Arema Cronus F.C.

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Arema Cronus
logo Arek Malang FC
Full name Arema Cronus Football Club
Nickname(s) Singo Edan[1]
(en: The Mad Lion)
Founded 1987
Ground Kanjuruhan Stadium
Malang, Indonesia
Ground Capacity 40,000[2]
Owner Nirwan Bakrie (through Bakrie Group)
CEO Iwan Budianto
Manager Ruddy Widodo
Coach Suharno
League Indonesia Super League
2013 Indonesia Super League, 2nd
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Current season

Arema Cronus Football Club is an Indonesian football team based in Malang, East Java. It is one of the most supported and successful football clubs in Indonesia.

The Arema Cronus culture[edit]

The Arema was born out of the pride of the citizens of Malang. With the desire to establish themselves as a famous and a high nobility society, the people (especially the teenagers) of Malang participated in all kinds of activities (which includes boxing, rock music and athleticism) to help establish Malang as one of the famous societies in Indonesia.

Arema is also the name of an Javanese legend, Singo Arema who is thought to originate from Malang. Due to this fact, "Arema" became a relevant name to be used for the culture and identity of Malang.


Arema is a professional football club based in Malang, East Java. The team was created on 11 August 1987 on the initiative of Acub Zaenal, founder of Galatama club. The club was called Aremada, which was a combination of local clubs Armada 86 Malang and Arema. But the name did not last long. A few months later, it was changed to Arema 86.

Pre Galatama[edit]

Efforts to maintain the club Arema Galatama went through many obstacles, the team that was expected to take part in the Galatama VIII stumbled due to difficulties in funding. From here Acub Zaenal along with his son Lucky Acub Zaenal took over and tried to save the club.

Galatama Era[edit]

The name was changed to Arema and a foundation was set on 11 August 1987 in accordance notarial document Pramu Haryono SH No. 58. Since then, they prepared Arema as a professional team. The squad, facilities, and the officials were upgraded.

The team's achievement in Indonesian football has faced countless ups and downs. The club's main issue is financial backup. Despite these issues, they were crowned champions of Galatama in 1992–93 season.

Liga Indonesia Era[edit]

Since the introduction of Liga Indonesia, a combination of Perserikatan and Galatama, Arema has been recorded seven times in the second round. However, financial constraints continued to squeeze the club, until eventually Bentoel Group took ownership of the team in mid-season 2003. Despite this effort, Arema was relegated to division one.

The new ownership starts to took effect on the next season, when they were re-promoted to the top league as the champion. Since then performance was stable. Arema was able to be promoted to the Indonesia Super League, the highest level of competition in the country since 2008.

Bakrie Group Era[edit]

In September 2012, The Bakrie Group, would takeover ownership club and change the name club from Arema Indonesia to Arema Cronus.



Since 2004, Arema plays in Kanjuruhan Stadium, which can hold up to 40,000 people.


The club's supporters who call themselves as the Aremania and Aremanita are considered to be one of the most fanatic supporters among all of the Indonesian football clubs supporters. In 2006, the Aremania has been awarded as The Best Indonesian Football Supporters Forever by FIFA.

Current Squad[edit]

2014 Squad[edit]

No. Name Nationality Position
1 Kurnia Meiga Indonesia GK
21 I Made Wardana Indonesia GK
31 Achmad Kurniawan Indonesia GK
2 Purwaka Yudhi Indonesia CB, DM
6 Thierry Gathuessi Cameroon CB, FB
7 Benny Wahyudi Indonesia FB
23 Gilang Ginarsa Indonesia FB, CB
32 Victor Igbonefo Indonesia CB
53 Munhar Indonesia CB
87 Johan Alfarizi Indonesia FB
8 Gustavo López Argentina AM, CM
14 Arif Suyono Indonesia RW, LW, AM
17 Hendro Siswanto Indonesia CM, RB
19 Ahmad Bustomi Indonesia CM, DM
44 I Gede Sukadana Indonesia CM, DM
77 Juan Revi Indonesia DM, CM
88 Irsyad Maulana Indonesia LW, SS
9 Beto Brazil ST, SS
10 Cristian Gonzáles Indonesia ST
11 Samsul Arif Indonesia ST, SS
15 Sunarto Indonesia ST, SS, RW
41 Dendi Santoso Indonesia SS, RW, LW

Out on Loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Indonesia DF Yericho Christiantoko (at Persekam Metro)
Indonesia MF Joko Sasongko (at Putra Samarinda)
Indonesia MF Engelbert Sani (at Persiram Raja Ampat)
Indonesia FW Qischil Minny (at Persik Kediri)
No. Position Player
Indonesia FW Reza Mustofa (at Gresik United)
Indonesia FW Yandi Munawar (at Brisbane Roar Youth)
Malaysia FW Safee Sali (at Johor Darul Takzim)

Reserves and Academy[edit]

Coaching Staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Indonesia Suharno
Assistant Coach Indonesia Joko Susilo
Indonesia Kuncoro
Indonesia I Made Pasek Wijaya
Goalkeeper Coach Indonesia Alan Haviludin
Fitness Coach vacant
Team Doctor Indonesia Indrawan Duantoro
Physiotherapist Indonesia Deka Bagus
Masseur Indonesia Samsul Hidayat
Indonesia Salik


Domestic titles[edit]



