Monday, December 08, 2014


Arcan Iurie Takes Over Pusamania

Arcan Iurie would never get a job managing an English football club.

The Moldavan coach has been part of the Indonesian football scene for yonks and over the years he has coached Persija, Persib, Persik, Persebaya, Persita and Persepam MU. And now he has taken over the reigns at newly promoted Pusamania Borneo for the 2015.

The first time I got to see him on TV he was coaching Persib and I couldn't believe my eyes. There was the coach of a professional football club ambling onto the field smoking a cigarette, sporting a denim jacket and with a packet of fags sticking out of the back pocket of his jeans.

He looked like he had just left the pub and wandered over to the pitch to see what was going on!

None of this designer wear that coaches in other countries like to wear, Arcan keeps it real and down to earth and judging by the clubs he has worked with over the years he is highly respected in the game here.

He is also pretty damned well fluent in Indonesian.

Nope, he would never work in the sanitised, PR fed world of the English Premier League and that is just one of the reasons I and many others are turning their backs on it.

Football in Indonesia is earthy and lacks pretensions and coaches like Arcan are down to earth and don't worry about bigging themselves up for the media.


He "almost died in the field" as well.
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