Arema F.C.

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Arema Football Club is an Indonesian professional football club based in Malang, East Java province. The club competes in the Liga 1, the top flight of Football in Indonesia. Arema's nickname is "Singo Edan" (The Mad Lions).[2]

Arema FC
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Full nameArema Football Club
Nickname(s)Singo Edan (The Mad Lions)
Founded11 August 1987; 33 years ago (1987-08-11)
GroundKanjuruhan Stadium
OwnerPT. Arema Aremania Bersatu Berprestasi Indonesia[1]
President DirectorAgoes Soerjanto
Head CoachEduardo Almeida
LeagueLiga 1
2019Liga 1, 9th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Active departments of
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Football (Women's)
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Football U-20 (Men's)
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Football U-18
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Football U-16


The fabled origin of Arema's nameEdit

The name Arema refers to a legendary figure in Malang folklore called Kebo Arema who was a knight in King Kertanegara of Singhasari's court when the latter ruled the kingdom in the 13th century. The kingdom's name relates to the contemporary Singosari district of Malang Regency, located a few miles north of Malang city. According to the folklore song of Panji Wijayakrama, Kebo Arema quashed a revolt by Kelana Bhayangkara until all the rebels were crushed like leaves eaten by caterpillars. In the ancient book of Negarakertagama, Kebo Arema also was cited as the one who ended the Cayaraja rebellion. Kebo Arema also led expansionary campaigns for Kertanegara. Together with Mahisa Anengah, Kebo Arema conquered the Pamalayu Kingdom on Sumatra island centered in what is now known as Jambi province in order to have access to the Malacca Strait. The heroism of Kebo Arema is little known because history books focus on the achievements of Kertanegara as the most prominent Singhasari king.

In the '80sEdit

The name Arema reappeared in Malang around the 1980s. While it is unclear that the revival had anything to do with Kebo Arema, the name became popular among the youth in Malang who had developed a sub-culture. Arema is an acronym of Arek Malang, which means Malang youth. The Arema sub-culture has distinct identitities, symbols and even language that differentiates it from the main culture in East Java province. It is often seen as a cultural challenge to the youth culture in the provincial capital of Surabaya. The Arek Malang proponents built their reputation and existence through rock music and local sports. Aside from boxing, soccer is the sport that strongly identifies with Arek Malang, especially the lower-income masses who find it as a platform for their expression.

Arema was established during the peak of the development of this sub-culture on 11 August 1987 and with a goal of developing a professional football club in Malang. At that time, the existing Malang team, Persema Malang, depended on government budget and was a federation of smaller clubs in Malang. A professional Malang club was a brainchild of army general Acub Zaenal, who was active in the PSSI, the football association of Indonesia, and administered the country's first professional football competition Galatama, and Dirk Sutrisno, the founder of the Armada'86 football club in Malang who wanted to upgrade his team. The original name was Aremada, a combination of Armada and Arema, before becoming Arema'86. However, financial difficulties delayed the official incorporation, as the Arema Indonesia football club, until the general rescued the cause and paved the way for Arema's participation in Galatama.

Because of its establishment was during the horoscope period of Leo, Arema chose the symbol of the lion, or singo (in Javanese language), which also constitutes the front part of the Singhasari or Singosari kingdom's name.

Galatama EraEdit

At the beginning of Arema's Galatama participation, the guerrilla-style search for professional-quality players took place one month before Arema was officially established. Arema tried to convince players of existing clubs to join, including Maryanto from Persema, Kusnadi Kamaludin from Armada, Mahdi Haris from Arseto, Jamrawi and Yohanes Geohera from Mitra Surabaya and goalkeeper Dony Latuperisa who was then undergoing PSSI suspension. A former Indonesian national team coach, Sinyo Aliandoe, also agreed to join. For their first accommodation, Arema players used military barracks provided by the Indonesian air force, which runs Malang's Abdul Rachman Saleh Airport. The airbase's grass field was also used as a training ground.

Arema faced numerous financial issues until Acub Zaenal became its stable financier and protector. Arema's Galatama achievements were initially erratic, although it never inhabited the bottom of the table. In almost every Galatama season, Arema never could stay long at the top. Nevertheless, Arema won the 1992 Galatama competition. At that time, the players included Indonesia national football team regulars Aji Santoso, Mecky Tata, Singgih Pitono and Jamrawi. Ever since, Arema has been considered part of the elite group of clubs in Indonesia with fanatical supporters, especially those who embody the youth sub-culture in Malang.

Ligina EraEdit

During the Liga Indonesia (Ligina) years from 1994 to 2007, Arema entered the advanced round seven times, including six times in the top 8 (1999/2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, and 2007). Despite its stable achievements, Arema was never free from financial problems. Almost every season, this problem haunted the club, leading to frequent organizational changes. In 2003, Arema experienced severe financial difficulties, which affected the team's performance. This led to the management of Arema being handed over to giant cigarette company Bentoel Group, which runs a factory near Malang, in the middle of the 2003 season. However, Arema still could not escape relegation to the Ligina's second-tier. That said, Bentoel financing helped Arema to bounce back and win promotion in 2004. After its return to the top league, Arema won Copa Indonesia, the knockout tournament for clubs, in 2005 and 2006 and Arema's U-18 team won the Soeratin Cup, the country's main youth tournament, in 2007. In 2006 and 2007, Arema and its coach Benny Dollo received awards from Tabloid Bola, Indonesia's leading sports publication, as the best team and best coach, respectively.

