Seno Gumira Ajidarma

The Goalkeeper

Football without a goal is like capitalism with bankruptcy or religion without hell. This is according to Tony Schumacher, the German goalkeeper who was condemned by the world when he knocked out the teeth of Patrick Battiston, a French player, during the 1982 World Cup. Goals are indeed inseparable from football, for it is goals…

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…

Death of a Footballer

Senayan Stadium erupted as Sobrat’s strike escaped the grasp of the Young Indonesian’s goalkeeper, Ronny Paslah. The net bulged as the score became 1-0 for the Jonggring Salaka. Young Indonesia would find it difficult to come back from such a position: the goal had been scored in the last minute of extra-time. But, why was…

Sukab Dribbles the Ball

Sukab dribbles the ball. Sukab dribbles the ball upon a manicured green field. He guides the ball gracefully, with the skill of a player in the Italian Seria A. Sukab – Sukab from Indonesia – dribbles the ball, caresses the ball, heads the ball, guiding the ball along the field, the great empty expanse without…

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.  …

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