Arema F.C.

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Arema Football Club is an Indonesian professional football club based in Malang, East Java, that 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 CoachCarlos Oliviera
LeagueLiga 1
2019Liga 1, 9th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Active departments of
Arema FC

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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


Arema's name during the KingdomEdit

The name Arema is a Malang legend. It was Kidung Harsawijaya who first recorded the name, which is the story of Patih Kebo Arema when Singosari was ruled by Kertanegara. Kebo Arema's achievements were brilliant. He broke the revolt of Kelana Bhayangkara as written in the Song of Panji Wijayakrama until all the rebels were crushed like leaves eaten by caterpillars. Likewise the Cayaraja rebellion as written in the Book of Negarakertagama. Kebo Arema also became an expansionary political buffer Kertanegara. Together with Mahisa Anengah, Kebo Arema conquered Pamalayu Kingdom centered on Jambi. Then can master the Malacca Strait. The heroic history of Kebo Arema has indeed sunk. History books only record Kertanegara as the biggest king Singosari, whose administrative center is near Malang City.

In the '80sEdit

Until finally in the 1980s the name Arema reappeared. Do not know exactly, whether the name traces the greatness of Kebo Arema. To be sure, Arema is a pointer to a community from Malang. Arema is an acronym of Arek Malang. Arema then transformed into a kind of "subculture" with identity, symbols and characters for the people of Malang. It is believed, Arek Malang built its reputation and existence through rock music and sports. Aside from boxing, soccer is sport which is a way for poor arek to show his reputation. So the birth of the Arema soccer team is a necessity.

Arema Football Club (Arema Football Association, its official name) was born on 11 August 1987, with a passion for developing football in Malang. At that time, another Malang team Persema Malang was like a magnet for Arek Malang. Gajayana Stadium – the home base of the government club – was always crowded with spectators. Where was Arema at that time? To be sure, the club has not manifested itself as a football community. He is still a "utopia".

Is Acub Zaenal former Governor Irian Jaya 3rd and former management of the PSSI period of the 80s who first contributed to the thought of forming a club Galatama in Malang after previously building the club Perkesa 78 with Dirk "Derek" Sutrisno (Alm), founder of the Armada '86 club.

Thanks to the good relations between Dirk and sports journalists in Malang, especially soccer, SIWO PWI Malang proposed holding a seminar to see "Is it time for Malang City to have a Galatama club?" The idea was approved. From there SIWO, which was then managed by Drs. Heruyogi (Chair) and Drs. Bambang Bes (Secretary of SIWO) held a seminar at the Journalists' Center Jl. Raya Langsep Malang City. The theme is "Galatama Club and Malang City". The resource persons presented included; Mr. Acub Zainal (Administrator Galatama), Chairperson of East Java PSSI Regional Office, Malang City PSSI Regional Committee, and Dr. Ubud Salim, MA. The event was opened by Mr. Malang Mayor Tom Uripan (Alm). The results of the seminar recommended that: Malang is considered to have a professional Galatama club.

Admittedly, the beginning of Arema's establishment cannot be separated from the great role of Mr. Derek, voter of the local Armada '86 club. Until the name of this club was originally Aremada, which is a combination of Armada and Arema. While Arema is the name of the community of Malang citizens. But a few months later the name Aremada was changed to Arema '86. Unfortunately, Pak Derek's efforts to maintain the Galatama Arema '86 club encountered many obstacles, even the team which was expected to be able to take part in the Galatama VIII scene began to be squeezed by financial difficulties.

From here, Acub Zaenal took over and tried to save Arema '86 to survive. After being taken over, the name Arema '86 was finally changed to Arema Indonesia and was also designated as a Galatama participating club. Arema Indonesia was inaugurated on 11 August 1987 according to notary deed Pramu Haryono SH No. 58. The stipulation on 11 August 1987, like water flowing just like that, was not based on a specific determination.

Because of its establishment in August, then the symbol Singo (Lion) appeared. That is, the month of August according to the horoscope is identical to the Zodiac Leo or Singo.

Galatama EraEdit

At the beginning of Arema's participation in the Galatama Competition, the guerrilla search for players took place one month before Arema was officially established. The players who were recruited in the first athap included Maryanto (ex Persema), Jonathan (Satria Malang club), Kusnadi Kamaludin (Armada), Mahdi Haris (Arseto), Jamrawi and Yohanes Geohera (Mitra Surabaya), to goalkeeper Dony Latupeirisa who was then undergoing PSSI suspension. A quality trainer Sinyo Aliandoe also joined. Then an obstacle arises, the player mess. But fortunately, Abdul Rachman Saleh Airport assisted and provided a [Paskhas] [Bar] military barracks TNI AU to accommodate players. Besides barracks, Abdurrahman Saleh Pagas field was also used as a training ground. Practically Maryanto et al. accommodated in barracks. TNI-AU contributed greatly to the founding of Arema.

