Persipura, an acronym for Persatuan Sepak Bola Indonesia Jayapura is a professional football club based in Jayapura, Papua, Indonesia. The tautology Persipura Jayapura is often used in local media.
The team nickname is "The Black Pearls" or Mutiara Hitam. Persipura competes in the top division in Indonesian football. Persipura's stadium is known as the Mandala Stadium, which has a capacity of over 25,000 fans. The stadium is located near Dok 5 beach. The stadium has a beautiful view and is close to the local fishing village. To the east is scenic Cyclops Mountains.
In Indonesia's second division, Persipura Jayapura were crowned champion in the 1979 and 1993 seasons. Despite his success, the team was still not able to appear competitive on the national football stage, until they succeeded in winning the top flight in 2005.
Entering the era of professional football with beginning of the Super League in the 2008–09 season, the team from Papua shows the trappings of a successful team. That, coupled with the improved appearance of several local players coached, supported the presence of qualified foreign players.
Predictably, the current squad led by coach Jacksen F. Tiago of Brazil was able to continue this success, more recently culminating in a Super League title.
Persipura Jayapura use Mandala Stadium as their home field. The stadium has a capacity of around 30,000 seats and still being renovated for 50,000 seat capacity. Mandala Stadium located in downtown Jayapura around Dok V, near the mouth of Humboldt Bay (otherwise known as Teluk Jayapura). The stadium is located approximately 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Sentani Airport.