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Indonesian Football Limps Into The 1990s

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Football clubs need money. All those players need paying and in Indonesia plane tickets need to be reserved and hotels booked. The money needs to come from somewhere but for too long too many clubs have lived in denial. Brought up on a culture of handouts from local government clubs have muddled along, often under the tutelage of local government appointees who may or may not be big football fans.

No Easy Fix For Indonesian Woes

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In many ways football mirrors the society that hosts it. If the society is slick, efficient and run on time then the chances are high its football will be too. Likewise if the society is broken then you are unlikely to witness a highly professional league with some of the best players in the world on mega bucks.

Montpellier

Montpellier set to build new soccer stadium

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Montpellier (France) (AFP) French top-flight side Montpellier will move into a new 25,000-seat stadium no later than 2021, the city's mayor announced on Wednesday.

Montpellier mayor Philippe Saurel confirmed to AFP that local authorities are "working on the project of a new football stadium" that will be ready by 2020 or 2021.

Montpellier set to build new soccer stadium

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Montpellier (France) (AFP) French top-flight side Montpellier will move into a new 25,000-seat stadium no later than 2021, the city's mayor announced on Wednesday.

Montpellier mayor Philippe Saurel confirmed to AFP that local authorities are "working on the project of a new football stadium" that will be ready by 2020 or 2021.

Indonesia

ISL & LPI To Merge?

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I've been sitting on this story for a couple of weeks now, waiting for more mainstream media to do something on it and of course instead of it being a headline stop the press story it kind of sneaks through the back door.
Basically what I have heard is that the Liga Primer Indonesia will merge with the Indonesia Super League, the top 10 teams from each division will combine to form a new, I guess, super duper league.

Playing Hard Ball

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With the alternate Liga Primer Indonesia due to commence on 8 January PSM Makassar are set to announce their withdrawal from the FA sanctioned Indonesia Super League and commit fully to the new league. They site the lack of funding in the ISL and the problems of what they claim to be poor referees.
PSM currently sit second in the ISL behind Persipura but won just one game in their last five dropping 11 points in the process.

Results 29/11

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Divisi Utama
Persitara v PS Bengkulu 2-0 (Brima Pepito, Masril)Persiba Bantul v Persipro 4-0 (Busari, Udo Fortune 2, Ezequial Gonzalez)PSS Sleman v PSMP 3-1 (Ferry, Anang, Tri; Harun)
Liga Primer Indonesia Pre Season
Bogor Raya v Batavia Union 2-3
Persitara come from North Jakarta.

Sumatran Teams Drop Out

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With the alternate Liga Primer Indonesia due to start on 8 January, and a pre season tournament due to kick off sometime before, comes news that two of the teams who have expressed an interest in joining have decided not to bother.
PSPS Pekanbaru, who have to rely on local government subsidies, and Semen Padang, who don't, have apparently said they're no longer interested in participating.

Batavia Union Or Persitara?

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Liga Primer Indonesia candidate side Batavia Union won their first friendly beating the Army team, PS TNI, 2-1 at Tugu Stadium in North Jakarta. Veteran Javier Roca scored one of the goals.
Roca and his team mates looked to be wearing a Persitara kit for the game at the home stadium of Persitara.

Pre Season Tournaments

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With the Liga Primer Indonesia due to start early January there are plans afoot to hold a pre season competition featuring the clubs involved. The idea is to divide teams into regions and play games in one base. The suggested bases are Medan, Semarang, Surabaya and Makassar.
Today comes a report that games could well be played in Jakarta.

Delays, Delays and Thrice Delays

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The second tier Indonesia Premier League, known locally as Utama, has been delayed for a second time. It was due to start on 26 October, was then put back to 30 and has now slipped into November. No date. Yet. And certainly no fixture list. God knows what back room machinations are going on.
Remember that super duper bells and whistles new, alternative league I've mentioned once or twice on here?

