Indonesia national football team


January 20, 2022

The Indonesian national football team is the national team that represents Indonesia in senior men's international football. The team is controlled by the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI), which is a member of FIFA as well as a member of the Asian Football Confederation. This team is considered by FIFA as the successor to the Dutch East Indies. Indonesia has appeared in the FIFA World Cup, namely in 1938 when it was named the Dutch East Indies. They lost their first match against Hungary. At the regional level, Indonesia has appeared four times in the AFC Asian Cup. However, Indonesia has never progressed from the group stage. At the Southeast Asian level, Indonesia has appeared in various editions of the AFF Championship, with the best achievement being second place in six editions.


Initial period

In the early matches, involving parties from the Dutch East Indies, they were organized by the Nederlandsch Indische Voetbal Bond (NIVB), or its successor, the Nederlandsch Indische Voetbal Unie (NIVU). The matches held before Indonesian independence in 1945 were not recognized by PSSI. The first recorded football match involving a team from the Dutch East Indies was the contest against Singapore on 28 March 1921. The match was held in Jakarta and Indonesia won with a final score of 1–0 . This was followed by matches against Australia XI in August 1928 (won 2–1) and 1 team from Shanghai 2 years later (draw 4–4). In 1934, 1 team from Java represented the Dutch East Indies in the Far Eastern Games played in Manila , Philippines. After beating Japan 7–1 in the first match, the next 2 matches ended in 0–2 defeats to China and 2–3 to the home team placing the Java national team in 2nd place. Although not recognized by PSSI, this match was recognized by World Football Elo ratings as the first match involving the Indonesian national team.

1938 FIFA World Cup

Indonesia in 1938 (during the Dutch colonial period) had escaped and competed in the 1938 FIFA World Cup. At that time the Indonesian team under the name Dutch East Indies (Dutch East Indies), participants from Asia were the first to qualify for the World Cup. Indonesia appeared to represent the Asian zone in qualifying group 12. The Asian qualifying group for the 1938 FIFA World Cup only consisted of 2 countries, the Dutch East Indies and Japan. Indonesia finally qualified for the 1938 World Cup final without having to kick the ball after Japan withdrew from the qualifying round because it was at war with China. At that time this team wore orange uniforms and white pants like the colors of the uniforms worn by the Dutch teams.

1938 World Cup Squad

Coach: Johannes Christoffel Jan Mastenbroek.

Match against Hungary

On June 5, 1938, history recorded the massacre of the Hungarian team against the Dutch East Indies. They played at the Velodrome Municipale Stadium, Reims, France. Around 10,000 spectators came to watch this match. Before competing, the players listen to their respective national anthems. The Dutch East Indies team listens to the Dutch national anthem Het Wilhelmus. Because of the stark height difference, the mayor of Reims called it, "I saw 22 Hungarian athletes surrounded by 11 dwarves." In the 13th minute, the net in Mo Heng's goal shook by Hungarian striker Vilmos Kohut's shot. Then the rain of goals took place in the 15th, 28th and 35th minutes. The first half ended 4–0. The fate of the Dutch East Indies team ended in the second half, with the final score 0–6. At that time the World Cup used a knockout system. The local newspaper, Sin Po, gave its appreciation for their publication, June 7, 1938 edition by presenting the headline: "Indonesia-Hongarije 0-6, Lost Sasoedahnja Kasi Perlawanan Gah".


After Indonesia proclaimed their independence on 17 August 1945, the Indonesian national team successfully qualified for the Melbourne Olympics

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