An interesting find on the influence of English hooliganism to Indonesian football culture that is now an epitome of violence. How English Hooliganism Influences Indonesian Football Fans October 15, 2011 | by Pangeran Siahaan
I was walking down a street crowded with football fans when I passed a bunch of local teenagers with the words “real hooligans” emblazoned on their outfits and singing “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles,” the terrace song of West Ham United supporters. For a second, I thought I was somewhere in London’s East End until I suddenly realized I was somewhere between Bung Karno Stadium and Plaza Senayan after a friendly between Indonesia and Uruguay last year, where the home team was thumped 7-1.
The singing caught my attention and as I tried to get past the street chorus to look at the singers’ faces, they gave me a dirty look like I belonged to their arch nemesis’s club. After they finished singing, they started clapping and chanting “United! United!” while I was left confused at to whether these boys had watched a different football game.
There’s little doubt that those boys have seen too much of “Green Street Hooligans,” a film that portrays the rivalry between West Ham United supporters and Millwall. Since its release in 2005, the movie has become a cult classic among football fanatics (and some posers) who aspire to be hooligans. The film tells the story of a fictional firm, Green Street Elite, fighting against its rivals like Millwall’s Bushwackers and Birmingham City’s Zulus.
It introduced the casual culture among UK football fans to Indonesians and the culture was quickly adapted here. While the majority of football fans in Indonesian stadia still cover themselves in the traditional attire of club shirts, there’s some others who opt to look differently. They abandon the club colors to wear designer clothing, parachute jackets, hoodies and any other attire that is associated with casual UK culture.
There’s nothing wrong with imitating the UK casual culture. English football fans have been somebody to look up to. Franklin Foer, in his famous book, “How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization,” writes how football fans in Serbia during the ’80s subscribed to English football fanzines in order to adapt their culture. In its heyday, Foer says every football supporter across Europe tried to be English.
But for all the excitement of terrace chanting and fancy clothing, the culture that is presented by films similar to “Green Street Hooligans,” like “Football Factory” and “Awaydays,” has a side effect. I call this the “Green Street” effect when one feels the impulse to act like a football hooligan after watching hooligan films.
This is also the case after you read what I call “hooligan literature,” books written by former football thugs glorifying their time in hooliganism. For some aspiring hooligans, books like “Cass,” a biography of Cass Pennant, the notorious leader of Inter City Firm — a West Ham United supporters firm that “Green Street Hooligans” was based on — are treated like their bible.
Like in any other footballing country, football and violence are almost like two sides of a coin. Even without the Green Street effect, football-related violence already exists among Indonesian football supporters. But the Green Street effect makes an uptown football fan feel there’s nothing wrong in hitting a rival fan, or it’s acceptable to throw bottles at the opposing fans in a nonton bareng event, where they watch the match on television. The Green Street effect makes you think you’re a hooligan.
I find myself disgusted by violence. I didn’t feel like reading “Red Army General,” an autobiography of Tony O’Neill, the leader of the Manchester United thugs faction during the ’70s and ’80s, in which he took pride in smashing opponents’ skulls with bricks and bars, but the book might be appealing for others.
The idea of physically beating opposing fans might look cool on paper, but it won’t feel the same if it happens to or near you. I was in Siliwangi Stadium to watch Persib play Arema Malang earlier this year and I enjoyed the hostility from the home crowd. It’s football, after all. But it wasn’t as fun as I thought it would be soon after the match turned bad and the fans started battling the police. You can’t see the coolness of the Green Street effect when blood starts to spill from the head of somebody next to you.
I think identifying yourself with a football club and rivalries with other clubs are reasons that make football a great sport. The sense of being superior and taunting the opposing team are integral parts of watching football. But while I think it’s a tough task to separate aggro from football, I can't see why we have to glorify violence.
Malaysian blogger Cyril Dason takes a view on the alarming security issue regarding Malaysian football matches. This example takes into account a Malaysian league match, but security concerns also plague Malaysia's international matches at home. Security at football matches in Malaysia[/color] Published Sunday, April 8, 2012 By CYRILDASON. Under Current Issues
Football is a game of passion, and when passion is at stake, adrenaline runs high. When it comes to football in Malaysia, emotions and adrenaline run even higher as the teams playing in the Malaysian leagues are hugely state based, giving every fan more reason to back their team.
