After returning to Indonesia, the team played one more test match, against the touring USA olympic side, won 7-5, before travelling to Australia, where the team registered the one truly remarkable result in the footballing history of independent Indonesia, forcing a goalless draw (after extra time) against the eventual winners, the Soviet Union.
After the Games, silver medalists Yugoslavia paid a return visit to Indonesia on their way home.
Match Overview Date Venue Hosts Score Soviet Union 19- 8-56 Baku [*1] Neftyanik Baku 3-1 Indonesia [HT: 1-1] [Ali Abil-zade 33, 62, 90; Aang Witarsa 8] 23- 8-56 Tbilisi Dinamo Tbilisi 5-2 Indonesia [HT: 2-0] [Zaur Kaloyev 6, 50, Boris Khasaya 31, Konstantin Gagnidze 4-0, 63; Ashari Danu 5-1, Ramly Jatim 86] 26- 8-56 Stalino [*2] Shakhtyor Stalino 2-1 Indonesia [HT: 2-0] [Valentin Sapronov 26, Ivan Fedosov 42; Aang Witarsa 88] 29- 8-56 Kharkov [*3] Avangard Kharkov 2-1 Indonesia [HT: 0-0] [Sergey Duykov 46, Yevgeniy Levonenko 65; Ade Dana 1-1] 1- 9-56 Leningrad [*4] Trudoviye Rezervy Leningrad 5-2 Indonesia [HT: 4-1] 4- 9-56 Ivanovo Krasnoye Znamya Ivanovo 0-2 Indonesia [HT: 0-1] [Phoa Sian Liong 7, Ramly Jatim 77] [*1] Baku now called Bakı (Azerbaijan) [*2] Stalino now called Donetsk (Ukraine) [*3] Kharkov now called Kharkiv (Ukraine) [*4] Leningrad now called Sankt Peterburg (Russia); Indonesia's president Soekarno attended the match Yugoslavia 9- 9-56 Beograd Yugoslavia 4-2 Indonesia [HT: 2-0] 12- 9-56 Zagreb Croatia 5-2 Indonesia [HT: 4-1] East Germany 20- 9-56 Karl-Marx-Stadt East Germany 3-1 Indonesia [HT: 1-1] 22- 9-56 Dresden SC Einheit Dresden 4-1 Indonesia Czechoslovakia 26- 9-56 Plzeň Czechoslovakia B 5-1 Indonesia [HT: 2-1] Indonesia Squad (18 players) GK Maulwi Saelan (Makassar) Paidjo (Malang) DF Chairuddin Siregar (Djakarta) Thio Him Tjiang (Djakarta) Mohammad Rasjid (Medan) MF Ramlan Jatim (Medan) Sudjana Rukma (Bandung) Kwee Kiat Sek (Djakarta) Tan Liong Houw (Djakarta) Sidhi (Surabaja) Phoa Sian Liong (Djakarta) [*] FW Aang Witarsa (Bandung) Ade Dana (Bandung) Ashari Danu (Semarang) Lie Kian An (Semarang) Moh. Djamiat Dalhar (Djakarta) Andi Ramang (Makassar) Ramly Jatim (Medan) [*] Sian Liong was a last minute replacement for Hamdani (Djakarta), who had been included in the squad announced after the match of the national team against Stade de Reims on Jul 7. Match Details Yugoslavia 4-2 Indonesia Sep 9, Beograd, stadion JNA, att: 25,000; ref: Takov (Bulgaria) Yugoslavia: Vladimir Beara; Bruno Belin (Branko Stanković), Tomislav Crnković; Vujadin Boškov, Ivan Horvat, Lazar Tasić; Todor Veselinović (Zdravko Rajkov), Miloš Milutinović, Bernard Vukas, Borivoje Kostić, Branko Zebec Indonesia: Maulwi Saelan; Chairuddin Siregar, Thio Him Tjiang; Sudjana Rukma, Kwee Kiat Sek, Tan Liong Houw; Ade Dana, Aang Witarsa, Ashari Danu, Phoa Sian Liong, Ramly Jatim NB: substitutions (if any) not known Goals: Milutinović (3), Kostić; Danu, Stanković (own goal) Half-Time: 2-0 Croatia 5-2 Indonesia Sep 12, Zagreb; att: 12,000; ref: Damiani (Croatia) Croatia: Ante Vulić; Svemir Delić, Ante Vidošević; Stane Krstulović, Vladimir Klaić, Ante Žanetić; Sulejman Rebac, Željko Matuš, Dražan Jerković (46' Ivan Medle), Joško Vidošević, Aleksandar Benko Indonesia: Maulwi Saelan (46' Paidjo); Chairuddin Siregar, Thio Him Tjiang; Sudjana Rukma, Kwee Kiat Sek, Tan Liong Houw; Ade Dana, Aang Witarsa, Phoa Sian Liong, Ashari Danu (46' Lie Kian An), Djamiat Dalhar Goals: 9' Matuš 1-0, 13' Krstulović 2-0, 17' Rebac 3-0, 24' Tan Liong Houw 3-1, 43' Benko 4-1, 54' Rebac 5-1, 70' Witarsa 5-2 Half-Time: 4-1 East Germany 3-1 Indonesia Sep 20, Karl-Marx-Stadt, Ernst-Thälmann-Stadion; att: 50,000; ref: Versyp (Belgium) East Germany: Willy Marquardt; Gerhard Schaller, Werner Eilitz; Karl Wolf, Herbert Schoen, Siegfried Wolf; Horst Assmy (59' Rudolf Krause), Günter Schröter, Willy Tröger, Manfred Kaiser, Günther Wirth Indonesia: Paidjo (46' Maulwi Saelan); Chairuddin Siregar, Thio Him Tjiang; Sudjana Rukma, Kwee Kiat Sek, Tan Liong Houw; Ade Dana, Aang Witarsa, Andi Ramang, Phoa Sian Liong, Ramly Jatim Goals: 3' Wirth 1-0, 34' Ramly 1-1, 49' Tröger 2-1, 75' Tröger 3-1
