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Persija Jakarta
Persija Jakarta.svg
Full namePersatuan Sepakbola Indonesia Jakarta
Nickname(s)Macan Kemayoran (Kemayoran Tiger)
Short namePSJ
Founded28 November 1928; 90 years ago (1928-11-28) as Voetbalbond Indonesische Jacatra (V.I.J.)
GroundGelora Bung Karno Stadium
OwnerPT. Persija Jaya Jakarta
DirectorKokoh Afiat
Team managerArdhi Tjahjoko
CoachJulio Bañuelos
LeagueLiga 1
2018Liga 1, 1st
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Persatuan Sepakbola Indonesia Jakarta (commonly known as Persija Jakarta, literally translated to Football Association Indonesia Jakarta), is a football team based in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Persija Jakarta is the most successful football team in Indonesia. The team has won 11 league titles and have never been relegated since the competition start in 1930.[1] Persija is one of the teams who founded the PSSI (Indonesia football federation) in 1930 along with several other teams.[2] They are the current champion of Liga 1.


In 1928, some youth from Jakarta had the idea to create a football team with one goal is making the struggle movement at that time occupiers through sport. And finally, they founded the club as Voetbalbond Indonesische Jacatra (VIJ).[3] MH Thamrin is one of the youth who founded Persija and highly involved in VIJ which is now Persija Jakarta. He aqiltook care and helped VIJ in many ways, one of them was to construct the VIJ Stadium in Petojo, Central Jakarta using his own money.[4] On the journey, Persija became the most successful team in the Perserikatan, successfully winning it , 9 times and managing to become champion by the time the start of the competition was held.


Indonesia Classico[edit]

Persija have a rivalry with Persib Bandung. Both teams first met in the 1933 Perserikatan and competed to be champions, and at that time Persija won the competition while the Persib were runners-up. Likewise the following year in the 1934 Perserikatan, again they competed and Persija won again by beating Persib who to be runner-up again in the competition at that time.[5] This derby is usually called as the "Indonesian Derby". Some people also call it as "Indonesian El Clásico". But, the rivalry between the two teams only heated up in the 2000s. Because of the enmity of their two supporters and the rivalry now is seen more as a rivalry between each team's supporters group (Persija's The Jakmania and Persib's Bobotoh and/or Viking Persib Club). Influenced by the media and some individuals that want the rivalry to be preserved, many hostile incidents involving the two supporters group are still occurring even until this day. There have been many events and incidents that occurred as the result of enduring hostility between these two hard-line supporters. In 2014, there had been a reconciliation held by the West Java Police to avoid unnecessary future clashes.[6]

Despite the reconciliation, in Thursday, March 24, 2017, an incident happened again when a group of people threw rocks at a group of Persija supporters. On Thursday evening, a group of Persija supporters were on their way to Cilacap using Serayu Train to support their team at the 2017 Cilacap Cup. A group of people threw rocks at the train that they were in when it was transiting at the Serayu Train Station in Bandung. As the result, windows and doors on 4 carriages were broken and 3 people were injured. Shortly after, the perpetrators were caught and arrested by the police. The perpetrators were consisted of 9 people and the police suspected that they were Persib supporter, they were right. When the police were questioning them for the reasoning behind their action, they simply answered that they wanted to avenge the Persib supporters who have been attacked by Persija supporters in the last time Persib vs Persija met and ended 0-1.[7]

Rivalry with Persebaya[edit]

In Perserikatan era Persija have rivalry with Persebaya Surabaya.[8] Both team often meet in final of Perserikatan league and beat each other in final.

They competed in 1938 Perserikatan at that time when Persija competed with Persebaya in a match held in Solo when Persija won a victory over Persebaya with a score of 4-0 and in that year Persija won. Then in 1952 in the final match Perserikatan in the decisive match champion Persebaya beat Persija with a score of 2-1 and Persebaya won the Perserikatan title for the first time in Surabaya. In 1971-73 Perserikatan in the last match which was held in Jakarta Persija won over Persebaya in this decisive match final result 1-0. The next 5 years Persija faced Persebaya in the final Perserikatan which took place in Jakarta. Persebaya embarrassed Persija in the final held at Jakarta in the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium with a score of 4-3 and also in 1988 in the final Perserikatan and Persebaya humiliated Persija again in Jakarta through penalty shoot-out final result 3-2 for Persebaya's victory. However, since it was held Liga Indonesia Premier Division both teams rarely met because this league uses a 2 region system. But, they both returned to compete as in the Perserikatan era first precisely in the 2004 Indonesian League season. There are teams that compete in the last week to become champions, namely Persija Jakarta, Persebaya Surabaya and PSM Makassar. In the last week in the match which was held in Surabaya, Persebaya defeated Persija and Persebaya for the second time to grab the Indonesian League trophy for the second time. In addition, not only the two teams have rivalry but their supporters also have a rivalry, namely The Jakmania and Bonek. Often the two groups clashed.