  • Tabloid Bola Best Team Award (2): 2006, 2007
Title League Series Year Coach Name Final Position Achievement
Galatama League VIII 1987/88 Indonesia Sinyo Aliandoe 6 (14 Team)
Galatama League IX 1988/89 Indonesia Sinyo Aliandoe/Indonesia Andi M Teguh 8 (18 Team) Top Scorer (Indonesia Mecky Tata) (18)
Galatama League X 1990 Indonesia Andi M Teguh 4 (18 Team)
Galatama League XI 1990/92 Indonesia Andi M Teguh 4 (20 Team) Top Scorer (Indonesia Singgih Pitono) (21)
Galatama League XII 1992/93 Indonesia Muhammad Basri/Indonesia Gusnul Yakin 1 (17 Team) Winners, Top Scorer (Indonesia Singgih Pitono) (16)
Galatama League XIII 1993/94 Indonesia Gusnul Yakin 6 (Group Stage) 17 Team

Liga Indonesia[edit]

Title League Series Year Coach Name Final Position Achievement
Liga Dunhill I 1994/95 Indonesia Halilintar Gunawan Group Stage (6 from 17 team)
Liga Dunhill II 1995/96 Indonesia Gusnul Yakin Group Stage (12 from 16 team)
Liga Kansas III 1996/97 Indonesia Suharno 2nd Round
Liga Indonesia IV 1997/98 Indonesia Gusnul Yakin Suspended (political chaos)
Liga Indonesia V 1998/99 Indonesia Hamid Asnan/Indonesia Winarto Group Stage (3 from 6 team)
Liga Bank Mandiri VI 1999/00 Indonesia Muhammad Basri 2nd Round
Liga Bank Mandiri VII 2001 Indonesia Daniel Roekito 2nd Round
Liga Bank Mandiri VIII 2002 Indonesia Daniel Roekito 2nd Round
Liga Bank Mandiri IX 2003 Australia Terry Wetton/Indonesia Gusnul Yakin/Netherlands Henk Wullems 19 (22 team) Relegated
Liga Pertamina (Divisi I) X 2004 Indonesia Benny Dollo 1 Winners
Liga Djarum XI 2005 Indonesia Benny Dollo 2nd Round
Liga Djarum XII 2006 Indonesia Benny Dollo 2nd Round
Liga Djarum XIII 2007/08 Czech Republic Miroslav Janu 2nd Round

Indonesia Super League[edit]

Title League Series Year Coach Name Final Position Achievement
Djarum ISL I 2008/09 Indonesia Bambang Nurdiansyah/Indonesia Gusnul Yakin 10
Djarum ISL II 2009/10 Netherlands Robert Alberts 1 Winners, Best Player (Indonesia Kurnia Meiga)
Djarum ISL III 2010/11 Czech Republic Miroslav Janu 2
Super League IV 2011/12 Austria Wolfgang Pikal/Indonesia Joko Susilo (caretaker)/Indonesia Suharno 12
Super League V 2013 Indonesia Rahmad Darmawan 2
Super League VI 2014 Indonesia Suharno

Indonesia Premier League[edit]

Title League Series Year Coach Name Final Position Achievement
Premier League I 2011/12 Serbia Dejan Antonic 3

Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

1993/94: First round
2006: Failed appear (to late registering players)
2007: Group Stage
2011: Group Stage
2012: Quarter-finals
Season Competition Round Club Home Away
1993–94 Asian Club Championship Preliminary round Vietnam Quảng Nam Đà Nẵng 1–0 2–1
First round Thailand Thai Farmers Bank 2–2 1–4
2007 AFC Champions League Group Japan Kawasaki Frontale 1–3 0–3
Group South Korea Chunnam Dragons 0–1 0–2
Group Thailand Bangkok University 1–0 0–0
2011 AFC Champions League Group Japan Cerezo Osaka 0–4 1–2
Group South Korea Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 0–4 0–6
Group China Shandong Luneng 1–1 0–5
2012 AFC Cup Group Myanmar Ayeyawady United 1–1 3–0
Group Vietnam Navibank Saigon 6–2 1–3
Group Malaysia Kelantan 1–3 0–3
Round of 16 Hong Kong Kitchee 2–0
Quarter-finals Saudi Arabia Ettifaq 0–2 0–2
2014 AFC Cup Group Malaysia Selangor FA 1–0 1–1
Group Vietnam Hanoi T&T 1–3
Group Maldives Maziya 3–2 3–1
Round of 16


Name Nationality Years
Sinyo Aliandoe Indonesia 1987–89
Andi M Teguh Indonesia 1989–92
Muhammad Basri Indonesia 1992–93, 2000
Gusnul Yakin Indonesia 1993–94, 1995–96, 1997–98, 2003, 2008–09
Halilintar Gunawan Indonesia 1994–95
Suharno Indonesia 1996–97
Hamid Asnan Indonesia 1998
Winarto Indonesia 1998–99
Daniel Roekito Indonesia 2001–02
Terry Weton Australia 2003
Henk Wullems Netherlands 2003
Benny Dollo Indonesia 2004–06
Miroslav Janu Czech Republic 2006–07, 2010–11
Bambang Nurdiansyah Indonesia 2008 (5 months)
Robert Alberts Netherlands 2009–10
Wolfgang Pikal (ISL)
Milomir Seslija (IPL)
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Suharno (ISL)
Dejan Antonić (IPL)
Rahmad Darmawan (ISL)
Abdul Rahman Gurning (IPL)
Indonesia 2012–13
Suharno Indonesia 2013–

Bold is winning manager of Indonesian League


Arema have a very tough competition in the League with Persebaya Surabaya. This game is often called the East Java Derby.

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