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Turkish Super League began on August 14. Now, some top players started to follow Wesley Sneijder’s (Galatasaray) and Didier Drogba’s (former Galatasaray player) path. They were Lukas Podolski (Galatasaray), Robin van Persie, Nani (Fenerbahce), Samuel Eto’o (Antalyaspor), Mario Gomes and Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas). Not to mention continued speculation linking Victor Valdes with a move to Galatasaray.

With the transfer of top players, it seems that Turkish league will be more attractive, especially for fans of big clubs (Beşiktaş, Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray). But behind the glamorous of world of new signings, Turkish league existence is being threatened.

Last season, the spectators has fallen dramatically. It happened since the implementation of new ticketing system called passolig by Turkish Football Federation (TFF). This system requires football supporters to acquire a card called passolig to buy a ticket. The problem is that the passolig contains personal details including name and bank account number.

Initially, passolig was introduced as implementation of Law Number 6222 of 2011 on Prevention of Violence and Disorder at Sporting Events. Hoooliganism taking place in big some of big matches triggered TFF to take strict measure, one of them was applying passolig system.

In fact, passolig was negatively responded by football fans. They boycotted the matches in protest at passolig. As a consequence, attendances in stadium dropped sharply. According to stadiumdb.com , the number of Beşiktaş, Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray fans fell by an average of 15.335, 22.241 and 16 255 people per game.

In a country like Turkey, football can’t be separated from politics. And passolig accused as a part of the attempts to spy on citizens. In addition, passolig also considered violating protection of personal data.

People in Turkey have used football as a tool to exercise freedom of expression. Passolig was implemented last season, 1 year after after anti-government protest in Gezi Park, Istanbul, which was spread to other cities in Turkey. At that time, supporters of Beşiktaş, Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray took to the street to participate in such protest.

In December 2014, Çarşı, a leftist supporter group of Besiktas, was indicted by prosecutor on charges of trying to overthrow the government of Prime Minister Reccep Tayyip Erdogan (now President of Turkey) on that protest. This result in lower public trust in government.

Withdrawal of Sponsorship

As of January 2015, due to the decrease in the number of attendance in stadium, Yildiz Holding withdrew as a sponsor. Yildiz Holding is a Turkish top business group which has become a sponsor of TFF, Fenerbahce and Galatasaray. In his letter to TFF, Murat Ulker, owner of Yildiz Holding (the richest man in the Turkey according to Forbes magazine) said that Turkish football brand value has dropped and the games become unattractive.

Ulker also criticised on passolig system. He said nobody wants their information to be collected. He also slammed TFF decision regarding foreign player quota. “Teams can now play with 11 foreign players. This is irrational. Then what will the Turkish players do?”

Yildiz Holding is known for its contributions to sport activities in Turkey. Over the past nine years, their contribution to Turkish football reached 215 million US dollars. The decision was really unfortunate, because it doesn’t rule out any other companies withdrawal from sponsorship.

Besides passolig and the withdrawal of sponsor, Turkish clubs are also in debt. According to data from the Stoxx Europe Football Index released by bloomberg.com, Beşiktaş, Fenerbahçe, Galatasaray and Trabzonspor were on the list of 22 football clubs with the highest debt.

Interestingly, despite the debt, Turkish clubs signed top players. Fenerbahce, for example, agreed to pay Van Persie as much as 6.2 million US dollars per season. Similarly, Galatasaray wasn’t left behind by bringing Lukas Podolski.

How could it be? Emre Deliveli, a Turkish economic consultant who was interviewed by bloomberg.com said : ” Galatasaray is buying because Fenerbahce is buying, and Fenerbahce is buying because Galatasaray is buying “.

Meanwhile, in April this year, some Besiktas assets were seized by court for its debt amounting to 3.8 million US dollars to an advertising company called Active Tanitim.

Security Threat

Last year, Donetsk’s Donbass Arena Stadium bombed as a consequence of conflict between the armed forces of Ukraine and pro-Russian separatist. As a result of this conflict, Shaktar Donetsk had to move its headquarters to Kiev and its training ground to Lviv.

The situation in Turkey is not as bad as in Ukraine. However, on 22 July, a suicide bombing by suspected ISIS supporters rocked Suruc (a city on the border with Syria). One of the participants of Super League, Gaziantepspor, has its headquartered in Gaziantep, which sits on the border between Turkey and Syria .

Potential security threat also faced by Istanbul and other cities. In fact, terrorist cells also spread in big cities. Fortunately, Turkish government responded by conducting large scale anti-terrorist operations in 13 provinces (including Istanbul) shortly after the bombing.

Other examples of terrorist attack which “disrupted” football competition were bombing of the British Consulate and HSBC building in Istanbul by Al-Qaeda terrorist network in 2003. As a result, 2 European matches, Juventus vs Galatasaray and Besiktas vs Chelsea, were moved from Turkey to a neutral venue.

In the end, the existence of Turkish football depends not only on the technical aspects of football. Social politics and economics aspect also play an active role. Business and technical aspect of football remain the domain of club and TFF. However, security is “absolute domain” of government. Will the Turkish football climb out of this crisis? Only time will tell.

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This article was translated from Indonesian. The original version has been published in Topskor Daily Sport Newspaper, 15 August 2015 . You can see the original version below .

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After a month-long competition, the United States of America won FIFA Women’s World Cup for the third time, beating Japan 5-2 in the finals early this month. The thrilling final match happened shortly after the US Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage on 26 June. The decision is a reminder of the long battle against homophobia in the sport.

It is an undeniable fact that football still has a problem with homophobia. In a press conference in 2013, FIFA President Sepp Blatter evaded a question on this issue: “This, I think, is not the time to bring it up now. If you bring it to my attention, then I should have a look at it, but I cannot give you a definite answer.”

When Mexican fans chanted anti-gay slurs in Men’s World Cup 2014 in Brazil, FIFA investigated the case, but finally dropped it after its disciplinary committee considered the word “puto” not a derogatory term. In fact, “puto” in Spanish could be translated as “gay”. The world of football has always been a men’s world, with misogyny, sexism and homophobia being common ingredients.

Women in football have had to battle sexism and discrimination, and homophobia adds another layer to this. But women’s football has been less harsh when dealing with homosexuality than its male counterparts. It is commonly known that many female footballers are lesbians, and in recent years, more of them have come out.

During FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, Swiss International forward, Ramona Bachmann for the first time talked about her girlfriend openly to Swiss popular newspaper, Sonntagsblick. She decided to come out publicly after Switzerland beat Ecuador with 10-1, three of the goals were made by her. It was a perfect timing for Bachmann to reveal that she was in relationship with Camille Lara, a 21-year-old student.

“When I hold hands with Camille on the street in Switzerland, people turn their heads. This is not the case in Sweden, and not here in Canada,” said the 24-year-old forward who had been called “the Female Messi from Switzerland”. Bachmann was already pretty open on her Instagram, sharing some pictures of her and her girlfriend.

Bachmann is not alone. There are 17 World Cup players who are open about their homosexuality. Two-time World Cup winners and Germany Women’s National Team, Nadine Angerer talked about her bisexuality in 2010.

