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Malaysia urged to stay grounded in SEA Games’ football final

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Malaysia’s coach urged his team to keep their feet on the ground and not be swept up by a wave of excitement in Tuesday’s Southeast Asian Games men’s football final against Thailand.

Expectations are sky-high after the hosts narrowly beat Indonesia 1-0 in the semi-finals to stand on the verge of their sixth title in the competition, which is for under-22s.

Football: ‘Weird’ Cole not wanted, says Indonesian boss

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Bandung (Indonesia) (AFP) – Persib’s team manager called Carlton Cole a “weird person” and said he wasn’t wanted on Wednesday as the former West Ham and Chelsea striker insisted he remained a player for the Indonesian club.

Umuh Muchtar questioned why Cole, 33, had bothered to turn up for training, a day after announcing the Englishman’s dismissal following a goalless stint lasting only four months.

Football: ‘Weird’ Cole not wanted, says Indonesian boss

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Bandung (Indonesia) (AFP) – Persib’s team manager called Carlton Cole a “weird person” and said he wasn’t wanted on Wednesday as the former West Ham and Chelsea striker insisted he remained a player for the Indonesian club.

Umuh Muchtar questioned why Cole, 33, had bothered to turn up for training, a day after announcing the Englishman’s dismissal following a goalless stint lasting only four months.

Indonesia to lead SE Asian 2034 World Cup football bid

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Jakarta (AFP) – Indonesia is set to lead a consortium of South East Asian countries in an ambitious bid to host the 2034 FIFA World Cup, the country’s football association said Wednesday.

Joko Driyono, the vice-president of the Indonesia’s football association, PSSI, said the country had proposed to lead the South East Asian consortium at an Asian Football Federation (AFF) council meeting in Vietnam earlier this month.

Indonesia to lead SE Asian 2034 World Cup football bid

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Jakarta (AFP) – Indonesia is set to lead a consortium of South East Asian countries in an ambitious bid to host the 2034 FIFA World Cup, the country’s football association said Wednesday.

Joko Driyono, the vice-president of the Indonesia’s football association, PSSI, said the country had proposed to lead the South East Asian consortium at an Asian Football Federation (AFF) council meeting in Vietnam earlier this month.

Indonesia vow on permits for footballers after Essien debacle

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Jakarta (AFP) – Indonesia’s football association pledged Wednesday that work permits for foreigners would be issued faster after high-profile moves by former English Premier League stars Michael Essien and Carlton Cole were almost scuppered by red tape.

The two were signed with great fanfare last month by Persib Bandung, one of the country’s best clubs, in a boost for Indonesian football as it seeks to bounce back from a FIFA suspension and launch a new league.

Indonesia vow on permits for footballers after Essien debacle

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Jakarta (AFP) – Indonesia’s football association pledged Wednesday that work permits for foreigners would be issued faster after high-profile moves by former English Premier League stars Michael Essien and Carlton Cole were almost scuppered by red tape.

The two were signed with great fanfare last month by Persib Bandung, one of the country’s best clubs, in a boost for Indonesian football as it seeks to bounce back from a FIFA suspension and launch a new league.

Essien, Cole banned from playing in Indonesia without permits

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Bandung (Indonesia) (AFP) – Indonesian authorities on Tuesday banned Michael Essien and Carlton Cole from playing until they get work permits after their new club did not obtain the necessary documents for the ex-English Premier League players.

The two were signed with great fanfare last month by Persib Bandung, one of the country’s best clubs, in a boost for Indonesian football as it seeks to bounce back from a FIFA suspension and launch a new league.

Essien, Cole banned from playing in Indonesia without permits

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Bandung (Indonesia) (AFP) – Indonesian authorities on Tuesday banned Michael Essien and Carlton Cole from playing until they get work permits after their new club did not obtain the necessary documents for the ex-English Premier League players.

The two were signed with great fanfare last month by Persib Bandung, one of the country’s best clubs, in a boost for Indonesian football as it seeks to bounce back from a FIFA suspension and launch a new league.

Essien, Cole caught without Indonesia work permits

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Bandung (Indonesia) (AFP) – Michael Essien and Carlton Cole are facing problems in Indonesia after their new club admitted it had not obtained work permits for the ex-English Premier League players.

