PSIM Yogyakarta currently play in the Indonesian Liga 2, just missing promotion this season. Their home colours are a very attractive combination of a cobalt blue, white and black that can be seen throughout the handsome city of Yogyakarta. Founded in 1929, PSIM is one of Indonesia’s oldest Continue reading
Not the Netherlands. Not Japan. Not Timor Leste. Indonesia’s biggest sporting rival is undoubtedly Malaysia.
Like Indonesia, what we now call Malaysia would not have existed without colonialism. Different states sharing no previous political unity were brought together in the face of colonialism. Malaya (before it became Malaysia) emerged Continue reading
When you study the history of Indonesia to try and predict which nation contemporary Indonesians would see as their natural rivals on the Football field, there are 3 clear candidates.
The first would be the Netherlands. The Dutch were the foreign nation that Continue reading
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, Bangkok, Palembang, 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
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
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
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.
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