Java Joy For IndoEvertonians
Supporters' club say visit of Everton is a dream come true.
News of Everton's pre-season games in Indonesia has been greeted with excitement by Blues supporters in the country.
David Moyes and his squad will head to Jakarta next month to play in the Java Cup, along with Galatasaray and teams from Indonesia and Malaysia.
And they will be roared on by a band of fanatical followers who live and breathe Everton despite being based 8,000 miles away.
The IndoEvertonians, the nation's official supporters' club, were present at the launch press conference this week where they met Marouane Fellaini – and they can't wait to see the rest of the squad.
How do you feel about Everton coming to Indonesia?
We are all very happy and excited. It feels like a dream come true. Finally we can meet our heroes and see Everton play. We have an Everton community in Indonesia - we call it IndoEvertonian. We have more than 300 registered members so far but there are more 'unregistered' supporters as well.
It is such a wonderful thing that Everton has decided to come to our country. Most of us can't afford to go to Goodison Park, so we are very happy to hear of this tournament. So when Everton play in Jakarta, fans from all over Indonesia will come. IndoEvertonian has invited Blues from Malaysia to come to Jakarta in order to watch Everton together.
What was it like to meet Marouane Fellaini at the press conference?
He was very pleasant to us. We were so happy to meet him and he's so nice and humble. He even came to see us before we entered the press conference. He's a really nice person.
How popular is football in Indonesia?
Football is the most popular sport here. You can see kids and people playing football almost everywhere. There's doubt that football is very popular - as is badminton.
What is the quality of Indonesian and Malaysian football like?
It is good, but it is still far below the European standard. Both Indonesia and Malaysia are very good teams in their region and actually played in the final of the 2010 AFF Cup - a tournament for South Asian countries. Malaysia won it on that occasion.
How hot will it be at 9pm when Everton play?
It won't be too hot by Indonesian standards, the temperature will be around 20-30°C.