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Arema FC
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Full nameArema Football Club
Nickname(s)Singo Edan (The Mad Lions)
Founded11 August 1987; 32 years ago (1987-08-11), as Arema Malang
GroundKanjuruhan Stadium
OwnerPT. Arema Aremania Bersatu Berprestasi Indonesia[1]
CEOAgoes Soerjanto
Head CoachMario Gomez
LeagueLiga 1
2019Liga 1, 9th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

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Arema Football Club is an Indonesian professional football club based in Malang, Jawa Timur. The club plays in the Liga 1. Arema's nickname is Singo Edan (The Mad Lions).[2]


Arema's name during the Kingdom[edit]

The name Arema is a Malang legend. It was id:Kidung Harsawijaya who first recorded the name, which is the story of Patih Kebo Arema when Singosari was ruled by Kertanegara. Kebo Arema's achievements were brilliant. He broke the revolt of Kelana id:Bhayangkara as written in the Song of Panji Wijayakrama until all the rebels were crushed like leaves eaten by caterpillars. Likewise the Cayaraja rebellion as written in the Book of Negarakertagama. Kebo Arema also became an expansionary political buffer Kertanegara. Together with Mahisa Anengah, Kebo Arema conquered Pamalayu Kingdom centered on Jambi. Then can master the Malacca Strait. The heroic history of Kebo Arema has indeed sunk. History books only record Kertanegara as the biggest king Singosari, whose administrative center is near Malang City.

In the '80s[edit]

Until finally in the 1980s the name Arema reappeared. Do not know exactly, whether the name traces the greatness of Kebo Arema. To be sure, Arema is a pointer to a community from Malang. Arema is an acronym of Arek Malang. Arema then transformed into a kind of "subculture" with identity, symbols and characters for the people of Malang. It is believed, Arek Malang built its reputation and existence through rock music and sports. Aside from boxing, soccer is sport which is a way for poor arek to show his reputation. So the birth of the Arema soccer team is a necessity.

Arema Football Club (Arema Football Association, its official name) was born on 11 August 1987, with a passion for developing football in Malang. At that time, another Malang team Persema Malang was like a magnet for Arek Malang. Gajayana Stadium – the home base of the government club – was always crowded with spectators. Where was Arema at that time? To be sure, the club has not manifested itself as a football community. He is still a "utopia".

Is id:Acub Zaenal former Governor Irian Jaya 3rd and former management of the PSSI period of the 80s who first contributed to the thought of forming a club Galatama in Malang after previously building the club id:Perkesa 78 with Dirk "Derek" Sutrisno (Alm), founder of the id:Armada '86 club.

Thanks to the good relations between Dirk and sports journalists in Malang, especially soccer, SIWO PWI Malang proposed holding a seminar to see "Is it time for Malang City to have a Galatama club?" The idea was approved. From there SIWO, which was then managed by Drs. Heruyogi (Chair) and Drs. Bambang Bes (Secretary of SIWO) held a seminar at the Journalists' Center Jl. Raya Langsep Malang City. The theme is "Galatama Club and Malang City". The resource persons presented included; Mr. Acub Zainal (Administrator Galatama), Chairperson of East Java PSSI Regional Office, Malang City PSSI Regional Committee, and Dr. Ubud Salim, MA. The event was opened by Mr. Malang Mayor Tom Uripan (Alm). The results of the seminar recommended that: Malang is considered to have a professional Galatama club.

Admittedly, the beginning of Arema's establishment cannot be separated from the great role of Mr. Derek, voter of the local Armada '86 club. Until the name of this club was originally Aremada, which is a combination of Armada and Arema. While Arema is the name of the community of Malang citizens. But a few months later the name Aremada was changed to Arema '86. Unfortunately, Pak Derek's efforts to maintain the Galatama Arema '86 club encountered many obstacles, even the team which was expected to be able to take part in the Galatama VIII scene began to be squeezed by financial difficulties.

From here, Acub Zaenal took over and tried to save Arema '86 to survive. After being taken over, the name Arema '86 was finally changed to Arema Indonesia and was also designated as a Galatama participating club. Arema Indonesia was inaugurated on 11 August 1987 according to notary deed Pramu Haryono SH No. 58. The stipulation on 11 August 1987, like water flowing just like that, was not based on a specific determination.

Because of its establishment in August, then the symbol Singo (Lion) appeared. That is, the month of August according to the horoscope is identical to the Zodiac Leo or Singo.

Galatama Era[edit]

At the beginning of Arema's participation in the Galatama Competition, the guerrilla search for players took place one month before Arema was officially established. The players who were recruited in the first athap included Maryanto (ex Persema), Jonathan (Satria Malang club), Kusnadi Kamaludin (Armada), Mahdi Haris (Arseto), Jamrawi and Yohanes Geohera (Mitra Surabaya), to goalkeeper Dony Latupeirisa who was then undergoing PSSI suspension. A quality trainer Sinyo Aliandoe also joined. Then an obstacle arises, the player mess. But fortunately, Abdul Rachman Saleh Airport assisted and provided a [Paskhas] [Bar] military barracks TNI AU to accommodate players. Besides barracks, Abdurrahman Saleh Pagas field was also used as a training ground. Practically Maryanto et al. accommodated in barracks. TNI-AU contributed greatly to the founding of Arema.

