Persebaya Surabaya

Persebaya Surabaya
Full name Persatuan Sepak Bola Surabaya
  • Bajul Ijo (The Green Crocodile)
  • The Green Force
Founded 1927
Ground Gelora Bung Tomo Stadium
Ground Capacity 55,000
Chairman Cholid Ghoromah
Website Club home page

Persebaya Surabaya, or Persebaya, is a professional football club based in Surabaya, East Java. They play in Indonesia Super League.


Persebaya was founded by Paijo and M. Pamoedji on June 18, 1927. At its inception, Persebaya was named Soerabhaiasche Indonesische Voetbal Bond (SIVB). It was the Indonesian version of a club named Sorabaiasche Voetbal Bond (SVB), which was founded in 1910 and composed of Dutch football players in Surabaya.

On 19 April 1930, SIVB, along with VIJ Jakarta, Bandung BIVB (now Persib Bandung), MIVB (now PPSM Magelang), MVB (PSM Madison), VVB (Persis Solo), and PSM (PSIM Yogyakarta), participated in the birth of the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI), in a meeting held in Yogyakarta Societeit Hadiprojo. M. Pamoedji represented the SIVB in the aforementioned meeting. A year later, the first competition between the city/union was organized. SIVB made it into the final union competition in 1938, but ended up losing against VIJ Jakarta.

When the Dutch lost to Japan in 1942, almost all the players in the SIVB were indigenous Indonesian, with a small amount of Chinese players. SIVB reached the finals that year, before being beaten by Persis Solo. Finally, in 1943, SIVB was renamed to SIVB Persibaja (Football Association of Indonesia Soerabaja). In this era, Persibaja had Dr. Soewandi as its chairman. At that time, Persibaja won three titles in 1950, 1951, and 1952.

In 1960, SIVB Persibaja was renamed to Persebaya (Surabaya Football Association). Persebaya was larger than PSMS Medan, PSM Makassar, Bandung or Persija Jakarta. Persebaya had won two championship titles in 1978 and 1988, and finished in the second place seven times in 1965, 1967, 1971, 1973, 1977, 1987, and 1990.

When PSSI united football teams in the competition titled "Galatama Liga Indonesia" in 1994, they achieved a few milestones. Persebaya Indonesia achieved the league title in 1997. Persebaya were relegated on the 2002 season, but immediately return to the top flight as the First Division champion on 2003, and then immediately crowned as the Premier Division champion on the 2004 season. With this second championship win, Persebaya became the first Indonesian football team to be a two-time champion in Indonesia since Liga Indonesia Era.

Famous players

Persebaya's players are often called to both the junior and senior national team. Such players include Abdul Kadir, Rusdy Bahalwan, Rudy Keltjes, Didiek Nurhadi, Soebodro, Riono Asnan, Yusuf Ekodono, Syamsul Arifin, Subangkit, Mustaqim, Eri Irianto, Bejo Sugiantoro, Anang Ma'ruf, Hendro Kartiko, Uston Nawawi, Anwar, Mursyid Effendi and Andik Vermansyah.

One player considerably remembered is Eri Irianto, a national soccer team player in the 1990s. Irianto died while confined in a hospital on April 3, 2000, after a sudden illness while playing against PSIM Yogyakarta in the 1999–2000 Liga Indonesia Premier Division. Eri's name was later used as the name of the guesthouse/mess hall of Persebaya which was inaugurated on April 25, 1993.


Persebaya plays their home matches in Gelora Bung Tomo Stadium.[1]


The supporters of Persebaya are known as Bonek (abbreviation of Bondo Nekat, literally "The Reckless People") and were known for violence and hooliganism in the past and present.[2]

Bonek fans have a strong rivalry with Aremania, the fans of Arema Indonesia.[3][4] This game is often called the East Java Derby.


NOTE: Starting 2015 season, PT Liga Indonesia has reduced the number of foreign players allowed to be used by clubs to only three players.[5]

Current squad

As of 14 March 2015.[6][7]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Indonesia GK Yandri Christian Pitoy (Captain)
2 Indonesia DF Putu Gede Juni Antara
3 Indonesia DF Dany Saputra
4 Indonesia MF Asep Berlian
5 Brazil DF Otávio Dutra
6 Indonesia MF Evan Dimas
7 Indonesia MF Siswanto
8 Indonesia MF Slamet Nurcahyono
10 Indonesia FW Rudi Widodo
12 Indonesia MF Wahyu Suboseto
14 Indonesia DF Yesaya Desnam
16 Indonesia MF Zulfiandi
17 Indonesia MF Wage Dwi Aryo
18 Indonesia DF Erick Dwi Ermawansyah
20 Indonesia FW Ilham Armaiyn
No. Position Player
21 Indonesia DF Muhammad Fathurochman
22 Indonesia FW Fandi Utomo
27 Indonesia MF Muhammad Fauzan Jamal
30 Indonesia GK Thomas Ryan Bayu
31 Indonesia FW Feri Ariawan
34 Indonesia DF Sahrul Kurniawan
41 Indonesia FW Safrizal Harahap
44 Cameroon FW Émile Mbamba
46 Indonesia DF Firly Apriansyah
53 Indonesia DF Munhar
68 Indonesia DF Mochammad Zaenuri
77 Indonesia GK Hery Prasetyo
81 Indonesia MF Muhammad Hargianto
99 Cameroon MF Eric Djemba-Djemba

Retired numbers


National League

National Cup


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