Asia's Biggest Rivalries: Persib Bandung vs Persija Jakarta, Indonesia

Clashes between Indonesian club sides can be particularly heated. None more so than this match-up of two rivals that dates back more than 85 years.

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First Meeting:

December 3, 1933: VIJ/PERSIJA (Voetbalbond Indonesische Jacatra) vs BIVB/PERSIB (Bandoeng Inlandsche Voetbal Bond). VIJ won 4-0.

April 16, 1995: Persija 1 Persib 1 - Their first meeting after Indonesian launched an official professional league


Founded: 1933

Biggest achievements:

  • Indonesia Super League: Champions 2014
  • Liga Indonesia Premier Division: Champions 1994–95
  • Perserikatan: Champions (5): 1939, 1961, 1986, 1989–90, 1993–94

Key figures

Djajang Nurdjaman: He played for Persib from 1985 until 1995. His best moment came in the 1986 Perserikatan league final against Perseman Manokwari. He became a hero for the club when he scored the only goal in the 77th-minute. “That’s the moment that I will never forget in my entire life”, Djadjang has said since. Soon after he retired as a player, he became Persib manager in 2013 and the following season they won the Indonesia Super League title, ending a drought of 19 years. He also won the President’s Cup in 2015 when Indonesia football had been banned by FIFA.

Robby Darwis: Born and raised in Bandung, he would became a legend for Persib. He was the club’s best defender in the 80’s and 90’s. He won the Perserikatan league with Persib in 1986, 1989-1990 and 1993-94 and the Indonesian League in 1994/95, the first season that Indonesia held a professional football league. He also took part when Persib qualified for the Asian Champions League in 1995.

Djajang Nurdjaman was a key man for Persib during their heydays


Founded: 1928

Biggest achievements:

  • Perserikatan: Champions 1931, 1933, 1934, 1938, 1954, 1964, 1973, 1975, 1979
  • Liga Indonesia: Champions 2001

Key figures

Tan Liong Houw, also known as Latief Harris Tanoto: He was one of the earliest Chinese-Indonesian footballers in the country. Born in Surabaya on July 26, 1930, playmaker Tan Liong Houw helped Persija win the Perserikatan League trophy in 1954, beating PSMS Medan in the final.

Bambang Pamungkas: Bambang Pamungkas or Bepe is a Persija legend in the modern game. He scored 24 goals in his first season with Persija before moving to Dutch third division club EHC Norad. After his spell in Europe, he played with Selangor and Pelita Bandung Raya before returning to Persija. He was part of the squad that won the 2001 league title, the last such victory for Indonesia’s capital city club.

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