Football

Mediate My Football

When I was in primary school, I already had a strong wish to be a journalist. So, I would retype articles from the newspaper: and most of the articles I typed were about sport. Most of the articles were about football, but, of course there were many articles about badminton [that sport at which Indonesia…

Amnesia, Absence and the A-League

Sporting landscapes are constantly shifting. Teams come and go or are merged and sent elsewhere; stadiums are dismantled and constructed; leagues are closed down and started up; new formats of traditional games are introduced; women’s leagues are given attention and arrive on television screens. The 2000s in Australia – just in football terms – has…

Pengakuan Seorang Groundhopper

Saya pernah memimpikan menjadi seorang Fillipo Inzaghi, mencetak gol, lalu merayakannya dengan begitu emosional sambil berlari dan berteriak ke pojok lapangan , dan ribuan orang yang memenuhi setiap sudut stadion pun ikut berteriak karena saya. Sayangnya waktu begitu cepat berlalu, usia saya kini 24 tahun dan bukannya saya sudah tergabung di klub Ac Milan atau…

What Fans Do

Being a football fan is serious business. Ultra fan groups are highly competitive within their own group and with other supporters of other clubs. Some fans will kill for their club; ultra fans recognise that taking on a loyalty to a club and fan group puts them at risk, meaning that they need to hide…

Fighting for Players’ Rights

*Robbie Gaspar, from Fremantle, played professional football in Indonesia from 2005 to 2012. Throughout this time he became a fan-favourite for the manner in which he played the game and engaged with the fans. He speaks Indonesian fluently, and, has a lazy 95,000 followers on Twitter. He has worked for FIFPro and for APPI –…

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…

Ultras in Indonesia

Indonesia occupies a curious place in global football culture. Football is everywhere in Indonesia: in the streets, in bars, in narrow alleys, in grand and packed stadiums, and in the shabby empty lots of urban decay. The game is a cultural product open to endless varieties of meanings, uses and articulations. Football, as the world’s…

Going to Belgrade

A friend of mine, who is an FC Augsburg-Fan searched in our Facebook-Football-Group (some kind of a private groundhopping group to plan trips with friends of mine and also for football information), for people,who want to join him for the Europe league away game in Belgrade against Фудбалски клуб Партизан (Cyrillic spelling of Partizan Belgrade)….

W-League Rising

It is round 4 of the W-League and I’m traveling across Melbourne to Epping Stadium to see Melbourne Victory play Adelaide United. This is my first W-League game of the season, after having watched both the semi-final and final in Perth last season. The game is to be played in Epping, some 20km north of…

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