For Sarawak, the surge in fans coming to Sarawak matches is indeed noticeable. The first game against Kuala Lumpur at the beginning of the season saw barely 7,000 fans coming. Yesterday when Sarawak played Kelantan, it was an almost full house. Wikipedia claims that the Sarawak State Stadium holds 40,000 seats, but local press have said it’s a 22,000 seater stadium. Which one is right, I’m not sure. I am however sure that the number of fans coming is increasing as I find myself needing to be at the stadium as early at 7PM despite the game only starting an hour later.
Last weekend’s game saw a huge presence of Kelantan fans, and the previous game against Lions XII also saw not less than 100 away fans turn up. Unfortunately, after both games, there was reports of fighting and unruly behaviour with Sarawak fans being accused as hooligans, while the visiting team fans said to be the victims.
I am sad that people think of us in such way because I have observed that sometimes, the visiting team fans are equally unruly and rude, if not worst.
Which brings me to the security issues at football matches in Malaysia to avoid any untoward incidents from happening. I only have three suggestions, and I hope it could be implemented.
For starters, the police and Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) which are in uniform (not plain cloth please), should be stationed in the terraces with the fans. If they want to watch the game so much (which is always the case), they should be located at the back of the terrace so that they can see what happens in front of them. The current security forces are mostly located on the running track, away from the supporters, and are sadly turning their backs to the supporters. If something happened in the crowd, they’d be among the last to know and it takes time for them to regroup, and enter the terrace to take action.
Secondly, we could start implementing special settings for the away supporters, in which they should be well shielded by the police. Locating about 200-500 seats would be adequate. Tickets could be sold five days before the actual game, and sales is stopped a day before the game to enable the security forces and stadium management to estimate and allocate personal and seating arrangements for them. Unsold tickets would be sold off to the local fans as the size of the seating for the away fans changed in accordance to the number of tickets bought for that special away seats. This way, the traditional mocking and jeering could continue, but at least fights can be avoided. The Football Associations (FAs) should also make it clear that away fans must only seat at the designated area if they want to bring their flag and use their team’s jersey. Tickets can be distributed via fan clubs which I understand are aplenty nowadays.
Note that I was seated among a huge number of Kelantan fans during the Sarawak-Kelantan game, and it wasn’t the best experience because I feared the jeering and mocking from both sides could lead to fights.
Thirdly, fans should realize that what happens during the game, stays in the game. Provocations and name calling are not new in football, regardless of where it is played and while emotions do tend to be intimidated, there is no need to go physical. When the game ends, we should all shake hand and walk out as friends, and not foes.
It is my hope that the behaviour of fans, and the security in stadiums across Malaysia will improve for the better. I’m a huge football fan and I love watching my team play. Unfortunately when fights break out, it simply spoils everything, and it really saddens me to see how we would be punished and bullied on national and international based websites/newspapers afterwards because they would love to sensationalize the bad side of anything.
With that said, ‘Sarawak Selamanya‘. (I would use ‘Sarawak forever’, but it doesn’t sound as nice.)
PSSI HOPE TO SECURE MORE PLAYERS FROM ISL FOR NATIONAL DUTY May 30, 2012
JAKARTA (30 May 2012) – After successfully securing the services of three players from the Indonesia Super League (ISL) to fortify the national team recently, the FA of Indonesia (PSSI) will be out to enlist even more players for the national cause.
The three ISL players who had joined the Indonesia senior squad recently were Oktovianus Maniani (Persiram Raja Ampat), Titus Bonai (Persipura Jayapura) dan Patrich Wanggai (Persidafon Dafonsoro).
“We hope that more players from the ISL will join the national team when we take on the Philippines (on 5 June in Manila). It will be good if we can get the best players from the ISL and also the Indonesia Premier League (IPL) together,” said Bernhard Limbong, of the Indonesia national team committee.
“The game against the Philippines is important in that we are not looking at preparations for the AFF Suzuki Cup later in the year but also at improving the world ranking.”
Indonesia are currently placed 151st while the Philippines are 148th.
For the next assignment, the Indonesian national team under Nil Maizar has been tasked with finding the balance of 60% players from the recent Al-Nakbah Tournament in Palestine and 40% from the side that played against Inter Milan.
“We are not looking at a big score against the Philippines but rather a marked improvement in the overall performance. It has to be understood that the target for this year is the AFF Suzuki Cup and the players selected whether from the ISL or the IPL must put up their best,” added Bernhard.
