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Indonesia dreams of overcoming Vietnam, attending the 2026 FIFA World Cup

Indonesia dreams of overcoming Vietnam, attending the 2026 FIFA World Cup

Indonesian football has just announced a plan to overcome Vietnam, winning the Asian championship and attending the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Indonesia will have a confrontation with Vietnam in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, after the two teams fall into Group G of the second stage.

However, the Indonesian Football Federation (PSSI) plan is not focused on the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, but aims further.

During a meeting in Jakarta on the evening of July 17th, it took place after the Qatar 2022 qualifying draw, Mr. Iwan Bule - chairperson of the PSSI chair - made a plan to develop Indonesian football.

Accordingly, Mr. Iwan Bule (real name Mochamad Iriawan), a famous police officer in Indonesia, focuses on the 2020-2026 plan.

"Indonesia has great potential. We need to develop appropriate youth training programs. The orientation of this program is regular training abroad, playing for foreign clubs. In the long run, take players to major tournaments of the world. In 2020, this program is officially operated, aimed at specific milestones. The goal is that by 2021, Indonesia will win the Southeast Asian championship. 2022 in the top 10 in Asia. Champion of the 2023 Asian Championship, and won the right to attend the 2026 World Cup".

Indonesia has been in crisis in recent years, inferior to all levels of the Vietnamese team when competing in regional and Asian tournaments.

Recently, at AFF Cup 2018 - the tournament that Vietnam was crowned after 10 years of waiting, Indonesia did not even pass the group stage.

Declarations of plans to head to the 2026 World Cup can be seen as a move to the election of General Iwan Bule. He is rated as the top candidate for PSSI chair.

The 2026 World Cup (American-Canadian-Mexican co-host) marked a major change, when 48 teams attended. Asia has 8 divisions, so Mr. Iwan Bule's plan is not without foundation.

In addition to the above ambition, in the case of PSSI president, Mr. Iwan Bule announced about the project to build a football center for Indonesia, with modern infrastructure.

This center outside PSSI headquarters is also the headquarters for the Indonesian team, including a mini-training ground that can hold up to 20,000 spectators, following the model of major European football platforms.

By his reputation, Mr. Iwan Bule can call for funding. Billionaire Erick Thohir - former president of Inter Milan club, is currently chairman of the Indonesian Olympic Committee - ready to participate in sponsoring this project.