RAPHAEL MAITIMO

Proud to play

Prestige Indonesia - Lifestyle - - CONTENTS - STORY: CHITRA AN­WAR; PHO­TOG­RA­PHY: WIL­LIAM CHAN­DRA; STYLING: ASTI TIARA; TOP: LAN­VIN

The In­done­sian foot­ball team, fondly known as Tim­nas, is look­ing for­ward to a suc­cess­ful 2015. one of the key play­ers in the side is its cul­tured mid­fielder, Raphael Maitimo. “This year I’m a full mem­ber of Tim­nas, and, with Tim­nas, I’m al­ways proud to play,” smiles the adi­das-spon­sored foot­baller. “Last sea­son we had a Brazil­ian coach (Jack­sen F. Ti­ago), and this year we have al­fred Riedl from aus­tria, so that’s dif­fer­ent. I can per­son­ally work with any coach, but it’s his job to cre­ate the right vibe and at­mos­phere for ev­ery­one. That’s the hard­est thing for a foot­ball man­ager to do.”

Pres­tige’s favourite sports­man is a dutch­born nat­u­ralised In­done­sian who spent his whole youth ca­reer at the fa­mous Feyeno­ord acad­emy in his home­town of Rot­ter­dam, nether­lands. Maitimo holds a Bach­e­lor’s de­gree in eco­nomics of Com­merce, with sports Mar­ket­ing & Man­age­ment as his mi­nor.

his club side is Mi­tra Kukar, an In­done­sia su­per League team based in Teng­garong, east Kal­i­man­tan. “With my club, I had a pretty tough sea­son last year,” Maitimo con­fesses. “When I first joined Mi­tra Kukar, I en­tered in the sec­ond part of the sea­son, and we reached our tar­get to fin­ish third in the league ta­ble. Last year was a bit tougher be­cause, for me, all the trav­el­ling I had to do was drain­ing. I felt it in my body for sure. My per­for­mances were con­sis­tent, but I know I could have done bet­ter over­all.”

none­the­less, Maitimo con­tin­ues to put his best foot for­ward. “For Tim­nas, I have played 18 matches and scored three goals,” he says. “With Mi­tra Kukar last sea­son, I scored six goals. In a pre-sea­son game against Per­sik Kediri from surabaya, I scored a hat trick – not bad for a de­fen­sive mid­fielder!”

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