REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, Di penghujung tahun 2012, stasiun olahraga ternama dunia ESPN merilis daftar 10 pemain pesepakbola terbaik di Asia sepanjang tahun.
Berikut daftar 10 pemain terbaik asia versi ESPN.
1. Omar Abdulrahman (Uni Emirat Arab dan Al Ain)
2. Shinji Kagawa (Jepang dan Manchester United)
3. Koo Ja-cheol (Korea Selatan dan FC Augsburg)
4. Lee Keun-ho (Korea Selatan dan Ulsan Horangi)
5. Bambang Pamungkas (Indonesia dan Persija Jakarta)
6. Yuto Nagatomo (Jepang dan Inter Milan)
7. Teerasil Dangda (Thailand dan Muangthong United)
8. Amjad Radhi (Irak dan Arbil)
9. Rozaimi Rahman (Malaysia dan Harimau Muda)
10. Ali Al Habsi (Oman dan Wigan Athletic).
Yang ini review dari ESPN mengenai Bambang Pamungkas
5. Bambang Pamungkas (Indonesia and Persija Jakarta)
Sometimes it is not just about scoring goals, though Bambang has done that once again, managing 16 for his club, his love, Persija Jakarta, but he has done much, much more.
Emerging as a spokesperson for players in the troubled football nation of Indonesia who are tired of not getting paid on time, 'Bepe' has shown vision and leadership in a country where it is in short supply, in the football field at least.
He has also spoke out against the division in Indonesian football - with two leagues and FAs - and tried to reclaim the national team for the fans.
It may be hard for others to copy what Bambang does on the pitch but all can learn from the striker off it.