Persebaya Surabaya

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Persebaya Surabaya
Persebaya logo.png
Full namePersatuan Sepakbola Surabaya
  • Bajul Ijo
  • Green Force
Short namePSBY, SBY
Founded18 June 1927; 91 years ago (18 June 1927), as S.I.V.B
GroundGelora Bung Tomo Stadium
OwnerPT. Persebaya Indonesia[1]
PresidentAzrul Ananda
Head coachDjajang Nurdjaman
LeagueLiga 1
2018Liga 1, 5th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Persebaya (abbreviation for Persatuan Sepakbola Surabaya, literally translated to Football Association of Surabaya), is an Indonesian professional football club based in Surabaya, East Java. It plays in Liga 1.


Persebaya was founded by Paijo and M. Pamoedji on 18 June 1927. At the beginning of its establishment, Persebaya played in the Soerabajasche Indische Voetbal Bond (SIVB). At that time in Surabaya there was also the superior Soerabajasche Voetbal Bond (SVB),founded in 1910 which members were Dutch, Chinese and some Indonesian clubs (Thor, Excelsior, HBS, Hoa Tiong, Mena Moeria) In 1950 all member clubs of the SVB were absorbed in Persebaya Surabaya.

On 19 April 1930, SIVB along with VIJ Jakarta (Persija Jakarta), BIVB Bandung (Persib Bandung), MIVB (PPSM Magelang), MVB (PSM Madiun), VVB (Persis Solo), PSM (PSIM Yogyakarta) also gave birth to the Union of Football All Indonesia (PSSI) in a meeting held at Societeit Hadiprojo Yogyakarta. SIVB in the meeting was represented by M. Pamoedji. A year later the annual competition between cities / unions. SIVB made it into the final of the union competition in 1938 despite losing to VIJ Jakarta.

When the Dutch lost to Japan in 1942, SIVB's achievements of almost all players were indigenous players and a small proportion of Chinese descent soared and again reached the final before being defeated by Persis Solo. Finally in 1943 SIVB changed its name to Persibaja (Indonesian Football Association Soerabaja). In this era Persibaja chaired by Dr. Soewandi. At that time, Persibaja won the title in 1951 and 1952.

In 1960, the name Persibaja changed into Persebaya (Football Association of Surabaya). In the era of this union, Persebaya's achievement is also special. Persebaya is one of the giants union other than PSMS Medan, PSM Makassar, Persib Bandung and Persija Jakarta. Twice Persebaya became champions in 1978 and 1988, and five-fold ranked second in 1965, 1971, 1973, 1987, and 1990.

Brilliant achievement continues and to be maintained when PSSI unite all clubs of Perserikatan and Galatama in one competition that we called Liga Indonesia since 1994. Persebaya won the title of Liga Indonesia in 1997. 5 years after, in 2002 Green Force had felt bitterly must be relegated to Divisi Utama (now Liga 2). Bitter pills are immediately redeemed with the title of Divisi Utama in the next two seasons. After comeback to Liga Indonesia, Persebaya scored a history in 2004 as the first team to win two league titles. The Green Force won back the title despite being predicted as a classic full of titles.

After long period of dualism history, Persebaya status was reinstated as the member of PSSI in January 2017 after being sanctioned due to playing in an illegal competition. They participate again in 2017 Liga 2. And after a season, in 28 November 2017 they secured the promotion back to Liga 1. Persebaya win against PSMS Medan 3–2 in final while winning the title of 2017 Liga 2. [2]


Persebaya plays their home matches in Gelora Bung Tomo Stadium.[3] On 23 July 2012 there has been a friendly match between Persebaya with Queens Park Rangers in Gelora Bung Tomo. On that day the match was won by Queens Park Rangers with a score of 2–1.[4]



Persebaya had experienced controversial events several times throughout its history. When winning the 1988 Competition, Persebaya played an infamous match dubbed "elephant football" for losing on purpose to Persipura Jayapura 0–12 to eliminate their rival PSIS Semarang, which in the previous year shattered Persebaya's dream in the final. This tactics bring at least results and Persebaya successfully won the Perserikatan in 1988 by beating Persija Jakarta 3–2.

In 2002 Liga Indonesia Premier Division, Persebaya striked action in the face of the PKT Bontang, causing them point deduction. The incident became one of the factor which caused the Persebaya's relegation to the First Division. In 2005 Liga Indonesia Premier Division, Persebaya shocked the public when they walked out in the last eight before the third match. The incident caused Persebaya's suspension from football for 2 years. After an appeal, the sentence were reduced to 16 months. However, the PSSI later ruled to only relegate Persebaya to the First Division.


In the 2009/2010 season is the beginning of dualism Persebaya Surabaya. Persebaya Surabaya (PT Persebaya Indonesia) is relegated to Divisi Utama due to forced re-match 3 times against Persik Kediri with different place in Kediri, Yogyakarta,[5] and Palembang.[6] In the third re-match Persebaya refused to re-match, the management did not accept and did not want to join Divisi Utama and then follow the breakaway league Liga Primer Indonesia.

