PSSI plans to bring together Indonesian National team against Croatia in a FIFA Matchday trial match in March 2022. Indonesia had previously played against Croatia who was the finalist of the 2018 World Cup.
PSSI Secretary General Yunus Nusi said his party was trying to bring together the Indonesian national team with two teams from Europe. No half-hearted PSSI wants to bring together the Garuda team against Croatia.
“For the March FIFA Matchday, we are still communicating with Greece and Croatia,” said Yunus Nusi in Jakarta, Thursday (6/1).
The Croatian national team is one of the strengths of European football today. The team nicknamed Vatreni is inhabited by a number of the world’s top boards, ranging from Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic, Mateo Kovacic to Marcelo Brozovic.
Indonesia has a record of one meeting with Croatia. The only meeting took place on September 12, 1956. The Indonesian national team traveled to Croatia’s headquarters for a friendly match at the Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb.
At that time, the Indonesian national team was 2-5 from Croatia. Two goals for the Red and White team were scored by Tan Ling Houw and Endang Witarsa. Five goals for Croatia were scored by Sulejman Rebac (2 goals), Zeljko Matus, Andrija Krstulovic, and Aleksandar Benko.
The Indonesian national team trained by Antun ‘Toni’ Pogacnik was strengthened by a number of legends such as Maulwi Saelan and Thio Him Tjiang. At that time, Indonesia was on a tour of Eastern Europe in preparation for appearing at the 1956 Olympics which was held in Australia.
Interestingly, until 1990, the duel against Indonesia was the only Croatian match against a team from another country while still under Yugoslavia.
The duel against Croatia was not the only friendly match that the Indonesian national team played during their Eastern European tour. Indonesia also played Yugoslavia in Belgrade on 9 September 1956 and lost 2-4.