Indonesia And the World Cups

Posted on July 9th, 2010 at 9:53 am by Akhyari


As you might aware, Indonesia was the 1st Asian country to enter the World Cup stage which that time was held in France in 1938. Indonesia was still under Dutch colonization and named “Dutch-Indies”.

Dutch-Indies team in World Cup 1938 in France

Since then, Indonesia has never again entered the elite countries to be in World cup events.

Actually, in this World Cup 2010 in South Africa, some Indonesian descents will be playing in final game under the Netherlands’ flag. They are:

Giovanni Van Bronckhorst

John Heitinga

Robin Van Persie

Demy De Zeeuw

Actually, there are many more players in Europe with Indonesian blood, like Radja Nainggolan who is in Belgian national team, and Sergio van Dijk which playing in Oz league. I am informed that they are interested in playing for Indonesian national team. Indonesian Football Association should do more to explore and exploite its young potentials, and to re-enter world cup stage in years to come. List to do is no short.

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