Persatuan Sepakbola Mitra Kutai Kartanegara (simply known as a PS Mitra Kukar or Mitra Kukar) is an Indonesian association football club based in Tenggarong, Kutai Kartanegara, East Kalimantan. They currently compete in the Liga 3.
|Full name||Persatuan Sepakbola Mitra Kutai Kartanegara|
|Nickname(s)||Si Naga Mekes|
(The Fierce Dragon)
|Founded||1979 (as NIAC Mitra)|
1993 (as Mitra Surabaya)
|Dissolved||24 September 1990 (NIAC Mitra)|
|Ground||Aji Imbut Stadium|
|Owner||PT Kutai Kartanegara Sport Mandiri|
|2021||Liga 2/1st round (Group D), 6th (relegated)|
This club was founded in 1979 as NIAC Mitra. NIAC stood for New International Amusement Center, a major casino in Surabaya during the 1970s. In 1983, the team played a friendly match against Arsenal F.C., winning by 2–0. NIAC was dissolved by its owner, Alexander Wenas, on 24 September 1990.
The club was revived under the name of Mitra Surabaya in 1993. After relegation to the First Division, the club moved to Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan and were renamed Mitra Kalteng Putra (MKP) in 1999. At the end of 2001 season, the club was relegated to the Second Division. Financial problems led the club to be loaned to Suryanto Anwar, after which they moved again, to Tenggarong, Kutai Kartanegara, East Kalimantan, where they received its current name. The new ownership had a great impact. At the end of the 2003 season, Mitra Kukar were promoted to the First Division. In the 2005 season, the new owner fully bought Mitra Kukar. By the end of 2007 season, Mitra Kukar succeeded to be promoted to the Premier Division, after finishing first in the First Division. In the 2010–11 Premier Division, Mitra Kukar was promoted to the Indonesia Super League after finishing third in the final round.
Shirt sponsors edit
- Bank Kaltim
Other sponsors edit
- PT. Beton Kaltim
- Kaltim Post
Kit provider edit
As NIAC Mitra edit
- Champions (3): 1980–82, 1982–83, 1987–88
- Runners-up: 1988–89
- Aga Khan Gold Cup[note 1]
- Champions: 1979
As Mitra Kukar edit
- General Sudirman Cup
- Champions: 2015
Performance in AFC competitions edit
Performance as NIAC Mitra:
|1988–89||Asian Club Championship||Qualifying round||Bandarban||1–3||–|
|Royal Thai Air Force||–||2–1|
Coaching staff edit
|Head coach||Asep Suryadi|
|Assistant coach||Hagi Permana|
|Fitness coach||Jamal Abeta|
|Goalkeeper coach||Joice Sorongan|
- The competition is widely regarded as the predecessor of AFC Champions League (held for the first time in 1967), since it was the first organized international competition that involved club teams around Asia, organized by the football authorities of East Pakistan, in collaboration with Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
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