Surabaya

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…

Bonek 1927 v PSSI

The supporters of Persebaya 1927, have been protesting the fate of their Club for several years. Their anger is increasing; protests are intensifying. The protests are taking place on the streets of Surabaya and very heavily also on social media. Bonek 1927 are protesting against the monopolising of power within the PSSI by La Nyalla…

Tambak Sari Stadium

Tambak Sari Stadium, Surabaya There is something mournful about an empty football stadium. The stands are empty; the pitch is free of action. The air lacks the buzzes of expectation and the urgent statements of PA announcements indicating which player is coming off, which player is coming on or which player has been awarded a…

Fajar Junaedi, Bonek

Fajar Junaedi, Bonek, Yogyakarta: Buku Litera, 2012. Fajar Junaedi’s Bonek: Komunitas Suporter Pertama dan Terbesar di Indonesia (Bonek: The First and Largest Supporter Community in Indonesia) is the first major study of football fans in Indonesia. It examines Bonek, the large and highly visible fan club of Surabaya’s Persebaya soccer team and traces the development…

Bonek

Bonek I am reading Fajar Junaedi’s book Bonek: Grup Supporter Terbesar dan Pertama di Indonesia (Yogyakarta: Buku Litera 2012), yes I am.  From my search of the KITLV catalogue, this appears to be the first monograph on a supporter group or soccer fans in Indonesia. Junaedi is an academic based at Universitas Muhamadiyah Yogyakarta. He…

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