Indonesia Super League EraEdit

After another conflict in Indonesia's football league administration, the first Indonesia Super League competition, the 2008–09 edition, came about with Arema disappointingly finishing at 10th. Two months after the competition was over, on 3 August 2009 at Hotel Santika Malang, Bentoel Group sold Arema to a group of people, including fans, concerned about the club's performance and future.[3] The release was also a by-product of the sale of majority shares owned by Bentoel Group in the Bentoel cigarette operations to multinational British American Tobacco (BAT) that had no intent to finance a local football club in Indonesia. Before that, there was a discourse of merging Arema with Persema Malang, but supporters objected this plan. In the 2009-10 season of ISL, Arema, which was coached by Dutchman Robert Alberts, won the title. Arema has a knack of coming back strong after taking a hit, which endears it to its loyal band of supporters who accompany the team wherever they go.

Dualism Era (2011-2014)Edit

Indonesian football experienced its worst spell of management after Arema's 2010 victory with a schism within the country's football management. PSSI in 2011 endorsed a newly founded company Liga Primer Indonesia (LPI) to rebrand LSI and launch Liga Prima Indonesia (IPL) as its direct replacement. However, LSI administrators rebelled against this move and continued the LSI series. Arema was also divided into two separate entity, Arema Indonesia in IPL and Arema FC in LSI.[4]

Arema Indonesia founders claimed they had been given permission from Lucky Acub Zaenal, the son of Acub Zaenal, the co-founder of Arema Indonesia football club. Meanwhile, Aremania fans rejected this, leading to the formation of Arema Cronus, which eventually became Arema FC. [5]

Post Dualism EraEdit

The dualism ended in 2014 with the PSSI taking over the rebellious group that held onto the LSI series. FIFA also intervened and punished Indonesia for its poor management, leading to a competition vacuum in 2015. During the break, the Arema factions merged and agreed to use the name Arema Cronus for the resumption of LSI in 2016. For the 2017 season, the club changed its name again from Arema Cronus to Arema Football Club amid Aremania fan protest.[6]

Kit suppliersEdit

Years Kits
1995–1998   Adidas
1999–2000   Reebok
2001   Nike
2007–2009   Puma
2009–2010   Diadora
2010–2011   Lotto
2011   Axl
2012–2013   Ultras
2013–2014   Joma
2015–2018   Specs
2019   Munich
2019–   SEA (Made by club)


Crest and coloursEdit

The famous nickname for Arema FC is Singo Edan (The Mad Lions), in line with the lion symbol and spirited nature of its Aremania fans. There have been several color changes throughout Arema's turbulent history but the official colors now are blue and red.


The complete sponsors are as follow


Supporters and rivalriesEdit


Arema supporters are known as Aremania and Aremanita. After the Liga Indonesia began in 1997, Aremania emerged as a support group with an aggressive reputation nationwide.[10]


Aremania have a very strong rivalry with supporters of Persebaya Surabaya, who are known as Bonek and the games between the two sides, known as the Super East Java Derby, often escalate into violence.[11][12]


Current squadEdit

As of 21 March 2021[13]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   IDN Utam Rusdiana
5 DF   IDN Bagas Adi
6 DF   IDN Ikhfanul Alam
10 FW   IDN Muhammad Rafli
11 MF   IDN Feby Eka Putra (on loan from Persija Jakarta)
12 MF   IDN Rizky Dwi Febrianto
14 MF   IDN Jayus Hariono
16 MF   IDN Ridwan Tawainella
17 DF   IDN Sandy Ferizal
19 MF   IDN Hanif Sjahbandi
21 DF   IDN Aji Saka
23 GK   IDN Teguh Amiruddin
24 MF   IDN Ricga Tri Febiyan
No. Pos. Nation Player
27 FW   IDN Dedik Setiawan
28 DF   IDN Seiya Da Costa
31 GK   IDN Andriyas Francisco
33 DF   IDN Didik Ariyanto
41 MF   IDN Dendi Santoso (vice-captain)
44 DF   IDN Ikhwan Ciptady
77 FW   IDN Wiga Brillian
87 DF   IDN Johan Alfarizi (captain)
88 MF   IDN Vikrian Akbar
92 MF   IDN Dave Mustaine
96 GK   IDN Kartika Ajie
99 FW   IDN Kushedya Hari Yudo

Out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
15 DF   IDN Alfin Tuasalamony (at Madura United)
77 MF   IDN Pandi Lestaluhu (at Mitra Kukar)

Reserves and academyEdit

Retired numbersEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
47 GK   IDN Achmad Kurniawan (posthumous honour)[14]

