Soetjipto Soentoro

Soetjipto Soentoro
Personal information
Date of birth (1941-06-16)16 June 1941
Place of birth Bandung, Jawa Barat, Indonesia
Date of death 12 November 1994(1994-11-12) (aged 53)
Place of death Jakarta, Indonesia
Height 169 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Second Forward
Youth career
1954–1955 IPPI Kebayoran
1955–1964 Setia Jakarta
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1971 Persija
1970PSMS Medan (loan)
National team
1959 Indonesia youth team
1965–1970 Indonesia

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Soetjipto Soentoro (16 June 1941– 12 November 1994) was an Indonesian footballer who captained Indonesia's national team. He also had a career as a manager.


Early years

Born in Bandung, Jawa Barat, he was raised in Soentoro Djajasapoetra's family, who were football enthusiasts. His brothers were Soegijo and Soegito, who played at Persija Jakarta between 1952 and 1964. Soetjipto played football as a teenager in the streets in the area of Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta in 1954. He came to public attention when defending for Setia Jakarta (a junior team under Persija). Junior national team coach, Djamiat Dalhar, realising the potential of Soetjipto, selected him for the national junior team. Soetjipto became more well known after being selected for the national senior team under head coach Antun Pogačnik.

Club career

1964 season

When he was 16 years old, Soentoro joined Persija. People started to call him "Gareng" (a midget character in Indonesia's Wayang) because of his height of about 169 cm,.

Soentoro scored four goals on his début at Persija in a 7–0 defeat of PSP. He also scored a goal against PSB Bogor.

Persija beat the team from Ambon, PSA 4–0. In those years, PSA had the star player in the Indonesia national team, Jacob Sihasale.

On 25 July 1964, Persija faced PSM Makassar. Although PSM scored against Persija, Soentoro scored an equalising goal.

In the match against PSMS, he scored four goals. Persija reached the final after a win against Persib 3–1 in which he scored a hat trick.

Soentoro was successful and his club became champions of Perserikatan 1964 after the final win against Persebaya with a score of 4–1, played at Gelora Senayan Stadium. Persebaya at the time was a prominent team in Indonesia, in addition to Andjek AN and Junaedi Abdillah. Soentoro made Persija become an unbeatable team in one season. He became a top scorer of Perserikatan with 16 goals. After that, he became a phenomenal player in Asia.[1]

1965 season

At the National Tournament of PSSI in 1965, Persija failed to defend their title, losing in the semifinal. At the group stage of the West Zone, Persija were placed third. Soentoro scored 2 goals. At 11 August 1965, he scored one goal when against Persebaya in the first leg, but lost in the second leg to Persebaya Surabaya 4–2, with the aggregate score 4–3 for Persebaya.

1966 season

In the 1966 season, his team did not play as well at the National Tournament of PSSI. At Group Stage of West Zone, his team only ranked fourth in the final standings. He scored three goals from his five appearances. He scored when his team played against Persib, PSP, and PSB.

1967 season

The 1967 season was lucky for Persija. Their rank had increased at three at West Zone. Persija joined with PSDS, PSMS, Persib, PSB, and PSIM. He scored five goals from his five appearances. His goals were made during games against PSDS Deli Serdang (two goals), PSIM (one goal), Persib (one goal), and PSMS (one goal).

1971 season

At the National Tournament of PSSI in 1971, at West Zone, Persija joined with PSMS, Persebaya, and PSM Ujung Pandang. This year the PSM Makassar team's name was changed to PSM Ujung Pandang and Ujung Pandang city start to changed into Makassar city. Soetjipto scored 2 goals at each of his three appearances. From 1967 until 1971, PSMS became the dream team in Indonesia after they became the champion of National Tournament of PSSI 3 times. The lucky was that time, PSMS have too many Indonesia national team stars players there are Sarman Panggabean, Ipong Silalahi, Yuswardi. They also had youth player which they also played at Indonesia national team liked Ronny Paslah, Nobon Kyamudin, Parlian Siagian, and India Tumsila. After PSMS became the champion at 1969, they participated in 1970 Asian Champion Club Tournament. They went into the semifinal before being stopped by the champions of Iran League Taj Club and finally became the champion. At the third place match PSMS must lose against football club from Syria, Homenetmen.

