Indonesian football in recent years has shown strong growth both in the Southeast Asian and continental arenas. In addition to improving the quality of domestic tournaments, Indonesia also promotes the process of naturalizing players from Europe.
Recently, the Indonesian press confirmed that the country’s Football Federation is promoting the naturalization process for Thom Haye, a 28-year-old player playing in the Dutch National Championship for Heerenveen. On the same day, Jay Idzes received Indonesian citizenship and was ready to play for the country’s national team. Idzes is currently playing for Venezia, a team playing in Serie B, Italy.
Also according to this country’s press, some names such as Nathan Tjoe-A-On (Swansea City plays in the Championship, England), Ragnar Oratmangoen (Fortuna Sittard, Eredivisie, Netherlands) and Maarten Paes (Dallas, MLS, USA) is about to complete the naturalization process.
If all of the above procedures can be completed, coach Shin Tae-yong is expected to be able to field a quality squad with the participation of 10 naturalized players, according to Bolanet.
Goalie: Maarten Paes, 25 years old, is playing for FC Dallas in the American professional soccer league (Major League Soccer – MLS). In the 2023 season, Maarten Paes contributed to helping Dallas finish 7th in MLS with 8 clean sheets in 30 appearances.
Midfield trio: Jay Idzes is currently the mainstay of Venezia FC playing in Serie B. Idzes is valued at up to 900 thousand euros by Transfermarkt. Justin Hubner is a potential defender on the staff of Wolverhampton Wanderers. Elkan Baggott, 1m96 tall, is only 21 years old and is considered promising for Ipswich, the team currently ranked 2nd in the Championship, behind former Premier League champion Leicester City.
Defender: Shayne Pattynama, 25 years old. The Dutch-born player is playing for Viking Club in the Norwegian National Championship. Sandy Walsh, 28 years old, originally from Belgium plays for Mechelen Club in the Belgian National Championship.
Midfielder: Ivar Jenner, 19 years old, originally from the Netherlands, plays for Utrecht Club in the Eredivisie (Netherlands). Thom Haye, a 28-year-old player, has experienced many clubs in the Dutch National Championship such as ADO Den Haag, NAC Breda and Heerenveen. Previously, Haye also played in Italy for clubs Willem II and Lecce.
The purely Indonesian name on Bolanet’s list is Ricky Kambuaya, who is in impressive form in the Indonesian National Championship in the Dewa United shirt.
On the offensive line are the duo Ragnar Oratmangoen and Rafael Struick. Oratmangoen, 25 years old, originally from the Netherlands, is playing for Fortuna Sittard Club (Belgium) on loan from Groningen. Struick, 20 years old, originally from the Netherlands, is playing for ADO Den Haag, the team ranked 3rd in the Dutch second division.
Nam Thanh | 18:00 December 30, 2023