Thursday, June 21, 2012


The Champions' Coach

A few eyebrows were raised, a few heads scratched and a few foreheads furrowed when Sriwijaya appointed Kas Hartadi as their coach for the 2011/2012. Kas who, or Kas siapa, was the general response to the man charged with consigning Ivan Kolev's trophyless campaign to history.

On paper it was a strange decision. Sriwijaya are an ambitious club and have traditionally looked to big name coaches; before Kolev Rahmad Darmawan brought them much success.

The 42 year Hartadi certainly didn't appear on many people's radar yet he was known to the Sriwijaya heirarchy; he'd spent time with the Under 21s as well as assisting Kolev during the barren year.

As a player he had hardly set the world alight either. He started his career with Kramayudhya Tiga Berlian, whoever they might be, before joining Arseto Solo. With the introduction of a full time, professional league he joined Gelora Dewata before a season with the interestingly named BPD Jateng (OK, I lied, it ain't an interesting name but I do so love adjectives).

Then he was back to Solo, his home town, for another season then Persikabo, back to Solo but this time with Persis, then Persid Jember before ending his career with Putra Samarinda in 2006.

Oh, and did you know he has a 7 year old kid named King Eric Cantona?!

Anyway, his first season in charge and he lifts the Indonesia Super League. People will definitely know his name now!

Source - Top Skor

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