Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Indonesian Teen Signs For Spanish Side
Arthur Irawan may not be the best known player in Indonesia. It seems even the various national team selectors weren't aware of his presence or talent as the 18 year old striker wasn't included in the current SEA Games squad.
Maybe not good enough for his national team but Irawan was obviously good enough for La Liga as Espanyol have signed him.
Irawan becomes the latest young Indonesian to be lured away from the home country. Syamsir Alam, part of the SAD project in Uruguay, has spent time on loan with Penarol while another alumni from Montevideo is Yericho Christiantoko who is part of the SEA Games squad and is with Belgian side Cercle Sportif Vise.
Given some fine performances in the SEA Games so far from players like Patrick Wanggai, Meiga Kurnia and Ferdinand Sinaga the future looks bright for Indonesian football on the field.
The same can not be said about those who run the game off it but that's another long, tedious story.