Saturday, May 09, 2015


No, Indonesia Is Not The Brazil Of South East Asia

Diet - eating bakso and drinking teh botol does not professional athletes make.
Samba - I have been watching Indonesian football for the best part of a decade now and not once do I recall seeing a passage of playing that had me going 'ole'.
Players - Brazil had Pele, Romario, Garrincha, Tostao, Ronaldo. Indonesia have had players like Bambang Pamungkas, Pnaryo Astaman, Budi Sudarsono, Hamkah Hamza. Brazil has a new generation including the likes of Neymar. Indonesia is hoping Evan Dimas will be the saviour.
Awareness - good players know what to do with the ball before they receive it. Watch an Indonesian game and tell me that is so.
Coaches - rumours are rife players are asked to give the coach a bit of cash to get in the first team.
Insularity - Brazilians have been going overseas for years. You can probably count the number of Indonesians on two hands. Those that do go often making a beeline to Malaysia, similar language and culture, and still can't wait to get back.
Big Fish Syndrome - a player from a poor family in a poor village earning an above national salary at a provincial club (if he gets paid at all) will be seen as a success by all. No need to develop or move.
Professionalism - cutting corners is a culture. Queuing is for airports and tourists.
Tactics - all those coaches go on all those an average game and try and work out a game plan!
Clubs - in Indonesia have no structure, no entity beyond living season to season on hand outs. There is no concept of a club beyond the 90 minutes on match day. Officials are often short term appointees. Coaches come and go at the whim of the officials. Players are journeymen in every sense of the word. And most clubs have no infrastructure in place to ensure smooth administration, youth development, stadium maintenance etc etc.
Success - Brazil has a record of success going back decades. Success breeds success. Indonesia has a record of failure going back decades. Failure breeds failure.
Potential? - There is no potential when too many coaches can't coach, too many players can't pass or control the ball and too many officials can't see beyond the end of the week.

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