In her biography, Angerer said: “I have been with men. But, I do love women only.” Many female players who are openly lesbian are in romantic relationships with their teammates, but Angerer avoided romance with colleagues,

“With a footballer, let alone a fellow player, I’ve never been together…. Never fuck the Company,” she writes in her book Im richtigen Moment: Meine Story. Angerer has been in a relationship with Magda Golombek since 2013.

The US Women’s National Team veteran Abby Wambach, who just won the 3rd World Cup for USA is also open about her relationship. In 2013 she married her former teammate Sarah Huffman.

“After I got married, I definitely had a shift in emotional devotion. Forever, it was just soccer – passion, life, love. Then I got married, and I had to transfer some of my energy. I want to be my best for my country, but I also made a really big promise and choice to be the best in my marriage. That has not always been the easiest thing to manage,” said Wambach to The New York Times in 2013.

Isabelle Herlovsen is the daughter of famous international footballer Kai Erik Herlovsen. When she was born, her father played for Borussia Mochengladbach. She came out as a lesbian publicly in July 2011, but had been out to her friends and family since her teen years. It felt natural to her when she wanted to be true to herself. She believes that it is important to be open publicly.

The Canadian International goalkeeper, Erin McLeod is in a relationship with fellow National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) side, Houston Dash teammates Ella Masar.

McLeod wrote in her blog: “As I get older I realize how important it is to be true to exactly who you are – and to have the courage to be just that – so that all young people can grow up in a world that is accepting of all people – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, or heterosexual.”

Her partner Masar, who is very religious, came out in an honest article in Pitchside Report, telling of her current love, “That has always been my deal with Erin – that was my word to her that love will always win.” Masar and McLeod shared their moments together on their Instagram and Twitter accounts.

Katie Duncan (nee Hoyle), who played for New Zealand’s national team, just wedded former Football Ferns (the team’s nickname) team member Priscilla Duncan. After the wedding, Katie adjusted her life and joined Swiss Nationalliga side FC Zurich to be closer with her wife.

The Swedish team has several openly lesbian players. Nilla Fischer is married to Maria Michaela in November 2013 and had her upper arm tattooed with the declaration “I love her. That is the beginning and the end of everything.” She was named “LGBTQ Person of the Year” in 2014 in Sweden.

The Swedish International goalkeeper, Hedvig Lindahl is married and has a son with her wife Sabine. Swedish midfielder, Caroline Seger, who has won over a century caps for the country’s national team since her debut in 2005, used to conceal her sexuality, but decided to speak out to help other gay and lesbian young people who might be struggling with their identity. Lisa Dahlkvist, daughter of former pro footballer Sven Dahlkvist, came out publicly as lesbian in 2008 and is now in a relationship with Jessica Danielson.

There is no secret about the US Women’s National Team midfielder, Megan Rapinoe, who came out as lesbian in 2012. She said: “I just felt like I was leaving something out and omitting something and not being 100 percent truthful. Even though I never lied about anything.”

England and Arsenal Ladies defender, Casey Stoney, came out publicly in February 2014, and then announced that her partner, Megan Harris was pregnant with twins. Harris gave birth to Teddy and Tilly, in November 2014.

“I have struggled to accept myself for many years, I have had no reason to feel that way but there is still a stigma, you still hear certain abuse thrown at other people and think, We are still living in the dark ages sometimes. But actually what coming out has shown me is that society is changing for the better. I feel lucky to live in this country,” Stoney told the BBC.

While men’s football leagues are reluctant to support the LGBT community, female football teams offer acceptance. Robbie Rogers is a member of LA Galaxy football club and a former US men’s national football team member. In February 2013, he came out as gay, making him the second gay football player in Britain to come out in public after Justin Fashanu. Several weeks after being released by Leeds United, he announced his retirement. Rogers claimed his sexuality had become a dark secret and he was forced to leave football, because of attitudes towards homosexuality in the sport. But in April 2013 he decided to return and joined LA Galaxy.

Breaking down the barrier of homophobic attitudes is only possible if players, fans, and FIFA stand together. As is stated in FIFA statutes, the role of FIFA is to promote the game “globally in the light of its unifying, educational, cultural and humanitarian values.” However, its core mission is mutually incompatible with the reality on the ground. The world’s highest football organization has a lot of work to catch up.

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This article has been publish here . Read also my article about “Discrimination Against Women Footballer In Spain

On 28 May, Turkish people celebrate the second year anniversary of Gezi Park protest. The protest, which lasted for approximately one month, was initiated by a group of environmentalists in Istanbul opposing the construction of a replica of Ottoman military barracks in Gezi Park.

The problem is that the Gezi Park is one of the few remaining green spaces in Istanbul. Rumors suggested that not only the replicas which would be built there, but also the shopping center. Various sources claimed that the decision to redevelop Gezi Park into a replica of Ottoman military barracks made too quickly, without public consultation, and without open discussion. This protest quickly spread to various cities in Turkey.

As time went by, this protest turned into anti-government protests. Various circle of society, ranging from students to civil society groups expressed their disappointment with Prime Minister’s (Reccep Tayyip Erdogan) political style. Actually, this protest was the culmination of public discontent with the government. After the Justice and Development Party (AKP) won the 2002 General Election, Turkey’s economy and political situation were relatively stable. There were no turbulence until 2011. After a period of tranquility was ended, Erdogan began to show his negative side by applying authoritarian policies.

In 2013, Freedom House, a US based NGO issued a report on democracy index in Turkey.  According to the report, Turkey remained a “partly free country”. One of the reasons was because in 2012, Turkey imprisoned more journalists than any other country in the world. In addition, political opponents were oppressed and sometimes they were subjected to arbitrary arrest or detention.

Participation of Football Supporters Clubs In Gezi Park Protest

One of those groups which participated in the protest were football fans in Istanbul, especially the supporters of Beşiktaş, Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray. Among those supporter groups, Beşiktaş fans were the most in numbers, followed by Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray. The main Galatasaray groups stayed away from the protest after joining in initially because their leaders are close to AKP and Erdogan. Nonetheless, it did not stop other Galatasaray supporters from showing up.

It is unimaginable that thousands of football fans from the rival clubs united by protests against the ruling government. They called their collaborative action as “Istanbul United”. Their action was documented in a movie called “Istanbul United”, which were directed by Olli Waldhauer and Farid Eslam.

A most famous group of Beşiktaş supporters called “Çarşı” was the largest in number and the most influential. Çarşı is a “left wing” supporters group and the most politically active. Gezi Park protest was not unprecedent action for them. During the 2005/2006 football season, they collaborated with Greenpeace to oppose the installation of a nuclear power station in Sinop (a Turkish city near the black sea).

Beşiktaş, Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray fans. Source : Uludagsozluk.com

Courage shown by Çarşı during Gezi Park protest was not without risk. After the protest many of them were arrested, detained, and brought to trial. They were charged with “plotting a coup”. Furthermore, the indictment was explained that they were “attempting to capture the Prime Ministry’s offices with the aim of creating “Arab Spring-like upheaval”.

