Persija Jakarta

Persija Jakarta
Full name Persatuan Sepak Bola Indonesia Jakarta
Nickname(s) Macan Kemayoran (The Kemayoran Tigers)
Founded 28 November 1928 (1928-11-28) (as Voetbalbond Indonesische Jacatra)
Ground Manahan Stadium
Ground Capacity 25,000
Owner PT. Persija Jaya
Chairman Ferry Paulus
Head coach Muhamad Zein Al Hadad
League Indonesia Soccer Championship A
2014 Indonesia Super League, 5th in First Round of West Zone
Website Club home page

Persija Jakarta, or Persija, is a professional football club based in Jakarta. They currently compete in the Indonesia Soccer Championship A.


In the time of the Dutch East Indies, the name of Persija is VIJ (Voetbalbond Indonesische Jacatra). VIJ was one who co-founded the club Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) with the participation of representatives from VIJ, Mr. Soekardi in the establishment of PSSI in Societeit Hadiprojo Yogyakarta, Saturday, 19 April 1930. Post-Republic of Indonesia back to the Unitary State, VIJ renamed to Persija (Football Association of Indonesia, Jakarta). At that time, NIVU (Nederlandsch Indisch Voetbal Unie) as a rival organization PSSI still exist. On the other side, VBO (Voetbalbond Batavia en Omstreken) as bond (league) match Persija also still exist. Irrespective from the destiny or not, along with the sovereign state of Indonesia, NIVU will inevitably have to disband. The atmosphere eventually spread to their members, such as VBO. In the middle 1951, VBO held a meeting to dissolve itself (liquidation) and recommends itself to join Persija. In the development, VBO joined Persija. In the triangular tournament friendlies, the combined players who are members of the Indonesian nation Persija "new" is confronted with Netherlands and Chinese. Here's the result: Persija (Indonesia) vs Netherlands 3–3 (29 June 1951), Chinese vs Netherlands 4–3 (30 June 1951), and Persija (Indonesia) vs Chinese 3–2 (1 July 1951). All games took place in the field BVC Merdeka Selatan, Jakarta.[1]

MH Thamrin is one of the national heroes who cares about VIJ who now become Persija Jakarta, because he also likes football and he was born in Jakarta. He also take care of various things about Persija including the stadium. Reportedly Stadion VIJ in Petojo, Central Jakarta was also constructed by MH Thamrin using his own money.[2]


Historically, Persija's arch rivals are PSMS Medan and PSM Makassar. The three of them always strived to become the best in Perserikatan. In fact, in the 1973-1975 Perserikatan, Persija and PSMS both shared the Perserikatan title together, as the referee decided to stop the match in the final match between both clubs.

But nowadays, Persija have a rivalry with Persib Bandung. This derby is usually called as the Old Indonesia derby. Some people also call it as El Clasico Indonesia. However, this rivalry is seen more as a rivalry between both supporters. It have turned into hostility between both clubs hard-line supporters, Persija's Jakmania and Persib's Bobotoh. Influenced by the media and some individuals that want the hostility to be preserved, many hostile incidents have occurred until today. The latest incident happened in 2016 when one Persib supporter was beaten to death by tens of Persija supporters. He was beaten to death when he was on his way to Wibawa Mukti Stadium in Jl. Raya Inspeksi Kalimalang, to watch the Persib vs Persegres Gresik United match. They threw rocks and helmets at him when he was in his motorcycle, and then hit him using their fists, rocks, blunt objects, and sharp weapons after he fell to the ground.[3]


The Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium has been the home of Persija since 2008. It is the largest stadium in Indonesia, as well as Indonesia's national stadium. It is the venue for Indonesian international matches. The stadium is always used for Indonesian exhibition matches against big European clubs such as Valencia, Arsenal, Liverpool, Juventus, and many more.

Whenever the Gelora Bung Karno is unavailable to hold Persija's home matches, Persija usually plays their home matches in Solo's Manahan Stadium.

