Irfan Bachdim

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Irfan Bachdim
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Personal information
Full name Irfan Haarys Bachdim
Date of birth (1988-08-11) August 11, 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Amsterdam, Netherlands
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Forward, Winger
Club information
Current team
Consadole Sapporo
Youth career
1997–1998 SV Argon
1998–2000 Ajax Amsterdam
2000–2003 SV Argon
2003–2007 FC Utrecht
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 FC Utrecht 1 (0)
2009–2010 HFC Haarlem 12 (1)
2010 SV Argon 2 (0)
2010–2013 Persema Malang 55 (30)
2013–2014 Chonburi 9 (2)
2013 Sriracha (loan) 15 (5)
2014 Ventforet Kofu 0 (0)
2015– Consadole Sapporo 1 (0)
National team
2010– Indonesia 26 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 January 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 September 2014

Irfan Haarys Bachdim (Arabic: عرفان باشديم ‎) (born August 11, 1988) is an Indonesian footballer who currently plays for Consadole Sapporo.

Early life[edit]

Bachdim was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands to a former Indonesian footballer of Arab Indonesian descent, Noval Bachdim and Dutch mother, Hester van Dijk.


Early career[edit]

He started his career in Ajax along with Mitchell Donald, Jeffrey Sarpong, Christian Supusepa and Ryan Babel, but moved to Hoofdklasse side SV Argon after 3 years. He became the top scorer in the league, despite his position as a midfielder.

FC Utrecht[edit]

FC Utrecht scouted him and brought him to FC Utrecht. He was the first choice for the FC Utrecht junior team and sometimes played for the reserve team. He made his debut for FC Utrecht in Eredivisie on 17 February 2008, playing 90 minutes against VVV-Venlo.[1]

When the Indonesia U-23 had a training camp in the Netherlands, Irfan played a number times for the team, but he was injured a week before going to the 2006 Asian Games.

HFC Haarlem[edit]

On July 2009 he signed for HFC Haarlem in a free transfer deal. On March 2010 he had trials for Persib Bandung and Persija Jakarta but neither club signed him.

Persema Malang[edit]

Bachdim desire to play in Indonesia was finally realized when he joined the club Persema Malang with Timo Scheunemann as his coach at that time. The contract was signed on 9 August 2010. His performance in his first game for the Indonesia national team made him well known among the Indonesian public.


Bachdim gave a trial at Thailand club BEC Tero Sasana where he was able to give an average performance, then he was not selected by team. Later he was signed by another Thailand club Chonburi on a 2 years contract.[2]

In early December 2013 J-League clubs Vegalta Sendai and Ventforet Kofu trialed Irfan Bachdim for 2 weeks. He said that if he did not get a contract with these clubs, he would go back to Chonburi to prove himself to the new manager.[3][4]

Ventforet Kofu[edit]

Bachdim announced on Monday, January 27, 2014 that he had officially joined J. League first-division side Ventforet Kofu.

According to Ventforet, the club thought highly of the forward’s potential during a tryout held by the J. League Players Association. His fast playing style caught the club’s eye even though he wasn’t in top physical condition at the time.

Ventforet general manager Satoru Sakuma said Bachdim will be the J. League’s first Indonesian player and his contract will run through the end of the 2014 season.[5]

Consadole Sapporo[edit]

Japanese media on Monday, December 22, 2014 published that Consadole Sapporo has signed the Indonesia international Irfan Bachdim from Ventforet Kofu.[6] The introduction of Irfan Bachdim as one of six new players of the club was presented on January 20, 2015.[7] On May 3, 2015 Irfan Bachdim made his first J2 appearance on Sunday in Consadole Sapporo’s 3-0 win over leaders Jubilo Iwata. After replacing Brazilian teammate Nildo on the right wing, Irfan drew cheers from the crowd when he streaked up the sideline and sent a well-placed cross in his first play.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Bachdim is well known for starring in many product advertisements including Pocari Sweat, Suzuki, Nike, and many more. He is one of very select few Indonesian Footballers who have appeared in other scopes outside of football. He rapidly gained a large following, particularly among women.

Bachdim has been in a relationship with Kim Kurniawan sister, Jennifer Kurniawan for 5 years. In July 8, 2011, Bachdim and his German-Chinese Indonesian model Jennifer Kurniawan tied the knot in Germany amid inter-religious marriage issues due to there are no regulation in Indonesia that allows mixed-marriages between people who follow different religions.[9][10]


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