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Erol Iba

Personal information
Full nameErol Fransiscus Xaverius Iba
Height1.70 m
Playing positionDefender or Midfielder
Club information
Current clubIndonesia Persebaya Surabaya

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Erol Iba (born in Jayapura, Papua, 6 August 1979) is an Indonesian footballer, he normally plays as a defender or can be a midfielder and his height is 168 cm. Best known for his speed in the left wing, he also notified for his good dribling, passing and aggresitivty. He is playing for the Indonesia national football team. His first International debut in a senior national team squad was on 23 August 2006 at the Merdeka Games 2006. There he played for Indonesia against Malaysia, where the teams tied 1-1. At Asian Cup 2007 he just played one time as a substitution player when Indonesia lost 0-1 to South Korea at last game in group D.

Starting his football career in Papua Training and Education Center. Erol moved to Ragunan Training and Education Center in 1997. There he spent one year, before joining with football club from North Sumatera which played in Indonesian League, Semen Padang, in 1998.

In this club, for which he spent four years, Erol was remarked as one of the most talented Indonesian wing back. The young star took his club as top ten club in the competition in 2000, and in 2001 he took Semen Padang to the semifinal phase of Indonesian league.

His abilities soon attracted many clubs to sign him. In 2002, he signed one year contract with PSPS Pekanbaru, a club that was forming a dream team by signing many Indonesian’s famous players such as Kurniawan Dwi Yulianto and Bima Sakti.
However he failed to repeat his good performance in Semen Padang as well as the club failed to be the top flight in the league.

Despite his poor performance, Erol was signed by Benny Dollo, currently the coach of Indonesian football team, who was at that time, the coach of Arema Malang, in which Erol spent three years from 2003 2006.

In this club Erol proved his talent by taking his club become the champion of Copa Indonesia two times in a row in 2005 and 2006.

Later on he joined Persik Kediri after the departure of Benny Dollo from Arema Malang. In 2007 Erol signed a deal with Pelita Jaya joining Fandi Ahmad, the ex singapore most famous striker, who is coaching for the club.

His form attracted attention from current Hyundai A-League side Sydney FC.

After 11 years playing in several clubs outside Papua, Erol, in 2009, return to his hometown playing for Persipura Jayapura, the 2 times Champion of Indonesian Super League. He said that this was every papua player’s dream to be in the Persipura Jayapura Squad. His success in Indonesia League breaks a negative thought saying that Papuan players are often fail when they are playing for another clubs outside Papua.

More Interest came from A-League sides, this time Newcastle Jets, And Erol was linked with the Australian Side.

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