International career

Soetjipto Soentoro: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 December 1966 Bangkok, Thailand  Republic of China 1–0 3–1 1966 Asian Games
2 15 December 1966 Bangkok, Thailand  Burma 0–1 2–2 1966 Asian Games
3 29 July 1967 Taipei, Republic of China  South Korea 1–1 1–1 1968 Asian Cup qualification
4 1 August 1967 Taipei, Republic of China  Philippines 2–1 3–0 1968 Asian Cup qualification
5 1 August 1967 Taipei, Republic of China  Philippines 3–1 4–0 1968 Asian Cup qualification
6 22 January 1968 Supachalasai Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand  Iraq 0–1 1–1 1968 Summer Olympics qualification
7 18 August 1968 Merdeka Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  Republic of China 1–0 10–1 1968 Merdeka Tournament
8 18 August 1968 Merdeka Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  Republic of China 2–0 10–1 1968 Merdeka Tournament
9 18 August 1968 Merdeka Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  Republic of China 3–0 10–1 1968 Merdeka Tournament
10 18 August 1968 Merdeka Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  Republic of China 4–0 10–1 1968 Merdeka Tournament
11 18 August 1968 Merdeka Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  Republic of China 5–0 10–1 1968 Merdeka Tournament
12 24 November 1968 Bangkok, Thailand  Burma 1–0 3–1 1968 King's Cup
13 24 November 1968 Bangkok, Thailand  Burma 2–0 3–1 1968 King's Cup
14 26 November 1968 Bangkok, Thailand  Singapore 1–0 7–1 1968 King's Cup
15 28 November 1968 Bangkok, Thailand  Malaysia 2–0 6–1 1968 King's Cup
16 2 December 1968 Bangkok, Thailand  Burma 1–0 1–0 1968 King's Cup
17 30 October 1969 Merdeka Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  South Korea 1–0 3–0 1969 Merdeka Tournament
18 7 November 1969 Merdeka Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  Singapore 0–1 2–9 1969 Merdeka Tournament
19 7 November 1969 Merdeka Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  Singapore 0–2 2–9 1969 Merdeka Tournament
20 7 November 1969 Merdeka Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  Singapore 0–3 2–9 1969 Merdeka Tournament
21 7 November 1969 Merdeka Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  Singapore 0–4 2–9 1969 Merdeka Tournament
22 7 November 1969 Merdeka Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  Singapore 0–5 2–9 1969 Merdeka Tournament
23 7 November 1969 Merdeka Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  Singapore 0–6 2–9 1969 Merdeka Tournament
24 7 November 1969 Merdeka Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  Singapore 0–7 2–9 1969 Merdeka Tournament
25 7 November 1969 Merdeka Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  Singapore 0–8 2–9 1969 Merdeka Tournament
26 9 November 1969 Merdeka Stadium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  Malaysia 0–2 2–3 1969 Merdeka Tournament
27 10 December 1970 Bangkok, Thailand  Iran 1–1 2–2 1970 Asian Games

*This is an incomplete list

Asian Cup Junior 1959

In the age of 16 years has strengthened Persija to Europe and join Pelatnas PSSI Junior for the Junior Asia Cup 1959.

In the Junior Asia Cup, Soetjipto Soentoro was the top scorer with 14 goals. He scored when the Indonesian national team beat Taiwan 14–0 and Japan 13–1. Indonesia finished in third place after losing to Burma (now Myanmar) in the semifinals. Action in the Junior Asia Cup player led to his promotion to the senior team.

PSSI tour to Europe

In 1965, the PSSI trip to Europe. The national team were managed by Maulwi Saelan (Colonel, Deputy Commander of the Presidential Guard at the time). They played against two powerful European clubs, Feyenoord, the Netherlands and SV Werder Bremen, Germany.

