Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Persitara thinking ahead
With relegation a nailed down certainty* Persitara Jakarta Utara are looking forward to life in the Indonesia Premier League. And there is something to look forward to. After a couple of seasons living the nomadic the team from North Jakarta are looking forward to returning to their spiritual home, Tugu Stadium.
In 2007 they played their home games at Kamal Muara Stadium but with the advent of the Indonesia Super League that venue was deemed unfit for football's best. 2008/2009 saw them hit the road playing home games in Bandung, Soreang and Jepara among others. They even managed a couple of games at Lebak Bulus in South Jakarta.
For the current campaign they have used Soemantri Brojonegoro in the heart of Jakarta. Good enough but for the team who take pride in their Betawi roots still not home.
Last weekend they hosted Persija at Bung Karno Stadium, today they take on Persela at Soemantri Brojonegoro.
Depending on the format of the Indonesia Premier League, and these things have been known to change, they have quite a few local derbies to look forward to next season. Persita, Persikota, Persipasi, Pelita Jaya (if they get relegated), Persikabo and Persikab are all pretty close.
* - of course they may not even be relegated. Rumours still persist that the ISL will be expanded next season to 28 teams in two regional leagues of 14 clubs.