Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Arema & Persib Among The Biggest In Asia

I have long talked about the sheer size of some Indonesian clubs. The likes of Persija, Persebaya, Persib and Arema have no idea how big they can be because they don't take on board that kind of thinking.

Teraktor TBZ have the largest average support in Asia with 58,077 apparently followed by Urawa Red Diamonds on 44,210. Three of the top six come from Iran.

In 7th place come Arema with an average attendance of 27,860 putting them 4,000 fans per game against the second biggest in South East Asia, Hai Phong in Vietnam. Arema are also ahead of Tokyo FC and Yokohama Marinos. Not bad for a provincial town with no international airport playing at a stadium miles outside the city.

Persib come 14th in the list. Ahead of the supposedly greatest sports city in the world, Melbourne Victory. Persib average 20,766 and that will increase when they move to their new stadium.

This is the potential of Indonesian football. The people. It's a shame those who run the game and the clubs don't share that view.


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