Gelora Bung Karno Stadium

Persija currently plays their home matches at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium along with Indonesia National Football Team.

In their history, the club used several stadium for their home ground. There are VIJ Stadium, Menteng Stadium, and Lebak Bulus Stadium. For the 2017 Liga 1, Persija along with Bhayangkara F.C[9]) used the Patriot Chandrabhaga Stadium[10] as their home stadium because the GBK stadium was being renovated for the 2018 Asian Games.

For the 2018 Liga 1, Persija had no fixed home pitch due to Gelora Bung Karno Stadium being used for the 2018 Asian Games, 2018 Asian Para Games, and the 2018 AFC U-19 Championship, and switched between playing their home matches at GBK, Patriot Chandrabhaga Stadium, Pakansari Stadium,[11] Wibawa Mukti Stadium,[12] Sultan Agung Stadium and PTIK Stadium.[13]

Current Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan have decide to build a new stadium for Persija in North of Jakarta, which will be called Jakarta International Stadium. The plan is still in early planning stages and no construction has been done yet.[14] From other source, the new stadium will be named as M.H. Thamrin Stadium to appreciate the Indonesia national hero Mohammad Husni Thamrin, which also one of the founder of Persija Jakarta.[15]


Current squad[edit]

Bambang Pamungkas and Ismed Sofyan are two players with longest serving period at Persija Jakarta. Bambang has joined the club since 1999 as his first profesional club career when he was a youngster. Ismed began his career with Persija on 2002 and never joined any other club since that year until now.

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 Adixi Lenzivio
3 Indonesia DF Dany Saputra
4 Indonesia DF Ryuji Utomo
6 Indonesia DF Maman Abdurrahman
7 Indonesia MF Ramdhani Lestaluhu
8 Indonesia MF Yan Pieter Nasadit
9 Croatia FW Marko Šimić
10 Brazil MF Bruno Matos
11 Indonesia MF Novri Setiawan
14 Indonesia DF Ismed Sofyan (2nd captain)
16 Indonesia DF Tony Sucipto
17 Indonesia MF Fitra Ridwan
20 Indonesia FW Bambang Pamungkas (3rd captain)
22 Indonesia GK Risky Sudirman
No. Position Player
23 Indonesia MF Nugroho Fatchurahman
24 Indonesia MF Resky Fandi Witriawan
25 Indonesia FW Riko Simanjuntak
26 Indonesia GK Andritany Ardhiyasa (captain)
32 Nepal MF Rohit Chand
28 Indonesia DF Rezaldi Hehanusa
40 Indonesia DF Hamra Hehanusa
41 Indonesia MF Feby Eka Putra (on loan from Bali United)
45 Indonesia MF Sandi Sute
77 Indonesia FW Yogi Rahadian
86 France DF Steven Paulle
88 Indonesia GK Shahar Ginanjar
94 Indonesia FW Heri Susanto
Indonesia FW Taufik Hidayat

Note: The club policy lists the supporters as player number #12.

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 GK Gianluca Rossy (at Aceh United F.C. until 31 December 2019)
19 Indonesia MF Fadil Redian (at Persiba Balikpapan until 31 December 2019)
21 Paraguay FW Silvio Escobar (at PSIS Semarang until 31 December 2019)
Indonesia DF Anan Lestaluhu (at Bali United until 31 December 2019)

Coaching Staff[edit]

In 2018 Stefano Cugurra (commonly called as Teco) succeed to bring the glory back to Jakarta on his second years with Persija. Teco brings Persija to reach the top of league standings and become champion. He is also awarded as The Best Coach of The Year in the same years.[16]

In 2019, he left Persija to join Bali United and the position was replaced by Ivan Kolev which are former Persija and Indonesia national team head coach.

Position Staff
Head Coach Spain Julio Bañuelos
Assistant Coach Indonesia Mustaqim
Assistant Coach Spain Eduardo Pérez Morán
Goalkeeper Coach Indonesia Ahmad Fauzi
Fitness Coach Brazil Antonio Claudio
Physical Coach Indonesia Sansan Susanpur
Team Doctor Indonesia Dr. Donny Kurniawan
Physioterapist Indonesia Muhammad Yanizar Lubis

Kit Colours[edit]

Persija Jakarta's traditional football club colour is red as their home kit. On 1997 Persija replaced it with orange colour due to the decision of Jakarta governor at that time, Sutiyoso, as he wants to make Persija's colour similar to Jakarta's government colour. Because of it, when Persija's supporter (The Jakmania) founded in the same year, they decide to wear orange colour as the identity of Jakarta's football supporter colour. After 19 years, on 2016 they decide to return to their traditional red colour. As they believe that wearing their old colour will bring back the spirit of their glory in old era. Frequently, the colour of their away jersey is white. But in some era, black is also picked as the colour of their away jersey while orange colour was chosen as their third jersey in current era.[17]

Period Kit Provider[18]
1970s–1990s Adidas
1998–2000 Reebok
2000–2003 Nike
2004–2007 Specs
2007–2009 Diadora
2009–2017 League
2018– Specs


Persija Jakarta's supporters called The Jakmania. Founded in 1997 by Gugun Gondrong and Ferry Indrasjarief with orange colour as their identity.[19] The Jakmania is one of the biggest football club supporters in Indonesia. Mostly in every Persija's home match over 50.000 spectators come to support Persija. While in away match, they also come in every single match excluded match against Persib Bandung and Persebaya Surabaya due to restriction by the Indonesia national security otoritation in order to avoid the clash between each supporters.


