Arema FC

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Arema F.C.
Arema FC 2017 logo.png
Full name Arek Malang Football Club
Nickname(s) Singo Edan (The Mad Lions)
Founded 11 August 1987; 29 years ago (1987-08-11)
Ground Kanjuruhan Stadium
Ground Capacity 42,449
Owner Arema Foundation
Chairman Rudy Widodo
Head coach Aji Santoso
League Liga 1
2014 Indonesia Super League
Website Club home page

Arema F.C. commonly referred to as Arema (pronounced [ˈAːrema]), is an Indonesian professional football club based in Malang, East Java. The club plays in the Liga 1. Arema's nickname is Singo Edan (The Mad Lions).[1]



Arema was founded on 11 August 1987. Ovan Tobing, Acub Zaenal and Dirk Sutrisno was the founder of the club. During the early years, Arema was before known as Aremada and Arema`86. Their nickname Singo Edan, literally "The Mad Lion" in English, originated from the horoscope sign of August which is Leo and represented by the lion (Singo).[2]

Galatama era (1987–1994)[edit]

Their squad for the 1987–88 Galatama includes Dony Latuperisa, Maryanto, Jonathan, Kusnadi Kamaludin, Mahdi Haris, Jamrawi and Yohanes Geohera. Sinyo Aliandoe was their first coach. Arema achieved mid-table positions during their participation in Galatama. They finally won their first title in 1993 by winning the championship with players such as Aji Santoso, Mecky Tata, Singgih Pitono and Jamrawi, and M Basri as coach.[2]

Modern era and recent history (1994–present)[edit]

Since the merger of Galatama and Perserikatan, Arema's participation in the Liga Indonesia Premier Division had financial problems every season. The problem culminated in the 2003 Liga Indonesia Premier Division, where they were relegated to the First Division despite change of ownership to PT Bentoel Internasional Tbk. 2004 saw the comeback of Arema with their new owner. Under the reign of Benny Dollo, they won the 2004 Liga Indonesia First Division, 2005 and 2006 Piala Indonesia, and 2007 Soeratin Cup.[2]

In 2009, again the ownership changed to a consortium. They manage to win the 2009–10 Indonesia Super League under coach Robert Alberts.[2]

In 2015, Arema Indonesia changed names to Arema Cronus.

In 2017 season, the club changed its name from Arema Cronus to Arema Football Club due to the protest of many supporters.[3]

Kit suppliers[edit]



As of 13 April 2017

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 Kurnia Meiga Hermansyah
3 Lebanon DF Jad Noureddine
4 Indonesia DF Syaiful Cahya
5 Indonesia DF Bagas Adi Nugroho
6 Indonesia MF Hanif Sjahbandi
7 Indonesia DF Beny Wahyudi
10 Indonesia FW Cristian Gonzáles
11 Argentina FW Esteban Vizcarra
12 Indonesia MF Hendro Siswanto
14 Indonesia MF Arif Suyono
15 Indonesia FW Sunarto
17 Indonesia DF Dio Permana
18 Indonesia MF Adam Alis
19 Indonesia MF Ahmad Bustomi
20 Colombia FW Juan Pino
No. Position Player
21 Indonesia MF Nasir
27 Indonesia FW Dedik Setiawan
29 Indonesia MF Andrianto
31 Indonesia DF Junda Irawan
33 Indonesia GK Dwi Kuswanto
36 Indonesia GK Ahmad Ibnu Adam
41 Indonesia FW Dendi Santoso
44 Brazil DF Arthur Cunha
87 Indonesia DF Johan Alfarizi (captain)
89 Indonesia DF Oky Derry Andryan
93 Indonesia GK Utam Rusdiana
94 Indonesia MF Ferry Saragih
98 Indonesia MF Muhammad Rafli

Affiliated clubs[edit]


Domestic competitions[edit]

National leagues[edit]

National cups[edit]

  • Bali Island Cup
    • Champions (2): 2015, 2016
  • Bhayangkara Cup
    • Champions (2): 2016, 2017
  • East Java Governor Cup
    • Champions: 2013
  • Inter Island Cup
    • Champions: 2014
  • Menpora Cup
    • Champions: 2013
  • President Cup
    • Champions: 2017
    • Third-place: 2015[9]
  • Soeratin Cup
    • Champions: 2007[10]
  • Piala Indonesia
    • Champions (2): 2005,[2] 2006[2]
  • Piala Galatama
    • Runners-up: 1992[11]

Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

Asian clubs ranking[edit]

As of 17 April 2017.[12]
Rank Club
54 Australia Melbourne Victory
55 Indonesia Arema FC
56 United Arab Emirates Al-Jazira
57 Iran Esteghlal Khuzestan
58 United Arab Emirates Al Wahda


  1. ^ "Suharno Apresiasi Kinerja Singo Edan" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Sejarah" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Ini Nama Baru Dari Arema Cronus" (in Indonesian). Goal Indonesia. 20 December 2016. Retrieved 24 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "Joma Resmi Jadi Sponsor Arema" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "Arema Gunakan Jersey Apparel Dalam Negeri Musim Depan" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "Umbro Sponsori Arema Indonesia" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "Arema Bakal Lanjutkan Kerja Sama Dengan Gresik United" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Perserikatan 1951–1994". Archived from the original on 21 May 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "Piala Presiden: Arema Cronus Juara 3, Joko Susilo Kecewa" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 6 March 2016. 
  10. ^ "Arema Juarai Piala Suratin 2007" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  11. ^ "Indonesia 1991/92". 
  12. ^ "Asia Football/Soccer Clubs Ranking". Retrieved 1 January 2017. 

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