Wednesday, May 22, 2019


Madura Shine On Liga 1 Opening Day

PSS v Arema 3-1 (Brian Ferrira, Evgan Bokhashvili, Rangga Muslim; Sylvano Comvalius) 27,710

Ok so the season opener may not have gone to plan with crowd disturbances stopping play for a lengthy period of time but much can be taken from this game for both coaches. Sylvano is looking as goal hungry as he was with Bali United a couple of seasons back and as debuts go Ferrira's wasn't bad with a goal and two assists.

Borneo v Bhayangkara 1-1 (Matias Conti; Ramiro Fergonzi) 785

Two Argenine coaches went head to head for this game in East Kalimantan with honours shared. A return to Borneo for Terens Puhari after his loan spell in Thailand last season. Substitute Fergonzi levelled for the 2017 champions in injury time.

Bali United v Persebaya 2-1 (Ilija Spasojevic, Paolo Sergio; M Syafuddin) 14,323

Another player hitting the ground running is Bali United's Stefano Lilypaly with two assists against Persebaya. In the battle of the title winners it was Teco who had the upper hand over Djadjang Nurdjaman. How will that particular battle pan out over the season?

PSIS v Kalteng Putra 1-2 (David Maulana; Yohanes Pahabol, Bonfim) 8,232

Not much matches the joy of a newly promoted team winning their first game of the season on the road. With to assists from Diogo Campos compatriot coach Fabio De Oliveira could be mistaken for feeling confident about his team's first season in the top flight

Persela v Madura United 1-5 (Alex dos Santos; Alberto Goncalves 2, Greg Nwokolo, Aleksander Rakic, Slamet Nurcahyono) 8,400

Talk about flying out the blocks, Dejan Antonic's very own galacticos tore Persela apart which you don't see very often. Many have tipped Madura to go all the way, just as many have warned how other expensively assembled squads have failed to make a challenge.

Tira Persikabo v Badak Lampung 3-0 (Ciro 2, Andy Setyo) 1,132

One team recently rebranded against another recently rebranded team and look at the crowd! Tira Persikabo may have 'merged' with Persikabo but the latter's supporters don't seem too impressed just yet.

Persib v Persipura 3-0 (Artur Gevozkyan 2, Febri Hariyadi) 14,180

Robert Alberts first game in charge of Persib  saw the team get off to a winning start and the performance of Gevozkyan with a brace on his debut will have gone a long way to easing the burden on Ezechiel N'Douassell's shoulders...with Jonathon Bauman leaving Persib needed a new source of goals

PSM v Semen Padang 1-0 (Zulham Zamrun) 13,830

Fresh from their AFC Cup exertions PSM started their tilt for the title with a hard fought win over newly promoted Semen Padang. Important for new coach Darije Kalizic the club were able to keep hold of Wiljan Pluim and Marc Klok if they are to go one better than last season and win the league

Barito Putera v Persija 1-1 (Rafael Silva; Marko Simic) 7,180

Simic returned to the Persija first team with a goal but can we expect more from Barito Putera after their early promise last season? Coach Jacksen F Thiago will be hoping so though and he will be happy with the way his team fought their way back into this game.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019


Liga 1 2019 Home Grounds

Liga 1 finally kicks off today after one of the longest pre-seasons in living memory. The 2018 campaign finished last December, some may argue it hasn't fully finished with Piala Indonesia on going, so just a six month break for clubs who notoriously are low on funds.

A new season of course means new teams and new grounds and not just with the promoted clubs so for those who are interested here is a run through of which Liga 1 team will, could, may play where.
 As you can see, time zones and islands aren't a consideration when it comes to the more nomadic clubs finding a home base. Rather, economics. Given the number of flights involved each season, being based more centrally while a stadium is being renovated makes fiscal sense.

Arema - Kanjuruhan though in recent years they have flirted with the more central Gajayana Stadium as they bid to stem falling attendances. Their Piala Presiden triumph may change that.
Badak Lamung - Sumpah Pemuda, Bandar Lampung
Bali United - Kapten I Wayan Dipta
Barito Putera - Demang Lehman Stadium, Martapura while their own May 17th Stadium is being renovated
Bhayangkara - PTIK Stadium, Jakarta and Patriot Stadium, Bekasi
Borneo - Segiri Stadium
Kalteng Putra - Sultan Agung Stadium, Bantul while Tuan Pahoe Stadium is being renovated
Madura United - Gelora Madura, Pamekasan and Gelora Bangkalan
Persebaya - Bung Tomo Stadium, Surabaya
Persela - Surajaya Stadium, Lamongan
Persib - Si Jalak Harupat, Soreang
Persija - Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta though expect them to move around a bit!
Persipura - I have read they will start the season at Sultan Agung Stadium while their Mandala Stadium is being renovated
PSIS - Moch Soebroto Stadium, Magelang while their Jatidiri Stadium is being renovated
PSM - Andi Mattalata Stadium, Makassar. AFC Cup ties being played at Pakansari Stadium, Cibinong
PSS - Maguwoharjo Stadium, Sleman
Semen Padang - Haji Agus Stadium, Padang
Tira Persikabo - Pakansari Stadium, Cibinong

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