The popularity of football in Indonesia goes beyond borders! Football is played in every corner of the Indonesian archipelago and on all levels. From young kids playing with a self-made football in empty rice fields to the immense national stadium that can accommodate 80,000 spectators. This week we focus on the special football culture in Madura!
Java is the most populated island in Indonesia and houses most professional football clubs. In the East of Java, you will find Madura Island, not too far from the well-known city of Surabaya. Madura is connected with the mainland of Java using a famous bridge. The Suramadu Bridge is the longest bridge in Indonesia with a length of over 5 km!
The island of Madura has an estimated population of more than 4 million people and many of them like football! You will be surprised to know that every district on the island of Madura has its own professional football club. The four districts of Madura are Bangkalan, Sampang, Pamekasan and Sumenep. This forms the basis for a special football culture in Madura, unlike other parts of Indonesia.
Let’s start with the Bangkalan district on the West side of the island. Perseba stands for Bangkalan Football Association and was founded in 1970. Perseba Football Club has got some loyal supporters from day one and they are often called Laskar Suramadu and K-conk Mania. These Madurese supporters love and support Perseba in every game. The well known Gelora Bangkalan Stadium is the proud home ground of Perseba and they are competing in Indonesia’s Liga 3.
More east from Bangkalan you will find the district of Sampang. Sampang has a few beautiful beaches and attracts more and more local tourists. With Persesa Sampang, it also has its own local football club performing in the same league as Perseba. The club plays their home games in the traditional green color and has its own stadium named, Wijaya Kusuma. Persesa scored a few successes lately when they ended as number three in the 2016 Soeratin East Java Cup. The supporters are called Truman Sampang or Trunojoyo Mania Sampang. Since its establishment, the Truman supporters group weren’t the best-organized ones but to this day they are very committed to supporting their proud club Persesa.
Next to Sampang, you will find the district of Pamekasan. The flagship of this district is football club Persepam or Pamekasan Football Association which was founded in 1970. The club nicknamed as Laskar Sapeh, has its own big stadium in the center of Madura Island. The Gelora Ratu Pamelingan Stadium can accommodate up to 20.000 people! Good to know is that Persepam was a semi-finalist at the 2015 Independence Cup and currently compete in the Indonesian Liga 3 together with Persesa and Perseba. Their supporters have a lot of nicknames including Taretan Mania, Mania Kancah, Pamekasan X Fans, and Tretan Dhibik.
At the eastern end of the island of Madura, there is a fairly developed district namely Sumenep. Not want to lose from the other three districts, Sumenep also has a proud football club called Perssu or the Sumenep Football Association. The club which can also be called Perssu Super Madura has supporters who faithfully support them in every match. Perssu supporters called Peccot Mania which has been inaugurated by the management. Perssu reached the height of its glory from 2011 to 2015 and made the Ahmad Yani Stadium proud of having them.
Madura United FC
To complete the list of clubs contributing to Madura’s special football culture we find the biggest of them all. Having four tough and brave football clubs wasn’t enough for the Island. Madura also has one club that is the pride of all Madura football lovers, Madura United!
Who doesn’t know Madura United today? It is not only the Madurese people who nowadays know the club but every Football fan in Indonesian knows them.
Madura United FC is an Indonesian football club based in Pamekasan, Madura. The club was previously named Pelita Bandung Raya who at that time competed in the Indonesian Super League. Pelita Bandung Raya’s owner, Ari D. Sutedi finally sold the club to Achsanul Qosasi, and then transformed into Madura United FC.
Now, Madura United has become one of the strongest clubs in the Indonesian major league. Madura United was founded in 2016. The club, commonly known as Laskar Sapeh Kerrab, has two stadiums, namely the Gelora Bangkalan Stadium and the Gelora Ratu Pamelingan Stadium.
Like other football clubs, Madura United also has supporters who always support each of their games. The K-Conk Mania is based in Bangkalan, Madura, and supports most of the games Madura plays at the Gelora Bangkalan Stadium. In recent years, Madura surprised Football fans in Indonesia with the signing of former Premier League player Peter Odemwingie from Nigeria.
As you can see, Madura has a special and unique football culture. A diverse bonding of several clubs in a closely populated area divided over several districts. We can recommend anyone a visit to the grounds in Madura!
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