The Dynamo Legacy

Dynamo Kiev graffiti

Many Football club names across Eurasia feature the moniker “Dynamo” or an alternative spelling thereof. These clubs share characteristics. Normally located in the respective country’s capital, their logos feature a common attractive “D” design and are usually among the most successful in each respective national league. SG Dynamo Dresden and BFC Dynamo of Germany are both exceptions, but we will return to them later.

These common characteristics are not accidental 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

The Pride Of Johor

Football fans Malaysia

The fans really completed our visit to Johor Bahru, capital of the state of Johor in the south of Malaysia. Johor Darul Ta’zim FC are current big-hitters and league-toppers, having won a fourth successive Malaysian Super League title in September.

On matchday, the North Stand of the Stadium Tan Sri Dato Hj Hassan is packed with fans young and old who know their songs, customs and traditions inside out. The choreographers and capos orchestrate the noise and keep drummers and fans aligned, but the seething mass of fanatics does the rest. It is musical, rhythmic, impressive and compulsive, the ever-increasing tempo of the drums and chants hooks you deep within. It isn’t just 90 minutes. They begin Continue reading

Where are all the Kuala Lumpur Fans?

Stadium Kuala Lumpur

Tuesday evening saw Kuala Lumpur FA beat Sabah 2-0 at the Stadium MPS to successfully tie off their campaign with promotion from the Malaysian Premier League, the second tier, to the Malaysian Super League, the top flight. Yes that is correct. KLFA, the one team of the Malaysian capital city, has been absent from the country’s top flight for 6 years. Being the only professional club within its administrative boundaries, the capital has had absolutely no representation in the highest level of domestic Continue reading