Bung Karno's motivation was given to Gareng before went to Europe was really planted in Gareng's heart. "You, Gareng opposed to the Dutch. Point out that Indonesia was the big nation." Bung Karno said.

9 June 1965, Soetjipto Soentoro believed to be the captain of PSSI faced the Champion of Main Division League, Netherland which was captained by Guus Hiddink.

The Gareng was played crazy. After passing through the three defenders of Feyenoord in the second minute of the first half he scored that last until the first half ended. Although the score ended 1–6 to win Feyenord was no more due to the referee and political factors.

14 June 1965, on second tour in West Germany against Bundesliga champion Werder Bremen, the Gareng and his friends made a surprise. The game was dramatic, created a lot of goals and full of fighting spirit. Its goals generated at minutes 30, 41, and 58 and at the same time he scored a hat trick in the game.[2] Although Indonesia was lost 5–6, Werder Bremen coach which he also became the West Germany national team, Gunther Brocker openly was praised and offered Soetjipto and Max Timisela to play for Werder Bremen.[3]

However, the offer was rejected by Gatot Suwago Colonel. He said "They would loved to play for their nation." The other reason that Soetjipto and friends were preparing for the Asian Games 1966.

1966 Asian Games

Soetjipto made his début in international competition at the 1966 Asian Games in Tokyo. That year, Indonesia were drawn against Singapore, South Vietnam, and Republic of China (Taiwan) in Group C. Indonesia just 2 times won and draw 1 times. He just made two goal against Republic of China and Singapore. Finally Indonesia went to quarter final. Indonesia join with Iran and Burma. But he and friend must stopped in here after draw against Iran 2–2 and lost against Burma 1–3.

Agha Khan Gold Cup 1966

In this tournament, Indonesia entered their junior and senior team. He scored when Indonesia defeated Pakistan Railways, Karachi Port Trust, and Iran XI. Indonesia became champions after winning 2–1 against Mohammedan SC in the final. Indonesian goals at that time was made by Soentoro and Aliandoe.

1968 Merdeka tournament

Soetjipto performed brilliantly with the national team when the team appeared in the 1968 Merdeka Tournament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In the tournament he managed to make the national team won the games. But the only team to struggle in the semi-finals. And finally the national team was ranked only fourth after losing the race for the third party from Australia with a score of 1–0. At that time, he scored 4 goals and also made his hat trick when the national team in the first game won a landslide victory over the Japanese B with a score of 7–0. He also bought up 5 goals in the final game when it managed to shave the Republic of China with a score of 11–1 which was held on 18 August 1968 at Stadium Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur. This is the biggest loss for Taiwan in the history and for Indonesia, this is the first they had the biggest won in the history before that record can broken when Indonesia won 12–0 against Philippines.

1968 King's Cup

IN his début at Kings Cup, he had the chance to help his country became the champion for the first time in this tournament. In this tournament, Indonesia were unbeaten. In the allocation group they beat Malaysia 1–0. Indonesia joined with Singapore and Burma in Group 2. He made two goals against Burma before Indonesia added to the score with Jacob Sihasale's header. He scored in the 7–1 defeat of Singapore. In the semi final, Indonesia beat their biggest rival, Malaysia 6–1. One of the goals was made by the captain of PSSI, Soetjipto Soentoro. In the final Indonesia beat Burma 1–0 although Burma dominated the game. [4]

1969 Tournament Merdeka

Indonesia had not won in this tournament since 1962, and Soentoro could help his team became the champion for the third title. This time, Indonesia was in Group A with Malaysia, South Korea, Thailand. He scored the first goal in this tournament when Indonesia played South Korea. He scored the opening goal and his goal was inspiring his friend. Finally he could win 3–0. He also scored eight goal against Singapore and made final result 9–2 for Indonesia in the semifinal. In the final he scored the second goal for Indonesia before Indonesia added the score 3–2. This goal was made him became the top scorers of 1969 Merdeka Tournament.

Indonesia vs Dynamo Moscow (1970)

Indonesia national team squads during their match against Dynamo Moscow which captain by Gareng. Soeharto also come to that match that time.

