Bambang Pamungkas

Bambang Pamungkas (born 10 June 1980), also known as Bepe, is a retired Indonesian professional footballer who predominately played for Persija Jakarta and the Indonesia national football team. His natural position is striker. Bambang made his name in South East Asian football when he scored the only goal for Indonesia at the 2002 Tiger Cup semifinal against Malaysia,[2] and was the tournament's top scorer with eight goals.[3]

Bambang Pamungkas
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Bambang in 2018
Personal information
Full name Bambang Pamungkas
Date of birth (1980-06-10) 10 June 1980 (age 41)
Place of birth Semarang, Indonesia[1]
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
1988–1989 SSB Hobby Sepakbola Getas
1989–1993 SSB Ungaran Serasi
1993–1994 Persada Utama Ungaran
1994–1996 Persikas Semarang Regency
1996–1999 Diklat Salatiga
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2005 Persija Jakarta 126 (80)
2000EHC Norad (loan) 11 (7)
2005–2007 Selangor FA 63 (42)
2007–2013 Persija Jakarta 149 (73)
2014 Pelita Bandung Raya 24 (10)
2015–2019 Persija Jakarta 77 (10)
Total 450 (222)
National team
1999–2012 Indonesia 86 (38)
Teams managed
2020–2021 Persija Jakarta (Manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 December 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 March 2013

Bambang is considered to be an outstanding header of the ball, and has a reputation for sharpness in the penalty box. He is Indonesia's record holder in terms of both appearances and goalscoring, earning 86 caps and 38 goals[4] with the Indonesia national team,[5] and is perhaps the team's most popular player among its supporters.[6] He was considered one of top ten Asian players of 2012 by ESPN Soccernet.[7]

Club careerEdit

Bambang played for several clubs around his hometown as a youth, before beginning his senior career with Persija Jakarta. He was the club's top goalscorer in 1999–2000 Liga Indonesia with 24 goals. In 2000, he joined EHC Norad in the Dutch Third Division. But after only 4 months he returned to Persija, the only Indonesian club he ever played for.

Bambang helped his club to win the Liga Indonesia in 2001, and he was awarded the accolade of that season's best player. Persija Jakarta narrowly missed out on winning the championship again in 2004 by one point. The following season Persija reached the 2005 final, but lost 2–3 to Persipura Jayapura.

Shortly afterwards Bambang accepted an offer to play in the Malaysian Football League with Selangor FA, along with national teammate Elie Aiboy. In his first season in Malaysia he won the Premier League Malaysia, FA Cup Malaysia, and Malaysia Cup, and became the league's top-scorer with 23 goals in 24 matches. During two seasons in Malaysia he scored 63 goals in four competitions: Malaysia Premier League, Malaysia Super League, FA Cup Malaysia, Malaysia Cup, AFC Cup. Despite having scored a total of 178 goals in Liga Indonesia, like Singaporean forward Indra Sahdan Daud, Bambang lost his place in the nation team to foreign-born talent.

In 2008, despite interests from English club Derby County, he opted to stay in Indonesia.[8]

In 2010, he had a trial at FC Ingolstadt 04, but failed to secure a contract.[9]

On 9 December 2013, he signed a one-year contract with Pelita Bandung Raya.

On 3 December 2014, he moved back to Persija Jakarta.[10][11]

On 17 December 2019, he announce his retirement from professional football after 19 years of career. His last game was a 1–3 victory of Persija Jakarta to Kalteng Putra F.C. in the Tuah Pahoe Stadium. On 17 January 2020, a month after Bambang announce his retirement, he was chosen to become the manager of Persija Jakarta

International careerEdit

In 1998 Bambang's international career began when he was selected to play for the Indonesian youth team; his tally of seven goals in the Asian Cup U-19 Group V made him the competition's top scorer. He made his senior international debut the following year in a friendly match against Lithuania, in which he scored one goal.[12] His total of 38 goals for his country make him the national team's highest-ever goalscorer.

Bambang has taken part in four FIFA World Cup qualification campaigns (2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014), playing in 14 matches and scoring 3 times.[13] Bambang has also been involved in three AFC Asian Cups: 2000, 2004 and 2007. He scored a goal against Bahrain in the 2007 AFC Asian Cup, in a match Indonesia won 2–1.[14]

In the 2002 Tiger Cup, Bambang was the top scorer with 8 goals, but an injury ruled him out of the Indonesian squad for the 2004 event. He scored twice in the 2008 AFF Suzuki Cup, once against Myanmar and once against Cambodia. In 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup Bambang scored two goals in a match against Thailand, both from penalty kicks.[15] He has scored a total of 12 goals in the ASEAN Football Championship, making him the 5th-highest goalscorer in ASEAN Football Championship history.

