Thursday, December 26, 2013


Trofeo Persija

It looks like the city of Jakarta may actually play host to some football.

Persija are hosting their third ever trofeo and this year they have really pushed the boat out by inviting a couple of foreign teams; Army United from the Thai Premier League and Malaysia's PDRM.

The tournament begins on Sunday and ends on, um, Monday.

29/12 - Arema v Army United, Persija v PDRM
30/12 - Arema v PDRM, Persija v Army United

Unlike the previous editions, this year's see the games played over 90 minutes and follow the format of the Emirates Cup; the winner will be the team with the most points after two games.

Now far be it for me to parade my crystal ball skills but Persija have won the last two editions of the cup.

I understand the plan is for next season to host a Jakarta Governor's Cup along the lines of the East Java Governor's Cup but don't hold your breath.

A few years back there was a Bung Yos Cup, named after the then governor which featured teams like Persija and, one year, Sydney United.

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