Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Final round of ISL fixtures

Persipura are champions of course and deservedly so. Some celebration is planned today at their Mandala tadium in Jayapura when they host last season's champions Sriwijaya, coached by Rahmad Darmawan who of course guided the Black Pearls to their 2005 title.

Second place is up for grabs with just goal difference seperating Persib and Persiwa. Today sees Persib take on Persija in Malang while Persiwa host PSMS who have their own reasons for avoiding defeat on a day of many sub plots.

Persiwa of course have a 100% home record while PSMS are desperate to claw themselves away from the relegation play off spot that could see either them or PKT Bontang face off against Persebaya for the right to take part in next season's ISL.

Last season PSMS were coached by Fredy Muli who guided them to second place in the ISL and a place in this season's AFC Cup. With the club facing money woes before the season started Muli moved to IPL side Persebaya who he guided to the top of the eastern division in the first half of the season. But then they run out of cash and Fredy was gone again.

PKT are one of the few private clubs in the ISL and only joined up at the last minute after a number of teams withdrew before the season even began. They have struggled this season despite having Debbah and Setton up front who had been pretty useful last season. Today they host Pelita Jaya knowing they must win to stand a chance of avoiding that dreaded play off place.

Some good if slighly bizarre news though for PKT with reports today suggesting they had signed Aldo Baretto for next season. The Paraguayan had been a useful scorer for PSM before moving to IPL Persisam where his goals helped the Samarinda side secure the second tier title. A surprising move if true especially when you consider the salary being suggested. PKT aren't known as big payers and Baretto's supposed salary puts him in the Bambang Pamungkas/Christian Gonzales bracket.

Persitara play Persela in Lamongan which has become home from home for the North Jakartan side in recent weeks. But while they have been rattling the goals in recently both in Lamongan and elsewhere will their landlords be so generous when they're the home team?

Other games see Persik play Persita, Arema take on Persijap and PSIS travel to Balikpapan to take on Persiba. Deltras host PSM in their final ISL game for a while. Indeed it could be their final game of the season unless they can find a stadium for their upcoiming Copa Indonesia 2nd leg tie against persija. Both Sidoarjo and Lamongan have said the game can't be played in their cities during the campaigning for the presedential election.

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