Ozil’s Advice For Indonesian Football


The Indonesian government and PSSI must dare to make big investments in the infrastructure sector and youth academy for the advancement of the world of Indonesian football. This was suggested by former German national team player Mesut Ozil.

Ozil came to Indonesia because he had business. While in the country, he carried out a series of activities, such as visiting the office of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia (Kemenparekraf), to a shoe-making factory in Cikupa, Tangerang.

“Football is growing in Indonesia. However, the infrastructure is still lacking. Indonesia must have the courage to invest in infrastructure and youth academy,” said Ozil.

“So, if you want football to be successful, Indonesia must spend more money on these two things. So that later it can support Indonesian football in the future,” added Ozil.

The problem of infrastructure in the field of football is not something new in Indonesia. A number of coaches, both local and foreign, have complained about the problem.

Regarding the academy, a number of clubs began to focus on building it. For example, Persija Jakarta asked Thomas Doll not only to focus on the team’s performance in Liga 1, but to carry out the regeneration process from the internal academy. (Goal/OL-15)