Friday, September 24, 2010


Indonesia Season Kicks Off Tomorrow

Finally the 2010/2011 Indonesia Super League season kicks off with the season opener between Arema and Sriwijaya at the Kanjuruhan Stadium in Malang. Home advantage for champions Arema should be enough against Cup winners Sriwijaya who are loking for an unprecendated seventh domestic title in a little over three seasons.

Despite the game between the Champions and Cup Winners going under the grand, and not so origiginal, title of Comunity Shield, it is a regular League game with points, and prizes, up for grabs. Officials are hoping for a full house 35,000 in East Java for the game that kicks off tomorrow night at 8.30.

More run of the mill ISL games start on Sunday with Persijap, installed as relegation favourites for many after the departure of coach Junaidi, take on PSM. The South Sulawesi team are sweating on International Transfer Certificates (Clearances) being processed in time for their foreign contingent, including former Gombak United midfielder Goran Subara, to take to the field.

Newly promoted Persibo Bojonegoro take on Persiba Balikpapan in their first ever game in the big time. Unfortunately their own stadium doesn't meet ISL standards, whatever they maybe, so they must start their debut season at Persik Kediri's Brawijaya Stadium.

Big things are expected from Persiba this time round, especially from Persiba, after their unheralded 3rd place finish last season. They have recruited last season's top scorer, Aldo Baretto, from Bontang and hope to add Singaporean striker Khairul Amri over the next few days.

Sunday's Games

Semen Padang v Persipura
Pelita Jaya v Persiwa
PSPS v Persija

Tuesday's Game

Persela v Persib

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