After Nazmi Faiz - Top 5 South-East Asians who have a shot in Europe[font=Verdana[/color]][/font] Following Nazmi Faiz's monumental signing for S.C Beira-Mar, Goal.com Singapore takes a look at 5 other South-East Asian players who could be good enough to play in Europe
[font=Irfan Haarys Bachdim | Indonesia | Age: 24 [/font] A talented striker, Irfan Bachdim received his footballing education in the famous Ajax academy alongside Dutch starlets, Ryan Babel and Jeffery Sarpong. He plied his trade in the Dutch lower leagues before moving back to Indonesia, where he currently plays for Persema Malang with a decent strike rate of 16 goals in 23 appearances. However, injuries and various off-the-pitch developments have distracted this youngster from fully dedicating himself to the game. Time will tell if he can reach the full potential that he has shown glimpses of in his time with the national team.
Philip Younghusband | Philippines | Age: 25
The younger half of the dynamic Younghusband duo, Philip currently plays for United Football League’s Loyola Meralco Sparks and the Philippines national team. A prolific striker, who is usually assisted with a killer pass from his elder brother, he has an impressive goal tally of 24 goals in 34 national appearances. He has European experience, having played for the Chelsea youth and reserve teams as well as a loan spell with Danish side, Esbjerg.
Hariss Harun | Singapore | Age: 22
Hariss Harun, midfielder who plays for the Malaysian Super League team, LionsXII and currently the vice-captain of the squad and has the honour of being Singapore’s youngest ever national player, having played for the senior side from the age of 16. A versatile and combative midfielder, Hariss won Singapore Nike’s Who’s Next competition in 2007, securing a training stint at Barcelona’s renowned youth academy, La Masia. During the period, he captained the squad for all the friendlies and eventually won the Most Valuable Player award. In 2010, he underwent an unsuccessful trial with Chinese Super League side, Shanghai Shenhua but has been linked with a move to Europe next season.
Mohd Irfan Fazail | Malaysia | Age: 21
Mohd Irfan is a midfielder currently plying his trade at Harimau Muda A. He had the privilege of being one of the first Malaysians to play in the Slovakian league when he was loaned out to Zlate Moravce, making two appearances. A key player in Malaysian U23 set up, he played alongside Nazmi Faiz in Malaysia’s gold medal-winning run in the 2011 SEA Games. An all-rounded player with eye for picking out the killer pass, there should be little doubt in more European opportunities coming his way in the future.
Kawin Thamsatchanan | Thailand | Age: 22
While Asia is not known for producing quality goalkeepers, Kawin Thamsatchanan is certainly the exception. Nicknamed, “The Flying Kawin”, he routinely produces spectacular acrobatic saves leading his team to two Thai Premier League titles. Despite his size, his agilty and command of the penalty area once prompted Thailand national coach, Bryan Robson, to recommend Kawin for a goalkeeping trial at Manchester United. Unfortunately, a wrist injury scuppered that chance, but as first choice keeper in the national team, Kawin still has plenty of chances to prove he can be South-East Asia’s, potentially even Asia’s, number one
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The Professional Footballers Association of Indonesia (APPI) have set a deadline of 7 June for clubs to settle their outstanding wages.
By ESPNSTAR.com staff
In a first-of-its-kind meeting addressed by Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) president Simon Colosimo, the APPI discussed the issue of unpaid wages in Indonesian football - an issue which has only recently surfaced amidst other controversies like the breakaway Indonesian Super League.
The problem has been stewing for months prior to the meeting, with some players being owed up to six months worth of wages. Among the worst-off clubs are Bontang FC, whose players haven't been paid for four-and-a-half months, Deltras, unpaid in 16 weeks and Persiraja, PPSM Magelang, Sriwijaya, Persema Malang, all of which have almost three months of unpaid wages and bonuses.
Attended by leading players in the league like Bambang Pamungkas, Firman Utina, Erol Iba and Ponaryo Astaman, the decision was unanimously taken that the time had come to force the issue, although some clubs have already taken actions with Persija Jakarta refusing to train for the past three months.
Indonesia's all-time leading goalscorer and football icon Bambang felt that this is a defining moment for the football-crazy nation.
"This is the worst moment I've seen in Indonesian football, the players aren't being paid and everybody is concerned," Bambang told theworldgame.sbs.com.au. "We have an obligation to the future of football in our country to do something. That's why myself, and all the senior players, came to make a stand to make sure there's a future for the game in Indonesia.
"We're hopeful that the clubs will agree to our demand that at least 50 per cent of the money owed be paid by 7 June so we don't have to talk further about a strike."
Amongst other issues, APPI also called for an end to the two top-flight leagues in Indonesia and for all players to be eligible for the national squad when Idonesia face Phillippines on 5 June.
