Persebaya Surabaya

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Persebaya Surabaya
Persebaya logo.png
Full name Persatuan Sepak Bola Surabaya
  • The Green Crocodile
  • The Green Force
Founded 1927
Ground Gelora Bung Tomo Stadium
Surabaya, Indonesia
Ground Capacity 60,000
Owner Eddy Kusnadi Sariaatmadja (through Emtek)
Chairman Diar Kusuma Putra
Manager Bambang Pramukantoro
Coach Rahmad Darmawan
League Indonesia Super League
2013 Liga Indonesia Premier Division, 1st
Website Club home page
Current season

Persebaya, an acronym for Persatuan Sepak Bola Surabaya is a professional football club based in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia. The tautology Persebaya Surabaya is often used in local media.


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.

Persebaya Surabaya and Records[edit]

National League[edit]

  • Perserikatan PSSI
  • Champions (6): 1941, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1978, 1988
  • Indonesian League/ISL
  • Champions (2): 1997, 2004

National Cup[edit]

  • Indonesian Cup
  • Champions (0):
  • Piala Utama
  • Champions (1): 1990

National Tournament[edit]

  • Surya Cup
  • Champions (1): 1978 (Shared Trophy With Persija Jakarta)
  • Jusuf Cup
  • Champions (1): 1969


  • Permai Cup
  • Champions (1): 2011

Famous players[edit]

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, Joseph Ekodono, Syamsul Arifin, Subangkit, Mustaqim, Eri Irianto, Bejo Sugiantoro, Anang Ma'ruf, Hendro Kartiko, Uston Nawawi, Anwar, Murshid 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.

Former foreign players[edit]


Persebaya played their home matches in Gelora Bung Tomo Stadium, which is also known as GBT. The stadium itself opened on August 6, 2010. The rest of the sports complex are indoor stadium and a mosque. This stadium used mostly for football matches and is a new home stadium of Persebaya, replacing Gelora 10 November Stadium.


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.[1]

Bonek fans have a strong rivalry with Aremania, the fans of Arema Indonesia.[2][3] This game is often called the East Java Derby.

Coaches history[edit]

Below is a list of Persebaya's coaches from 1994–present.

Name Nationality Years
Mudayat Indonesia 1994–95
Alexander Dimitar Kostov Bulgaria 1995–96
Rusdi Bahalwan Indonesia 1996–97
Subodro Indonesia 1997–98
Rusdi Bahalwan Indonesia 1999–00
Rudy William Keltjes Indonesia 2000–01
Rusdi Bahalwan Indonesia 2001–02
Muhammad Zein Al-Haddad Indonesia 2002
Jacksen F. Tiago Brazil 2002–05
Fredy Mulli Indonesia 2005–06
Gildo Rodriguez Brazil 2006
Ibnu Grahan Indonesia 2006
Suhatman Iman Indonesia 2006–07
Arcan Iurie Moldova 2008–09
Aji Santoso Indonesia 2009
Danurwindo Indonesia 2009–10
Suwandi HS Indonesia 2010–11
Subangkit Indonesia 2011–12
Miroslav Janu Czech Republic 2013
Tony Ho Indonesia 2013
Rahmad Darmawan Indonesia 2014–


As of 1 March 2014.[4]

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 Pitoy
2 Indonesia DF Imam Yulianto
3 Indonesia DF Vava Mario Yagalo
4 Indonesia DF Ricardo Salampessy
5 Indonesia DF Zaenal Haq
6 Indonesia DF Achmad Hisyam Tolle
7 Indonesia FW Abdul Rahman Lestaluhu
9 Indonesia MF Wahyu Suboseto
10 Indonesia FW Greg Nwokolo (captain)
11 Indonesia MF Dedi Kusnandar
12 Indonesia GK Ferry Rotinsulu
13 Indonesia MF Akbar Rasyid
18 Indonesia MF Firmansyah Aprilianto
No. Position Player
20 Indonesia MF Novri Setiawan
21 Indonesia FW Ari Supriatna
22 Indonesia FW Fandi Utomo
25 Indonesia MF Manahati Lestusen
26 Indonesia DF Alfin Ismail Tuasalamony
29 Indonesia DF Ambrizal
 ? Liberia MF Isaac Pupo
44 Nigeria DF Onorionde Kughegbe
55 Cameroon FW Emmanuel Kenmogne
59 Indonesia DF Hasyim Kipuw
81 Indonesia MF Muhammad Ilham


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