Stadiums

The Lights Are Going OutB

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Back before I started this 'ere drivel I recall watching Steve Darby being interviewed while he was still coach of Perak and midway through the natter the stadium's floodlights went out leaving the coach to natter on in pitch black.
Something similar at Tampines Stadium last week when, during a post match chat being filmed, some bugger turned the floodlights out.

Improve The Pitch

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For all the Liga Primer Indonesia's promises of world class management and salaries paid on time no one seems to have said anything about pitches. For good reason I guess, most stadiums are owned by local government and their attitude is to spend as little as possible on their upkeep.
I saw one guy watering the pitch at Lebuk Bulus last week and he was watering the playing surface with a watering can!

English Premier League

Does the alternative Indonesian league have legs?

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Stories about a new league in Indonesia, called the Indonesia Premier League, still circulate even though most Super League clubs are moving to distance themselves from the idea after the PSSI have said they will not support it.
About the only clubs to have expressed interest in the idea are Persitara and Persiraja banda Aceh and, no disrespect to either club, sponsors are not going to be falling over themselves to throw money at clubs like them.

Liverpool and Everton Groundshare is Now “An Option” According to Chief Executive!

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economy

Dealing With Municipal Budget Cuts

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With the economy in trouble for multiple years now, tax revenues have been falling sharply. Coupled with citizens and governments that refuse to accept tax increases as a solution, local governments are often facing severe budget shortfalls.

Dealing With Municipal Budget Cuts

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With the economy in trouble for multiple years now, tax revenues have been falling sharply. Coupled with citizens and governments that refuse to accept tax increases as a solution, local governments are often facing severe budget shortfalls.

Major League Soccer

Importance Of Montreal

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So Montreal is in, Joey Saputo finally gets his Major League Soccer team starting in 2012.

Their home Saputo Stadium will undergo an upgrade thanks to the local government and to the club's owner Saputo. They will be adding 7,000 seats to Saputo Stadium, raising its capacity to 20,000. Also, they will make improvements that include new amenities, additional permanent seats, widened concourses and new player facilities

We knew this deal was close to happening and today it finally came true.

Christmas Wish Lists For MLS

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The holiday season is in full force here as we have (gasp!) nine days until Christmas! Yikes. Anyways it seems like a perfect time to sit back and look at what each team and the league in general should be putting on their Christmas shopping lists this year.

Now I will admit some of this is purely for fun while the rest may be serious wishes that people out there probably want for their teams.

Garber Meeting With Montreal Owner

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We've known for several weeks months that the next round of expansion in Major League Soccer would start with Montreal. The league has taken another step closer to getting to that point today as MLS commissioner Don Garber has traveled to Montreal to meet with Joey Saputo and some local government officials.

Philadelphia Union Update

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Chester Stadium currently under construction. (Photo via Philadelphia Union)

Editor's Note: Geoff Reid appears on WVHooligan each week. Today he is back to discuss something that is very close to home, the soon to be expansion Philadelphia Union. Geoff lives just 15 minutes away from the new club.

southend airport

BREAKING: Southend Airport expansion given go-ahead

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Within the last few minutes, it's been confirmed that the expansion of Southend Airport can go ahead.

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government John Denham has said the plans, which include extension of the runway to accomodate bigger planes, will not be referred to a public inquiry and therefore work can begin.

UPDATE: Southend Airport plans hit snag

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Plans to extend the runway at Southend Airport have hit a snag after a government minister said he wanted a say on the proposals.

Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, John Denham, issued what's known as an Article 14 Direction - essentially telling Southend Council that they could not make a decision solely, without it being looked at by the government.

The Rest

Persiraja Withdraw From Divisi Utama

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With just days to go before the 2014, Persiraja have decided to withdraw from the competition siting a lack of support from the lcoal government.

Apparently, the local authority had closed the players mess and the club offices. Why? I dunno...you are better asking me if intelligent life lives on Pluto.

Should Tottenham keep fighting for Stratford?

