Ryuji Utomo

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Ryuji Utomo
Personal information
Full name Ryuji Utomo Prabowo
Date of birth (1995-07-01) 1 July 1995 (age 26)
Place of birth Jakarta, Indonesia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Position(s) Centre-back
Club information
Current team
(on loan from Persija Jakarta)
Number 4
Youth career
2005–2011 ASIOP Apacinti
2011–2012 Deportivo Indonesia
2013–2014 Persib Bandung
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2015 Mitra Kukar 0 (0)
2015–2016 Al-Najma 16 (1)
2016 Arema 11 (1)
2017– Persija Jakarta 36 (2)
2017–2018PTT Rayong (loan) 18 (0)
2021–Penang (loan) 15 (0)
National team
2011–2014 Indonesia U19 10 (1)
2017–2018 Indonesia U23 3 (0)
2017– Indonesia 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 September 2021
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 July 2017

Ryuji Utomo Prabowo (born 1 July 1995) is an Indonesian professional footballer who plays for Malaysia Super League club Penang, on loan from Liga 1 club Persija Jakarta, and the Indonesia national team. He plays mainly at centre-back but can also operate as a defensive midfielder.[2]

Club career[edit]

Al Najma[edit]

After training at youth clubs in Indonesia, Ryuji made his professional debut in Bahrain with Manama club Al-Najma in a 20 August 2015 friendly match against Malkiya Club. In this match, Ryuji was a starter who played 60 minutes before he was replaced. During this match, he received a yellow card in the fifth minute after a foul in the penalty area.[3]

Ryuji on 19 December 2015 scored his first goal for Al Najma in an away match against Al Tadamun Buri.[4]

Arema FC[edit]

After six months in Bahrain, Ryuji returned to Indonesia to join Arema FC ahead of the unauthorized 2016 Indonesia Soccer Championship (ISC). As an apprentice to Arema's more senior players, Ryuji began to build his reputation as a physically robust defender who caught the attention of richer clubs at the end of the ISC. During a pre-season tournament ahead of the launching of the new Liga 1 (Indonesia) top-flight competition, Ryuji left Arema after failing to win a starting position.[5][6]

Persija Jakarta[edit]

Rich club Persija Jakarta saw Ryuji's Arema departure as a chance to develop the young defender's potential. On 3 February 2017, Ryuji accepted an offer to join his hometown club. Another reason was Ryuji wanted to play close to his Jakarta-based ailing father. Ryuji played in nine matches for Persija in the 2017 Liga 1 season, impressing coach Stefano Cugurra who used him when senior players were on international duty.[7][8]

Despite its intention to keep Ryuji for the 2018 season, Persija let Ryuji play in Thailand on loan for a year. This spell increased Ryuji's value, leading to a renewed contract in 2019 to guarantee his services. However, Ryuji went overseas again on loan from December 2020 as a byproduct of the COVID-19 pandemic that stopped the 2020 Liga 1 season. Without certainty on when professional football in Indonesia could resume, Ryuji chose to take an offer to play for the newly promoted Malaysia Super League club Penang F.C. for one full season.[9][10]

PTT Rayong (loan)[edit]

On 4 December 2017, Ryuji joined Thai League 2 club PTT Rayong F.C. on a one-year contract. His agent said one of the reasons that made Ryuji take the offer was the pay could help him finance his ailing father's medical treatment, indicating that Persija did not pay him as satisfactory. At Rayong, Ryuji developed into a more versatile player as coach Teerasak Po-on often played the center back as a defensive midfielder. Ryuji played in 18 matches for Rayong and helped the club win the 2018 Thai League 2 season, earning it a promotion into Thai League 1.[11][12]

Penang FC (loan)[edit]

Ryuji in December 2020 signed for Penang to play in the 2021 Malaysia Super League season, on loan from Persija Jakarta.[13] On 6 March 2021, Ryuji made his debut for Penang on a league game against Kuala Lumpur City FC, playing full 90-minutes as his team won 1-0.[14]

International career[edit]

Ryuji has always played for Indonesia on the international level despite eligibility to play for Japan, where his mother comes from. Ryuji was part of the Indonesia national under-23 football team that won bronze in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. After playing 13 times for the Indonesian national youth teams, Ryuji made his international debut for the senior team on 21 March 2017, against Myanmar.[15]

Career statistics[edit]