The two were signed with great fanfare last month by Persib Bandung, one of the country’s best clubs, in a boost for Indonesian football as it seeks to bounce back from a FIFA suspension and launch a new league.

Essien, Cole caught without Indonesia work permits

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Bandung (Indonesia) (AFP) – Michael Essien and Carlton Cole are facing problems in Indonesia after their new club admitted it had not obtained work permits for the ex-English Premier League players.

The two were signed with great fanfare last month by Persib Bandung, one of the country’s best clubs, in a boost for Indonesian football as it seeks to bounce back from a FIFA suspension and launch a new league.

Ex-Chelsea star Essien joins Indonesia’s Persib

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Bandung (Indonesia) (AFP) – Former Chelsea, AC Milan and Real Madrid midfielder Michael Essien has signed for Indonesia’s Persib Bandung, the club announced Tuesday, the highest-profile player to join a team in the country for years.

The Ghanaian signed a one-year contract for an undisclosed sum to join Persib, which is one of the best clubs in the country.

Ex-Chelsea star Essien joins Indonesia’s Persib

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Bandung (Indonesia) (AFP) – Former Chelsea, AC Milan and Real Madrid midfielder Michael Essien has signed for Indonesia’s Persib Bandung, the club announced Tuesday, the highest-profile player to join a team in the country for years.

The Ghanaian signed a one-year contract for an undisclosed sum to join Persib, which is one of the best clubs in the country.

Ronaldo’s Indonesian protege hit by injury

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Jakarta (AFP) – An Indonesian tsunami survivor and Cristiano Ronaldo protege has been forced to take a break from his football career over a knee injury, he told AFP on Tuesday.

Nineteen-year-old Martunis, sometimes described as Ronaldo’s “adopted son”, said he was quitting Java-based PS TNI to return to his home province of Aceh.

Ronaldo’s Indonesian protege hit by injury

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Jakarta (AFP) – An Indonesian tsunami survivor and Cristiano Ronaldo protege has been forced to take a break from his football career over a knee injury, he told AFP on Tuesday.

Nineteen-year-old Martunis, sometimes described as Ronaldo’s “adopted son”, said he was quitting Java-based PS TNI to return to his home province of Aceh.

Indonesia in triumphant return to international competition

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Solo (Indonesia) (AFP) Indonesia's coach Tuesday praised his hard-working team after they made a triumphant return to international competition following a year-long FIFA ban with a thumping 3-0 victory against regional foes Malaysia.

World governing body FIFA suspended Indonesia last year over government meddling after the sports ministry became embroiled in a bitter row with the country's football association.

Indonesia in triumphant return to international competition

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Solo (Indonesia) (AFP) Indonesia's coach Tuesday praised his hard-working team after they made a triumphant return to international competition following a year-long FIFA ban with a thumping 3-0 victory against regional foes Malaysia.

World governing body FIFA suspended Indonesia last year over government meddling after the sports ministry became embroiled in a bitter row with the country's football association.

Myanmar

Under 16s Triumph In Vietnam

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Tien Phong Plastics Cup 2017

Vietnam v Taiwan 5-2
Myanmar v Indonesia 1-4

Indonesia v Vietnam 1-1
Taiwan v Myanmar 2-2

Taiwan v Indonesia 0-11
Vietnam v Myanmar 0-0

1 - Indonesia 3 2 1 16-2 7
2 - Vietnam 3 1 2 0 6-3 5
3 - Myanmar 3 0 2 1 3-6 2
4 - Taiwan 3 0 1 2 3-18 1

7 - Rendy Juliansyah (ASIOP)
3 - Hamsah Lestaluhu (ASAD 313), Brylian Aldama (JSSL Chelsea)
2 - Amiruddin Bagus (JSSL Chelsea)
1 - Andre Okaviansyah (Pelita Jaya)

Player of the tournament - Hamsa Lestaluhu
Top scorer - Rendy Juliansyah
Coach of the tournament - Fachri Husaini


Youthful Indonesia Downed By Myanmar

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Indonesia v Myanmar 1-3 (Nur Hadianto; Mg Mg Lwin, Kyaw Ko Ko, Si Thu Aung) 13,150

Dicky Indrayana (Bali United)

