- Address: Jakarta
- Country: Indonesia
- Capacity: 77,000
- Opened: 24 July 1962
- Main use: Football
- Tenants: Persija (football)
Extra stadium info – Stadion Utama Gelora Bung Karno
The construction of the stadium, which is named after Indonesia’s first president, was partially funded through a special loan from the USSR. The first president of Indonesia was born as Kusno Sosrodihardjo. He was known as Sukarno and he was the president of Indonesia between 1945 and 1967. Sukarno was born in 1901 and he died in Jakarta in 1970. The stadium which is named Stadion Utama Gelora Bung Karno is known as a venue for several events, like athletics, boxing, concerts and football. It was named Stadion Utama Senayan when it opened. Between 1969 and 2001, it was named Stadion Utama Gelora Senayan. The venue hosted football matches with attendances over 100,000.
In 1973, Muhammad Ali from the United States faced Rudolfus Josefus Maria Lubbers from the Netherlands in a boxing match at the venue named Stadion Utama Gelora Bung Karno. Muhammad Ali became one of the most famous sports figures of the 20th century. He was born in Kentucky in 1942. Muhammad Ali died in 2016 at the age of 74.
National football teams
The stadium hosted its first-ever final of the Asian championship for national football teams in 2007. Iraq won the tournament after defeating Saudi Arabia 1-0. The venue hosted numerous matches of the national football team of Indonesia. They played their first-ever FIFA World Cup match in 1938 under a different name. The national football team of Indonesia lost their inaugural FIFA World Cup game against Hungary 6-0. Hungary reached the final of the 1938 FIFA World Cup, which was the third edition of the tournament. The inaugural edition of the world championship took place in 1930 and the second edition of the tournament took place in 1934.
Famous football clubs
Several world famous football clubs played at the stadium which is named Stadion Utama Gelora Bung Karno. FC Bayern München is among those clubs. In 2013, they became the first FIFA Club World Cup winners from Germany. Bayern München are among the first sports clubs with 10 million followers on its main social media page. The German side became one of the first sports clubs with a value of at least $1 billion.
Persija, one of the major sports clubs in Indonesia, use the stadium named Stadion Utama Gelora Bung Karno for home matches. The football club was founded in 1928 under a different name. In 2001, they were crowned Indonesian football champions for the 10th time in their history. Persija won their 10th title after winning a game in front of tens of thousands of spectators in Jakarta. Persija have an intense rivalry with Persib, which has led to violence among fans on several occasions. Both clubs are located on the island of Java.