Arema FC

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Arema F.C.
Arema FC 2017 logo.png
Full name Arema Football Club
Nickname(s) Singo Edan (The Mad Lions)
Founded 11 August 1987; 30 years ago (1987-08-11)
Ground Kanjuruhan Stadium
Ground Capacity 40,000
Owner Arema Foundation
Coach Milan Petrovic
League Liga 1
2017 Liga 1, 9th
Website Club website

Arema F.C. 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]

Years Kits
1995–1998 Germany Adidas
1999–2000 United Kingdom Reebok
2001 United States Nike
2007–2009 Germany Puma
2009–2010 Italy Diadora
2010–2011 Italy Lotto
2011 Indonesia Axl
2012–2013 Indonesia Ultras
2013–2014 Spain Joma
2015–present Indonesia Specs

[4] [5] [6]


Current Squad[edit]

As of 5 April 2018[7]

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

No. Position Player
2 Indonesia DF Mochammad Zaenuri
4 Indonesia DF Syaiful Indra
5 Indonesia DF Bagas Adi
6 Indonesia DF Junda Irawan
7 Indonesia MF Juan Revi
8 Indonesia MF Nasir
9 Indonesia FW Ahmad Nur Hardianto
11 Indonesia FW Rivaldi Bawuo
12 Indonesia MF Hendro Siswanto
16 Indonesia MF Ridwan Tawainella
18 Indonesia DF Ricky Ohorella
19 Indonesia MF Hanif Sjahbandi
22 Indonesia DF Purwaka Yudhi (Captain)
No. Position Player
27 Indonesia FW Dedik Setiawan
28 Indonesia DF Israel Wamiau
30 Indonesia FW Muhammad Rafli
33 Indonesia GK Joko Ribowo
37 Indonesia DF Agil Munawar
41 Indonesia MF Dendi Santoso
44 Brazil DF Arthur Cunha
77 Indonesia MF Jefri Kurniawan (on loan from Persija Jakarta)
87 Indonesia DF Johan Alfarizi
90 Turkmenistan MF Ahmet Ataýew
91 Indonesia GK Teddy Heri
93 Indonesia GK Utam Rusdiana
96 Indonesia GK Kurniawan Ajie
99 Brazil FW Thiago Furtuoso

Coaching Staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Slovenia Milan Petrovic
Assistant Coach Indonesia Joko Susilo
Assistant Coach Indonesia Kuncoro
Assistant Coach Indonesia Singgih Pitono
Goalkeeper Coach Brazil Ricardo Felipe Navarro dos Passos
Assistant Goalkeeper Coach Indonesia Yanuar Hermansyah
Fitness Coach Serbia Dusan Momcilovic


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]

AFC clubs ranking[edit]

As of 2 July 2017.[12]
Current Rank Country Team
109 Singapore Balestier Khalsa
110 India Pune
111 Indonesia Arema
112 Hong Kong Eastern
113 Philippines Kaya FC Makati


  1. ^ "Suharno Apresiasi Kinerja Singo Edan" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Sejarah" (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 25 October 2014. 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. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Umbro Sponsori Arema Indonesia" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "Daftar Pemain Arema Liga 1". Retrieved 5 April 2018. 
  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. ^ "AFC Club Ranking (2nd July 2017 )". Asian Football Confederation. Retrieved 2 July 2017. 

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