Sriwijaya was actually founded in October 23, 2004, after the goverment of South Sumatra and Persijatim owner M.Zein, signed an MoU to buy Persijatim to became a new club Sriwijaya FC, based in South Sumatra. The club is owned by PT Sriwijaya Optimis Mandiri.
They are the first team that have done a double in Indonesia by winning both 2007–08 Liga Indonesia Premier Division and 2008 Piala Indonesia in the same season. This double winner achievement was also their first titles since the foundation of the club. The years that followed saw Sriwijaya again winning the Piala Indonesia in 2009 and 2010, setting up a record as the first team to have won the Piala Indonesia three years in a row. They also managed to win the 2012 Inter Island Cup.
The meaning of the team crest is breakdowned by several part of the crest. The first circle describes the clubs strength with unity and peace. The words Sumatera Selatan shows that its owned by South Sumatra government. Bersatu Teguh is a representation of the suporters and the clubs wholeness. The Garuda image shows power and thoughness. Behind the main logo, Mount Dempo and Ampera Bridge can be seen, both seen as South Sumatra's pride and determination.