South East Asian Football Culture

South East Asian Football Culture

As socialmediatisation continues its rampant conquer of our attention, free time, thumbs, creativity and now our work, it is no surprise that the Football Culture of South East Asia is finally getting the global acclaim it deserves. Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages dedicated to fan culture are now broadcasting the exploits of the passionate from Jakarta, Johor, Kuala Lumpur, Surabaya, BangkokPalembang, Pahang and Yogyakarta onto the screens of Italians, Israelis and Irishmen during their coffee break.

Asian fanatics developed their own way of supporting their team before the ubiquity of Social Media. They didn’t simply copy the Ultra Model, as is happening now in growing leagues that are exposed to Ultra behaviour elsewhere. They created something different, using Continue reading

Interview with Reza, Brigata Curva Sud

Brigata Curva Sud

On the dusty outskirts of Yogyakarta, we took 30 minutes to sit down and talk Football Culture with Reza, a long-standing member of Brigata Curva Sud, the independent PSS Sleman fan merchandise shop who use their profits to sponsor their Football club. This is the transcript of that interview. Enjoy.


Tell me the history of Brigata Curva Sud.

Brigata Curva Sud started on the 20th of May 2011, it was just Continue reading

Interview with an Indonesian Football Hooligan

Indonesian Football Hooligans

Original name and club affiliation of speaker omitted for obvious reasons. When [Club] is written, it refers to the Football club the speaker supports. When [Rival Club 1 / 2] are written, it refers to the rival Football clubs of the fans of the speaker’s club.

The opinions and thoughts expressed in this post reflect the speaker alone and are not Continue reading

Sriwijaya FC

Sriwijaya fc

Look at the league table in any league unfamiliar to you and you tend to see similar club name suffixes and prefixes. But it is in the Indonesian Liga 1 & 2 that the names are perhaps most similar. Persegres, PSS Sleman, PSIM, PSM, Persija, Persela, Persib, Persiba, Persibat, Persebaya, Persipura, Perseru, Persis. Confusing, right? One Indonesian club with a more distinct name is Sriwijaya FC.

Sriwijaya FC are the club of Palembang, the large inland port city Continue reading

Brigata Curva Sud of PSS Sleman

Sleman scarves

If you have heard of just one Indonesian fan group, it will be Brigata Curva Sud of PSS Sleman. BCS have received a modest amount of attention within the Football blogosphere but their global exposure falls tragically and undeservedly short of Dortmund’s “The Unity”, Celtic’s “Green Brigade” or Juve’s “Drugi” etc, probably because they have the clear disadvantage of not being European. However, their Continue reading

Indonesian Ultras

Palembang fans

About last night.

12 goals. 2 choreos. 5 pyro shows. 3 fights. 1 pitch invasion.

Sriwijaya FC hosted Persegres Gresik United at the Stadion Bumi Sriwijaya while their home at the Stadion Gelora Sriwijaya is being renovated for the 2018 Asian games. A complete massacre. Persegres who had already been relegated before kick-off were beaten 10-2. But the high goal count was by no means the highlight Continue reading