A gruff voice boomed across the ground, magnified to ensure absolute clarity. The chatter of noise from the terraces abruptly stopped, all spectators shuffled to their feet. Way down below I was already on mine, but to my left I noticed a handful of young men in one of the media boxes end their conversation and put their smartphones away in haste, before bowing their heads. The exact message of the announcement was lost on me, but I Continue reading
This week is the turn of the Mataram, the collective name for PSIM Yogyakarta fans. A selection of rather classy designs down there to have a browse through.
PSS Sleman are a small outfit competing in the Indonesian Liga 2 that hail from the neighbourhood of Sleman just north of Yogyakarta in Java. The club has become relatively famous worldwide thanks to the actions of its primary Ultra group, Brigata Curva Sud, who broke away from the PSS hooligan faction “Slemania” to focus more on creativity than aggression in their support for the club. Such is the extent of BCS’ influence now that the group actually sponsors the club via merchandise sales of their own clothing and accessories. It is a remarkable story, and one you should read up on.
Bonek is the fan group of Indonesian heavyweights Persebaya Surabaya, who have just been promoted back to Liga 1. The club has had a long recent battle with the governing body of Indonesian Football, the PSSI, thus Persebaya Surabaya have just been licenced to play in the league again. Bonek themselves are a bunch known for wild behaviour, and as such, have a deservedly fierce reputation across the country.
Just ignore the PSIM Yogyakarta sticker sat in the middle for some reason….
Indonesian fans waiting for the 2018 Liga 1 to begin be like….
Yes, that gentleman is sleeping outside of his club’s empty stadium.
In 2018, the Indonesian Liga 1 welcomes big boys PSMS Medan, Persebaya Surabaya and PSIS Semarang among its ranks, and Jakarta and Palembang will together host the 2018 Asian Games, making it a pretty big year for Indonesian Football. But we just have to wait for it all to kick-off again….
Football is unquestionably Indonesia’s favourite sport. Java is the most populous island in the world’s 4th most populous country with around 56% of the 265,000,000 Indonesians living there. As such, Java is home to some of the biggest Football clubs and wildest Football fans in the country, and we have done our part to let you know which ones you really should know about.
This is the FBTG list of the biggest Football clubs in Java, based on average match attendance figures and general Continue reading
Even before we discuss Football, Yogyakarta ticks all the boxes for visitors.
She sits comfortably in the centre of Java, the most Continue reading
This question first popped up when your trusted FBTG crew began to research Indonesian Football. It was phenomenally difficult as a newbie to the scene to browse through social media sites dedicated to Indonesian Football and tell the clubs apart. After having had our feet on the ground, we realised that an explanation behind this phenomenon could make an enjoyable short post.
The answer is remarkably simple.
Let’s take this moment to turn that question around 180 degrees. I remember Continue reading