The Sumatra soccer field on the outskirt of Lake Toba is made of 'Indonesia astroturf' — red brick with ingrown grass and bamboo goal posts. The coliseum has more trees than spectators these days, but i was lucky today to crowd into some ivy and watch a heated match between high school youths. The Batak teams are graceful and strong, larger than Latins and cheer when the other team scores a goal. There was one white tennis shoe on ten bare feet on the brick field- shirts and skins- running, tumbling and kicking a new soccer ball out into the jungle where they exited after the game was over.





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  1. Curmudgeon 3457 on June 21, 2011 9:27 am

    I assume the field would be too muddy if it were not paved. Soccer/Football developed in England in a very different climate than Sumatra so some local adaptation was necessary.

  2. Steve on June 21, 2011 10:24 am

    “The Batak teams are graceful and strong, larger than Latins”

    Am I right to take this statement to mean that the Batak people are generally taller than people from Latin America?


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