Again, the problem of funding problems, the main problem that will continue to convolute Arema. After returning from Jakarta, Acub Zaenal agreed to become a funder. Arema's achievements can be considered ups and downs, although it never inhabited the bottom of the board standings. In every Galatama season, Arema has never been constant in the top flight. Nevertheless, in 1992 Arema won the Galatama competition. At that time, the players included, among others Aji Santoso, Mecky Tata, Singgih Pitono, Jamrawi, Jonathan, with coach M Basri, PSSI national team coach. The Arema club is able to realize the dream of the people of Malang City to become elite champions in Indonesia.

Ligina Era[edit]

Since joining the Indonesian League, Arema has entered the second round seven times. Once in the last 12 rounds (1996/1997) and six times in the top 8 (1999/2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007). Despite his good achievements, Arema has never been free from financial problems. Almost every season, this problem is always haunting, so it's not surprising that almost every season, club management always changes. In 2003, Arema experienced severe financial difficulties which affected the team's performance. This led to the management of Arema being handed over to Bentoel (PT Bentoel International Tbk) in the middle of the 2003 season. However, in the end Arema was relegated to Division I. Since being improved under PT Bentoel, Arema's achievements have risen. back; won Division 1 in 2004, then won Copa Indonesia in 2005 and 2006, Arema U-18 won the Soeratin Cup in 2007. In 2006 and 2007 Arema and Benny Dollo received awards from the Tabloid Bola as a team and the best coach.

Indonesia Super League Era[edit]

In the 1st [Indonesia Super League] Competition 2008 – 2009 Arema ranked 10th. Two months After the competition was over, on 3 August 2009 at Hotel Santika Malang the owner of the Arema club, PT Bentoel Investama, Tbk released Arema to a group of people concerned about Arema (consortium).[3] The release of this Arema is the result of the majority selling shares owned by PT Bentoel to British American Tobacco (BAT). Before that there was a discourse to combine Arema with Persema Malang, but Aremania did not approve of the discourse.

In the 2009/2010 season, Arema, which was supported by Robert Alberts, won the title of Indonesian Super League and Runner-up.

Dualism Era[edit]

2011 due to dispute between newly founded Liga Primer Indonesia (LPI) and re-branded Liga Prima Indonesia (IPL) direct replacement to Liga Super Indonesia, the country top tier league. Arema also divided into two separate entity, Arema Indonesia in IPL and Arema FC in LPI.[4]

Arema Indonesia claimed they had been given permission from Lucky Acub Zaenal, the co founder of Arema since 1987 meanwhile, Arema Cronus later Arema FC said that they are supported by the fans, Aremania.[5]

Post Dualism Era[edit]

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.[6]

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
2015–2018 Indonesia Specs
2019 Spain Munich
2019– Made by club

[7] [8] [9]


The complete sponsors are as follow


Current squad[edit]

As of 18 January 2020[10]

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 Utam Rusdiana
4 Indonesia DF Syaiful Indra Cahya
5 Indonesia DF Bagas Adi
7 South Korea MF Oh In-kyun
12 Indonesia MF Hendro Siswanto
14 Indonesia MF Jayus Hariono
15 Indonesia DF Alfin Tuasalamony
16 Indonesia MF Ridwan Tawainella
17 Uruguay DF Matías Malvino
19 Indonesia MF Hanif Sjahbandi
22 Indonesia DF Ganjar Mukti
23 Indonesia GK Teguh Amiruddin
26 Indonesia DF Taufik Hidayat
27 Indonesia FW Dedik Setiawan
30 Indonesia MF Muhammad Rafli
No. Position Player
31 Indonesia GK Andriyas Francisco
32 Argentina FW Jonathan Bauman
33 Argentina FW Elías Alderete (on loan from Chacarita Juniors)
41 Indonesia FW Dendi Santoso (vice-captain)
44 Indonesia DF Nur Diansyah
45 Indonesia DF Aji Saka
56 Indonesia FW Titan Agung
77 Indonesia MF Pandi Lestaluhu
78 Indonesia FW Mariando Uropmabin
87 Indonesia DF Johan Alfarizi (captain)
88 Indonesia MF Vikrian Akbar
92 Indonesia MF Dave Mustaine
96 Indonesia GK Kartika Ajie
99 Indonesia FW Kushedya Hari Yudo

Reserves and academy[edit]

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
Brazil DF Arthur Cunha (at Persipura Jayapura until 31 December 2020)
Netherlands FW Sylvano Comvalius (at Persipura Jayapura until 31 December 2020)

Retired numbers[edit]