Persija supporters celebrates the winning of Liga 1 2018

Persija has been honoured with many titles included some international tournament titles. It makes the club as the most successful club in Indonesia history. Currently, Persija Jakarta is the title holder of Liga 1 2018 which is the highest level of Indonesia football competition.[20]

Competitions Titles Seasons
N.I.V.B./N.I.V.U. Stedenwedstrijden

V.U.V.S.I./I.S.N.I.S. Competition

17 1914, 1915, 1918, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1923, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1933, 1935, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1947, 1948

As W.J.V.B. and V.B.O Jakarta

Perserikatan/Liga Indonesia/Liga 1 11 1931,

1933, 1934, 1938, 1954, 1964, 1973, 1975, 1979, 2001, 2018

President's Cup 1 2018

International Competition[edit]

Asian Club Championship/AFC Champions League


  • 2018 - Knockout stage (ASEAN Zonal)

Former Coaches[edit]

Persija Jakarta has been trained several times by foreign trainers, but is often trained by local coaches. Sofyan Hadi is the last coach to bring Persija Jakarta become champions as head coach and also as a player.[21] While in 2001, Antonio Claudio also became a champion with Persija as a player and repeated that moment in 2018 as fitness coach.

Years Name
1999–2000 Bulgaria Ivan Kolev
2001 Indonesia Sofyan Hadi
2003 Bulgaria Atanas Georgiev
2004 Argentina Carlos García Cambón
2005–2006 Moldova Arcan Iurie
2006–2007 Indonesia Rahmad Darmawan
2007–2008 Moldova Sergei Dubrovin
2008–2009 Indonesia Danurwindo
2009–2010 Indonesia Benny Dollo
2010–2011 Indonesia Rahmad Darmawan
2011–2012 Indonesia Iwan Setiawan
2013–2014 Indonesia Benny Dollo
2014–2015 Indonesia Rahmad Darmawan
2015–2016 Indonesia Bambang Nurdiansyah
2016 Brazil Paulo Camargo
2016 Indonesia Zein Al Hadad
2017–2018 Brazil Stefano Cugurra
2019 Bulgaria Ivan Kolev
2019– Spain Julio Bañuelos

Notable former players[edit]

This is the list of severals domestic and foreign former notable or famous players of Persija from time to time.






Further reading[edit]

  • Ayati, Nur (2010). Liga Indonesia: Persija vs Persib (in Indonesian). Jakarta: Elex Media Komputindo. p. 24. ISBN 978-979-27-7425-2.[22]


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  2. ^ "History of PSSI". Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Mengurai sejarah Persija Jakarta". Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Voetbal, Volksraad, dan Hari Sepakbola Hindia Belanda". Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  5. ^ "P.S.S.I. (inlandsche) Stedenwedstrijden 1930-1950". Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Suporter Persib-Persija Berikrar Damai, Polisi Akan Terus Evaluasi". Retrieved 13 October 2014.
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  9. ^ "Persija Berbagi Kandang dengan Bhayangkara FC". Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Nah! Sudah Deal, Ini Kandang Persiwa untuk Musim 2017". Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  11. ^ "Persija Hanya Dapat Pakai Pakansari untuk 1 Partai Kandang". Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  12. ^ Media, Kompas Cyber (6 November 2018). "Tak Dapat Izin Keamanan, Persija Jamu PS Tira di Stadion Wibawa Mukti -". Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  13. ^ "Persija Kian Optimistis Juara Liga 1, Ingin Main di Stadion GBK". Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Pemprov DKI Bisa Bangun Stadion Kelas Dunia untuk Persija" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  15. ^ "Nama M.H. Thamrin Diusulkan Menjadi Nama Stadion" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  16. ^ "Persija Raih Juara, Teco dan Rohit Chand Jadi Pelatih dan Pemain Terbaik". Kompas.
  17. ^ "Persija is Red". Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  18. ^ "Jersey Persija". Ismeders14. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  19. ^ "Sejarah Terbentuknya The Jakmania".
  20. ^ "Persija Raih Tiga Gelar Sepanjang 2018". Tempo.
  21. ^ "Sofyan Hadi" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  22. ^ "Liga Indonesia: Persija vs Persib".

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