Saco-Indonesia.com - Lapangannya rata berlapis karpet warna hijau. Luasnya sekitar 100x63 meter persegi. Fasilitasnya lumayan mendukung, seperti ruang ganti, kantor, ruang kesehatan, dan lahan parkir. Namun sayang fasilitas ini tidak terawat. Ruangan tepat di depan lapangan itu jauh dari kata layak digunakan sekolah sepak bola bertaraf internasional. Plafonnya rusak dan catnya kusam.
Apalagi toiletnya, tidak ada kucuran air hangat dan dingin pembasuh badan usai berlatih. Begitulah pemandangan di bekas Liverpool Internasional Football Academy di lapangan hoki, Senayan, Jakarta Pusat. Hanya lapangan saja berstandar internasional. Sisanya boleh dibilang jauh dari gambaran sarang tempat berlatih sepak bola mendunia, seperti Liverpool.
Sejak berdiri Juli 2011, Liverpool Internasional Football Academy menggunakan lapangan dalam kompleks Gelora Bung Karno, Senayan, Jakarta Pusat. Awalnya SSB Liverpool menggunakan lapangan F, namun belakangan pindah ke lapangan hoki hingga akhirnya ditutup. Mereka menyewa lapangan di Senayan tanpa membangun fasilitas sendiri di Indonesia.
Mantan kepala operasional International Football Academy Soccer School dan Arsenal Yahya menilai belum ada keseriusan sekolah sepak bola asing mendirikan cabang di Indonesia. Sebab tidak satu pun SSB asing ini memiliki lapangan sendiri atau membangun fasilitas pendukung.
Mereka lebih berorientasi bisnis untuk menguntungkan nama klub itu sendiri. "Belum ada sejauh ini, belum ada yang serius," kata Yahya saat berbincang-bincang, di Senayan, akhir pekan lalu.
Sejak SSB Liverpool ditutup, Yahya kini menjadi kepala pelatih Tik Tak Football First. Semua mantan peserta didik SSB Liverpool berlatih di Tik Tak. Mereka mengaku sudah nyaman dengan komposisi latihan dan tidak ingin bubar. Begitulah cikal bakal berdirinya Tik Tak Football First hingga saat ini.
Selain tempat menyewa, ketidakseriusan lain SSB asing itu tidak memiliki program buat menyalurkan peserta didik berbakat mereka di klub bersangkutan. Menurut Yahya, sejauh pengalamannya melatih di dua SSB, Liverpool dan Arsenal, belum ada satu anak didiknya berangkat ke luar negeri menimba ilmu atau paling tidak mengikuti seleksi masuk menjadi pemain. "Pengalaman saya di Arsenal tiga tahun sepuluh bulan, belum pernah ada satu pun pemain muda berbakat," ujarnya.
Pengamat sepak bola Indonesia Wesley Hutagalung mengakui menjamurnya sekolah sepak bola bertaraf internasional masih mengakomodasi anak-anak keluarga mampu dengan kegiatan berkeringat, gangguan kegemukan, atau sekadar permainan olahraga. Sejauh ini, idealisme tak berjalan seiring dengan jumlah anak-anak berbakat di Indonesia. "Di ibu kota mempunyai kendala pada waktu latihan dengan jam sekolah formal sendiri, terbentur jarak lapangan, jam sekolah," tuturnya.
Wesley menilai PSSI (Persatuan Sepak Bola Seluruh Indonesia) seharusnya merangkul SSB asing. Dia berpendapat keberadaan SSB asing mestinya diikuti konsistensi teruji. "Pengiriman anak didik berlatih atau bermain ke klub induk masih sebuah mimpi. Pastinya akan terbentur dengan minimal peringkat FIFA untuk bisa bermain di tanah Eropa," katanya.
Anggota Komite Eksekutif PSSI La Siya mengatakan semuanya dikembalikan kepada masyarakat untuk lebih jeli karena menjamurnya SSB asing bak dua sisi mata uang. Menurut dia, jika SSB asing bisa dikelola dengan baik ikut berkontribusi pada perkembangan sepak bola di Indonesia.