On 14 June 1970, the Indonesian national team incoming club from Uni Soviet, Dynamo Moscow. Dynamo Moscow when it comes to bringing the world's best goalkeeper at the time, Lev Yashin. But Indonesia is only narrowly defeated by a score of 0–1. Actually, Indonesia has a chance when he send the sweet feed to Iswadi Idris. However Iswadi prefer to feed Jacob Sihasale because there is almost no gap to score. Unfortunately he was not ready when receiving feedback from Iswadi.

Asian Games 1970

His début was when Indonesia could join Asian Games 1970. That time Indonesia joined in Group C with Iran and South Korea. Indonesia just placed at rank 2 in Group C after drawing against Iran 2–2 and South Korea 0–0. But the Indonesia progressed into the quarter final. In the quarter final, Indonesia joined at Group A with India and Japan. But Indonesia never won at this group. That result make Indonesia must beat Thailand at fifth place match. He scored the only goal in a 1–0 win against Thailand. That result saw Indonesia win the silver medal at the tournament.

Playing style

Soetjipto has too many skills that no one Asian player didn't have it. He had compact physics, he can did dribble keeping from the opponent, his hard shoot from the far corner although the narrow corner and also he could make the opponent angry because of his action. That's why he became the captain of PSSI for five years.

Manager career

Soetjipto decided in 1970 retired. Having studied coaching in West Germany (1978), Soetjipto turned-coach. Recorded Buana Putra Galatama, Persiba Balikpapan and Persiraja Banda Aceh also had practised.

Soetjipto also been brought the junior national team into the U-20 World Cup in Tokyo in 1979. Indonesia is actually a junior national team failed to step into the final round of FIFA World Cup Junior Cup . At that time Garuda Squad Young could only finish third in the Junior World Cup qualifiers FIFA .

While the Asia zone has only three ration tickets to the finals. One is held by Japan as the host organizers. Two other tickets held by South Korea and North Korea that successfully penetrate via the final round of Asian zone qualifiers. But for political reasons North Korea withdrew from the championship and Indonesia appointed a substitute.

That the opportunitied for Indonesia to fly their wing at the World Cup.

But on the way to the final, Indonesia had difficult way. At the group stage, Indonesia joined with Argentina, Poland, and Yugoslavia.

At the first match Bambang Nurdiansyah and friends must retreated against Maradona 6–0 in Omiya Stadium, Japan, 26 August 1979. Two goals was scored by El Pibe de Oro or nickname for Maradona.[5]

Besides defeated 5 goals without reply from Argentina, two residents of other groups, namely Poland and Yugoslavia also had to make the Garuda bowed sluggish.

In the group stage, Young Garuda must retreated with a score of 5–0 by Poland. While Young Garuda also lost by Yugoslavia massacred half a dozen goals without reply.

Argentina with Maradona when it finally came out as champions U-20 World Cup after the grounding of the Soviet Union 3–1 in the top match.


At 1990, Soetjipto suffered from liver cancer, after four years fighting against the illness, he died on 12 November 1994. He was 53 years old. He left two children, Bisma and Tantri.


Club Season League
Apps Goals
Persija 1964 816
1965 63
1966 55
1967 55
1968 ????
1969 ????
1970 ????
1971 32
Total 3234

International débuts

National Team Season
Apps Goals
Indonesia 1965 109
1966 911
1967 76
1968 1715
1969 914
1970 2211
Total Karier 6857


  1. "Persija became the champion of 1964 Perserikatan". Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  2. bremen.html "The awful match between Werder Bremen vs Indonesia 6–5" Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 2 August 2009.
  3. "Gareng have been offer to play at Werder Bremen". 2011/08. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. King's Cup 1968 (Bangkok, Thailand)
  5. "Indonesia Junior at 1979 FIFA World Cup U-20". Retrieved 3 June 2012.
Preceded by
Maulwi Saelan
Indonesian Captain
Succeeded by
Iswadi Idris
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