Indonesia

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…

A New Game

My name is Ery. I am a 24 years and come from Purwakarta – a small city in West Java, Indonesia. I’m a little bit chubby and I’m crazy about sport. Lately, I’ve been crazy about footy. But before I get to that, here is a little bit about growing up playing sport in Indonesia…

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 –…

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…

Bonek Chants as Interpellation

The ‘Battle of Heroes’ was a friendly game held at the Stadion Gelora Bung Tomo in Surabaya in June, 2015. It featured players from Persebaya Surabaya in the team ‘Andik and Friends’ against a team of players from South America who are currently based in Indonesia. The game was partly possible because of the suspension…

The Rise of Jawa Pos and Persebaya

*An earlier version of this article was published in Indonesian on Fandom.id, here: Jawa Pos dan Sepak Bola. Fajar Junaedi looks at the role played by newspapers in creating football fan culture in Java. The Jawa Pos (Java Post), a newspaper based in the east Javanese city of Surabaya, recently had a three page report…

Gelora Bung Karno Stadium

Gelora Bung Karno Stadium is one of the great Sukarno-era monuments of Jakarta. It is the home of Persija football club and also the offices of the PSSI – The Indonesian Football Federation. (Official page is here, Persija, and fans page, is here JakOnline). The venue is used for rock concerts – Deep Purple, Metallica…

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…

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