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Rahmad Darmawan: The coach behind victorious Sriwijaya FC

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 13 2008   /  01:34 am

RAHMAD DARMAWAN (JP/Khairul Saleh) After winning both the Indonesian Copa and Indonesian League championship trophies through Sriwijaya FC of Palembang, South Sumatra, early this year, Rahmad Darmawan deserves to be acknowledged as one of the country's most phenomenal soccer coaches. His success at leading Sriwijaya FC, also known as Laskar Wong Kito (Our People's Warriors), to win two prestigious championships in only one season is the first in Indonesian soccer history. Rahmad, 42, previously succeeded in garnering three trophies for two other soccer clubs, which saw him nominated as coach of the Indonesian national team. Rahmad's strength no only lies in his technical mastery and theory of soccer, but also in his understanding of sports psychology. "To succeed as a soccer coach, it is not as simple as demanding your players master basic soccer know...