Putu Gede (Bhayangkara)
Ryuji Utomo (Persija) (Zalnando (Sriwijaya))
Bagas Adi Nugroho (Arema)
Ricky Fajrin (Bali United)

Hanif Sjahbandi (Arema) (Paolo Sitanggang (Barito Putera))
Hargianto (Bhayangkara) (Asnawi Mangkualam (PSM))
Gian Zola (Persib) (Evan Dimas (Bhayangkara))

Febri Haryadi (Persib)
Nur Hardianto (Persela) (Ezra Walian (Jong Ajax))
Saddil Ramdani (Persela) (Osvaldo Haay Ardiles (Persipura))

Luis Milla's first game in charge of the national team and with an eye on the SEA Games later this year he went for a youthful selection featuring 11 players receiving their international debuts including Walian who only received his naturalisation papers the day before the game.

Michael Essien

Indonesia's Marquee Players

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I must admit to being slightly confused by who qualifies as a marquee player. There I was thinking Michael Essien was one, setting the bar pretty high. You know, Champions League winner, won titles in England and France. But, and no disrespect, some of those who have followed in his footsteps have hardly been cut from the same mould.

Persib Bandung - What Can Carlton Cole And Michael Essien Expect?

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Sunday sees Persib hold their official launching ahead of the new season which kicks off 15 April when they host Arema at the Gelora Bandung Api Stadium. For high profile new recruits Carlton Cole and Michael Essien this launching may come as a bit of a culture shock. Launches are common place in Indonesia, allowing the club to introduce their squad and kit to the fans, allowing supporters to meet and greet the players who will represent them on the football pitch.

Indonesia Soccer Championship

Security Or Spectacle - Indonesia's Dilemma

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The Indonesia Soccer Championship B Final between PSS Sleman and PSCS Cilacap has been put back a few days. It was due to be played today at Manahan Stadium in Solo as part of a double header but while the 3rd/4th place game between Perssu and Martapura goes ahead some confusion surrounds the title decider.

Security Or Spectacle - Indonesia's Dilemma

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The Indonesia Soccer Championship B Final between PSS Sleman and PSCS Cilacap has been put back a few days. It was due to be played today at Manahan Stadium in Solo as part of a double header but while the 3rd/4th place game between Perssu and Martapura goes ahead some confusion surrounds the title decider.

PSS Fans Hoping For Solo Party

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While the eyes of the nation no doubt will be focused on Pakansari Stadium, Cibinong for the AFF Suzuki Final 1st leg between Indonesia and Thailand Central Java will be hosting its own big game that is sure to attract a healthy interest from fans.
The Indonesia Soccer Championship B semi finals take place at Bumi Kartini Stadium (pictured left) in Jepara with four teams remaining from the 58 which had started the campaign several months ago.

Perseru Late Show Earn Papuan Bragging Rights

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Indonesia Soccer Championship

Perseru v Persipura 2-0 (Osas Marvelous, Petrus Towolom) 8,743

It needed two goals in the last five minutes for Perseru to claim the bragging rights in the Papua Derby as they continued their fine home record in the Indonesia Soccer Championship.

Alfred Riedl

Meiga's Brilliance Sets Up Hanoi Test For Irrepressible Indonesia

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Enjoying the ride? Seriously, how many people not only thought Indonesia would reach the AFF Suzuki Cup semi finals, they would also defeat the highly fancied Vietnam 2-1 at Pakansari Stadium, a result that flatters the visitors.
Under Alfred Riedl it seems Indonesia have added something to their game.

Despite The Handicaps, Indonesia Have Performed Heroically

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Indonesia's qualification form the AFF Suzuki Cup group stages was remarkable on a number of levels. With the FIFA suspension only being lifted earlier in the year no one really seemed to have expected the Garuda would be competing at all, let alone finishing runners up in their group behind Thailand.

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‘He Has The Worst Performances’ – Indonesia Club Persib Bandung Want To Sack Carlton Cole For Playing ‘Very Badly’

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Photo: Persib Bandung

Carlton Cole only signed for Persib Bandung a matter of months ago and already the Indonesian side are exploring the option of terminating his contract.

The Persib management have reportedly either fired or are about to fire Cole for what they have branded a run of "very bad" performances.

