5-1 for Bayern Munich

•May 22, 2008 • 1 Comment

Substitute players of Bayern Munich gave good lesson on how to play professional football to Indonesian players. Although most of key players of Munich are called up for Euro 2008, the champion of the 2007/2008 German League did not reduce the level of game play.

Jan Schlaudraf scored hattrick in the game , scoring goals at 23rd, 32nd, and 62nd minutes. Breno scored the first goal in 20th minutes, and Toni Kroos scored the last goal of Munich at the end of 2nd half. Indonesia had three opportunities but only scored a goal at the 61st minutes.

Derby County and Bambang Pamungkas

•April 19, 2008 • 2 Comments

Eyefootball.com reported that Derby County is interested in signing Persija Jakarta’s forward Bambang Pamungkas for next season in the Championship Division. The site wrote that Paul Jewell wants to add an experienced attacker to play alongside Emannuel Villa, the Argentinian forward. Derby County will prepare around 300,000 pounds (around 5.4 billions rupiah) for the 27 years old Indonesian international striker.

Bambang Pamungkas currently plays for Persija Jakarta, and has played most of his career in the club. Assistant Manager of Persija, M. Nigara, stated to the media that the club will ask around 15 billions rupiah (around 800,000 pounds) for the transfer fee.

Pamungkas has more than 40 caps for Indonesia bagging more than 20 goals. Bambang’s agent in Europe, Anthony van Dalen, had previously revealed that several clubs in Europe are ready to give the player a try out. However, there is no valid information about the transfer in Derby County official website. I believe we shall wait until the transfer market is open. (*)

Raja and Irfan Will Coach Malaysia?

•January 20, 2008 • 1 Comment

Series of succesfull matches with Persipura have brought positive image of these Malaysian coach in Indonesia. Raja Isa and Irfan Bakti saw ‘a tumbling giant’ when they arrived in Jayapura early 2007. Gifted by skillful young talents and senior players, Persipura could not play as a team in their matches at the start of Indonesia League. Now, everyone is amazed on what has Persipura achieves this season. The team is the runner up of Copa Indonesia. Strong Team like Persija Jakarta has even learned valuable lesson in Semi Final Copa Indonesia about collective plays until the last minute from the team called “Uncut Diamond of The East”.

The last couple matches of Persipura against Deltras Sidoarjo and Persik Kediri have also shown how a team should play against cheated referees and unreliable Football Association. They scored 4 goals against Deltras and another 4 goals against Persik to seal their ticket for Final Matches in Jakarta. They held no strike and brutal play throughout this season. This season is not yet finished, but they have received offers from major clubs in Indonesia such as PSM Makasar and Persija for the 2008 season.

I personally believe, it is the time for them to take a step higher. Indonesia will send no team to the 2008 AFC Champions League, due to poor management of Indonesia Football Association. I do not see any reason they should coach another team in here unless for a higher salary. One thing for certain Malaysia National Football Team has no Head Coach since last July 2007. Malaysia Football Association sacked Noorizan Bakar after humiliated defeats in AFC Asia Cup last July 2007. I believe they have the quality to heal another ‘tumbling giant’ since Malaysia will face tough teams in 2011 Asia Cup Qualification round.

So, Irfan and Raja, what will you choose? Malaysia or Indonesia?

Indonesia U-16 to Uruguay

•January 7, 2008 • 1 Comment

Football Association of Indonesia will send 25 players of Indonesia U-16 team to Uruguay as early as February 2008 to take part in local U-16 competition between March and November 2008. They will spend around four years in Uruguay as part of Association’s plan to build talented football players within the next four years. All selected players have passed the national selection round in December 2007 after they passed the city level selection round in November 2007.

Unfortunately, the Association forbid these players to take part in AFC U-16 round, next October 2008. Speakers of the association said that, the U-16 competition in Uruguay is still on going, and Indonesia players should focus on the competition, not the tournament. The association will select new U-16 team for the AFC U-16 tournament. Another strange thing is on the status of players when the program is completed. All clubs were forced to change status of their players as players of the association. This is strange, what if a foreign club wish to  hire Indonesian player? Where did the transfer money go to? To the association? This regulation also break FIFA regulation on status of a football player  where a player should belong to club not association. (*)

2011 AFC Cup Qualification

•December 24, 2007 • Leave a Comment

This is a shocking news for Indonesia team in the near future. AFC has announced new qualification system for Asian countries to participate in Asia Cup 2011. Three countries with highest achievement at previous AFC Cup (Iraq, Saudi, and South Korea) will be automatic qualifier with Qatar as host nation for Asia Cup 2011. Two tickets will be provided to winners of AFC Challenge Cup in 2008 and 2010. It is a tournament for 17 countries, considered as emerging football countries in Asia. So, there will be ten tickets left to be fought by 20 countries, including Indonesia, through qualification round.

Based on the latest AFC release, Indonesia is ranked 11 for the qualification round. However since the first three are automatic qualifiers, Indonesia is ranked eighth for the qualification round.
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