Club officialsEdit

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head Coach   Eduardo Almeida
Assistant Coach   Kuncoro
Assistant Coach   Singgih Pitono
Assistant Coach   Siswantoro
Goalkeeper Coach   Felipe Americo
Fitness Coach Vacant


Position Name
President Director   Agoes Soerjanto
General manager   Ruddy Widodo
Business Manager   Muhammad Yusrinal
Legal Manager   Eko Prasetyo
International Relations Manager   Fuad Ardiansyah
Media Officer   Sudarmadji

Head Coach historyEdit

Head Coach by years (1987–present)

Years Name
1987–1989   Sinyo Aliandoe
1989–1992   Andi M. Teguh
1992–1993   M Basri
1993–1994   Gusnul Yakin
1994–1995   Halilintar Gunawan
1995–1996   Gusnul Yakin
1996–1997   Suharno
1997–1998   Gusnul Yakin
1998   Hamid Asnan
1998–1999   Winarto
2000   M Basri
2001–2002   Daniel Roekito
2003   Gusnul Yakin
2003   Terry Wetton
2003   Henk Wullems
2004–2006   Benny Dollo
2006–2007   Miroslav Janů
2008 (5-month)   Bambang Nurdiansyah
2008–2009   Gusnul Yakin
2009–2010   Robert Alberts
2010–2011   Miroslav Janů
2011–2012 (2-month)   Milomir Šešlija (IPL)
2011–2012 (5-month)   Dejan Antonić (IPL)
2011   Wolfgang Pikal (ISL)
2011   Joko Susilo (ISL)
2012   Suharno (ISL)
2012–2013   Rahmad Darmawan
2013–2015   Suharno
2015–2016   Joko Susilo
2016   Milomir Šešlija
2016–2017   Aji Santoso
2017–2018   Joko Susilo
2018   Milan Petrović
2019   Milomir Šešlija
2020   Mario Gómez
2020–2021   Carlos Oliviera
2021–   Eduardo Almeida

Season-by-season recordsEdit

Season League/Division Tms. Pos. Piala Indonesia AFC competition(s)
1994–95 Premier Division 34 6 in East Div.
1995–96 31 12 in East Div.
1996–97 33 Second round
1997–98 31 Did not finish
1998–99 28 3 in Central Div.
1999–00 28 Second round
2001 28 Second round
2002 24 Second round
2003 20 17th
2004 First Division 22 1
2005 Premier Division 28 Second round Champions
2006 28 Second round Champions AFC Champions League Group stage
2007–08 36 Second round AFC Champions League Group stage
2008–09 Indonesia Super League 18 10 First round
2009–10 18 1 Runner-up
2010–11 18 2 AFC Champions League Group stage
2011–12 18 12 Quarter-finals AFC Cup Quarter-final
2013 18 2
2014 22 Semi-finals AFC Cup Round of 16
2015 18 Did not finish
2016 Indonesia Soccer Championship A 18 2
2017 Liga 1 18 9
2018 18 6 Ongoing (Continue on 2019)
2019 18 9 Round of 16
2020 18 Did not finish
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league


National LeagueEdit

National CupEdit

  • Piala Galatama
    • Runners-up (1): 1992

National TournamentEdit

  • Piala Gubernur Jatim
    • Winners (1): 2013
    • Runners-up (1): 2008
  • Piala Menpora
    • Winners (1): 2013


  • Trofeo Persija
    • Winners (2): 2013, 2015
  • Piala SCM
    • Winners (1): 2015
  • Bali Island Cup
    • Winners (2): 2015, 2016
  • Bhayangkara Cup
    • Winners (2): 2016, 2017

AFC (Asian competitions)Edit

Performances in AFC club competitionsEdit

Season Competition Round Nat Club Home Away Aggregate
1993–94 Asian Club Championship Preliminary round   Quang Nam (Da Nang) 1–0 1–2 3–1
First round   Thai Farmers Bank 2–2 4–1 3–6
2007 AFC Champions League Group F   Kawasaki Frontale 1–3 3–0 3rd
  Chunnam Dragons 0–1 2–0
  Bangkok University 1–0 0–0
2011 AFC Champions League Group G   Cerezo Osaka 0–4 2–1 4th
  Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors 0–4 6–0
  Shandong Luneng 1–1 5–0
2012 AFC Cup Group H   Ayeyawady United 1–1 0–3 2nd
  Navibank Sài Gòn 6–2 3–1
  Kelantan 1–3 3–0
Round of 16   Kitchee
Quarter-final   Al-Ettifaq 0–2 2–0 0–4
2014 AFC Cup Group F   Selangor 1–0 1–1 2nd
  Hà Nội T&T 1–3 2–1
  Maziya 3–2 1–3
Round of 16   Kitchee

AFC clubs rankingEdit

As of 7 April 2019.[15]
Current Rank Country Team
69   Nagoya Grampus
70   Arema
71   Al-Nasr Dubai
72   Churchill Brothers


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