"Namun jika salah satu aspek, seperti pelatih asingnya tidak benar, bisa jadi efek buruk bagi anak didiknya," ujarnya.
Editor : Maulana Lee Sebenarnya Mereka Tak berniat menduniakan bola Indonesia
From sea to shining sea, or at least from one side of the Hudson to the other, politicians you have barely heard of are being accused of wrongdoing. There were so many court proceedings involving public officials on Monday that it was hard to keep up.
In Newark, two underlings of Gov. Chris Christie were arraigned on charges that they were in on the truly deranged plot to block traffic leading onto the George Washington Bridge.
Ten miles away, in Lower Manhattan, Dean G. Skelos, the leader of the New York State Senate, and his son, Adam B. Skelos, were arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on accusations of far more conventional political larceny, involving a job with a sewer company for the son and commissions on title insurance and bond work.
The younger man managed to receive a 150 percent pay increase from the sewer company even though, as he said on tape, he “literally knew nothing about water or, you know, any of that stuff,” according to a criminal complaint the United States attorney’s office filed.
The success of Adam Skelos, 32, was attributed by prosecutors to his father’s influence as the leader of the Senate and as a potentate among state Republicans. The indictment can also be read as one of those unfailingly sad tales of a father who cannot stop indulging a grown son. The senator himself is not alleged to have profited from the schemes, except by being relieved of the burden of underwriting Adam.
The bridge traffic caper is its own species of crazy; what distinguishes the charges against the two Skeloses is the apparent absence of a survival instinct. It is one thing not to know anything about water or that stuff. More remarkable, if true, is the fact that the sewer machinations continued even after the former New York Assembly speaker, Sheldon Silver, was charged in January with taking bribes disguised as fees.
It was by then common gossip in political and news media circles that Senator Skelos, a Republican, the counterpart in the Senate to Mr. Silver, a Democrat, in the Assembly, could be next in line for the criminal dock. “Stay tuned,” the United States attorney, Preet Bharara said, leaving not much to the imagination.
Even though the cat had been unmistakably belled, Skelos father and son continued to talk about how to advance the interests of the sewer company, though the son did begin to use a burner cellphone, the kind people pay for in cash, with no traceable contracts.
That was indeed prudent, as prosecutors had been wiretapping the cellphones of both men. But it would seem that the burner was of limited value, because by then the prosecutors had managed to secure the help of a business executive who agreed to record calls with the Skeloses. It would further seem that the business executive was more attentive to the perils of pending investigations than the politician.
Through the end of the New York State budget negotiations in March, the hopes of the younger Skelos rested on his father’s ability to devise legislation that would benefit the sewer company. That did not pan out. But Senator Skelos did boast that he had haggled with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, in a successful effort to raise a $150 million allocation for Long Island to $550 million, for what the budget called “transformative economic development projects.” It included money for the kind of work done by the sewer company.
The lawyer for Adam Skelos said he was not guilty and would win in court. Senator Skelos issued a ringing declaration that he was unequivocally innocent.
THIS was also the approach taken in New Jersey by Bill Baroni, a man of great presence and eloquence who stopped outside the federal courthouse to note that he had taken risks as a Republican by bucking his party to support paid family leave, medical marijuana and marriage equality. “I would never risk my career, my job, my reputation for something like this,” Mr. Baroni said. “I am an innocent man.”
The lawyer for his co-defendant, Bridget Anne Kelly, the former deputy chief of staff to Mr. Christie, a Republican, said that she would strongly rebut the charges.
Perhaps they had nothing to do with the lane closings. But neither Mr. Baroni nor Ms. Kelly addressed the question of why they did not return repeated calls from the mayor of Fort Lee, N.J., begging them to stop the traffic tie-ups, over three days.
That silence was a low moment. But perhaps New York hit bottom faster. Senator Skelos, the prosecutors charged, arranged to meet Long Island politicians at the wake of Wenjian Liu, a New York City police officer shot dead in December, to press for payments to the company employing his son.
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