Why Do Indonesian Football Clubs Have Such Similar Names?

Indonesian Football bus

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

Ultras Aufkleber of the Week – Persija

Persija of Jakarta, Indonesia Liga 1 heavy weights.

Persija fans, collectively known as Jakmania, are nuts. Word on the street is that their chosen orange, in spite of Persja’s traditional playing colours being red and white, dates from Dutch colonisation and presence in Batavia, the former name of the Indonesian capital.

Javanese Football fans have famously taken influence from the British fan scene of the 80s. That British style is reflected in this design, featuring a cross similar to the St George’s Cross seen on many English fan designs.

Persija sticker

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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.

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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