Arema FC

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Arema FC
Arema FC 2017 logo.png
Full name Arema 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 Iwan Budianto
Head coach Aji Santoso
Website Club home page

Arema FC 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 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]



For the reserve team, see Arema FC U-21.

First-team squad[edit]

No Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Kurnia Meiga  Indonesia
21 Goalkeeper Ahmad Adam  Indonesia
33 Goalkeeper Dwi Kuswanto  Indonesia
93 Goalkeeper Utam Rusdiana  Indonesia

4 Defender Syaiful Cahya  Indonesia
5 Defender Bagas Adi Nugroho  Indonesia
7 Defender Benny Wahyudi  Indonesia
31 Defender Junda Irawan  Indonesia
44 Defender Arthur Cunha  Brazil
87 Defender Johan Alfarizi (captain)  Indonesia

6 Midfielder Muhammad Rafli  Indonesia
11 Midfielder Esteban Vizcarra  Argentina
12 Midfielder Hendro Siswanto  Indonesia
14 Midfielder Arif Suyono  Indonesia
17 Midfielder Dio Permana  Indonesia
18 Midfielder Adam Alis  Indonesia
19 Midfielder Ahmad Bustomi  Indonesia
20 Midfielder Fellipe Bertoldo  Timor-Leste
21 Midfielder Nasir  Indonesia
23 Midfielder Hanif Sjahbandi  Indonesia
89 Midfielder Oky Andryan  Indonesia
94 Midfielder Ferry Saragih  Indonesia

10 Forward Cristian Gonzáles  Indonesia
15 Forward Sunarto  Indonesia
27 Forward Dedik Setiawan  Indonesia
41 Forward Dendi Santoso  Indonesia

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
  • Soeratin Cup
    • Champions: 2007[11]
  • Piala Indonesia
    • Champions (2): 2005,[2] 2006[2]
  • Piala Galatama
    • Runners-up: 1992[12]

Performance in AFC competitions[edit]

Asian clubs ranking[edit]

As of 12 March 2017.[13]
Rank Club Points
53 India Mohun Bagan A.C. 1,407
54 Australia Sydney FC 1,406
55 Indonesia Arema 1,406
56 India Churchill Brothers S.C. 1,404
57 China Jiangsu Suning F.C. 1,399


  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. ^ "Brisbane Roar Jalin Kerja Sama dengan Arema" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "Arema Bakal Lanjutkan Kerja Sama Dengan Gresik United" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "Perserikatan 1951–1994". Archived from the original on 21 May 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "Piala Presiden: Arema Cronus Juara 3, Joko Susilo Kecewa" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 6 March 2016. 
  11. ^ "Arema Juarai Piala Suratin 2007" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  12. ^ Piala Galatama 1992
  13. ^ "Asia Football/Soccer Clubs Ranking". Retrieved 1 January 2017. 

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