|Full name||Persatuan Sepak Bola Surabaya|
|Nickname(s)||The Green Crocodile
The Green Force
|Ground||Gelora Bung Tomo Stadium
|Owner||Eddy Kusnadi Sariaatmadja (through Emtek)|
|Chairman||Diar Kusuma Putra|
|League||Indonesia Super League|
|2013||Premier Division, 1st|
|Website||Club home page|
Persebaya was founded by Paijo and M. Pamoedji on June 18, 1927. At its inception, Persebaya was named Soerabhaiasche Indonesische Voetbal Bond (SIVB). In Surabaya, a club called Sorabaiasche Voebal Bond (SVB), which was founded in 1910, composed of Dutch football players in Surabaya.
On April 19, 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 All Indonesia Football Association (PSSI), in a meeting held in Yogyakarta Societeit Hadiprojo. M. Pamoedji represented the SIVB in the aforementioned meeting. A year later, the annual competition between the city / union was organized. SIVB made it into the final union competition in 1938, despite 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 titles in 1950, 1951, and 1952.
In 1960, SIVB Persibaja was renamed to Persebaya Persibaja (Surabaya Football Association). Persebaya was larger than PSMS Medan, PSM Makassar, Bandung or Persija Jakarta Arsenal. Persebaya had 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 with other football teams in the competition titled "Galatama Liga Indonesia", in 1994, they achieved a few milestones. Persebaya Indonesia league title in 1997. Persebaya was the first football team to be a two-time champion in Indonesia, on 2005, when the Green Force regained the title. Although categorized as a classic team laden title, the Green Force had also tasted the bitter swill relegated in 2002. Within the next two seasons, they won the Division I championship title and the First Division.
Persebaya is often a contributor to both the junior and senior Indonesia's 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, Andik Vermansyah. Evan Dimas
One member 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 Persebaya faced PSIM Yogyakarta in the Division Main Liga Indonesia 1999/2000. Eri's name was later used as the name of the guesthouse/mess hall of Persebaya which was inaugurated on April 25, 1993.
Persebaya has players who are highly qualified in the Liga Djarum arena, as of 2005. Players were named Zeng Cheng, who plays as Goalkeeper. Cheng defended the U-20 National Team China as a reserve goalkeeper. He is one of the third goalkeepers in the Senior National Team China.
Persebaya has faced several controversial events. When United won the competition in 1988, Persebaya never played in that year. This is known as "elephant football", and was the result of caving in to Persipura Jayapura 0-12, to get rid of their rivals, PSIS Semarang. Such tactics brought results and Persebaya managed to win the 1988 league by getting rid of PSMS 3-1.
In Liga Indonesia 2002, Persebaya struck a match against PKT Bontang, and was suspended. The incident has led to the degradation of Persebaya to Division I. Three years later or in 2005, Persebaya shocked the public by resigning in the last eight that have dashed hopes of PSIS and PSM to qualify for the final. Persebaya stated that the incident should not result to their suspension 16 months from League Indonesia. However, the revised suspension was converted into a relegation to Division I of League Indonesia.
Persebaya's home games are played at Gelora Bung Tomo Stadium, also known as the 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 will be the new home stadium of Persebaya, replacing Gelora 10 November Stadium.
Below is a list of Persebaya's coaches from 1994 until the present day.
- As of 1 March 2014.
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- Welcome to East Java — the Passionate, Crowded Center of Indonesian Football, Jakarta Globe, October 21, 2010
- "Squad List". liga-indonesia.co.id. Retrieved 2012-04-27.