FIFA is expected to make a decision on 15 June, where they may ban Indonesia from the global football body altogether should the breakaway league issue not be resolved.
Well, it is a good thing the Younghusbands did not sign up with an Indonesian team last year. Otherwise, they might end not only being excluded from international football for playing in a rogue league( which BTW became the official league with the change of admin and the official league became the rogue league, go figure) but now they have to worry about having unpaid wages. I guess my campaign last year to convince the powers that be not to go through with this, was worth it after all.
Football: Indonesian Players’ Union Demands Reform, Delayed Wages Ami Afriatni & Sandy Pramuji | May 29, 2012
With Indonesian football’s administrators and money men either unwilling or unable to end the rifts plaguing the country’s favorite sport, a group of top players has made its stand.
Late on Monday, members of the Indonesia Professional Footballers Association (APPI) flagged up several issues they said were crucial to domestic football.
First, they threatened to strike if 13 clubs, in both the officially sanctioned Indonesian Premier League and breakaway Indonesian Super League, failed to provide the back pay owed to players by June 7.
“If by that day the players still haven’t received their wages as stated in their respective contracts, we’ll take the matter to a court of law,” APPI president Ponaryo Astaman said. “If the negotiations with those clubs fail, our last option will be to go on strike.”
Of the clubs in question, Persija Jakarta, Persema Malang, Persibo Bojonegoro, PPSM Magelang, Bontang FC, Persiraja Banda Aceh and PSM Makassar are in the IPL and Deltras Sidoarjo, Sriwijaya FC, Pelita Jaya, Persela Lamongan, Arema Indonesia and the other Persija Jakarta are in the ISL.
The APPI did not provide details on how much the players were owed. Club officials refused to comment on the matter.
Late wages are a familiar problem in Indonesian football, which has long struggled to attract sponsors and been unable to generate much revenue through merchandise. Clubs tend to lure top players with lucrative contract offers but often fail to make good on their obligations during the season.
“In the future, we hope clubs in competitions are those that have a good financial record. They also have to prove that they can pay their players’ salaries for at least one season,” Ponaryo said.
While an APPI strike would not shut down either league as its membership reportedly is less than 50 players, it does include fan favorites such as Bambang Pamungkas, Maman Abdurahman and Firman Utina.
The players also urged the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) to settle its internal rift once and for all.
“We want one league in this country which is officially recognized by FIFA,” Ponaryo said. “We are tired of this dualism in the league and the PSSI. We want all footballers to unite for Indonesia.”
The PSSI has drawn the ire of FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation in recent years over several issues, including its leadership tussle and allegations of rampant corruption.
The latest crisis emerged when the formerly official ISL restarted despite being disbanded by the PSSI in favor of the IPL. Some PSSI members left in December to form their own shadow association, which they called the Indonesian Football Savior Committee (KPSI).
Wracked by internal divisions, Indonesia also suffered on the field. The Merah Putih, stripped of their best talent by a FIFA ruling barring players in unsanctioned leagues from turning out for their country, lost 10-0 at Bahrain in their final 2014 World Cup qualifier in February. Accusations of arranging to lose by nine goals or more to help Bahrain advance only added to the humiliation of Indonesia’s worst defeat in its history.
In March, FIFA gave the PSSI until June 15 to get its house in order or face a ban from international competition.
Players have largely remained silent during the troubles, with some saying they feared losing their jobs if they publicly commented on the strife. The APPI, which was established in 2010, hopes to change that.
“Now we really want the problem to end. It only hurts Indonesian football and players have been the casualties,” Ponaryo said
Indonesia hooliganism leaves three dead[/color] Three dead as fans clash in Indonesia AFP, Monday 28 May 2012
Three people were killed and five badly injured when fans pelted each other with rocks and bricks in a violent clash at a football match in Indonesia, police said on Monday.
Fighting broke out on Sunday night at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta, where the home team Persija Jakarta were playing rivals Persib Bandung in front of a packed house of 80,000.
It is the same venue where two people were killed in a stampede during a Southeast Asian Games match between Indonesia and long-standing rivals Malaysia last year.
"Three people died after a fight broke out among the crowd at a football match on Sunday night," National police spokesman Saud Usman Nasution told AFP.
"We have so far identified one, who was wearing a Bandung jersey. He was a motorcycle taxi driver and was killed after being struck with a brick."
Jakarta police spokesman Rikwanto, who goes by one name, said security officers acted in line with standard procedures but police would tighten restrictions on issuing of football match permits.
