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Liga 1 2018 Preview

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Finally, after numerous false starts we are at the dawn of a new Liga 1 season with champions Bhayangkara set to entertain Persija in the season opener at Bung Karno Stadium later this evening. History tells us it is nonsense to try and anticipate how a season will pan out, we can anticipate more WTF moments is about the only guarantee, but let's try and consider the new campaign from a purely football point of view.

Is Indonesian Football Capable Of Meaningful Change?

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Football clubs have been planning for the 2018 Liga 1 season since December, paying salaries, signing players, booking hotels, playing for flights, yet we are still none the wiser of the format of the new season. When will it start? Who are the sponsors? Will Piala Indonesia return? Mystery surrounds all these questions and more.

Belencoso & Simic - A Tale Of Two Strikers

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If only signing a striker was an exact science. Arguably the most important player on the field, certainly the most glamorous, football clubs around the world trawl the globe looking for the perfect forward who will provide the goals that can lead them to success and titles.
No matter how much research gets done, no matter how many You Tube videos are watched ultimately the recruitment of a striker, especially one unfamiliar to a coach and his staff, will always be a gamble and could ultimately decide the fate of the coach.

Fixture Chaos Forces Liga 1 Delay

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Regular observers of Indonesian football will not be surprised to learn the 2018 Liga 1 season has been put back by a few days; for the second time. The nation's top league, with the nation's top clubs, top coaches and top players is being forced to play second fiddle to a number of pre season tournaments which confer considerable prestige on the successful teams but cause coaches headaches and can incur extra expense for the bean counters should players get injured.

RD Return Has Sriwijaya Dreaming Of Glory

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After two years in Malaysia with unfancied T Team Indonesia's most successful coach, Rahmad Darmawan, has returned home to one of his former clubs, Sriwijaya, with a simple brief; bring back the glory days.
Under RD first time round Laskar Wong Kito won the Indonesia Super League and added three Indonesian Cups to their trophy cabinet and since he left times have been pretty lean for the Sriwijaya faithful.

An Indonesian Diaspora

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I don't recall a time when so many Indonesian players have decided now is the time for them to try their luck abroad. Yes, we have seen officially sanctioned programmes which have seen young players sent to Italy and Uruguay but what we are seeing now is talented professionals deciding to go overseas in a bid to improve their experience and their life skills.

Madura's Naturalised Vets Hit Ground Running

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The President Cup, staged in five cities around Indonesia, is kicking off this week as clubs get earnest about their preparations for the new season and it seems one particular club have hit the ground running.
The 2017 Liga 1 season was Madura United's first as a professional club having bought the licence of Pelita Jaya in 2016 and they did admirably finishing the season in fifth place, earning themselves a place in this year's AFC Cup thanks in large part to the goals of ex West Bromwich Albion striker Peter Odemwingie.

New Age Limits Add To Coach's Pressures

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I must admit to a feeling of massive underwhelment at the recent 'changes' announced by the Football Association of Singapore as they bid to improve the state of their flagship SLeague. Remember, this is a league where the last eight trophies have been won by just one team, Albirex Niigata, which features precisely zero local players.

Local Sides See Merit In Attracting Foreign Teams Pre Season

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It is heartening to see some of the more ambitious Indonesian sides look to foreign shores when it comes to preparing for the 2018 season.
Both Madura United and PSM have lined up intriguing pre season tournaments that go beyond the usual dull old trofeo format that has become popular in recent seasons.

APPI Needs To Respond To 'Traitor' Slurs

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The PSSI chairman has been in the news recently. The military man who is also a candidate for the governorship of North Sumatra has reacted angrily to the prospect of Indonesian footballers having the gall to go and ply their trade overseas.
He first made the comments when Bhayangkara duo Evan Dimas and Ilham Uddin were signed by Malaysian side Selangor, calling the pair unpatriotic, whatever that means.

Forget DPMM, Coventry City Would Be Perfect Liga 1 Fit

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Golly. A month off. Things have been pretty hectic as I struggle to adapt to my latest country but am still keeping in touch with Indonesian football and all that entails. As I try and wean myself back into the writing habit something gentle to start off with.
So, DPMM want to join Liga 1? The Brunei side it seems are a bit peeved by some of the new regulations imposed by the Football Association of Singapore and have been casting around in search of a new home.

Vujovic To Leave Persib But Will Remain Club Legend

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Persib Bandung were trailing 1-0 against Arema in the Indonesia Super League semi final at the Jakabaring Stadium in Palembang. The only goal of the game had come in the first minute of the second half. Persib's Montegran defender Vladimir Vujovic failed to anticpate the bounce of a ball lofted into the penalty area.

ASEAN Average Attendances 2017

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Indonesia (top 6 attendances)

46,359 Persebaya v Semeru
36,545 Persib v Persija
34.056 Persib v Arema
29,673 Persija v Persela
29,669 Persija v PS TNI
29,640 Persija v Bhayangkara

Indonesia Average

23,051 Persija
18,006 Persib
13,779 PSM
13,423 Bali United
12,392 Persipura


17,051 Johor Darul Ta'zim
14,693 Kedah
7,542 Pahang
7,097 Kelantan
6,474 Perak


13,890 Buriram United
9,359 Muang Thong United
7,493 Suphanburi
6,316 Chiang Rai United
6,059 Nakorn Ratchasima


9,333 Thanh Hoa
8,538 SHB Da Nang
8,417 Hoang Anh Gia Lai
7,583 Hai Phong
6,750 Than Quang Ninh

Persib Season Ends In Disgrace After Perseru Loss

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Following on from their 2014 Indonesia Super League title success it looked like Persib were set fair to dominate the domestic game for years to come. They had the squad, they had the supporters and they had the vision off the field.
Then came the FIFA suspension. Persib had reached the last 16 of the AFC Cup but the rug was pulled from under their feet and domestically the ISL was halted.

FIFA Congratulate Bali As Bhayangkara Lift Title

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I received a message from my brother yesterday. 'Why,' he wanted to know 'weren't Bali United champions?' Long story I replied.
It wasn't only a West Ham United fan with no knowledge of Indonesian football who was asking questions about Bhayangkara's surprise title success.
The game's world governing body was caught out as well.