*47 – Achmad Kurniawan, Goalkeeper, 2006–2008, 2010–2017

Club officials[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Argentina Mario Gómez
Assistant Coach Indonesia Charis Yulianto
Assistant Coach Indonesia Kuncoro
Assistant Coach Indonesia Singgih Pitono
Goalkeeper Coach Brazil Felipe Americo
Fitness Coach Argentina Marcos Gonzales


Position Name
President Director Indonesia Agoes Soerjanto
General manager Indonesia Ruddy Widodo
Business Manager Indonesia Muhammad Yusrinal
Legal Manager Indonesia Eko Prasetyo
International Relations Manager Indonesia Fuad Ardiansyah
Media Officer Indonesia Sudarmadji

Head Coach history[edit]

Head Coach by years (1987–present)

Years Name
1987–1989 Indonesia Sinyo Aliandoe
1989–1992 Indonesia Andi M. Teguh
1992–1993 Indonesia M Basri
1993–1994 Indonesia Gusnul Yakin
1994–1995 Indonesia Halilintar Gunawan
1995–1996 Indonesia Gusnul Yakin
1996–1997 Indonesia Suharno
1997–1998 Indonesia Gusnul Yakin
1998 Indonesia Hamid Asnan
1998–1999 Indonesia Winarto
2000 Indonesia M Basri
2001–2002 Indonesia Daniel Roekito
2003 Indonesia Gusnul Yakin
2003 Australia Terry Wetton
2003 Netherlands Henk Wullems
2004–2006 Indonesia Benny Dollo
2006–2007 Czech Republic Miroslav Janů
2008 (5-month) Indonesia Bambang Nurdiansyah
2008–2009 Indonesia Gusnul Yakin
2009–2010 Netherlands Robert Alberts
2010–2011 Czech Republic Miroslav Janů
2011–2012 (2-month) Bosnia and Herzegovina Milomir Šešlija (IPL)
2011–2012 (5-month) Serbia Dejan Antonić (IPL)
2011 Austria Wolfgang Pikal (ISL)
2011 Indonesia Joko Susilo (ISL)
2012 Indonesia Suharno (ISL)
2012–2013 Indonesia Rahmad Darmawan
2013–2015 Indonesia Suharno
2015–2016 Indonesia Joko Susilo
2016–2017 Bosnia and Herzegovina Milomir Šešlija
2017 Indonesia Aji Santoso
2017–2018 Indonesia Joko Susilo
2018 Slovenia Milan Petrović
2019 Bosnia and Herzegovina Milomir Šešlija
2020– Argentina Mario Gómez

Season-by-season records[edit]

Season League/Division Tms. Pos. Piala Indonesia AFC competition(s)
1994–95 Premier Division 34 6 in East Div.
1995–96 31 12 in East Div.
1996–97 33 Second round
1997–98 31 Did not finish
1998–99 28 3 in Central Div.
1999–00 28 Second round
2001 28 Second round
2002 24 Second round
2003 20 17th
2004 First Division 22 1
2005 Premier Division 28 Second round Champions
2006 28 Second round Champions AFC Champions League Group stage
2007–08 36 Second round AFC Champions League Group stage
2008–09 Indonesia Super League 18 10 First round
2009–10 18 1 Runner-up
2010–11 18 2 AFC Champions League Group stage
2011–12 18 12 Quarter-finals AFC Cup Quarter-final
2013 18 2
2014 22 Semi-finals AFC Cup Round of 16
2015 18 Did not finish
2016 Indonesia Soccer Championship A 18 2
2017 Liga 1 18 9
2018 18 6
2019 18 9 Round of 16


League/Division Titles
Seasons won Seasons runners-up
Indonesia Super League
2010-11, 2013
Indonesia Soccer Championship A
Liga Indonesia First Division
Cup Competitions Titles
Seasons won Seasons runners-up
Piala Indonesia
2005, 2006
Indonesian Community Shield
Piala Galatama
Inter Island Cup
Indonesia President's Cup
2017, 2019

AFC (Asian competitions)[edit]

AFC clubs ranking[edit]

As of 7 April 2019.[11]
Current Rank Country Team
68 Thailand Pathum United
69 Japan Nagoya Grampus
70 Indonesia Arema
71 United Arab Emirates Al-Nasr Dubai
72 India Churchill Brothers


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Suharno Apresiasi Kinerja Singo Edan" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  3. ^
  4. ^ Aminudin, Muhammad. "Tentang Arema FC dan Arema Indonesia". sepakbola. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Cinta Aremania yang Terbelah di Antara Arema FC dan Arema Indonesia". kumparan (in Indonesian). Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Ini Nama Baru Dari Arema Cronus" (in Indonesian). Goal Indonesia. 20 December 2016. Retrieved 24 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Joma Resmi Jadi Sponsor Arema" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  8. ^ "Arema Gunakan Jersey Apparel Dalam Negeri Musim Depan" (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 11 December 2014. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  9. ^ "Umbro Sponsori Arema Indonesia" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  10. ^ "Daftar Pemain Arema Liga 1". Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  11. ^ "AFC Club Ranking (7th April 2019)". Asian Football Confederation. Retrieved 16 December 2018.

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