Criminal indictment against Çarşı received many criticisms, one of them was from an international human rights NGO, Human Rights Watch (HRW). ” Charging these Beşiktaş football club fans as enemies of the state for joining a public protest is a ludicrous travesty. It reveals a great deal about the enormous pressure being exerted on Turkey’s justice system by the government” , said Emma Sinclair-Webb, the senior Turkey researcher at Human Rights Watch. “.

Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) deputy Atilla Kart described the indictment as a strong indication of fascist rule in Turkey. “The government wishes to put the entire society under pressure. This is fascism. The government calls all acts by civilians, which include prevention of the uprooting of trees and protection of the environment, coup attempt”, he complained.

Support for Çarşı also came from Borussia Dortmund fans. When Dortmund played against Frieburg in Signal Iduna Park stadium on 13 of September 2014, Dortmund supporters unfurled a banner reading : “Do not give up” and “Freedom for the Ultras (Çarşı) and Turkey”.

Until now, the trial against 35 members of Çarşı is still ongoing. Çarşı continued to actively voice the oppressed, for example by joining May Day march. What Beşiktaş,  Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray did in Gezi Park protest is a proof that football can play a unifying role in a fight against tyranny. Perhaps, for many people, justice, democracy, and freedom have died in Turkey. However, the struggle will continue whenever and at any cost.

Çarşı participated in May Day

Çarşı participated in May Day. Source : Hurriyet.com.tr

Bu makale, adalet, demokrasi ve özgürlük için mücadele eden türk halkına ithaf edilmiştir (This article is dedicated to Turkish people who are defending justice, democracy, and freedom)

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*This article was translated from Indonesian. Please read the original version here .

Sepakbola, sebagaimana olahraga kolektif lainnya, terdiri dari beberapa pemain yang memiliki fungsi spesifik di lapangan pertandingan. Liga sepakbola Spanyol, terlepas dari anggapan sebagai liga yang “kurang kompetitif”, tetap menjadi tontonan menarik di seluruh dunia.

Bahasa asing seperti bahasa Jerman, bahasa Italia bahkan bahasa Spanyol sendiri kurang populer bagi kita yang tinggal di Indonesia. Namun untuk menambah pengetahuan di dunia sepakbola, ada baiknya kita mengenal penamaan posisi dan fungsi para pemain di lapangan. Penamaan pemain dalam bahasa Spanyol sendiri cukup unik karena untuk penamaan satu posisi dapat digunakan beberapa istilah.

Seperti telah kita ketahui bersama bahwa lapangan sepakbola terdiri dari 3 bagian: lini belakang (la defensa/la zaga), lini tengah (el mediocampo), dan lini depan (el ataque).

Lini Belakang (La Defensa / La Zaga)

Seorang kiper menjadi “harapan terakhir” di lini pertahanan apabila para pemain belakang tidak berdaya menghadapi serangan lawan. Dalam bahasa Spanyol, ada beberapa istilah yang digunakan untuk menyebut kiper yaitu el portero (atau la portera, untuk kiper perempuan), el arquero (atau la arquera, untuk kiper perempuan), el guardameta dan el cancerbero. Istilah elportero atau laportera lebih sering digunakan di Spanyol, Amerika Tengah, dan sebagian besar negara-negara berbahasa Spanyol di Amerika Selatan. Sementara itu istilah el arquero atau la arquera lebih sering digunakan di Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, dan Paraguay.

Selain el portero dan la portera, terminologi el guardameta dan el cancerbero juga kerap kali digunakan dalam penulisan berita dan artikel sepakbola di media-media Spanyol.

Guardameta adalah gabungan dari kata guarda dan meta. Guarda berasal dari kata dasar guardar, yang artinya adalah “menjaga”. Meta diartikan sebagai “tujuan”, atau “goal”. Istilah “cancerbero” memiliki asal usul yang sangat unik , yang sangat jauh dari dunia sepakbola. Istilah ini berasal dari mitologi Yunani. “Cerbero”, yang juga dikenal sebagai “Can Cerbero” adalah seekor anjing bertubuh besar yang memiliki 3 kepala , yang bertugas untuk menjaga pintu neraka.

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Selain penjaga gawang, posisi lainnya yang menjadi bagian dari lini belakang adalah bek (el defensor atau el zaguero ). El defensor terdiri atas el lateral (bek sayap) dan defensor central atau lebih sering disebut “central”(bek tengah). Berdasarkan posisinya di lapangan, el lateral terdiri dari dua macam yaitu el lateral izquierdo (bek sayap kiri) dan el lateral derecho (bek sayap kanan).

Lini Tengah (El Mediocampo)

Di depan para bek, ada beberapa pemain yang mengisi posisi sebagai gelandang. Ada beberapa terminologi untuk menyebut “gelandang”: centrocampista, mediocampista, mediocentro, atau medio. Keempat istilah itu lebih sering digunakan di Spanyol, sementara volante lebih sering digunakan di Amerika Selatan. Istilah volante ini berasal dari nama seorang pemain asal Brasil, Carlos Martin Volante, yang pernah bermain di Flamengo sebagai gelandang bertahan.

Berdasarkan karakteristik permainan di lapangan, gelandang terdiri dari gelandang serang (mediocentro ofensivo) dan gelandang bertahan (mediocentro defensivo). Berdasarkan fungsinya dan tergantung dari skema yang diterapkan oleh sebuah tim, los centrocampistas terdiri dari mediocentro de contencion, mediocentro organizador, interior, dan mediapunta .

Mediocentro de contencion adalah gelandang yang memiliki tugas untuk bertahan, merebut bola, dan mematahkan serangan lawan (intercept), atau lebih dikenal dengan istilah gelandang jangkar. Contoh dari mediocentro de contencion ini adalah Sergio Busquets dan Xabi Alonso.

Selain mediocentro de contencion, fungsi  lainnya yang juga penting adalah pemain yang dapat bertugas sebagai pengatur permainan yang juga memiliki visi yang baik. Di Spanyol, pemain yang memiliki fungsi ini disebut dengan mediocentro organizador. Cotohnya adalah Luka Modric, Xavi Hernandez, dan Andres Iniesta.

Istilah interior dapat disamakan dengan wide midfielder, yaitu seorang gelandang yang beroperasi di sisi sayap (kiri atau kanan) yang bertugas untuk membuka ruang agar para gelandang lainnya atau para penyerang dapat memanfaatkanya untuk mencari ruang tembak atau masuk ke kotak penalti. Posisi ini biasanya terdapat dalam skema 4-4-2 flat. Angel Di Maria, ketika bermain di Real Madrid, adalah salah satu pemain yang menonjol dalam skema 4-4-2 yang diterapkan oleh Carlo Ancelotti.

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Dalam skema 4-2-1-3, ada seorang pemain yang bermain di posisi di belakang penyerang dan di depan gelandang. Di Spanyol, pemain ini disebut dengan mediapunta. Pemain ini bertugas untuk mengkoordinasi serangan tim, melakukan operan terakhir kepada para penyerang dan memanfaatkan ruang yang ditinggalkan oleh para bek lawan. Biasanya para pemain ini memiliki visi yang dan teknik dribbling yang sangat baik.

