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Jakarta Post

Aremania, taming unruly fans

  • Wahyoe Boediwardhana

    The Jakarta Post

Malang, East Java   /   Thu, January 28 2010   /  11:30 am

JP/ Wahyoe BoediwardhanaMighty-heart fans: Supporters of Arema Malang soccer club, who call themselves as Aremania, sing on the street in Malang to raise funds for the cast-strapped club. JP/ Wahyoe BoediwardhanaBy the end of last year, Yuli Sugianto and 10 of his friends were singing around the streets of Malang, East Java. Starting from Kota Baru Station, they continued around the town square and the Arjosari bus terminal before they ended up in front of city hall. The supporters of Arema soccer club, who call themselves Aremania, were also beating a bass drum while singing. Several others carried a banner that read “Save Arema”, while the rest were holding out boxes to motorists who extended money in return.Their fundraising was part of the “Rp 10,000 Movement from Aremania for Arema”, an effort to help the soccer club management out of financial difficulty.Yes, Aremania is di...