ControversyEdit

On 18 December 2011, following the match between Sriwijaya and Persija Jakarta, Bambang, Ismed Sofyan and Leo Saputra were involved in an assault on Hilton Moreira at his hotel, allegedly provoked by Hilton's behaviour during the match.[16]

Bambang is one of the leading advocates for player welfare and rights in Indonesia.[17]

Personal lifeEdit

Bambang is married to Tribuana Tungga Dewi, with whom he has three daughters: Salsa Alicia, Jane Abel, Syaura Abana. The second youngest of 7 children. he initially had no thoughts of becoming a footballer. He likes reading and cooking, and has ambitions to become a teacher or a chef once his footballing career is over.[18]

Bambang devotes some of his free time to charity work, promoting the Bambang Pamungkas Foundation that he set up to provide financial assistance and resources to schools in Indonesia. He is also involved in raising funds for children's cancer charities.[6]

Public figureEdit

As a well-known public figure, Bambang has appeared in many product endorsements, including for Biskuat, Ti Phone, Nike, Bodrex, and Kuku Bima.

Bambang has written a book in Bahasa Indonesia, Ketika Jemariku Menari, relating his life, his career, and his teammates at club and national level, especially during the AFF 2010 campaign. Former Indonesia national team manager Ivan Venkov Kolev comments in the book that Bambang is "One of rare striker in Indonesia. Commitment and professionalism are hallmarks of rare skill players in Indonesia".[19]

Summer OlympicsEdit

Bambang has been chosen as a torch bearer for 2012 Summer Olympics flame passage through Calderdale on 24 June 2012.[20]

Career statisticsEdit

InternationalEdit

Indonesia national team
Year Apps Goals
1999 10 7
2000 1 0
2001 5 2
2002 7 8
2003 0 0
2004 10 1
2005 0 0
2006 3 1
2007 10 4
2008 12 7
2009 5 1
2010 13 3
2011 7 3
2012 3 1
Total 86 38

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Indonesia's goal tally first.[21][22]
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 2 June 1999 Valga Keskstaadion, Valga, Estonia 1   Lithuania 2–2 2–2 Friendly
2 2 August 1999 Berakas Sports Complex, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei 3   Malaysia 3–0 6–0 1999 SEA Games
3 4–0
4 30 October 1999 Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh, Cambodia 8   Cambodia 2–0 5–1 2000 AFC Asian Cup qualification
5 14 November 1999 Senayan Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia 9   Hong Kong 3–1 3–1
6 20 November 1999 Senayan Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia 10   Cambodia 6–1 9–2
7 7–2
8 8 April 2001 Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia 12   Maldives 5–0 5–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
9 29 April 2001 Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia 14   Cambodia 2–0 2–0
10 17 December 2002 Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia 19   Cambodia 2–2 4–2 2002 Tiger Cup
11 3–2
12 4–2
13 23 December 2002 Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia 21   Philippines 1–0 13–1
14 4–0
15 5–0
16 12–1
17 27 December 2002 Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia 22   Malaysia 1–0 1–0
18 12 February 2004 Amman International Stadium, Amman, Jordan 24   Jordan 1–0 1–2 Friendly
19 23 August 2006 Shah Alam Stadium, Shah Alam, Malaysia 34   Malaysia 1–0 1–1 2006 Merdeka Tournament
20 1 June 2007 Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia 40   Hong Kong 2–0 3–0 Friendly
21 21 June 2007 Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia 41   Jamaica 1–0 2–1
22 2–1
23 10 July 2007 Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia 43   Bahrain 2–1 2–1 2007 AFC Asian Cup
24 25 April 2008 Siliwangi Stadium, Bandung, Indonesia 47   Yemen 1–0 1–0 Friendly
25 6 June 2008 Gelora 10 November Stadium, Surabaya, Indonesia 48   Malaysia 1–0 1–1
26 11 June 2008 Gelora 10 November Stadium, Surabaya, Indonesia 49   Vietnam 1–0 1–0
27 21 August 2008 Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia 50   Cambodia 7–0 7–0 2008 Indonesia Independence Cup
28 25 August 2008 Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia 51   Myanmar 4–0 4–0
29 5 December 2008 Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia 54   Myanmar 3–0 3–0 2008 AFF Suzuki Cup
30 7 December 2008 Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia 55   Cambodia 4–0 4–0
31 14 November 2009 Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, Kuwait City, Kuwait 62   Kuwait 1–0 1–2 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification
32 21 November 2009 Gelora Sriwijaya Stadium, Palembang, Indonesia 68   Timor-Leste 5–0 6–0 Friendly
33 7 December 2010 Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia 72   Thailand 1–1 2–1 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup
34 2–1
35 22 August 2011 Manahan Stadium, Surakarta, Indonesia 77   Palestine 3–1 4–1 Friendly
36 4–1
37 15 November 2011 Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia 83   Iran 1–3 1–4 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
38 14 November 2012 Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia 84   Timor-Leste 1–0 1–0 Friendly

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