Lini depan (El Ataque)

Sebagaimana bek dan gelandang yang banyak memiliki istilah, begitupula penyerang. Ada beberapa terminologi untuk menyebut “penyerang” dalam sepakbola Spanyol yaitu: delantero (atau delantera untuk pesepakbola perempuan), el punta, dan el atacante.

Berdasarkan posisinya, los delanteros atau las delanteras terdiri dari delantero centro, extremo derecho (penyerang sayap kanan) , dan extremo izquierdo (penyerang sayap kiri). Peran ini kerapkali dibebankan kepada Pedro Rodriguez dan David Silva yang dipasang di posisi penyerang sayap kanan ataupun kiri oleh sang entrenador, Vicente del Bosque, saat tim nasional Spanyol bertanding.

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Bagaimana, sudah merasa terbiasa dengan bahasa Spanyol? 

Hasta luego, muchas gracias, amigos amigas!

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Infografis oleh : Zakky BM (twitter : @bmzakky )

By reading the title you will know that I consider sports as one of the most important things in my life. Well, honestly, i don’t exaggerate it. I feel guilty if don’t exercise. When I was a child, I had a dream to become a badminton player but unfortunately my parents weren’t allow me. And then i developed my interest in football (you can see my blog about how I developed my interest in football https://deportistaverde.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/i-was-called-tomboy-because-i-love-football/ ) and even i work sports industry since 2013. People often think that those who work in sports media absolutely like doing sports, but in reality, not all. The reason is because they don’t have time although I think it’s merely a justification. 😀 . You can do exercise in a simple way, for example : walking. In the next paragraph I will explain more about what I do to maintain my health :

1. Walking

WALKINGI really love walking if it’s possible. Since I was child, my father always tell me that walking is important for our health. When I was 5 years old, my father asked me to join him to walk from our house in Utan Kayu (East Jakarta)  to my aunt’s house in Pondok Gede. Can you all imagine that? The distance was 15 km and I forgot how many hours we need to arrive there. I was mad at that time because it was very far. My father sometimes carried me and my brother- alternately- on his back. Until now I don’t know why I participated in my father’s crazy idea.

When I was in junior high school, I walked from my school to my house. The distance was approximately 2 km. There was a reason behind the decision to walk to my house. At that time, I didn’t want to be picked by carpool because i wanted to be free. If I would have been picked by carpool, I hadn’t have time to socialize with my friends because I should go home on time. A few years later, when i was in senior high school, I used to walk from my school to the main street (approximately 1,5 km) to save my money because my parents gave me a very limited amount of money.

My tendency to walk for a short distance has helped me a lot, especially when i travelled to other country. When I visited Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and Mexico City, I walked much because they have good sidewalk. Here, in Jakarta, I started to walk more in February 2013. At that time, I work in Pluit (North jakarta). The distance from transjakarta bus station to my office was 1 km. Many people took motorcycle taxi (a.k.a “ojek” )  but I didn’t want to because it was expensive (10000 rupiahs). Well, if the price were not expensive, I wasn’t interested too because i would prefer to walk. In total, when i worked in Pluit, I walked 3,5 kms a day.  I consist of walking from transjakarta bus station to my office, back and forth, and also walking from my house to the main street, back and forth, too.

Consequently, my tendency brought positive thing : I lost weight. From February 2013 to November 2014, I lost 9kgs. Many people asked me if I underwent strict diet. Well it’s impossible for me who love chocolate to do that 😀 :D. Right now, I no longer work in Pluit but I still walk (minimum) 3kms on weekedays.

2. Jogging

I feel guilty because i have skipped jogging for more than 1 months because of rainy day. I should also confess that I often skip jogging because I wake up very late because of watching football match :D. Usually I used to go jogging 4 times a week in the morning for 30 minutes.

3. Cycling

Since the rise of fuel price increase, i decided to ride my bicycle to the transjakarta bus station. But then again, raining and football matches prevents me from doing that. I hope I can do it again soon. For your information, I used to join bicycle touring with my cyclist friends but has been 2,5 years since the last time I did it. At that time, we went to Sawarna beach from Rangkasbitung (129 km). To go to Rangkasbitung, we took train and brought our bicycle inside. Here’s some picture on our activities.

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4. Badminton and Tennis

I have badminton 2 badminton rackets and 1 tennis racket. The main problem is to be able to play those sports, I need a friend. Right now, it is very hard to find a friend who has time to play it. Well, are any of you interested to join me ?

5. Indoor Football

You can find how I developed my interest in indoor football in this article https://deportistaverde.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/i-was-called-tomboy-because-i-love-football/ . It has been more than 6 months since the last time I played indoor football. Because it is a sport which only could be played by 10 person, i should depend on my friend’s schedule. Here was one of my pictures when i played indoor football :

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Jika Anda penggemar sepakbola, Anda mungkin mengetahui bahwa Liga Sepakbola Spanyol, La Liga, adalah salah satu Liga terbaik di dunia. Pemain paling terkenal Spanyol, Cristiano Ronaldo dan Lionel Messi, menjadi incaran dari merek-merek olahraga terkenal di seluruh dunia. Menurut laporan majalah Forbes mengenai peringkat atlet berpenghasilan terbesar di dunia, Ronaldo berada di peringkat ke-2 dalam daftar atlet terkaya di dunia, sementara itu Messi menempati peringkat ke-4 .

Di tengah ingar bingar kompetisi sepakbola Spanyol, ada banyak pesepakbola perempuan yang nasibnya sangatlah berbeda dengan para pesepakbola laki-laki pada umumnya. Secara kultur, Spanyol bukanlah negara yang melarang perempuan untuk beraktivitas di dunia olahraga, namun hampir mustahil untuk mendapat penghasilan sebagai pesepakbola profesional jika Anda perempuan.

Di Spanyol, mayoritas pesepakbola perempuan menekuni profesinya sambil melakukan pekerjaan lainnya atau sambil belajar di sekolah. Tidak seperti di Amerika Serikat, di mana sepakbola populer di kalangan perempuan, di Spanyol sepakbola perempuan tidak dianggap sebagai kompetisi profesional. Banyak klub yang memberikan gaji di bawah standar bahkan ada klub yang sama sekali tidak memberikan gaji. Terminologi profesional yang dimaksud di sini adalah ada kontrak dalam jangka waktu tertentu, ada tunjangan, terlindungi oleh jaminan sosial, dan sesuai dengan aturan gaji minimal”.

Vero Boquete, pemain asal Spanyol yang bermain di FFC Frankfurt, menjelaskan mengenai masalah kontrak profesional yang dimiliki oleh para pesepakbola perempuan: “Jika kita mendalami data Federasi Sepakbola Spanyol (RFEF), di negara kami (Spanyol), hanya 31 pesepakbola perempuan yang dikontrak secara profesional sementara ada 2.660 pesepakbola laki laki yang dikontrak secara profesional.”