Match Overview NB: none of the matches below was an official international for the United States (neither was their match against Yugoslavia in Melbourne, but that was later added on the basis of FIFA's ruling on matches at the Olympic Games). Date Venue Hosts Score 21-10-56 Los Angeles Los Angeles All-Stars 4-4 United States 25-10-56 Tōkyō Tokyo Area All Stars 3-5 United States [*1] 27-10-56 Ōsaka Kansai All Stars 0-6 United States [HT: 0-1] 31-10-56 Seoul South Korea 1-0 United States [HT: 0-0] [*2] 3-11-56 Taipeh Eastern (Hongkong) 1-6 United States [HT: 0-3] 6-11-56 Hongkong All Hongkong 2-1 United States [HT: 0-1] [*3] 10-11-56 Manila Philippines 0-4 United States 12-11-56 Singapore All Singapore 1-2 United States [HT: 0-2] [*4] 16-11-56 Djakarta Indonesia 7-5 United States [HT: 4-2] [*1] hosts also listed as (unofficial) Japanese national team [*2] unofficial international for hosts [*3] hosts were a Hongkong League XI, including e.g. British servicemen and players of the Formosa (Republic of China) national side [*4] hosts were a combined team of Singapore civilians and servicemen; match 2x40 minutes Match Details Indonesia 7-5 United States Nov 16, Djakarta, Ikada Stadion; ref: Christiaan H. Wensveen (Indonesia) Indonesia: Maulwi Saelan; Thio Him Tjiang, Chairuddin Siregar; Ramlan Jatim, Kwee Kiat Sek, Tan Liong Houw; Aang Witarsa, Phoa Sian Liong, Andi Ramang, Ashari Danu (~70' Djamiat Dalhar), Jasrin Jusron United States: Svend Engedal; Bill Conterio, Herman Wecke; Ruben Mendoza, Harry Keough, Zenon Snylyk; Lloyd Monsen, Bill Looby, Al Zerhusen, Siegbert Wirth, Ed Murphy NB: Wirth substituted at half-time; replacement not known (possibly Jim Dorrian) Goals: 3' Jusron 1-0, 6' Looby 1-1, 22' Danu 2-1, 35' Zerhusen 2-2, 37' Sian Liong 3-2, 39' Danu 4-2, 50' Zerhusen 4-3, 54' Jusron 5-3, 62' Zerhusen (pen) 5-4, 66' Jusron 6-4, 70' Zerhusen 6-5, 75' Ramang 7-5 NB: above according to match report in De Nieuwsgier; a report in the Preangerbode (and a completely identical one in the Java-bode) credited the 2nd, 3rd and 4th US goals to Looby and the last to Mendoza (and also had goal times differing by up to 7 minutes but in the same order) NB: first choice US 'keeper Ron Coder had broken a leg in the Hongkong match and was replaced by Engedal in the last 3 matches of the tour (and also in Melbourne)
In the qualifying tournament, Indonesia had been drawn
to play Formosa (now Taiwan) over two legs for a place in the final tournament, but Formosa,
who had earlier requested to play the matches in Hongkong and Manila (as "neutral" venues),
withdrew at the end of June 1956 in protest to the Indonesian decision to not play the national
anthems and raise the flags at the leg in Djakarta (scheduled for 8 July with the return to
take place on 22 July); because of this, Indonesia could schedule a second, "revenge" match
against Stade de Reims during their tour of the country.
In the final tournament, Indonesia registered their best ever result, drawing with the eventual winners in the quarterfinals before losing the replay.
