The Netherlands Ready to Face Off Against Indonesian Football Team

Netherlands' Wesley Sneijder, right, celebrates with Giovanni van Bronckhorst after scoring in the 2010 World Cup match against Uruguay on July 6, 2010. (AFP Photo/Thomas Coex).

Netherlands’ Wesley Sneijder, right, celebrates with Giovanni van Bronckhorst after scoring in the 2010 World Cup match against Uruguay on July 6, 2010. (AFP Photo/Thomas Coex).

The Netherlands will play against the Indonesian football team in Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, on June 7.

The Royal Netherlands football association and its Indonesian counterpart signed the contract this week. The Netherlands team manager Louis van Gaal said, “We know that our national team and their players enjoy fantastic support in Indonesia and we are looking forward to bringing Oranje closer to these loyal fans.”

van Gaal added the historical bonds between the countries will make “this visit even more special.”

Jean Paul Decossaux, commercial director of Dutch football association KNVB (Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond), said, “We would like to share our know how and experience in football with Indonesia. Therefore a special program will be designed, which will help the Indonesian FA to develop their football knowledge and structure.”

CEO of Nine Sport, partner of the Indonesian FA, Arif Wicaksono, said, “We choose to invite the Netherlands because of three things. First, the world is now entranced by Tiki Taka, which originally came from Holland. Total football was first used by Ajax in 1969 and later on adapted by the Dutch National Team in 1974.

“Secondly, the historical background will make an exciting match as this will be the first match ever between the two nations. And lastly, as we are going to officially register this match with FIFA, this friendly could boost Indonesia in FIFA rankings.”

  • Nemo

    I’ll be there! I hope Oranje bring some top quality players, placing a lot of bets among my colleagues ;-)

  • 22roles

    Is that PSSI playing against oranje or another team? Bit lost in this soccer games, I know they are corrupt through out he world. Very sad to see the most popular sport in the world but corrupt to the core.

  • Marcus Rinse Donsu

    captain is Wesley Schneider!