Kesenjangan pendapatan berdasarkan gender bahkan lebih dalam lagi. Berdasarkan data tahun 2013, rata rata gaji yang diterima oleh pesepakbola laki-laki yang bermain di divisi utama adalah 1,1 juta euro per tahun, sementara gaji rata rata yang diterima oleh pesepakbola perempuan adalah 5000 euro. Lebih lanjut, gaji terendah yang diterima oleh pesepakbola laki-laki (yang bermain di divisi utama) adalah 120.000 euro per tahun, sementara untuk pesepakbola perempuan adalah 0 euro. Benar, ada yang tidak menerima gaji karena walaupun klubnya bermain di divisi utama, namun status kompetisi ini bukanlah kompetisi profesional alias amatir. Bandingkan dengan Cristiano dan Messi yang masing-masing menerima gaji sebesar 18 juta euro dan 20 juta euro.

Ainhoa Tirapu de Goni, kiper klub Athletic Bilbao, harus bekerja di pagi hari di sebuah toko alat-alat olahraga berskala internasional bernama “Dechatlon” dan pada siang hari, dia menghadiri sesi latihan di klubnya. De Goni yang menyandang gelar sarjana kimia dan master di bidang environmental contagion dan toksikologi ini juga sedang melanjutkan pendidikannya ke jenjang doktor.

Pemain perempuan lainnya, seperti Natalia Pablos, yang saat ini bermain di Arsenal Ladies, sempat harus absen memperkuat tim nasional Spanyol selama dua tahun karena melanjutkan pendidikan ke jenjang master. Namun, karena kerja keras dan kualitasnya, Pablos mampu kembali ke tim nasional dan bahkan membawa timnas Spanyol lolos ke Piala Dunia 2015 (yang akan diselenggarakan di Kanada) untuk pertama kalinya dalam sejarah.

Di sisi lain, dukungan RFEF bagi tim nasional sepakbola Spanyol pun rendah. Vero Boquete, mengatakan bahwa RFEF hanya memberikan uang saku sebesar 30 euro per hari kepada para pemain perempuan. Jumlah itu hanya sepersepuluh kali dari uang makan yang diberikan oleh pebasket perempuan Spanyol yang bergabung ke pusat pelatihan timnas.

“Mengapa saya mengatakannya? Karena ini adalah kenyataan. Karena kami mewakili negara kami di level tertinggi tetapi kami tidak diperlakukan sebagaimana mestinya,” kata Boquete.

Menanggapi berbagai kesenjangan antara pesepakbola laki-laki dan perempuan di Spanyol, Vicente Temprado, Ketua Komite Sepakbola Perempuan mengatakan bahwa: “Saya yakin bahwa di sepakbola tidak ada “machismo” (chauvinisme laki-laki). Machismo adalah produk dari sebuah pendidikan di masa lalu. Saya rasa saat ini banyak orang menyukai sepakbola perempuan”.

Sebaliknya, Mari Mar Prieto, mantan pesepakbola Spanyol mengatakan bahwa: “Tidak dapat disangkal bahwa ada “machismo” di sepakbola. Jika tidak terjadi hal itu, maka kondisi sepakbola perempuan akan lebih baik. Dikatakan bahwa sepakbola perempuan tidak menghasilkan uang, tetapi mengapa tidak dibantu dan dipromosikan?” kata Prieto.

“Tidak menghasilkan uang” inilah yang juga menjadi argumen Florentino Perez, presiden klub Real Madrid, untuk tidak membentuk tim sepakbola perempuan, sementara tim-tim besar Spanyol lainnya seperti Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, Valencia, Real Sociedad, dan Athletic Bilbao telah memilikinya.

Terlepas dari semua permasalahan yang telah dijelaskan di atas, Spanyol, sebagai negara pihak yang meratifikasi Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) wajib memperhatikan nasib pesepakbola perempuan. Konvensi itu mengamanatkan bahwa tidak boleh ada diskriminasi terhadap perempuan dalam pekerjaan. Perempuan memiliki hak untuk pendapatan yang sama dan perlakuan yang setara dalam pekerjaan.

Perjalanan sepakbola perempuan Spanyol masih tertinggal jauh dari negara-negara Skandinavia, Jerman dan Amerika Serikat. Semua ini hanya dapat dicapai apabila semua pihak berperan, tidak hanya para pemain namun juga negara, Federasi sepakbola, masyarakat, dan pelaku sepakbola pada umumnya.

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(Tulisan ini dimuat di : http://www.magdalene.co. Link lengkap tulisan ini dapat dilihat di : http://magdalene.co/news-405-pesepakbola-perempuan-di-spanyol-bermain-di-divisi-utama-namun-termarginalkan.html . Versi bahasa Inggris dari artikel ini dapat dilihat di : http://magdalene.co/news-406-women-players-play-second-fiddle-in-soccer-giant-spain-.html )

World Cup 1994 will always live in my memory. That event has marked my whole life towards football. Although I only watched final match (between Brazil and Italia), I was so impressed. Since that day, I considered myself as a football lover.

At that time, girls who love football were considered as an abnormal girl, simply because in Indonesia almost people had never seen a girl play football. In reality, Indonesia had a famous football player, Muthia Datau. She was a goalkeeper of Indonesian national female football in 1980s. At that time Indonesia also had a female football league called “Galanita” (Liga Sepakbola Wanita / Female Football League)’

My parents knew my affection towards football. They didn’t prohibit me from watching football match but prohibited me from playing football with boys. The problem was that i didn’t have female friends who liked playing football. Many times, without my parents knowing, I played football with boys.

The boys didn’t mind if I joined them to play. They never mocked me. My teachers and my friends in junior high school also knew that I love football. Sadly, most of them who mocked me by calling me “tomboy” are female (friends and teachers). They couldn’t understand why a girl love football. They thought that football is a game exclusively for men. I told them that in Sweden, it is common for women to play football. Even Sweden has its female national team. I kept thinking why women can’t do what men can do. It was a unanswerable question for years.

When I studied in Faculty of Law, University of Indonesia, there was a sport competition and  indoor football was one of them. I was so happy because I could play it with female friends. Few of them even played indoor football when they were in senior high school. I always played as a goalkeeper, because I realized that I couldn’t dribble well. Being a goalkeeper is not easy. You shouldn’t be afraid of falling and you should be tough. I always enjoy being a goalkeeper until now.

In 2004 I took an interesting elective course called : “Women and Law”. I always feel lucky to take that course because it changed my life forever. In the course, I learnt a new word : “gender stereotype”. Males are expected to demonstrate certain characteristics and behaviours that are “masculine”, while females are responsible for being “feminine”. Traditionally, females have been expected to wear dresses, cook, clean, raise children, maintain a beautiful body, and remain passive. Female considered as a “weaker sex”, physically, mentally, and emotionally. This expectation of femininity often results in women being marginalized from participating and competing in physical activities, including football.

