he Arema Culture
The Arema is born out of the pride of the citizens of Malang. With the desire to establish themselves as a famous and a high nobility society, the people (especially the teenagers) of Malang participated in all kinds of activities (which includes boxing, rock music and athleticism) to help establish the Malang as one of the famous societies in Indonesia.
Arema is also the name of an Indonesian/Javanese legend, Kebo Arema who is thought to originate from Malang. Due to this fact, “Arema” became a relevant name to be used for the culture and identity of Malang.
On 11 August 1987, Arema Malang Football Club or Persatuan Sepakbola Arema Malang was formed. It went through several names and managements change before using and settling on the present club name. This was due to financial difficulties experienced by the club during its early days of formation before eventually being saved by Ir. Lucky Acub Zaenal.
In 2003, after 16 years of financial instability, Arema Malang FC was taken over by PT. Bentoel Prima Malang Tbk, one of Indonesia’s oldest cigarette company based in Malang. The company has managed Arema Malang FC till now.
- Arema supporters who call themselves the Aremania are considered to be one of the most fanatic supporters among all of the Indonesian football clubs supporters.
- Apart from Malang City itself, Arema Malang FC also has its Aremania community all around Indonesia, for example, Aremania Batavia in Jakarta, Aremania Batam in Riau Island, Aremania cyber and other area/countries.
- In 2000 & 2006, the Aremania has been awarded as The Best Indonesian Football Supporters by Football Association of Indonesia