Match Overview Date Venue Score 11-56 Melbourne Indonesia w/o Vietnam [Vietnam withdrew] 29-11-56 Melbourne Soviet Union 0-0 Indonesia [aet] 1-12-56 Melbourne Soviet Union 4-0 Indonesia [HT: 3-0] Match Details Soviet Union 0-0 Indonesia Nov 29, Melbourne, Olympic Park; att: 8,000; ref: Takenokoshi (Japan) Soviet Union: Lev Yashin; Nikolay Tischenko, Anatoly Bashashkin; Boris Kuznetsov, Jozef Betza, Igor Netto; Boris Tatushin, Anatoly Isayev, Eduard Streltzov, Sergey Salnikov, Vladimir Ryzhkin Indonesia: Maulwi Saelan; Mohammad Rasjid, Chairuddin Siregar; Ramlan Jatim, Kwee Kiat Sek, Tan Liong Houw; Aang Witarsa, Phoa Sian Liong, Ashari Danu, Thio Him Tjiang, Andi Ramang; coach: Antun Pogačnik Goals: none, after extra time NB: this was the 22nd official international match for the Soviet Union and only the second in which they failed to score; the first match had been exactly two months earlier, on Sep 29, against Hungary, lost 0-1; the next match in which the Soviet Union failed to find the net was at the 1958 World Cup, on Jun 15 against Brazil, lost 0-2; so Indonesia find themselves in the surprising company of the Aranycsapat and the first Brazil side to win the World Cup. Soviet Union 4-0 Indonesia Dec 1, Melbourne, Olympic Park; att: 10,000; ref: Lund (New Zealand) Soviet Union: Boris Razinsky; Nikolay Tischenko, Anatoly Bashashkin; Boris Kuznetsov, Anatoly Maslyonkin, Igor Netto; Boris Tatushin, Valentin Ivanov, Eduard Streltzov, Sergey Salnikov, Anatoly Ilyin Indonesia: Maulwi Saelan; Mohammad Rasjid, Chairuddin Siregar; Ramlan Jatim, Kwee Kiat Sek, Tan Liong Houw; Aang Witarsa, Andi Ramang, Achad Arifin, Thio Him Tjiang, Jasrin Jusron; coach: Antun Pogačnik Goals: 17' Salnikov 1-0, 19' Ivanov 2-0, 43' Netto 3-0, 59' Salnikov 4-0 Half-Time: 3-0
NB: Yugoslavia had won the silver medal in Melbourne (they would go one better in 1960). Three squad members (Ibrahim Biogradlić, Muhamed Mujić and Todor Veselinović) had been part of the 1953 Indonesia tour of Young Yugoslavia. Match Overview Date Venue Hosts Score 13-12-56 Padang PSP 0-3 Yugoslavia [HT: 0-1] 16-12-56 Surabaja Persibaja 0-8 Yugoslavia [HT: 0-3] 21-12-56 Bandung Persib 0-6 Yugoslavia [HT: 0-3] 23-12-56 Djakarta Indonesia 1-5 Yugoslavia [HT: 1-2] 25-12-56 Djakarta Persidja 2-4 Yugoslavia [HT: 1-2] Match Details Indonesia 1-5 Yugoslavia Dec 23, Djakarta, Ikada Stadion; ref: Sarim (Indonesia) Indonesia: Maulwi Saelan; Thio Him Tjiang, Chairuddin Siregar; Phoa Sian Liong, Kwee Kiat Sek, Sudjana Rukma (46' Djamiat Dalhar); Jasrin Jusron (30' Hamdani), Achad Arifin, Tan Liong Houw, Andi Ramang, Aang Witarsa Yugoslavia: Petar Radenković; Mladen Koščak, Nikola Radović; Ivan Šantek, Ljubomir Spajić, Dobrosav Krstić; Luka Lipošinović, Muhamed Mujić (Zlatko Papec), Sava Antić, Dragoslav Šekularac, Todor Veselinović (Vladimir Popović) NB: line-up according to Yugoslav sources; Indonesian papers report a substitution of Šekularac by Joško Vidošević Goals: 16' Lipošinović 0-1, 36' Veselinović 0-2, 43' Liong Houw (pen) 1-2, 48' Veselinović 1-3, 50' Papec 1-4, 67' Radović (pen) 1-5 Half-Time: 1-2 NB: above according to match report in the Preangerbode (which, as far as the Yugoslav goalscorers are concerned, coincides with Yugoslav sources); a report in De Nieuwsgier credited the Yugoslav goals to Antić, Mujić, Veselinović, Vidošević and Koščak, in that order (and also had goal times differing by up to 7 minutes)
Sources included: Java-bode, De Nieuwsgier (both Djakarta newspapers), Preangerbode (Bandung newspaper), http://www.11v11.com/ (match details 9 Sep 1956), http://hnkborovo.webs.com/nogomet1.htm (match details 12 Sep 1956), various German and Soviet sources
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