Society expects women to be “ladylike”, not demonstrate characteristics that are defined as being masculine. However, when women “cross the line” and exhibit these so-called masculinity, their gender identity, sexual orientation and behavior are often questioned. I felt empowered by taking the course. Finally, my question was answered. Since the day I took the course, I was proclaimed myself as a feminist.

In 2007, I joined a community of football fan called Milanisti Indonesia. I met some girls who are interested in playing indoor football. After that, we formed an indoor football team. We have participated in many friendly and official matches. Winning or not is not the main purpose. The most important is that we, as women, can play football without being stereotyped. Because football is universal , and has no gender, ethnic, or race.

Milanisti Indonesia in Indo Manchester United's tournamen (2009)

Milanisti Indonesia in Indo Manchester United’s tournamen (2009)

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Milanisti Angels , in a friendly match in 2009

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Bolanet futsal tournament, in 2012

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With the coach. Bolanet futsal tournament 2012

Myself as a goalkeeper, defended Arsenal Fan club futsal team.

Myself as a goalkeeper, defended Arsenal Fan club futsal team.

English Friday : In Arsene We Trust

IMG_4010 - CopyWhen the admin of BEC announced that the challenge of this week would be : “Snap and tell a story”, I remembered a simple picture with big meaning which I took on July 2012 in Bukit Jalil Stadium, Kuala Lumpur. I took this picture when i attended open training session of Arsenal Football Men’s team.  At that time, Arsenal came to Kuala Lumpur as a part of Asia Tour. The next day after the training session, they played  a friendly games against Malaysia Men’s football team.

I will not talk about the tour as a whole because I will only emphasize on this picture which I took. When I was in the training session, I saw an Arsenal fan brought a banner reading : “In Arsene We Trust”. Some of you may be wondering why Arsenal fan trusts Arsene and who is Arsene.

Arsene Wenger is a coach of Arsenal Football Men’s team. He was appointed as a coach in September 1996. Before joining Arsenal, he was a coach of Nagoya Grampus Eight from 1995 to 1996. Arsene came to “revolutionize” Arsenal. In 1995-1996 Premier League season, Arsenal finished  fifth and they had been without trophies for 3 years. Those “years without trophies” ignited his appointment as a coach.

Two years after his appointment, Arsenal won Premier League and FA Cup. Although Arsenal always failed at trying to win Champions Leaguie, but at least , from 1998 to 2005, they won 11 domestic titles. The problem began to soar after Arsenal failed to win 2006 Champions League edition.  It seemed that fortune was not on the side of them because they began to have difficulty winning any title.

In the middle of “Arsenal crisis”, many people started to doubt Arsene, especially mass media in England and supporters. In contrast, Arsenal board of director always show their support to Arsene.  Even though there are supporters who doubt him, other supporters always support and defend him. They show their support by carrying banner reading : “In Arsene We Trust”. These banners were not only appeared in Emirates Stadium (Arsenal’s homebase in London), but also in Bukit Jalil Stadium, Kuala Lumpur.

Personally, I am an admirer of Arsene Wenger. Despite his failure not winning any title from 2005 to 2014, I always admire him because of his integrity. It was reported that he rejected very interesting offers from Real Madrid, Paris Saint Germain, and England football men’s team. Big money is not his priority as long as he wants to stay in Arsenal. And as long as the board of director and supporters want him to stay….

Mungkin memang saya saja yang terlalu naif atau terlalu “awam” sehingga saya pernah menganggap bahwa media olahraga bebas dari intrik-intrik politik olahraga, tidak seperti media umum yang kadang memang berpihak terhadap golongan politik tertentu. Pada tahun 2011, saya mulai rajin membaca Marca, dilanjutkan dengan As dan Mundo Deportivo setahun belakangan ini. Setelah lebih sering membaca ketiga media Spanyol itu, saya menjadi sadar bahwa media olahraga pun berpihak, sama dengan media umum. Berikut gambaran sekilas dari tiga media tersebut:

1. Marca

Marca adalah media olahraga terbesar di Spanyol. Terbit dengan format tabloid harian, Marca menjadi media cetak dengan pembaca terbanyak di Spanyol, melebihi harian umum. Harian ini memfokuskan diri pada berita-berita mengenai sepakbola, walaupun ada juga cabang olahraga lainnya seperti basket, tenis, dan otomotif. Markas Marca terletak di Madrid, dan faktanya, mereka lebih banyak memuat berita mengenai Real Madrid, terlepas dari ada 3 klub divisi utama Liga Spanyol lainnya yang bermarkas di Madrid (Atletico Madrid, Getafe, dan Rayo Vallecano). Banyak yang menuduh Marca memihak Real Madrid. Oscar Campillo, direktur Marca, pernah meyakinkan bahwa medianya adalah media bagi semua penggemar sepakbola. Meskipun demikian, pernyataan Campillo bertentangan dengan fakta bahwa Real Madrid mendapatkan pemberitaan paling banyak.

Hal pertama yang membuat tersentak dan sadar bahwa “media olahraga pun berpihak” adalah ketika saya membaca ulasan pertandingan Liga Champions musim 2012-2013 antara Borussia Dortmund-Malaga. Singkatnya, pada pertandingan tersebut wasit dianggap membuat keputusan kontroversial dengan mengesahkan gol Dortmund yang dianggap berbau offside. Hal yang menjadi sorotan saya di sini adalah cara sang wartawan menggambarkan pertandingan tersebut. Salah satu kalimat “tidak netral” yang saya temukan dalam artikel tersebut antara lain adalah :

No hay palabras que consuelen al malaguismo. No hay nada que se pueda escribir ni decir sobre la injusticia vivida anoche en Dortmund en sólo 71 segundo”

(“Tidak ada kata-kata yang dapat menghibur para penggemar Malaga. Tidak ada yang dapat dituliskan ataupun dikatakan mengenai ketidakadilan semalam di Dortmund (yang terjadi) hanya dalam jangka waktu 71 detik)

“Ketidakadilan”?? Well, belum apa-apa sang penulis sudah menyebut bahwa wasit melakukan ketidakadilan. Wasit juga manusia, mereka juga dapat melakukan kesalahan. Bisa saja sang wasit melakukan kesalahan pada saat memimpin pertandingan dan tidak bermaksud memberikan keuntungan kepada Dortmund.

Marca juga beberapa kali membuat “kampanye negatif”, salah satunya adalah “kampanye pemecatan Pellegrini” sebagai pelatih Real Madrid. Beberapa diantaranya ditunjukkan seperti contoh kover depan Marca di bawah ini :

NEGATIVE CAMPAIGN PELE

Terjemahan : Estas despedido Manolo : You’re fired, Manolo | Fuera : (Pellegrini) Out! | Vete ya : (You) Go away!

Selain itu, jika anda sering memperhatikan pertandingan yang dimainkan Real Madrid di Santiago Bernabeu dan pertandingan yang dimainkan Atletico di Vicente Calderon, Marca dipastikan muncul di papan-papan iklan stadion. Untuk memunculkan iklan di papan stadion tentunya bukanlah hal yang mudah. Kedua belah pihak harus mengadakan perjanjian. Jadi, tidak mengherankan apabila Marca hampir tidak pernah mengkritik keras kebijakan Real Madrid atau Atletico. Jika Marca mengkritik keras kebijakan Real Madrid atau Atletico, mungkin saja kedua media itu tidak dibolehkan “ngiklan” di stadion atau wartawan mereka tidak dibolehkan menumpang di pesawat yang membawa kedua tim ketika mereka melakukan perjalanan dalam rangka pertandingan tandang.

