At the beginning of 2007, the Indonesian football federation - (PSSI), appointed Mr. Roberto Regis Milano the task to find a way to improve the quality of some selected young Indonesian football players trough an international search of a competitive high level youth league with International recognition outside Indonesia were to send the group of talented youngsters to live, train, play, study and - most of all - compete officially.
Due to previous football personal experiences, personal knowledge of the country and confidence on the proper people to support the idea and to be appointed as project managers, and thanks to the great spirit of co-operation shown by the Uruguayan football association (AUF), Mr. Regis Milano proposed to the PSSI to send the players to Uruguay for a four years program.
Because of the Uruguay league's prestige, the confidence that PSSI immediately had with the person who made the agreement possible that Mr. Regis Milano introduced also as the head of the project - the Cdr Jose' Carlos Molinari - and the great quality of the project proposed, in late 2007 PSSI entered into a wide cooperation agreement with AUF that was mostly focused on the grant of the AUF to have a fully Indonesian team to compete officially to the youth major league of the country (in the division according to the age of the players).
After all arrangements were done, the selection of players (after a wide scouting done in Indonesia by Uruguay and Indonesian technical people) was completed, as well as the set-up of the Uruguay logistic and organization, in 2008 a group of 25 promising Indonesian players of 15/16 years old arrived in Montevideo to start training and to be ready for the first competition - at Under 17 level - that started in following month of March.
To obtain this target a tremendous effort was made by the appointed head of the Uruguay project.
The total set-up of everything was fast organized. The young team needed to stay, live, train, study and play. Everything was completed in time and at a very high international football level.
A very experience technical group was appointed, under the lead of the technical director Cesar Payovich.
A sophisticated program of health and medicare was prepared by the medical staff's head Dr. Nelson Ghuietti, including a medical care plan with one of the most prestigious hospitals in Montevideo. There is also an individual nutrition program to improve the health and biometrics of the young players.
Wilson Espina is in charge of physical stuff, one positive issue is that in three years the players did not have any important muscular injury. This is part of a deep preparation during all the year.
All logistic details were prepared, with safe and proper living condition offered by the Naval Club (the Navy club of Uruguay), a sport nutrition driven food planning, state of the art training facilities in the Navy academy (football grounds, athletic training centers, swimming pool etc), a dedicated bus to move the players around the country, and all other but vital small details to allow the players to grow as footballers and human being.
A new Uruguay Football club was founded - owned by Indonesia - and officially enrolled into AUF with the name of "Futbol Indonesia " (Futbol is the way football is called in South America), and Mr Milton Kreninger was nominated as president.
Therefore under the control of Mr. Molinari, with the aid of a complete staff, (a team manager: Mr, Federico Molinari, the son of Mr. Carlos until may 2011, now Mauro Burgos is in charge), a full technical group with two coaches, one athletic coach, a goalkeeper coach two masseurs/kinesiologist [one from Uruguay and one from Indonesia], a delegate appointed to represent the club in the Auf (Mr. Pepe Frigerio) and the support of the PSSI's envoy Mr. Demis Djamaoeddin the team started its new life in a different football and in March 2008 started the first competition at youth level.
Currently it is the fourth year of the original project, the team competed for two years at U17 level and now plays in the U19 league, also in 2011 we start a new U17.
After a difficult start, due to change of mentality, small biotype, lack of power and proper muscular structure, different football skills, nutrition problems, the team before the end of the first year already started to make the most of the experience and the program.
Significant gains in weight, height, and - most of all - in health, muscular build up, strength and speed were achieved, with outstanding results.
Great improvements in the player's individual technique and talent were achieved, as well as a very solid tactical system was learned.
A sporty and positive attitude in the field was reached, and after a start of the league that was tainted by far too many yellow and red cards, the team now has strong fighting spirit but without violence and un-necessary disciplinary sanctions.
Thanks also to the discipline of the players – in three years there is no report of any lack of discipline or of behavior - and their enthusiasm and availability to work and train very hard, now the team plays well, wins a lot of matches and several players have been noted and asked by local clubs. The results are incredible 2008: 35% of the points won, in 2011: 59% of the points won.
The good results of the first two years pushed PSSI to ask for an extension of the program, and in 2009 another co-operation agreement was signed with AUF, and PSSI decided to send another batch of 25 players to compete from 2011 one year at U17 level and two as U19.
Many recognition of the quality of the managing, the level of the facilities, the improvement of the players and the overall great and proud attitude of the the whole team was given by Football Associations, clubs and local journalists.
During the fourth years in Montevideo all the players continue to study – individually – the Indonesian school program and often teachers came to Montevideo to lecture, teach and take exams to the players to reach their Indonesian school level, moreover all players daily attend classes of Spanish, Local culture, English and computer in one of the most important private school in Montevideo, The New Zeeland School, with good discipline, good results and achieving fast the knowledge of these important idioms necessary for their future career, and for their improvement of culture.
The team went to a very important trip to Chile two times (2010 and 2011), with important friendly matches with teams of first division and the national team , generating a lot of interest also in the Chilean football world for the Indonesian Football and many interests of Chilean clubs for the young talents. During these matches, without considering the excellent results, the team showed discipline, order, proper conduct, making all the people that had worked so hard in the project first three years very proud.
The last but maybe the biggest achievent so far reached by Indonesia Futbol, is the co-operation agreement with Peñarol, the most prestigious Uruguay club, one of the most important clubs in the world and nominated by FIFA the most important and most winning club of the world of the 20th century “Campeon del siglo” .
It is a vast agreement, that will include the possibility for Peñarol to hire two Indonesian players for the uruguay competition, first case in history of Indonesian players playing outside Indonesia in a top-league. In 2011 Syamsir Alam and Zaenal Haq playing in U19 and sometimes they have trainings with the reserve, we are waiting for 2012 which new 2 players will arrive to this team.