2019 was a special year for Persik Kediri! Although they have a great history the recent years were not really successful as they relegated a few times. Not long ago they were battling in Liga 3 but became champion and last year they won the Second Liga!
In a thrilling final match at the Kapten I Wayan Dipta Stadium in Bali, they beat Persita Tangerang and crown themselves as the new champions of the Liga 2.
During that final match in Bali, we made some good friends from both ends and promised each other to keep in contact. The idea was to visit both teams this year in the highest Indonesian division but due to the Corona Virus, we don’t know if that’s possible.
The good thing is that we at least visited Persik Kediri in their second game of the season against Bhayangkara FC. Kediri is a city in East-Java with a lot of history, they have been the champion of Liga 1 and the whole city is proud of their local football club. The town is also called small Paris because of the iconic Arc the Triomphe (Simpang Lima Gumul) in the center of the city. This statue looks exactly like the one in Paris.
To be honest we were quite excited to see Persik Kediri! The stadium looks special, the town breaths football as it has many purple buildings and there are many Persik related graffiti on different buildings. Persik supporters are really proud of their local football team and for a small city like Kediri the attendance of 20.000 people per home game is quite awesome. The game ended in 1-1 and Bhayangkara was slightly better but that didn’t really matter, to be honest.
The friendly people, and the amazing chants during the games made this trip more than worth it. We would love to come back and watch another game at the Brawijaya Stadium.