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Persib Marks Its 77th Birthday with Victory

Journal | Sunday, 14 March 2010 | sundanesecorner.org

The Logo of Persib

The Logo of Persib

With my wife and son sitting on the carpet, I watched Persib versus Arema on television at our house this evening. We were very happy for our beloved soccer team, Persib, finally became the champion.

It was a proper decision of coach Jaya Hartono when in the second round Budi Sudarsono shifted the position of Gilang Angga Kusumah whose energy and accuracy finally looked like decreased. Budi soon kicked the ball to the front line, and got a corner kick. At this very moment Christian Gonzalez found a goal with his head. The score was 1 : 0 for Persib.

Arema is a strong contender for Persib. Yet Persib has a very good goalkeeper: Markus Horison. Had it not been strengthen by the “Indonesian best goalkeeper”, Persib would lose the match. On the other hand, the lack of optimal teamwork coordination in the front line had made Persib lost some pretty good chances in finding goal. Anyway, we hope that this triumph will encourage Persib to move further within this prestigious national competition.

Watching the competition of 2010 Indonesian Super League (LSI) at Si Jalak Harupat Stadium in Bandung, ten of thousands of members of Viking, the enthusiastic supporter of Persib, showed their cheerfulness. Some of them burned candlelight. Today is the 77th birthday of Maung Bandung (The Tiger of Bandung), which Persib supporters denominate the well-known soccer club.

Persib stands for Persatuan Sepakbola Indonesia Bandung (Indonesian Football Association of Bandung). It was founded in 1933 out of a fusion of two Bandung-based soccer clubs: Persatuan Sepakbola Indonesia Bandung (PSIB) and National Voetball Bond (NVB).

Wilujeng milang kala (happy birthday), dear Persib. Long live The Tiger of Bandung!

Hawé Setiawan

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