Smaller stadiums might be used in future, he said.
Several incidents of violence have occurred in recent years at the stadium. Last year, fans let off flares and lobbed bottles at Bahrain's national team after the visitors scored in a World Cup qualifier.
Who to blame for bloody football hooliganism in Indonesia? Indonesia league skirts blame over deaths AFP, Wednesday 30 May 2012
Indonesia's rebel league has refused to take the blame for deadly clashes between fans of two of the country's fiercest rivals, saying it wasn't clear they were fighting over football.
The breakaway Super Liga, whose launch last year threw Indonesian football into turmoil, said it wouldn't immediately shoulder responsibility after three people died after a game on Sunday.
Sunday's incident follows the deaths of two fans in a stampede at the same stadium, Jakarta's Gelora Bung Karno, in November, and comes after FIFA threatened to suspend Indonesia for failing to rein in the Super Liga.
Fighting broke out after Persija Jakarta's 2-2 draw against Persib Bandung in front of a packed house of 80,000 fans at Gelora Bung Karno, which is Indonesia's biggest stadium.
Three people died and five were seriously injured as fans pelted each other with rocks and bricks outside the venue. But the Super Liga attempted to distance itself from the violence.
"We organised the match but we will only say it's our fault if it's proven that they were fighting over football," senior Super Liga official Syahril Taher told AFP.
"The clash happened after the match outside the stadium, so we will have to investigate what caused it before we can say we are responsible."
Jakarta police said they would tighten restrictions on issuing match permits. A spokesman told the Jakarta Globe future games between the two teams may be held at either an empty Gelora Bung Karno, or at a neutral venue.
"Those two clubs’ fans have a long history of violence," senior commander Rikwanto told the newspaper.
Meanwhile the official Indonesian football association or PSSI, which has been handed a June 15 deadline to bring the Super Liga into line or risk a FIFA suspension, laid the blame squarely with the breakaway league.
"The Super Liga's matches have always been chaotic with players fighting and supporters beating each other up," association official Rudolf Yesayas said.
"We knew this was bound to happen and had raised our objections with the police as well as the youth and sports ministry last December."
The weekend tragedy was just the latest incident at Gelora Bung Karno after the fatal crush at the Southeast Asian Games final in November, when thousands of fans without tickets barged their way into the stadium.
Last September, Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was forced to leave an international match when fans let off fireworks in the stands and lobbed bottles at Bahrain's players after they scored.
Indonesia has long been in trouble with FIFA over corruption allegations and a damaging leadership tussle at the PSSI. They were also at the centre of a match-fixing probe after February's 10-0 World Cup qualifying loss in Bahrain.
Unity boost for Indonesian football Thursday, 07 June 2012 15:48
Kuala Lumpur: A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on Thursday between the Indonesian Football Federation (PSSI) and the breakaway Indonesian Super League (ISL) and the Indonesian Football Rescue Committee (KPSI).
The agreement to cooperate and collaborate in the larger interests of the Indonesian game was inked after two days of extensive discussions by all the parties, in the presence of the AFC Taskforce, led by AFC Vice-President HRH Prince Abdullah Ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah and FIFA Executive Committee Member Dato’ Worawi Makudi. Also present were AFC General Secretary Dato’ Alex Soosay, FIFA Director of Member Associations and Development Thierry Regenass, Director of the AFC Member Association/International Relations & Development James Johnson and FIFA Manager of MAs Marco Leal.
The MoU is the first significant breakthrough for Indonesian football in recent times after both FIFA and AFC expressed their grave concern over how the breakaway league and the KPSI were affecting the game and asked all the groups to find common ground. An AFC Task Force was formed to help mediate the talks between the groups.
As part of the MoU, a joint PSSI committee will be established to create a new top tier professional football league. The committee will also work with FIFA and AFC to review the statutes and other association matters. The four expelled PSSI Executive Committee members will be reinstated.
The MoU also states that the ISL will continue to operate separately but will come under the umbrella of PSSI while the KPSI will not hold itself out as a football governing body.
HRH Prince Abdullah thanked all the sides for the spirit in which the MoU negotiations were held.
“It was in the interest of Indonesian football and I would like to thank everyone and FIFA for entrusting AFC to lead this mission,” he said.
“This is the start of a new chapter in Indonesian football and an opportunity to put personal differences and politics aside for the sake of football. There is a lot of work ahead and AFC is willing to provide all the assistance to create a new top tier league in Indonesia.”
