Sepak Bola Indonesia. There is a missing link in professional football in Indonesia. The combination of the Association clubs with those of the Galatama (professional) clubs was intended to create a holistic professional competition. But,…

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