Do you know the first Asian nation to feature in a World Cup finals? Well you do now for it was Indonesia, then playing as the Dutch East Indies team, that played in the 1938 World Cup tournament. It was a momentous moment for the team and the Asian continent even if the team did not go far in the tournament.The country has attempted to emulate that feat without success. In the Asian Games Indonesia has finished in the top four three times before. They also qualified for the final rounds of the Asian Cup 2000.

The game has suffered a decline but the Indonesian Federation have introduced numerous programmes to try and raise the level of the game.

Indonesia, one of the most populous nations in the world, has a very large pool of players, especially since the game is played extensively throughout the country. League matches in Indonesia also attracts large crowds as well. Pelita Jaya is among the better known of the Indonesian clubs and has managed to reach the semifinals of the Asian Club Championships.


Fast Facts
Climate: As Indonesia stretches over such a wide area, the weather varies from the different regions. But due to its proximity to the equator, the weather is hot and dry. It is the opposite during the rainy seasons. Cooler conditions await those who are in the coastal towns.

Geography: Indonesia is made up of over 13,000 islands and covers an area of about 2 million square miles. Many of the islands are home to large tracts of rainforests, many of which are still isolated and hardly explored.

Population: Indonesia is one of the most populated countries in the world. In fact, it is the fourth most populous nation with over 220 million people.

Religion: Indonesia is a predominantly Muslim nation with other religions, introduced by the many travelers over the last few centuries, also practised. Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism are among the other religions observed.

Language: Bahasa Indonesia is the main language and it is somewhat similar to the Malay language spoken in neighbouring Malaysia. There are numerous dialects and languages that are spoken all across Indonesia.

Currency: The Indonesian currency is the Rupiah. (US$1 equals 8740RP)