Indonesia is a soccer-crazed nation, but, so far, has never been known for producing world-class soccer players. Unfortunately, the country has gained a reputation for producing some of the world’s most violent soccer hooligans, which is the topic of a fascinating new documentary by ABC News Australia.
“This Muslim nation has no alcohol, but iced tea, fueling the fan mania,” reporter David Lipson narrates in the video, which takes viewers into into the world of fanatical, and sometimes deadly, Indonesian soccer fandom.
The documentary focuses on Jakarta’s soccer club, Persija, while also highlighting some of the darkest moments in Indonesian soccer history, such as the recent death of Persija fan Haringga Sirla, who was killed by a mob of hardcore fans of rival club Persib Bandung (some of whom were still minors).
ABC News’ documentary, titled, “Inside the world’s most dangerous football league”, is a troubling look into the country’s relationship with the sport and and why, despite Indonesia not participating at its highest levels, the nation still has so many fans that are ready to kill in the name of their teams.