Dalam kasus kepindahan Angel Di Maria, Marca selalu berpegang pada pernyataan Ancelotti yang berkata bahwa “Di Maria sendirilah yang mengingingkan pergi” (lihat http://www.marca.com/2014/08/21/en/football/real_madrid/1408634693.html) dan Marca tidak pernah mengutip pernyataan Di Maria yang berkata bahwa “saya tidak pernah ingin pergi dari Real Madrid” (lihat http://www.espn.co.uk/football/sport/story/337367.html). Dua pernyataan yang bertentangan, tapi Marca hanya memuat satu pernyataan. Hal ini jelas tidak “cover both side” dan menggiring pembaca untuk percaya pada pernyataan yang dikeluarkan oleh Ancelotti.

2. As

Harian As juga bermarkas di Madrid. Format harian ini hampir sama dengan Marca, yaitu tabloid harian. Sama seperti halnya Marca, harian ini memfokuskan diri untuk mengulas sepakbola, dan lagi-lagi Real Madrid-lah yang paling banyak mendapatkan pembahasan.

Satu hal yang lagi-lagi membuat saya tersentak adalah bahwa ada seorang jurnalis yang secara terbuka mengakui bahwa dirinya pendukung Real Madrid. Sebenarnya tidak masalah apabila secara terbuka sang jurnalis memberikan pengakuan mengenai “ideologi sepakbola”-nya, akan tetapi menjadi masalah apabila dia berpihak dalam menulis opini.

Sang jurnalis ini bernama Tomás Gómez-Díaz Roncero, atau lebih populer dengan nama Tomas Roncero. Dia adalah redaktur desk Real Madrid di harian As. Mengapa saya katakan bahwa dia berpihak dapat dilihat dari contoh opini yang dia tulis di website As.com. Opini tersebut berjudul : “Fichemos Varios Españoles” (Kami Merekrut Berbagai Pemain Spanyol). Inilah cuplikan kalimat yang dilontarkannya di artikel tersebut :

Sé que lo primero es renovar a Cristiano y fichar a Bale. Pero cerremos ya la vuelta de Carvajal y, si se tercia, traigamos a uno de esos españolitos

(Saya tahu bahwa pertama-tama adalah memperpanjang kontrak Ronaldo dan merekrut Bale. Akan tetapi kami kembali merekrut Carvajal, dan jika ada kesempatan, kami merekrut pemain muda Spanyol)

Apabila Roncero mengaku sebagai jurnalis, seharusnya dia tidak menulis opini dengan kata ganti kami. Sepertinya dia tidak sadar bahwa tidak semua pembaca As adalah pendukung Real Madrid. Kesannya, Roncero ini seperti juru bicaranya Real Madrid.

3. Mundo Deportivo

Tabloid harian Mundo Deportivo bermarkas di Barcelona. Walaupun bermarkas di Barcelona, tabloid ini tidak menggunakan bahasa Katalan sebagai bahasa penutur, melainkan bahasa Spanyol. Sama seperti Marca dan As, sebagian besar tabloid ini fokus kepada liputan sepakbola, khususnya FC Barcelona (FCB). Rival FCB, yaitu Espanyol, tidak banyak mendapatkan tempat di tabloid ini. Tabloid ini juga memasang iklan mengenai produk klub Barcelona seperti yang terlihat di bawah ini :

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Sebagai pengiklan dan pemasang iklan, jelas keduanya saling menguntungkan. Mundo Deportivo mendapatkan pemasukan dari tarif iklan dan FCB memiliki potensi untuk mendulang keuntungan dari penjualan produknya. Jadi, tidak mengherankan apabila Mundo Deportivo kadang “diminta” untuk menulis berita yang berpihak kepada rezim pimpinan klub yang sedang berkuasa.

Kasus paling menonjol dari keberpihakan Mundo Deportivo, selain kepada Barcelona, adalah keberpihakan kepada Sandro Rosell dalam pemilihan presiden klub Barcelona pada 2010 lalu. Beberapa kali tabloid ini menjelek-jelekkan rezim Laporta, seperti terlihat dalam gambar artikel di Mundo Deportivo ini:

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Di artikel tersebut disebutkan bahwa rombongan FCB menginap di hotel ketika tur Amerika Serikat dan biaya ditanggung oleh penyelenggara. Walaupun demikian, biaya ekstra tidak ditanggung oleh penyelenggara dan seharusnya dibayar sendiri oleh Barcelona. Yang menjadi masalah, disebutkan bahwa pihak klub FCB masih memiliki hutang sebesar USD127.797. Laporta sendiri membantah hal itu. Laporta juga pernah berkata bahwa : “Mundo Deportivo berkampanye mendukung Sandro Rosell”.

Media Olahraga Spanyol dan Tim Nasional Sepakbola Spanyol

Marca dan As sangat mendukung tim nasional Spanyol. Hal itu sudah tidak diragukan lagi. Berbeda halnya dengan Mundo Deportivo yang agak “sinis”. Situasi politik Spanyol mempengaruhi hal ini. Media Katalunya, termasuk media olahraga, tidak menganggap Katalunya sebagai bagian dari Spanyol. Dalam penulisan berita mengenai tim nasional, media Katalunya lebih fokus kepada kiprah para pemain Barcelona di tim nasional. Ya, sampai kapan pun olahraga tidak dapat lepas dari kondisi politik di suatu negara.

Tulisan ini juga dimuat di : http://laligaindonesia.wordpress.com/2014/11/16/media-olahraga-pun-berpihak/

Kesukesan Diego Pablo Simeone sebagai pelatih Atletico Madrid tidak perlu dipertanyakan lagi. Simeone, yang mengambil alih tampuk kepelatihan Atletico pada Desember 2011, berhasil membawa timnya merebut 3 gelar selama 3 musim. Walaupun pada bulan Mei lalu timnya kalah di final Liga Champions menghadapi Real Madrid, namun perjuangan Atletico patut mendapatkan apresiasi karena mereka mengalahkan 2 tim kuat, Barcelona dan Chelsea, masing-masing di perempat final dan semifinal. Seminggu yang lalu, Atletico berhasil membalaskan dendam mereka dengan mengalahkan Real Madrid di Piala Super Spanyol.

Penerbit buku ini (Plataforma Editorial, sebuah penerbit di Spanyol) tertarik dengan sosok Simeone karena pernyataan, strategi yang diterapkannya, dan hasil yang dicapai timnya. Kekaguman yang ditunjukkan para pemain terhadap sosok Simeone sebagai motivator, menjadi inspirasi judul buku ini. Simeone sendiri mengakui bahwa ide-idenya dalam buku ini tidak hanya dapat diterapkan di sepakbola, tetapi juga pada profesi lainnya.

