Full Name: Persatuan Sepak Bola Malang
Nickname: Laskar Ken Arok
Home Ground: Gajayana Stadium
Manager/Coach: Timo Scheunemann (Germany)
Liga Primer Indonesia Champions: -
The club was originally founded in 1953 using the funds from Malang’s municipal budget. It competed in the Indonesian Super League until January 2011 when it chose to switch to the rival, breakaway Liga Primer Indonesia.
Despite a history of over 50 years in the ISL, Persema never managed to win a trophy and mostly lingered around mid-to-bottom of the table.
Despite cross-town rivals Arema Malang being more successful, Persema is now one of the more popular teams after it recruited European-born naturalised Indonesians Irfan Bachdim and Kim Jeffrey Kurniawan.