Friday, October 24, 2008


Copa Indonesia Draw

The draw was made yesterday for the 1st Round of this season's Copa Indonesia at a Jakarta hotel. As I mentioned a day or so back 52 teams are entered in this years' competition and the early rounds will be played home and away.

Last season's semi finalists, Sriwijaya, Persipura, Persija and Pelita Jaya receive a round through to what they call the Big 16 which in effect is the 3rd Round.

To minimise travel expenses the 48 teams who must start from scratch have been put into four groups of 12 based regionally. I have grouped the ties in pairs - the winners of the first tie will meet the winner of the second tie if you get my gist.

PSMS v Persiraja
Semen Padang v PSPS

Persih v PSSB

Persib v PSDS
PS Banyuasin v Persires

PSIS v Pro Duta
Persikota v Persitara

Persijap v Persiku
PSIR v Persikab

Persita v Persikabo
Persikad v Persibat

Persela v PSMP
PSS v Persema

Persik v Persekabpas
Persiba Batul v PSIM

Arema v Persibo
PP Sakti v Persis

PKT Bontang v Persiwa
Persebaya v Gresik United

Deltras v Persiram
Persigo v Persidafon

PSM v Mitra Kukar
Persibom v Persiba

Given the regional aspect there is no surprise there are a few tasty derbies. Last year Persitara's game with Persita was marred by violence. This time they get to have a pop at the other side from Tangerang. Spread the violence I say! Persijap and Persiku are central Javan towns with a fe tourist attractions one of which ain't the football. And as for Persebaya against Gresik United?!

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