Indonesia Super League
The Indonesia Super League ( ISL, Indones. Liga Super Indonesia ) is the highest football league in Indonesia. Together with the Indonesian Premier League, the second division, it makes the league Indonesia. Giants are each equipped with two titles Persebaya Surabaya and Persik Kediri.
Founded as the Indonesia Super League and the League Indonesia in 1994, when the semi-professional league Sepakbola Utama ( Galatama ) and the Amateur League Perserikatan merged. The League Indonesia shall enjoy the status of a professional league. The first professional league Indonesia consisted of 34 clubs, which were divided into two divisions ( East and West ). The four best clubs in the respective divisions qualified for the Final 8 Championship Playoffs, where à four teams was played in two groups. The two group winners finally played from the masters of the country. Persib Bandung in 1995 defeated Petrokimia Putra in the final 1-0. First scorer of the new league was Peri Sandria of Bandung Raya with 34 goals in 37 games. In the following years there were constant changes in the mode of Super League. Although already the AFC has long professional structures called from your member associations, the National Association PSSI exerts only now pressure on the clubs. The 2009 season was in chaos. For the new season is therefore requested that each club can boast a home stadium, and a professional trainer for the teams.
The following table gives an overview of the development of the league.
Former well-known player in the league
Although the clubs employ mainly Indonesian players, even some well-known international professionals played in Indonesia. Example, in 1996 played the Argentine world champion Mario Kempes at Pelita Jaya from Bandung together with the Cameroonian Roger Milla. However, both were at this time already over 40 years old.