Indonesia Withdraw AFC Asian Cup Bid

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The news Indonesia has withdrawn its bid to host the 2023 AFC Asian Cup came as a bit of a surprise. I wasn't aware they had even put in a serious bid for it!
Indonesia of course co hosted the 2007 event (tickets left) with Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam with Bung Karno, Jakabaring and Si Jalak Harapat Stadiums being used.

Persija's Arthur Irawan Eyes Espanyol Reunion

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Remember Arthur Irawan? Young Indonesian defender who went overseas to try his luck, played for Espanyol B for a while, Malaga B and Waasland Beveren in Belgium. He returned to Indonesia after a few years in Europe and is now with Persija though he has yet to play for the first team this season.
Anyway the 24 year old will be looking forward to locking horns with some of his former team mates as Persija will host Espanyol in a friendly next month at Patriot Stadium.

Singapore v Argentina

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In an ideal world my plan was simple. Head to Phnom Penh to watch Cambodia v Indonesia, down to Singapore for their game with Chinese Taipei before returning to Indonesia for their friendly with Puerto Rico. I would like to have caught Thailand v UAE but the Thais, in their infinite wisdom, make it difficult for foreigners to buy tickets for games, something the mainstream media, which dotes so much on the kingdom, would do well to address amid their usual fawning gumpf.

Persib Fall-Out Continues As Umuh Has His Say

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Manchester United, Bayern Munchen, Real Madrid. These clubs are giants in their countries, someone sneezes within the stadium or training ground and the whole world knows in seconds. Persib are on the same level, at least within Indonesia. Different media are always hanging round the club because they know stories are clickbait, especially when things are going wrong.

Essex Based Teens Get Indonesia Call Up

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I must admit I am not familiar with Hutton FC despite them being 89 years old. They are based in Essex, a county I am also unfamiliar with as it is on the wrong side of London as far as I was concerned.

Two Hutton players received an unlikely letter recently asking if they would like to be called up by the country.

Persib Release Yatno Basna

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By any measure the last few months have been quite remarkable for the Sorong born defender Yatno Basna. He broke into the Persib first team, was called up by the national team and went on to play at the ASEAN Football Federation Championships in Manila for Indonesia. Not bad for a 21 year old defender who only made his first team debut for Mitra Kukar in the aborted 2015 Indonesia Super League.

Alberts Deserves Coach Of Year Award After PSM Turnaround

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Anyone who saw PSM Makassar at the start of the Indonesia Soccer Championship would have seen a team playing without conviction or belief. Coach Luciano Leandro was feeling the heat from day one and even though his team did defeat Persela Lamongan 2-1 in their second game of the season it was hardly a performance to set the pulses racing among the home support and following a loss away to Perseru Serui the Brazilian became the first coaching casualty of the season.

Ajax Youth Dreams Of Wearing Indonesian Shirt

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A 19 year old enjoying a year end holiday in Indonesia has been attracting an inordinate amount of column inches in local football papers. Ezra Walian is his name and he plays for Jong Ajax, the Dutch giants second string team. He has also represented the Netherlands at a number of age group levels. Hardly reason enough for all the headlines.

Disappointment For Persib, Persipura As Admin Error Threatens AFC Cup

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Happier days for Persipura when PSSI had a better filing system
Next week sees the draw for the AFC Cup and there could well be no representatives from Indonesia if a local story is to be believed.
Apparently the AFC sent out invites to member associations and Indonesia were planning on sending t he top two sides from the Indonesia Super League 2014 campaign.

Surprise Semi Final Brings Stadium Headache For Indonesia

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What do Brexiters, Trump and the PSSI have in common? A failure to anticipate victory! After the opening 45 minutes against Thailand, 2-0 down, out fought and out thought how many people seriously gave Indonesia any hope of reaching the semi finals of the AFF Suzuki Cup?

But they did and when the final whistle blew at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila and the Garuda had confounded the so called experts the travelling fans on the open terrace where belting out Indonesia Raya with full gutso and high fiving each other, making vague promises to reunite acquaintanships in Hanoi for the semi final.

Indonesia v Vietnam Squad

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Indonesia are bumbling their way towards another friendly as they gear up for the ASEAN Football federation Championships in Manila next month. They are due to host Vietnam at the Maguwoharjo Stadium in Sleman on 9th October but have yet to receive the necessary security clearances from the local police.