Monday, October 29, 2012


Indonesian Ownership Merry Go Round

Unlike the English Premier League where foreigner owners are seemingly queuing up to buy teams, in Indonesia no one wants to invest serious money in anything beyond a shopping mall or condominium.

Last week Pelita Jaya was sold to Bandung Raya. Now the erstwhile are back in football having bought Arema. It's hardly the most spectacular deal in the history of world football; both Pelita Jaya and Arema were owned by the same people just under different names so don't get too excited.

One coach being linked with the new entity is Simon McMenemy, formerly of Philippines and Mitra Kukar.

Arema will be coached by Rahmad Darmawan, who last season coached Pelita Jaya, and it is likely several players will follow the coach to Malang. Those that don't apparently will be offered to Pelita Bandung Raya.

At least we can't accuse the left hand of not knowing what the right hand is doing. It's just the rest of us who don't have a scooby.

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