“We are confident that the MoU meets the requirements of FIFA as all the football activities will be under the umbrella of PSSI.”
AFC Acting President Zhang Jilong welcomed the news.
“I am pleased to note that all the sides in Indonesia have come to an understanding and this will serve the best interests of everyon involved,” said Jilong.
“I request all the stakeholders to work for the development of Indonesian football, which has tremendous potential. We (AFC) stand ready to assist our Member Associations to take the game to the next level,” added Jilong.
PSSI reach agreement to reconcile with Indonesian Football Rescue Committee The reconciliation in the larger interests of the Indonesian football was inked after two days of extensive discussions by all the parties Jun 8, 2012 6:40:00 AM
The Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) agreed to end the internal strife with the breakaway Indonesian Super League (ISL) clubs and the Indonesian Football Rescue Committee (KPSI).
The two sides signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Thursday after an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Task Force was formed to help mediate the talks between the groups in May.
As part of the MoU, the PSSI will establish a joint comittee to create a new top-tier professional football league and cooperate with Fifa and AFC to review statutes and other association matters.
Furthermore, four previously expelled PSSI Executive Committee members will be reinstated; it was also stated that the ISL will continue to operate separately but will eventually come under PSSI. Additionally, the KPSI will be no longer claim authority as the country's governing body in football matters.
AFC vice president Prince Abdullah Ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah, who led the Task Force team, revealed his excitement over this agreement.
"It was in the interest of Indonesian football and I would like to thank everyone and FIFA for entrusting AFC to lead this mission," he told assembled media after the signing took place.
"This is the start of a new chapter in Indonesian football and an opportunity to put personal differences and politics aside for the sake of football.
"We are confident that the MoU meets the requirements Fifa as all the football activities will be under the umbrella of PSSI."
Prince Abdullah stated that there will be a lot of work to be done in the future, but committed to help the development of Indonesian football.
"There is a lot of work ahead and AFC is willing to provide all the assistance to create a new top tier league in Indonesia."
Swerte ng IDN. This is their preparation for Suzuki Cup 2012 INDONESIA LOOK TO TAKE ON EVERTON AND GALATASARAY IN JULY June 15, 2012
JAKARTA (15 June 2012) – The FA of Indonesia (PSSI) are planning a quadrangular tournament in July – which also included English side Everton and Galatasaray from Turkey – as part of efforts to whip up the national team into a fighting fit unit ready for the AFF Suzuki Cup 2012.
After coming close in the 2010 edition of the AFF Suzuki Cup, the losing finalists then put up another strong performance to make the final of the last SEA Games in Jakarta.
Bob Hippy, the Indonesia national team coordinator, said this week that they are looking at having the quadrangular tournament on 24-30 July 2012.
“Two teams will come from clubs in Europe (Everton and Galatasaray) while we are also inviting a national team from Asia. We are looking at some tough matches as we obviously cannot just sit back and be satisfied with the few games that we have played so far,” said Bob.
“We are confident that we can bring Everton and Galatasaray here to play against the Indonesia national team but Malaysia have yet to give us their confirmation as at around the same time, they are also having friendlies of their own.”
The tournament will be played at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta.
MALAYSIA PLAN TRIP TO EUROPE; VIETNAM TO PLAY MOZAMBIQUE June 16, 2012
KUALA LUMPUR (17 June 2012) – Defending ASEAN champions Malaysia plan to head to Europe in August as Vietnam have pencilled in a match against Mozambique next week in Ho Chi Minh City.
Malaysia are looking at a trip to either Austria or Hungary in August – after the big matches against Arsenal on 24 July and then Manchester City on 30 July.
Malaysia team manager Datuk Subahan Kamal said that chief coach K. Rajagobal had identified either Austria or Hungary as the best venue for a centralized training camp to form part of their preparation for the AFF Suzuki Cup in November.
“We have taken into account the views of the national coach, so we will be planning a trip to either Austria or Hungary,” added Datuk Subahan. “Initially, there were talks that Manchester United will be here in August but since they have decided to go elsewhere, we have to change our plans and head to Europe instead.”
In the meantime Vietnam, fresh from their 3-0 loss to China and then 2-1 win over Hong Kong last week; will take on Mozambique on 23 June at the Thong Nhat Stadium in HCM City.
“I am not pleased with the scoring, but pleased with the way the team played. Players showed their fighting spirit in the two friendlies but we have a lot of work to do to improve our game,” said Phan Thanh Hung, the chief coach of Vietnam.
“Players are fit physically but the team need to play more games to help players link up better.”
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