Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Spaso Is A Bobotoh

Sorry, long time no post. Well, not much has been happening in the whacky world of Indonesian football and I did have a few days in England which meant my focus and energy lay in other directions.

Now we have some real genuine bona fide news. Persib have at last signed a foreign striker. After a tortuous search that has lasted months and taken on an almost farcical edge the Indonesia Super League champions have brought in Ilija Spasojevic to fill the void left by the departures of Ferdinand Sinaga and Djibril Coulibaly (do the maths!).

For the alert out there Spaso, as everyone seems to call him, had signed for Pelita Bandung Raya ahead of the new season but events have taken a more sinister turn there. The debate has moved on from where they will play their home games to 'will the last person to leave please turn out the lights'.

Back to Spaso. The Montenegran was born in a town called Bar which seems fair enough to me first moved to Indonesia in 2011 when he signed for the short lived Bali Dewata in the even shorter lived Premier League. He has since enjoyed successful spells with PSM, Mitra Kukar and most recently Pusam averaging 10 goals a season along the way.

I am surprised it has taken the 27 year old striker so long to end up at one of the biggest clubs in the country. Every time I have seen him he has impressed and in my more loony moments I have taken to calling him the Zlatan Ibrahimovic of the ISL...testament to his build and technique.

Apparently Spaso was signed without undertaking a trial, a rare event in this country, and I can't help but think the prevarication by Persib over a new striker may have been in part because he was in fact their main target all along though of course the champions can in no way have predicted the woes PBR are currently facing.

I won't bother listing all the players Persib have looked at over recent months, life is too short, but most definitely Spasojevic's arrival does add a potency to an already decent looking squad but you wonder if there is more to come. Like I said, two have left. Now, one has come in. Will Persib be sniffing around PBR again in the near future?

Meanwhile Spaso teams up with another Montenegran, defender Vladimir Vujovic. The two are familiar to each as they both had short stints with FK Atyrau in the Kazakhstan Premier League without actually playing for the club.

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