Persija Jakarta

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Persija Jakarta
Persija Jakarta.svg
Full name Persatuan Sepakbola Indonesia Jakarta
Nickname(s) Macan Kemayoran (The Kemayoran Tigers)
Short name PSJ
Founded 28 November 1928; 89 years ago (1928-11-28) as Voetbalbond Indonesische Jacatra (VIJ)
Ground Patriot Candrabaga Stadium
Sultan Agung Stadium[1]
Capacity 30,000
Owner PT. Persija Jaya Jakarta[2]
Chairman I Gede Widiade
Head coach Stefano Cugurra
League Liga 1
2018 Liga 1, 4th
Website Club website
Current season

Persatuan Sepakbola Indonesia Jakarta, commonly known as Persija Jakarta, is a Football club and they are based in Jakarta. The club has won 10 League titles, and they have not been relegated since the competition start in 1930.[3] Persija is one of the teams who founded the PSSI in 1930 along with several other teams.[4] They currently compete in the 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).[5] 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.[6] On the journey, Persija is the most successful team in the Perserikatan with successfully won it 9 times and managed to become champion at the beginning of the competition was held.


Nowadays, Persija have a rivalry with Persib Bandung. This derby is usually called as the "Indonesian Derby". Some people also call it as "Indonesian El Clásico" or "Indonesian Old Firm". However, this rivalry is seen more as a rivalry between both supporters. It have turned into hostility between both clubs hard-line supporters, Persija's The Jakmania and Persib's Bobotoh or Viking Persib Club. Influenced by the media and some individuals that want the hostility to be preserved, many hostile incidents have occurred until today.

There have been many events and incidents that occurred as a result of enduring hostility these two hard-line supporters. However in 2014, there had been a reconciliation held by the West Java Police to avoid unnecessary future clashes.[7]

Despite the reconciliation, in Thursday, March 24, 2017, an incident happened again when a mysterious 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. As they were on their way, at Serayu Train Station in Bandung, a mysterious group of people throw rocks at the train they were riding. As a result, mirrors of the Serayu Train's four carriages were broken. Shortly after the incident happened, the mysterious group of people were caught and arrested by the police. This mysterious group of people consist of 9 people. The police suspected that they were Persib supporters, and the police were right. When they were asked on why they did it, they simply replied that they only avenged the Persib supporters who have been attacked by Persija supporters in the last time Persib vs Persija ended 0-1.[8]


Gelora Bung Karno Stadium

Persija currently plays their home matches at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium,[9] but for the 2017 Liga 1, Persija will use the Patriot Chandrabhaga Stadium[10] as their home stadium because the GBK stadium is being renovated for the 2018 Asian Games.

There have been plans 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.[11]


Current Squad[edit]

As of 5 April 2018[12]

Note 1: The official club website lists the supporters as player number #12. 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 Gianluca Rossy
5 Brazil DF Jaimerson
6 Indonesia DF Maman Abdurrahman
7 Indonesia MF Ramdani Lestaluhu
9 Croatia FW Marko Šimić
10 Indonesia FW Rudi Widodo
11 Indonesia MF Novri Setiawan
13 Indonesia DF Gunawan Dwi Cahyo
14 Indonesia DF Ismed Sofyan (Captain)
16 Indonesia MF Asri Akbar
20 Indonesia FW Bambang Pamungkas (Vice-captain)
23 Indonesia MF Nugroho Fatchurahman
24 Indonesia MF Yan Pieter Nasadit
25 Indonesia MF Riko Simanjuntak
26 Indonesia GK Andritany Ardhiyasa
No. Position Player
27 Indonesia MF Fitra Ridwan
28 Indonesia DF Rezaldi Hehanusa
29 Indonesia MF Sandi Sute
32 Nepal MF Rohit Chand
34 Indonesia GK Daryono
41 Indonesia DF Anan Lestaluhu
43 Indonesia DF Desly Romandhiance
70 Brazil MF Renan Silva
77 Indonesia MF Frengky Kogoya
79 Indonesia FW Osas Saha
81 Indonesia DF Vava Mario Yagalo
85 Indonesia DF Michael Orah
88 Indonesia GK Shahar Ginanjar (on Loan from PSM Makasar)
89 Indonesia MF Septinus Alua
99 Indonesia FW Ahmad Syaifullah

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
77 Indonesia MF Jefri Kurniawan (at Arema until 31 December 2018)
33 Indonesia MF Dany Saputra (at Bhayangkara F.C.)
44 Indonesia MF Muhammad Rasul (at Kalteng Putra)

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
First-team Coach Brazil Stefano Cugurra
Assistant Coach Indonesia Mustaqim
Assistant Coach Indonesia Yogie Nugraha
Goalkeeper Coach Indonesia Ahmad Fauzi
Physioterapy Indonesia Muhammad Yanizar Lubis
Team Doctor Indonesia Donny Kurniawan


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 coach and also as a player.[13]

Years Name
1999–2000 Bulgaria Ivan Venkov Kolev
2001 Indonesia Sofyan Hadi
2003 Bulgaria Atanas Georgiev Georgiev
2004 Argentina Carlos García Cambón
2004 Moldova Sergei Dubrovin
2005–2006 Moldova Arcan Iurie
2006–2007 Indonesia Rahmad Darmawan
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– Brazil Stefano Cugurra

Kit Colors[edit]

Persija Jakarta's traditional football club color is red as the home kit, which is originally Persija Jakarta's color. Now the home kit is composed of orange color, accompanied by orange or red shorts and the socks is traditionally white. However the socks can be either be orange or red depending on the design. The traditional away kit is always all white but Persija also wears all black for the away kit. Persija originally wore a red color for home jersey but from 1997 Persija replaced it with orange color due to the decision from Jakarta governor at that time, Sutiyoso.[14]

Period Kit Provider[15]
1985–1996 Adidas
1998–2000 Reebok
2000–2003 Nike
2004–2007 Specs
2007–2009 Diadora
2009–2017 League
2018– Specs


National League[edit]


Liga Indonesia[edit]

National Cup[edit]

International Cup[edit]

  • Brunei Invitation Cup
    • Champions (2): 2000, 2001
  • Ho Chi Minh City Cup
    • Champion (1): 1973
  • BoostSportsFix SuperCup, Malaysia
    • Champion (1): 2018

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.[18]


  1. ^ "During 2018 Asian Games, Persija Cannot Use GBK" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Perserikatan era under PSSI". Retrieved 2017-10-13.
  4. ^ "History of PSSI". Retrieved 2017-10-13.
  5. ^ "Mengurai sejarah Persija Jakarta". Retrieved 2017-10-13.
  6. ^ "Voetbal, Volksraad, dan Hari Sepakbola Hindia Belanda". Retrieved 2013-05-18.
  7. ^ "Suporter Persib-Persija Berikrar Damai, Polisi Akan Terus Evaluasi". Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Di Kandang Sendiri Persija Dipermalukan Arema" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  10. ^ "Nah! Sudah Deal, Ini Kandang Persiwa untuk Musim 2017". Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  11. ^ "Pemprov DKI Bisa Bangun Stadion Kelas Dunia untuk Persija" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  12. ^ "Daftar Pemain Persija Jakarta Liga 1". Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Sofyan Hadi" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  14. ^ "Persija is Red". Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  15. ^ "Jersey Persija". Ismeders14. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  16. ^ "Kalah Di Singapura Menang Di Medan (Persija juara Marah Halim Cup 1977)" (in Indonesian). History Indonesia. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  17. ^ "Piala Emas Bang Yos (Jakarta)". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  18. ^ "Liga Indonesia: Persija vs Persib".

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