Persema Malang

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Logo Persema
Full namePersatuan Sepakbola Malang
Nickname(s)The Blue Thunders
The Two Lions
Founded20 June 1953
2017 (reformed)
GroundGajayana Stadium
Malang, East Java, Indonesia
CoachStefan Hansson
LeagueLiga 4
2017Liga 3, Regional round

Persema, an acronym for Persatuan Sepakbola Malang is an Indonesian football club based in Malang, East Java. They play in Liga 3. In the Indonesian media, the tautology Persema Malang is often used.


The club was officially established in 1953, with primary funding from Malang's municipal budget. It was part of the Indonesian Super League until January 2011 when they hosted LPI's inaugural match and stopped relying on public funds. The other local team, Arema FC, is one of the most successful clubs in ISL. The team's nickname is "Laskar Ken Arok" while its home stadium is Gajayana Stadium.[1]

Persema has never won a trophy during its years in the Indonesian Super League, mostly dwelling in the mid to bottom part of the table. The team was relegated into Indonesia's Division One (third-tier) in 2003. However, after two seasons, Persema bounced back to the second-tier league. Persema eventually gained promotion to the ISL in 2008 and stayed there until its 2011 shift to LPI.

Persema is now popular as the club that first hired European-born naturalized players Irfan Bachdim and Kim Jeffrey Kurniawan whose nominations to the Indonesian under-23 national football team in 2011 were cancelled by the Indonesian Football Association because they chose to play in the breakaway league. Its coach Timo Scheunemann is a German who was born and bred in Indonesia and has become a father figure in Indonesia for Bachdim and Kurniawan. His ability to speak Indonesian and Javanese makes him popular among local journalists.

Current squad[edit]

As of 9 May 2017.

First team[edit]

No. Name Nationality Position
1 Sukasto Efendi Indonesia GK
21 Heris Wahyu Jadmiko Indonesia GK
46 Muhammad Tri Febriyanto Indonesia GK
2 Munhar (captain) (on loan Madura United F.C.) Indonesia DF
3 Tri Setyo Indonesia DF
4 Dian Fakhrudin Indonesia DF
29 Febri Andikawanto Indonesia DF
6 Adik Sumarmo (captain) Indonesia DF
11 Didik Darmadi Indonesia DF
91 Novi Lisyanto Indonesia DF
17 Eko Purnomo Indonesia DF
19 Ariyanto Indonesia DF
37 Adrian Wijaya Indonesia DF
42 Kevin Deeromram Thailand DF
87 Syafari Umarella Indonesia MF
27 Kasan Soleh Indonesia MF
7 Wahono Indonesia MF
33 Marco Pattiselano Indonesia MF
92 Edi Susanto Indonesia MF
15 Danang Eko Riyono Indonesia MF
18 Adhitya Wahyu Purbahanto Indonesia MF
20 Moussa Sidibe Mali MF
26 Fadly Paputungan Indonesia MF
28 Arin Kusmanto Indonesia MF
90 José Oliveira East Timor MF
69 Minoru Iwaki Japan FW
39 Ari Prasetyanto Indonesia FW
14 Jaya Teguh Angga Indonesia FW
32 Sumaryanto Indonesia FW
50 Reza Mustofa Indonesia FW

Notable squad[edit]


External links[edit]

Liga Prima Indonesia