Kepemimpinan adalah salah satu kelebihan Simeone. Sejak kecil, Simeone selalu menjadi kapten di tim yang diperkuatnya. Pada usia 24 tahun, Simeone menjadi kapten tim nasional Argentina. Simeone berpikir seperti seorang pelatih sejak berusia 25-26 tahun, oleh karena itu sejak berusia 31 tahun dia mulai mengikuti kursus kepelatihan.

Simeone juga menekankan pentingnya sikap percaya pada diri sendiri. Ketika melatih klub Estudiantes, Simeone berhasil meyakinkan Agustin Alayes (pemain yang berposisi sebagai bek tengah) agar dapat mengawal Rodrigo Palacio (penyerang Boca Junior) dengan baik pada sebuah pertandingan. Alayes adalah pemain yang lambat dan kalah cepat dengan Palacio, namun Simeone tidak punya pilihan lain selain meyakinkannya agar dapat bermain baik. Walaupun Alayes sendiri sempat pesimis, pada akhirnya dia bermain sangat baik dan klubnya berhasil mengalahkan Boca.

Membangun mentalitas para pemainnya juga adalah hal yang dilakukan oleh Simeone. Di Atletico, Simeone memiliki cara yang unik sehari sebelum menghadapi pertandingan penting, yaitu mengadakan percakapan dengan masing-masing pemainnya sebelum mereka tidur. Alasannya adalah bahwa percakapan yang dilakukan sebelum tidur akan selalu diingat dalam pikiran masing-masing pemainnya.  Simeone menganggap para pemain sebagai “anak-anaknya”.

Simeone memiliki “norma-norma dasar” yang tidak boleh dilanggar oleh para pemainnya. Hal ini sederhana, tetapi dapat mempengaruhi kekompakan dan kebersamaan para pemainnya. Di tim lain, pada saat makan bersama, para pemain berkumpul di meja yang berbeda berdasarkan kesamaan minat, asal negara, dan kedekatannya. Namun, Simeone tidak membolehkan hal itu terjadi. Simeone menginginkan apabila ada seorang pemain memiliki masalah dengan pemain lainnya, maka pemain itu menghadapinya dengan wajar dan tidak saling menghindar.

Norma dasar lainnya yang sering disebut oleh Simeone pada hampir setiap konferensi persnya adalah “partido al partido” (pertandingan demi pertandingan). Dengan kata lain, Simeone tidak ingin menetapkan target jangka panjang. Para pemain harus memikirkan pertandingan terdekat, tidak boleh memikirkan pertandingan yang akan berlangsung sebulan lagi atau bahkan lebih jauh.

Dalam buku ini juga dibahas alasan lain di balik kesuksesan Simeone dalam menangani Atletico Madrid. Simeone menyebut bahwa seorang pelatih harus menghormati tradisi klub. Pelatih tidak boleh menentang sejarah dan akar dari klub karena keduanya adalah hal yang sakral. Sebagai mantan pemain Atletico, tentu saja Simeone sangat mengetahui seluk beluk klubnya. Pada saat perkenalannya, Simeone menyebut bahwa dia ingin menjadikan timnya : “kuat dalam serangan balik, kompetitif, kuat dalam bertahan, dan sulit dikalahkan”. Itulah yang menjadi identitas Atletico sepanjang sejarah dan Simeone tidak mengubahnya sedikitpun.

“Efek Simeone” lainnya adalah bagaimana dia memaksimalkan kemampuan para pemainnya. Ketika baru bergabung dengan Atletico, ada 2 pemain yang dianggap oleh Simeone sebagai pemain bintang, yaitu Arda Turan dan Diego Ribas. Namun, Simeone menganggap bahwa kinerja kedua pemain lebih rendah daripada yang seharusnya dapat mereka berikan kepada Atletico.  Simeone meminta Arda memperbaiki beberapa hal dan Arda menjawab : “Saya akan bermain dengan hati”.

Sejak saat itu, Simeone mengakui bahwa dia menaruh respek terhadap Arda karena selalu menepati kata-katanya.

Sementara itu, kepada Diego Ribas, Simeone berkata bahwa seorang pemain tidak dapat melakukan semua hal. Simeone mengatakan hal itu karena dia melihat bahwa Diego berusaha memecahkan segala masalah. Simeone meyakinkannya bahwa Diego akan menjadi pemain yang menentukan jika memainkan sebuah tugas yang lebih spesifik di lapangan pertandingan.

Buku ini cukup adil dalam membahas sosok Simeone. Buktinya, dalam buku ini tidak hanya dibahas mengenai kelebihan Simeone dalam memotivasi para pemainnya, tetapi kesulitan untuk menghadapi perilaku seorang pemain.

Ketika Simeone melatih klub San Lorenzo, dia memiliki seorang pemain bernama Papu Gomez. Papu adalah pemain yang egois dan Simeone tidak menyukai pemain seperti itu. Papu merasa bahwa dia lebih baik apabila bermain sebagai penyerang tengah, tetapi Simeone menganggap bahwa Papu akan lebih berkontribusi bagi timnya apabila bermain sebagai pemain sayap. Papu tetap pada pendiriannya dan hubungan di antara keduanya sedikit bergejolak. Keduanya berdebat, bertengkar, dan bahkan saling mencela.

Sosok seorang pelatih sepakbola, atau cabang olahraga apapun, seharusnya memang sekaligus berfungsi sebagai motivator, tetapi dapat dikatakan bahwa belum ada yang seorang pelatih sepakbola yang dengan gamblangnya menceritakan pengalaman sehari-harinya mengenai strategi memotivasi para pemain. Hal yang menjadi nilai plus dari buku ini adalah pengalaman Simeone yang cukup banyak malang melintang di dunia kepelatihan sejak 2006, sehingga dia memiliki pengalaman yang sangat banyak dalam hal memotivasi sebuah tim.

Kolaborasi Simeone dengan Santi Garcia Bustamante menjadikan penjelasan dalam buku ini “mengalir”. Simeone yang tidak memiliki pengalaman dalam penulisan buku harus berterimakasih kepada Bustamante yang berprofesi sebagai jurnalis. Saat ini Bustamante adalah redaktur desk ekonomi di kantor berita Spanyol, Agencia EFE. Bustamante sendiri pernah menulis buku berjudul “Liderazgo Blanco” : El Real Madrid y Los Valores Legendarios de Sus Jugadores. “Genre” buku itu mirip dengan buku yang ditulis oleh Bustamente dan Simeone karena mengulas mengenai “nilai-nilai” yang dianut oleh Real Madrid sebagai kunci kesuksesan.

Sayangnya, hingga saat ini buku ini belum diterjemahkan ke dalam bahasa Inggris. Hanya sebagian kecil orang yang mengerti bahasa Spanyol di negara-negara yang tidak berbahasa Spanyol. Akan lebih berguna apabila ada pihak-pihak yang bersedia mendapatkan lisensi buku ini untuk diterjemahkan ke dalam bahasa Inggris atau bahkan bahasa Indonesia.

 

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