Saturday, February 25, 2006


Sidoarjo or Liverpool???

So Saturday I buy Soccer another local tabloid hoping to catch up with local football gossip and what do I find? Pages and pages about the upcoming Champions League and one solitary page about the local leagues!

Saturday saw Jakarta play at Medan while Friday night on First Edition Richard Keys told me that the world wants to see the best teams play in the FA Cup Final and the best teams are Arsenal, Man Utd, Liverpool or those moneyed wide boys up the King’s Road. Basically he said it was a shame that the scousers and the mancs, were meeting so early in the cup. What a load of old toilet paper. The FA Cup is about romance and tradition. It’s about Jim Montgomery and Paul Allen. I for one would like to see a different name on the trophy this year. West Ham, Bolton, Manchester City, anybody but the usual suspects…and this is not sour grapes…(much).

So in protest at the North West pish on TV Jakarta Casual trawled himself off to the Blok and a long awaited rendezvous with the Bard of Blok M, the man who swallowed a thesaurus and launched a web site about squeeze n sleaze with many long words. The Sportsmans still does a mean nachos but have the portions got a tad smaller? The Everest still has friendly bar staff and a dodgy manager with a crooked queue and odd balls. Top Gun has been reinvented but I would never have known had the Bard not told me. And so to Oscars but the less said about that the better eh?

Sunday had the attractions of Sidoarjo hosting Balikpapin and despite going a goal down they came back to nick a 2-1 victory. The lack of goalmouth activity, ok it was a turgid yawn watching the drab affair, had me clocking the league tables.

In the western Division the top scorers with 14 in 6 are Medan while just behind with 12 goals from 8 games are Pasuruan Town. The bottom two, Tangerang and Jakarta North have a grand total of 3 between, so a goal feast is surely guaranteed when they meet on Tuesday, bet tickets are going quickly for that one. Jakarta have scored 6 in 7 games which no doubt has Governor Sutiyoso doing handstands. It’s no surprise to anyone who has been reading this blog that in the Eastern Division Kederi are still top and have rattled in an average of two goals a game.

Anyways Semarang are still top in the West followed by Arema Malang, Pasuran and the freescoring Tangerang City (6 goals in 6 games.) in the East Kederi are followed by Minhasa, Wamena and Persela. Riveting stuff eh? A final word about Bandung. They started the season shite but have won the last 3 games and next weekend play…Jakarta. About time I went to another game!

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