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2020/2021 Season

11 Bhayangkara 0 3 0 3
12 Arema 1 0 2 3
13 Persik Kedir 0 2 1 2
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 By John Duerden

Michael Essien, Carlton Cole fail to inspire Persib win in Indonesia debuts

Michael Essien warming up at Persib Bandung
Michael Essien, centre, showed glimpses of his Chelsea best but wasn't able to inspire the Blues of Persib to victory.

The Indonesian League kicked off over the weekend, and it was another important step for the country after the year-long FIFA ban that ended last May. Fans are tired of talking about football politics, and with Persib Bandung signing Michael Essien and Carlton Cole, there was significant attention where there should be -- on the pitch.

And that was surrounded by almost 35,000 fans at the Gelora Bandung Lautan Api Stadium as Persib welcomed Arema on Saturday night. It would not be fair to claim that...

 By Jason Dasey

Inspired by Cruyff, coach Robert Alberts waits and hopes for Indonesia

Sarawak coach Robert Alberts
Robert Alberts was Sarawak coach last season and was on a three-man shortlist for the Malaysia national job.

KUALA LUMPUR -- With Ajax connections to the late Johan Cruyff and Louis van Gaal, Robert Alberts is probably Southeast Asia's best-known Dutch coach, having won titles in three different nations. But Indonesia's ongoing ban from FIFA has limited the 61-year-old's job prospects.

Alberts, who led Arema FC to the 2010 Indonesian title, has been out of work since parting ways with Malaysia Super League club Sarawak last July, narrowly missing out on getting the Malaysian national job in January. Three...