Again, the problem of funding problems, the main problem that will continue to convolute Arema. After returning from Jakarta, Acub Zaenal agreed to become a funder. Arema's achievements can be considered ups and downs, although it never inhabited the bottom of the board standings. In every Galatama season, Arema has never been constant in the top flight. Nevertheless, in 1992 Arema won the Galatama competition. At that time, the players included, among others Aji Santoso, Mecky Tata, Singgih Pitono, Jamrawi, Jonathan, with coach M Basri, PSSI national team coach. The Arema club is able to realize the dream of the people of Malang City to become elite champions in Indonesia.

Ligina EraEdit

Since joining the Indonesian League, Arema has entered the second round seven times. Once in the last 12 rounds (1996/1997) and six times in the top 8 (1999/2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007). Despite his good achievements, Arema has never been free from financial problems. Almost every season, this problem is always haunting, so it's not surprising that almost every season, club management always 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 Bentoel (PT Bentoel International Tbk) in the middle of the 2003 season. However, in the end Arema was relegated to Division I. Since being improved under PT Bentoel, Arema's achievements have risen. back; won Division 1 in 2004, then won Copa Indonesia in 2005 and 2006, Arema U-18 won the Soeratin Cup in 2007. In 2006 and 2007 Arema and Benny Dollo received awards from the Tabloid Bola as a team and the best coach.

Indonesia Super League EraEdit

In the 1st [Indonesia Super League] Competition 2008 – 2009 Arema ranked 10th. Two months After the competition was over, on 3 August 2009 at Hotel Santika Malang the owner of the Arema club, PT Bentoel Investama, Tbk released Arema to a group of people concerned about Arema (consortium).[3] The release of this Arema is the result of the majority selling shares owned by PT Bentoel to British American Tobacco (BAT). Before that there was a discourse to combine Arema with Persema Malang, but Aremania did not approve of the discourse.

In the 2009/2010 season, Arema, which was supported by Robert Alberts, won the title of Indonesian Super League and Runner-up.

Dualism EraEdit

2011 due to dispute between newly founded Liga Primer Indonesia (LPI) and re-branded Liga Prima Indonesia (IPL) direct replacement to Liga Super Indonesia, the country top-tier league. Arema also divided into two separate entity, Arema Indonesia in IPL and Arema FC in LPI.[4]

Arema Indonesia claimed they had been given permission from Lucky Acub Zaenal, the co founder of Arema since 1987 meanwhile, Arema Cronus later Arema FC said that they are supported by the fans, Aremania.[5]

Post Dualism EraEdit

In 2015, Arema Indonesia changed names to Arema Cronus.

In 2017 season, the club changed its name from Arema Cronus to Arema Football Club due to the protest of many supporters.[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), since a long time ago the lion was an icon of the city of Malang. There have been several color changes from Arema FC, but the official colors of the FC Arema club 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 supporting Arema football clubs.[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 escalates into violence.[11][12]


Current squadEdit

As of 4 November 2020[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
4 DF   IDN Syaiful Indra Cahya
5 DF   IDN Bagas Adi
7 MF   IDN Rizky Dwi Febrianto
8 MF   BRA Bruno Smith
10 FW   IDN Muhammad Rafli
11 MF   IDN Feby Eka Putra (on loan from Persija Jakarta)
12 MF   IDN Hendro Siswanto (captain)
14 MF   IDN Jayus Hariono
16 MF   IDN Ridwan Tawainella
19 MF   IDN Hanif Sjahbandi
21 DF   IDN Aji Saka
23 GK   IDN Teguh Amiruddin
No. Pos. Nation Player
26 DF   IDN Taufik Hidayat
27 FW   IDN Dedik Setiawan
31 GK   IDN Andriyas Francisco
41 MF   IDN Dendi Santoso (3rd captain)
44 DF   IDN Nur Diansyah
56 FW   IDN Titan Agung
87 DF   IDN Johan Alfarizi (2nd captain)
88 MF   IDN Vikrian Akbar
92 MF   IDN Dave Mustaine
95 DF   BRA Caio Ruan
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 until 31 December 2020)
42 DF   IDN Ganjar Mukti (at Persiraja Banda Aceh until 31 December 2020)
77 MF   IDN Pandi Lestaluhu (at Mitra Kukar until 31 December 2020)

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   Carlos Oliviera
Assistant Coach   Charis Yulianto
Assistant Coach   Kuncoro
Assistant Coach   Singgih Pitono
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–   Carlos Oliviera

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
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league


Domestic competitionsEdit


  • Piala Gubernur Jatim
    • Winners (1): 2013
    • Runners-up (1): 2008
  • Trofeo Persija
    • Winners (2): 2013, 2015
  • Piala SCM
    • Winners (1): 2015
  • Piala Menpora
    • Winners (1): 2013
  • 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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