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Headlines began to emerge yesterday that Spurs were taking legal action over the OPLC's decision to award the 2012 Stratford stadium to West Ham after next year's Olympics.
Although it appears that we haven't quite got to that stage yet, this is what the official statement reads on the club website:

‘At this stage the Club has not issued any proceedings against the Olympic Park Legacy Company (the OPLC) or any other party in respect of the decision regarding the award of the Olympic Stadium.

LPI Reject PSSI Overture

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The turgid saga with the PSSI is finally drawing to a close. FIFA have, apparently, said the current incumbent Nurdin Halid may not stand for re-election and while the PSSI are quite rightly waiting for confirmation, calling it 'gossip' we do seem to be approaching the end game.
For now the imbroglio continues as people jockey for position and influence but it seems more a question of when and not if we can look forward to life post Nurdin.

Funds Available In ISL & TPL

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Indonesia Super League
Persija 2.3 million USDPersiba 1.87 million USDSriwijaya 1.65 million USDPersipura 1.65 million USDPSPS 1.37 million USDPersisam 1.32 million USDPersela 1.21 million USDDeltras 715,000 USDPersijap 660,000 USDBontang 660,000 USDPersiwa 660,000 USD
Pelita Jaya, Arema, Persib and Semen Padang rely on raising money on their own while the above clubs have to go cap in hand to the local government for their funding and that will soon be withdrawn from them.

Arguments For Liga Primer Indonesia

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I've written plenty of stuff about the breakaway LPI recently and not all of it has been positive. There are a couple of reasons why I haven't really sat down and analysed the arguments for it are two fold. First I covered all that ground when I started writing about Indonesian football. Second, I am not convinced it's a long term option.

Building the Brand - Persib's Future?

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I spent the weekend driving round West Java, heartland of Persib Bandung, and despite being some 150 kilometres from their spiritual home, I was struck by the number of kids where blue. Be it regional centres like Cicurag or tiny hamlets spread over rolling hills, there were Persib t shirts, replica shirts and even a Zona Viking in one place proudly done up in Persib blue.

Toronto FC and the importance of municipal government

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It may not have grabbed the headlines, but the announcement yesterday that Toronto FC has signed TFC Academy player Doneil Henry is a milestone in Canadian professional soccer. The Brampton native was just 14 years old when Toronto FC kicked off its inaugural season, and a 10 year-old when the CSA first announced its desire for an MLS franchise in Canada.

The Midweek Mmm: Cesc Fabregas

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We know. Cesc Fabregas has already been mentioned on the site today. It's bad form to do repeats on the same day. But today we needed this. Send any complaints to your local government official, there are Cesc toes up in this muther!

The Sweeper: Fan Ownership and Pillock-Run Clubs

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Big Story

The backlash to the recent media buzz about increasing supporter-ownership in English football has begun in British newspapers. The excellent Must Read Soccer compendium has linked to two pieces in the past few days that rip into the idea of increasing supporters' say in how their (yes) clubs are run; intriguingly, one comes from the right-wing Martin Samuel in the reactionary Daily Mail, and one from the left-leaning Andrew Martin in the at-times progressive Guardian.

Cutting the umbilical cord

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For way too long Indonesian clubs have relied on local government subsidies to run their operations. They have never needed to think about where the next rupiah comes from 'cos they knew the tax payer would stump up.

No more. For the last couple of years the governing body has been encouraging clubs to look elsewhere for their cash and boy has it been a painful process.

Arema & Persib looking at merchandising

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Regular visitors may recall the frustration I have felt about Indonesian clubs lack of marketing savvy.

When Thai Port, a club with average attendances below 5,000, can have a club shop up and running selling a range of apparel seven days a week yet clubs here can't even flog badges there is something wrong somewhere.

Persib's pulling power

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Rene Martinez, their new signing from Deltras, joined Persib's training session and was gobsmacked to see something like 2,000 fans there just watching players dance between the cones.

Ok, it ain't Real Madrid with their 80,000 who welcomed Ronaldo but it's more than attend most TPL or SLeague games.