My Thought on Indonesian Football Clubs

As for hiring foreign players, I think it is better for Indonesian football clubs to hire the best players from neighbouring mid-ranked Asian countries like Singapore or Malaysia or Thailand rather than low-tier South American or African players of unproven qualities. Asian players will arguably set up lower transfer fee, and in the same time this action will support the development of regional football teams. Another good possibility is to hire potential young players from top-ranked Asian countries, like those in East Asia or Middle East. I think borrowing Zeng Cheng was a good move by Persebaya. It would be even better if they could hire him permanently as he was a good player in his age and also a potential national team goalkeeper.

In fact this is my approach when playing PSM Makassar in Football Manager. I bought good young players from Bahrain and South Korea, one veteran goalkeeper from Costa Rica (I’ve been widely known for not buying old players, but I’ve got excuse: not many choices available for goalkeeper position), one Uruguayan player who had been playing in Indonesia for a couple of years (Ronald Fagundez) and one national star from Uzbekistan. Well, apart from them we also had Syamsul Chaeruddin, Ponaryo Astaman, Ilham Jayakesuma, Zainal Arifin etc who had been regularly featured in Indonesian national team. We managed to be finalist of Club World Championship, beating River Plate (or Boca Juniors, I forget) 4-0 on the way and onlyย losing by penalty against the godlike Barcelona. :-“

8 Responses to “My Thought on Indonesian Football Clubs”

  1. 1 Arm 23/07/2009 at 10:35 PM

    I think it is better for Indonesian football clubs to hire the best players from neighbouring mid-ranked Asian countries like Singapore or Malaysia

    question is : will they gladly agree to play in such league? with absurd rules and uncomfort injury-friendly atmosphere? *remember some player that suddenly died after being “stomped” on his belly* ๐Ÿ˜•

  2. 2 lambrtz 26/07/2009 at 3:08 AM

    Accept or die.

  3. 3 Ando-kun 26/07/2009 at 12:59 PM

    If I were the player, I would better learn martial arts before accept and give my sign. I wonder the contain of proposal contract for soccer player in Indonesia…… Is there any word of “nyawa tidak ditanggung?”

  4. 4 Ali Sastroamidjojo 26/07/2009 at 5:11 PM

    I’d suggest Indonesians choose another sport to develop and forget soccer forever. We’ve wasted much of our energy and money — from businesses and taxpayers — for something that will never, ever make us proud. Look, Indians and Sri Lankans are happy enough to play cricket? Cricket, my Indian friend once said, was the most beautiful, fascinating and complex sport in the world. Maybe we can join them? Hehehehe…


  5. 5 lambrtz 26/07/2009 at 5:38 PM

    @Arm & Ando-kun

    Hahahaha…OK OK, let me make a respond to your comments more seriously.

    Of course when I made this post I omit the rude nature of Indonesian league. In fact I focus on the club’s POV, not the foreign players.

    Well, maybe we have to have a better league format and discipline before hiring such players.

    …how come Mario Kempes and Roger Milla accepted to join Pelita, btw? ๐Ÿ˜•

    @Ali Sastroamidjojo

    Well, we have already had great history in badminton and some good achievements in boxing, but apart from those two our people are only well-acquainted with football and probably auto racing, so unless Sriwijaya FC win Champions Cup, or we have more people like Chris John, or Doni Tata can proceed to MotoGP, I don’t think we can have a higher pride.

    So what kind of sport are you thinking? Sepak takraw? Even in pencak silat many countries beat us ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    Isn’t cricket so British, anyway? ๐Ÿ˜• I think we need a more internationalised one. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. 6 Ali Sastroamidjojo 26/07/2009 at 6:08 PM

    Ever heard the International Cricket Council? What do you mean with ‘internationalised’. What about Dampu Gunung or Galasin? We could offer our own games that we are excel at. Just like Pencak Silat; we won it all the time. ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. 7 lambrtz 26/07/2009 at 6:34 PM

    OK lah OK lah, politically incorrect, I thoought only UK and its colonies and ex-colonies play it. :mrgreen:

    We can always propose our own sports, but doesn’t it need more time to market them the outside world? Where is the pride of winning a game which only we know?

    And this post is about football anyway. ๐Ÿ˜›

    Back to your first comment, can’t we learn from South Korea? If they thought like you do then couldn’t they just be champions in taekwondo? ๐Ÿ˜›

  8. 8 lambrtz 26/07/2009 at 6:38 PM

    BTW I do think that as a great country (meaning: a country with hell lot of citizens) we have to bear great sportsmen and women so that we can compete with China and USA. There are just many things that go wrongly in Indonesia.

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