Monday, May 21, 2007
Indonesian Football Online
We'll start from the top. What little direction there is comes from the Indonesian FA, locally called PSSI. They have a dual language website though not regularly updated. And the Indonesian stories aren't always translated into English. The Liga Indonesia is run by Baden Liga Indonesia and their website is erratic and unreliable. For the Copa Indoneisa, check out the sponsors web site. Being run by a private company it's the best of the bunch.
Few clubs have their own sites. What there are tend to be unofficial fan sites. Of course Persija Jakarta have Jakmania. I may have mentioned that once ot twice! One team with a large cyber footprint is Persib Bandung. Where to begin? (Everything is in Indonesian I'm afraid!)
Plus there's more! There's a fan shop here and another fan's site here and here! Add this to the tabloids and magazine I mentioned before and it appears Persib Bandung are streets ahead of other clubs here in keeping fans connected with the club. They even have video highlights here.
Possibly the best footballing team in the country are Persik Kediri, a provincial town miles from nowhere. They may have many trophies but just the one fan site that I've come across.
Also from East Java, Arema Malang's fans are as fanatical as they come in Indonesia. Being a privately run club they actually have their own official website. Thier Aremania can be found here. There's also an Arema blog and another one . The other Malang team, the far less glamorous Persema Malang have their own site as well.
Sedate Semarang are one of the better run local government clubs. They have an official website here. Their Panser Biru Supporter's Club have their own web presence.
Back in East Java Persebaya Surabaya's fans may have a notorious reputation but some have them have put together a decent enough fansite called, appropriately enough, Bonek... as well as the obligatory blog.
More local Persita Tangerang's main Supporter's Club are Viola Xtrim. City neighbours Persikota Tangerang City have this slow to open site. In fact it didn't open for me. Just a green background...
Undoubtedly the biggest club in Sulawesi is PSM Makassar and the best I could find for them was here.
PSS Sleman not only have a nice new stadium that will host an International in the run up to the Asian Cup, their fans' site is pretty nifty too! Another one here.
Up in East Borneo, or Kalimantan as is now, PKT Bontang, another privately run club, have their own site. Near neighbours Persiba Balikpapan offer up this blog as well as this little gem.
PSIM Yogyakarta may have been embarrassed recently in the Copa Indonesia but their fans have put together a nice enough site.
Original spice island Persiter Ternate have one as well. Did you know their goalkeeping coach is known as Hans Stroyer! Go on, guess his nickname...
...to be continued ...