Arema Cronus F.C.

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Arema Cronus
Full name Arema Cronus Football Club
Nickname(s) Singo Edan
(en: The Crazy Lion)
Founded 11 August 1987; 28 years ago (1987-08-11)
Ground Kanjuruhan Stadium
Ground Capacity 40,000
Owner Arema Foundation
CEO Iwan Budianto
League QNB League
2014 Semifinal
Website Club home page

Arema Cronus Football Club commonly referred to as Arema (pronounced [ˈAːrema]), is an Indonesian professional football club based in Malang, East Java. The club plays in the Indonesia Super League. Arema's nickname is Singo Edan (The Crazy Lion).[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 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 was always haunted by financial problems every season. The problem culminates 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]

Club culture[edit]


Main article: Aremania

The supporters of Arema are called Aremania. The fans movement started in the late 80's. They were awarded The Best Supporter Award in the 2006 Piala Indonesia.[3]


Nowadays, Arema have a rivalry with Persebaya Surabaya, which is more seen as a rivalry between supporters, specifically between Aremania and Bonek, and have turned into hostility between both clubs hard-line supporters.[4]


For the reserve team, see Arema FC U-21.
As of 10 November 2015.[5]

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
2 Indonesia DF Purwaka Yudhi
6 Indonesia DF Suroso
7 Indonesia DF Benny Wahyudi
9 Indonesia FW Samsul Arif
10 Indonesia FW Cristian Gonzáles
12 Indonesia MF Hendro Siswanto
14 Indonesia MF Arif Suyono
15 Spain DF Jose Espinosa Mossi
17 Indonesia MF Ahmad Noviandani
18 Indonesia FW Sunarto
19 Indonesia MF Ahmad Bustomi
21 Indonesia GK I Made Wardana
No. Position Player
23 Indonesia DF Gilang Ginarsa
31 Indonesia GK Achmad Kurniawan
32 Spain DF Kiko Insa
34 Argentina MF Esteban Gabriel Vizcarra
41 Indonesia FW Dendi Santoso
44 Indonesia MF I Gede Sukadana
59 Indonesia DF Hasyim Kipuw
77 Indonesia MF Juan Revi
87 Indonesia DF Johan Alfarizi
89 Indonesia MF Oki Derry
93 Indonesia GK Utam Rusdiana
94 Indonesia MF Feri Aman Saragih

Players out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Indonesia MF Iman Budi (at Laga FC)[6]
Indonesia DF Victor Igbonefo (at Osotspa Samut Prakan)[7]

Kit suppliers[edit]





Domestic competitions[edit]

National leagues[edit]

National cups[edit]

  • Piala Galatama
    • Runners-up: 1992[15]
  • Piala Presiden
    • 3rd Place (2015)

International competitions[edit]

Affiliatied clubs[edit]


  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. ^ "Aremania, taming unruly fans". Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Awal Perseteruan Aremania Vs Bonek" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "AREMA INDONESIA" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "Arema Cronus Promosikan Pemain Junior" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Resmi Diperkenalkan Osotspa, Victor Igbonefo Pakai No 30" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "Joma Resmi Jadi Sponsor Arema" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "Arema Gunakan Jersey Apparel Dalam Negeri Musim Depan" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "Umbro Sponsori Arema Indonesia" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  11. ^ "Arema Soal Sponsor: Jemput Bola Dan Dioper" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "Perserikatan 1951–1994". Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  13. ^ "Sukses di Arema IPL, Antonic Dejan Banjir Tawaran" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  14. ^ "Arema Juarai Piala Suratin 2007" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  15. ^ Piala Galatama 1992
  16. ^ "Arema Petik Pelajaran dari Kegagalan AFC Cup 2012" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  17. ^ "Brisbane Roar Jalin Kerja Sama dengan Arema" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  18. ^ "Arema Cronus dan Consadole Sapporo Sepakati Empat Kerja Sama" (in Indonesian). 
  19. ^ "Arema Bakal Lanjutkan Kerja Sama Dengan Gresik United" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 20 November 2014. 

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