As of match played 26 September 2021
Club Season League Cup[a] Continental[b][c] Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Mitra Kukar 2015 Indonesia Super League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arema 2016 ISC A 11 1 0 0 0 0 11 1
Persija Jakarta 2017 Liga 1 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
2019 19 2 6 2 6 0 3[d] 1 34 5
2020 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
PTT Rayong (loan) 2018 Thai League 2 18 0 2 0 0 0 20 0
Penang (loan) 2021 Malaysia Super League 15 0 0 0 1[e] 0 16 0
Career total 74 3 8 2 6 0 4 1 92 6
  1. ^ Includes Piala Indonesia, Thai FA Cup
  2. ^ Appearances in AFC Cup
  3. ^ Appearances in AFC Champions League
  4. ^ Appearances in Indonesia President's Cup
  5. ^ Appearances in Malaysia Cup


As of 21 March 2017
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Indonesia 2017 1 0
Total 1 0

Personal life[edit]

Ryuji was born to an Indonesian father and a Japanese mother. His father, who died on 1 September 2020, motivated him to pursue his football dreams. Several of Ryuji's career decisions were shaped by his father's health conditions.[16]

Ryuji is married to sports television presenter Shabrina Ayu, making them be seen as a celebrity couple in Indonesia. Their 16 March 2019 wedding pictures splashed the front pages of Indonesian entertainment tabloids. Ryuji became a father on 13 February 2020.[17][18]



PTT Rayong


Indonesia U-23


  1. ^ "Ryuji Utomo". pssi.org. Retrieved 4 September 2021.
  2. ^ "Ryuji Utomo Prabowo" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Ryuji Utomo Terima Kartu Kuning Di Laga Debutnya Bersama Al Najma". Goal.com (in Indonesian). Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Ryuji Utomo Cetak Gol Untuk Al Najma". Goal.com (in Indonesian). Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Ryuji Utomo Dipastikan Sebagai Pemain Baru Arema". sportsatu.com (in Indonesian). Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  6. ^ https://www.bola.com/indonesia/read/2571041/banyak-rekan-cedera-tak-bikin-ryuji-utomo-takut-benturan
  7. ^ "Tinggalkan Arema, Ryuji Utomo Gabung Persija". www.bola.com. 3 March 2017. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  8. ^ https://www.tribunnews.com/superskor/2017/06/09/ps-tni-vs-persija-jakarta-stefano-cugurra-teco-puji-penampilan-ryuji-utomo
  9. ^ https://bolalob.com/read/82389/ryuji-utomo-main-di-posisi-tak-biasa-bersama-ptt-rayong
  10. ^ https://www.bola.com/indonesia/read/4426673/resmi-diperkenalkan-penang-fa-ryuji-utomo-dapat-label-sang-pahlawan-dari-seberang
  11. ^ "Ryuji Utomo Resmi Gabung Klub Thailand PTT Rayong". www.cnnindonesia.com. 4 December 2017. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  12. ^ https://www.bola.com/indonesia/read/3655514/ryuji-utomo-raih-gelar-juara-thai-2-yanto-basna-gagal-bawa-khonkaen-ke-thai-1
  13. ^ "Bek Persija Ryuji Utomo Resmi ke Klub Malaysia Penang FC" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 1 December 2020.
  14. ^ "Debut di Liga Malaysia, Ryuji Utomo Bawa Penang Raih Kemenangan". Bolalob. 7 March 2021. Retrieved 9 September 2021.
  15. ^ "Susunan Pemain Timnas Indonesia U-23 vs Myanmar". pikiran-rakyat.com (in Indonesian). Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  16. ^ https://www.indosport.com/sportainment/20200902/sang-ayah-meninggal-dunia-ryuji-utomo-sampaikan-kata-kata-menyentuh
  17. ^ https://www.matamata.com/life/2019/03/17/140000/sudah-sah-intip-5-momen-pernikahan-ryuji-utomo-dan-shabrina-ayu
  18. ^ https://kumparan.com/sportainment/potret-bahagia-ryuji-utomo-saat-gendong-anaknya-yang-baru-lahir-1sq0KJFHZ1r
  19. ^ "Ryuji Ikut Antar PTT Rayong Promosi ke Kasta Tertinggi Liga Thailand". bola.kompas.com. 30 September 2018. Retrieved 4 October 2018.

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