Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Irfan's International Career

Irfan Bachdim has become the talk of Indonesia this last month. To be fair I think it's less to do with his ability and more to do with his looks but there you go. Anyway, enjoy it while it lasts girls because if he plays in tomorrow's AFF Cup Final 2nd Leg in Jakarta against Malaysia it could prove to be his last international appearance.

His team, Persema, are threatening to withdraw from the FA sanctioned Indonesia Super League and join the breakaway Liga Primer Indonesia and this story indicates they could play their last ISL game against Arema in the Malang derby early next month.

It seems unlikely, though you can never tell in this part of the world, that the Indonesian national team, run by the FA, will want to select players from a non FA sanctioned competition.

The LPI are promising big changes in the way football is run in this country but here we are, on 28 December, with their season due to begin on 8 January and still no fixture list on their website and confusion surrounding the competing teams, players and coaches.

Which sounds uncannily like business as normal in Indonesian football!

Plus ca change!

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