Man United had been planning a summer trip to Indonesia, but the danger of suicide bombings prevented the English team from choosing Indonesia.
Asia tour competition planning
In the past, Man United has plans to tour Asia through countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, South Korea and China. On January 14, 2009, Sir Alex Ferguson brought with the stars, including Wayne Rooney, Michael Owen, Dimitar Berbatov, Luis Nani, Rio Ferdinand.
Indonesia had quite a bit of preparation for this match when the All-Stars team was formed. The names of Indonesian football then included Boaz Salossa, Bambang Pamungkas or Firman Utina. “I hope to have a fair fight with Paul Scholes because he is a class midfielder. I want him to return to England with curiosity for facing me, ”Firman Utina told Setanmerah.net.
According to the original plan, Man United faced the All-Stars Indonesia lineup at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium on July 20, 2009. The “Red Devils” are expected to arrive in Indonesia the day before the match is held.
However, a tragic tragedy occurred in Jakarta on July 17, 2009. An explosion rocked two major hotels in the Mega Kuningan business district, JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton. The bomb blast, led by Noordin Mohammad Top, left 9 dead and over 50 injured.
When this incident happened, Manchester United had just landed in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. “Red Devil” immediately held a press conference. In the end, Man United canceled the tour to Indonesia to ensure the safety of all team members.
“We also know that the Indonesian Football Federation is working very hard to prepare for this match. This is terrible information and I believe the decision to cancel the tour is a right decision in defense. my players, “said Ferguson.
The shocking terrorist incident prevented Indonesian fans from witnessing one of the best teams in the world at the time. The last time Man United played a friendly match in Indonesia was the match that took place at Bung Karno Stadium on June 1, 1975.
4 years after the heartbreaking incident
4 years after the heartbreaking incident, Indonesia has the opportunity to host 3 clubs from the English Premier League: Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea. In July 2013, these three teams played one-on-one friendly against the Indonesian star team at Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta.
Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal was the first team to play a friendly match in Indonesia on July 14, 2013. Six days later, Liverpool also won gently with a score of 2-0. Two goals were scored by Philippe Coutinho in the 10th minute and Raheem Sterling in the 88th minute.
The friendly match between the Man United lineup club, Chelsea and the Indonesian star team took place on July 25, 2013. Goals from Eden Hazard, Ramires, Demba Ba, John Terry, Bertrand Traore and Romelu Lukaku helped Chelsea to a strong victory with an 8-1 score.
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