Persija have used several grounds during their history. After playing home matches at Petojo's Pulo Piun Field and Ikada Stadium, the club settled at Menteng Stadium, their home for 36 years until 1997, before moving to Lebak Bulus Stadium.[4]

Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium
Stadion Utama Gelora Bung Karno
Former names Gelora Senayan Main Stadium (1967–2001)
Location Gelora, Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta, Indonesia
Coordinates 6°13′7″S 106°48′9″E / 6.21861°S 106.80250°E / -6.21861; 106.80250
Owner Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI)
Operator Gelora Bung Karno Foundation (BPGBK, formerly BPGS-Gelora Senayan Foundation)
  • 120,800 (1962–2007)
  • 88,083 (2007–August 2017)
  • 77,000 (August 2017) [5]
Record attendance 150,000 (Persib BandungPSMS Medan, February 23, 1985) [6]
Field size 110 x 60 m (120.3 x 65.6 yd)
Surface Grass
Broke ground 1960
Opened 24 July 1962
Construction cost $19,500,000
Architect Frederich Silaban
Indonesia national football team
Persija Jakarta

Stadium history

# Stadium Years
1 Pulo Piun Field 1928–1942
2 Ikada Stadium 1942–1961
3 Menteng Stadium 1961–1997
4 Lebak Bulus Stadium 1997–2008
5 Gelora Bung Karno Stadium 2008–present
6 Manahan Stadium 2016


Persija's supporters are called The Jakmania. The Jakmania is a support group that supports Persija. They were officially founded in December 19, 1997. They are known for its fanaticism. The Jakmania does not only exist in Jakarta, there are Jakmanias outside of Jakarta, like; Jak Semarang, Jak Jogja, Jak Tangerang, Jak Gresik, and many more. They are known to have a good relationship with Aremania, the supporters of Arema Cronus.

Current squad

As of November 6th 2016.[7]

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

No. Position Player
4 Indonesia DF Andik Rendika
6 Indonesia DF Maman Abdurrahman
7 Indonesia MF Ramdani Lestaluhu
8 Indonesia MF Sutanto Tan
10 Indonesia FW Greg Nwokolo
11 Indonesia FW Rachmat Affandi
13 Indonesia DF Gunawan Dwi Cahyo
14 Indonesia DF Ismed Sofyan (vice-captain)
15 Indonesia MF Syahroni
17 Indonesia MF Ambrizal Umainalo
18 Indonesia MF Siswanto
19 Indonesia MF Ade Jantra
20 Indonesia FW Bambang Pamungkas (captain)
No. Position Player
21 Indonesia MF Amarzukih
22 South Korea MF Hong Soon-hak
24 Indonesia DF Firmansyah Priyatna
26 Indonesia GK Andritany Ardhiyasa
28 Indonesia MF Rezaldi Hehanusa
30 Indonesia GK Rizky Darmawan
31 Indonesia GK Reky Rahayu
32 Indonesia MF Novri Setiawan
33 Brazil DF Willian Pacheco
35 Indonesia GK Daryono
36 Indonesia DF Vava Mario Yagalo
59 Cameroon FW Emmanuel Kenmogne
87 Brazil FW Rodrigo Tosi

Note 1: The official club website lists the supporters as player number #12.


Years Name
1999–2000 Bulgaria Ivan Venkov Kolev
2001 Indonesia Sofyan Hadi
2004 Argentina Carlos García Cambón
2004 Moldova Sergei Dubrovin
2005–2006 Moldova Arcan Iurie
2006 Indonesia Rahmad Darmawan
2007-2008 Moldova Sergei Dubrovin
2008–2009 Indonesia Danurwindo
2009–2010 Indonesia Benny Dollo
2010–2011 Indonesia Rahmad Darmawan
2011–2013 Indonesia Iwan Setiawan
2013–2014 Indonesia Benny Dollo
2014–2015 Indonesia Rahmad Darmawan
2015–2016 Indonesia Bambang Nurdiansyah[8]
2016 Brazil Paulo Camargo
2016 Indonesia Jan Saragih
2016- Indonesia Muhamad Zein Al Hadad

Kit Colors

Persija Jakarta's traditional football club color is red as the home kit, which is originally Persija Jakarta's color. Now the home kit is composed of orange color, accompanied by orange or red shorts and the socks is traditionally white. However the socks can be either be orange or red depending on the design. The traditional away kit is always all white but Persija also wears all black for the away kit. Persija originally wore a red color for home jersey but from 1997 Persija replaced it with orange color due to the decision from Jakarta governor at that time, Sutiyoso.[9]

Period Kit Provider [10]
1985–1996 Adidas
1998–2000 Reebok
2000–2003 Nike
2004–2007 SPECS
2007–2009 Diadora
2009–present League



Liga Indonesia

National Cup


External links

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