So at the end of 2010, Persebaya Surabaya suffered a very bad internal turmoil which this club split into two teams. The first team along with manager elected illegally at that time, Wisnu Wardhana, still follow the Divisi Utama. Meanwhile, other teams, Persebaya under the manager Saleh Ismail Mukadar following the Liga Primer Indonesia where the team who competed in this league finally changed its name to Persebaya 1927. PT Pengelola Persebaya Indonesia lined up to be a consortium manager for PT Persebaya Indonesia. PT Pengelola Persebaya Indonesia was directed by Llano Mahardhika, a former of BLI. Although finally managed to win the Liga Primer Indonesia, but the management of PT Pengelola Persebaya Indonesia still cause polemic because of lack of socialization to supporters, although the program is very good run.

Dualism continued in 2015 when Persebaya Surabaya (PT Mitra Muda Inti Berlian) changed its name to Bonek FC and Surabaya United due to Persebaya 1927 (PT Persebaya Indonesia) won the name and logo patent suit, which automatically the legality of Persebaya Surabaya is under PT Persebaya Indonesia.

In 2016 Surabaya United merged with PS Polri and then again changed its name to Bhayangkara Surabaya United and continued following the Indonesia Soccer Championship competition. In the second half of competition exactly in May 2016, Polri (owner of PS Polri) officially bought 100% shares of Bhayangkara Surabaya United and remove the name behind the club so it is now named Bhayangkara FC. At the same month the Exco meeting held in Solo, Persebaya 1927 re-ratified as a member of PSSI and will be ratified in the outbreak in Makassar and will return to compete in Divisi Utama in 2017 season. However, at the congress of PSSI conducted in Jakarta on 10 November 2016 cancelled the approval agenda. Chairman of PSSI elected, Edy Rahmayadi promised will solve the problem of Persebaya Surabaya at the next congress in Bandung.


The supporters of Persebaya are known as Bonek (abbreviation of Bondho Nekat).

Rivalries Bonek and club have a rivalry with Aremania, the fans of Arema FC.[7][8] This game is often called the East Java Derby.

Persebaya Surabaya have rivalries with Persija Jakarta, Persib Bandung, PSM Makassar, PSMS Medan, and PSIS Semarang rooting from the Perserikatan era.


The complete sponsors are as follow.[9]


Colours and Crest[edit]

Amongst Persebaya most popular nicknames are Bajul Ijo (The Green Crocodile). From the foundation of the club, the common home kit includes a green shirt, green or white shorts, and white socks. green and white colours are also seen in the crest. The away kit of the club is associated with a white or black background.

Non-playing staff[edit]


Current Squad[edit]

As of 14 Januari 2019[11]

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 Novan Sasongko
5 Brazil DF Otavio Dutra
6 Indonesia MF Misbakus Solikin
8 Indonesia FW Oktafianus Fernando
12 Indonesia MF Rendi Irwan
13 Indonesia DF Rachmat Irianto
14 Indonesia DF Ruben Sanadi
22 Indonesia DF Abu Rizal Maulana
23 Indonesia DF Hansamu Yama
No. Position Player
27 Indonesia MF Fandi Eko Utomo
29 Indonesia DF Mokhamad Syaifuddin
33 Indonesia GK Miswar Saputra
41 Indonesia FW Irfan Jaya
44 Indonesia DF Andri Muliadi
90 Indonesia MF Nelson Alom
96 Indonesia MF Muhammad Hidayat
Indonesia GK Imam Arief Fadillah
10 Bolivia MF Damián Lizio
- Senegal FW Malick Mané

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 DF Abdul Azis
Indonesia DF Said Mardjan
Indonesia DF Rahmat Juliandri
No. Position Player
Indonesia MF Kurniawan Karman (on loan to Persika Karawang)
Indonesia FW Yogi Novrian


Domestic competitions[edit]

National League[edit]

Perserikatan/Liga Indonesia

  • Runner-up (6): 1965, 1971, 1973, 1987, 1990, 1998-99

National Cup[edit]

International competitions[edit]


Asian clubs ranking[edit]

As of 18 September 2018.[13]
Current Rank Country Team
250 India Kerala Blasters
251 India Bharat
252 Indonesia Persebaya Surabaya
253 India NorthEast United
254 Qatar Al-Wakrah


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Diakui PSSI, Persebaya Bermain di Divisi Utama" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Persebaya Surabaya Berencana Pindah Kandang Untuk Babak Delapan Besar ISL" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Persebaya Surabaya kalah Tipis dari QPR" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 23 July 2012.
  5. ^ Tempo.Co. "Persebaya Tuntut Kemenangan WO Atas Persik". Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Persik Menang WO Atas Persebaya – ANTARA News". Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Awal Perseteruan Aremania Vs Bonek -". Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Aremania: Sweeping Dilakukan Orang Berkaos Bonek – Arema & Aremania News Online". Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Official Sponsors PERSEBAYA 2017".
  10. ^ "Staff Profiles".
  11. ^ "Daftar Pemain Persebaya Surabaya Liga 1". Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  12. ^ "Piala Utama 1990 & 1992" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  13. ^ "AFC Football / Soccer Clubs Ranking". Missing or empty |url= (help)

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