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The popularity of the Indonesian national football team has never been so high. Even though it failed to win in a recent championship held every two years, praise and sympathy from the fans continues to pour in. Some politicians even used this fame for their own interests. However, the success of the Garuda Team should be seen in the light of the work done by coach Alfred Riedl, whose ability was once questioned.
This year, various regions are holding badminton tournaments, such as the National Circuit, which spans nine months from February to October. This week, the five-day Bankaltim Indonesia Open Grandprix takes place in Samarinda. Such events serve as a means to seek out new, potential athletes from badminton clubs all over Indonesia who train their players seriously and systematically.
An accumulation of concern over and hope for Indonesian soccer achievements emerged during the National Soccer Congress in Malang on March 30-31. After a series of matches that ended in embarrassment to our national team, stakeholders deemed it necessary to conduct immediate reordering, including a total reform of the Indonesian Football Association. The fact is that Indonesia has not yet found the right formula to build a national team capable of bringing the country world fame.