WAIT NEARLY OVER FOR INDONESIA BLUES

With the game in Malaysia now played, eyes turn towards Indonesia and what will be Chelsea's first match ever in the country. For the Official Chelsea FC Supporters Club in Indonesia, the historic event is being considered a dream anniversary gift.

Some members of the fan club have travelled overseas to see the team play before, and there was an Indonesia Blues banner on show in Kuala Lumpur last night, but there is nothing quite like a game on home soil.

'This is our 10th anniversary and this is like a birthday present,' Stara Anna, one of the fans who have been active in the club, told the official Chelsea website.

'This is what we have been dreaming of since our establishment in 2003, for Chelsea to finally come here is a dream come true. We are going to be very vocal and we are going to prepare a lot of chants and some special souvenirs.

'We will make the team have a very memorable time,' said Agung Santoso who is the secretary of the club.

Their own 10th birthday is not the only anniversary the Indonesian supporters celebrated this year. Back in March they held a party for Chelsea's 108th birthday, conveniently during our FA Cup tie at Old Trafford, and a cake was cut at half-time. Less conveniently it was at midnight Jakarta time and there was no guarantee work and school had their full attention the next day.

There is certainly no shortage of Chelsea fans in the world's fourth most populous nation, and there are around two million Chelsea Facebook fans, but why do people choose the Blues over other clubs? Stara's explanation indicates it is not just the players who are guaranteed a passionate welcome when they arrive in Jakarta on Tuesday.

'I think it started when Jose Mourinho first came to the club and he brought glory back to where it belongs,' she said, 'and ever since the number of fans has grown.

'More and more people sign up as members and more and more people are out there supporting the club. The main turning point was Jose coming to the club.'

Thursday's game at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium will give the Indonesian fans the chance to better their impressive gathering for the Champions League final in 2012. Games in that competition mean viewing from 1.45am in Jakarta but at least the Munich game was at a weekend.

'There was an inside area and an outside open area with gigantic screens and there were 7000 fans there, and it is the biggest moment of my life,' said Agung.

'The response was unbelievable as the expectation was 2000 people,' added Stara. 'It was amazing.

'We went to the same place we go every time we go to a final and we were out there early in the morning. It was a Sunday and people were travelling by on bikes or walking, so we just chanted out there and it was crazy because even the policemen were taking pictures of us.

'The most popular teams here are the Premier League ones and big teams from the Italian League and Spanish league. But is safe to say that we are the most active and the most vocal supporters' association here. Some of our members name their children Chelsea or Terry or Lamps.'

There is more about the Official Chelsea FC Supporters Club Indonesia on Facebook, or via www.chelseafc.or.id.