Achmad Nawir

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Achmad Nawir
Personal information
Full name Achmad Nawir
Date of birth 1911
Place of birth Dutch East Indies
Date of death April 1995
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
HBS Soerabaja ? (?)
National team
1938 Dutch East Indies 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Achmad Nawir (1911 – April 1995) was a Dutch East Indian doctor[1] and footballer. Nawir played for a local club HBS Soerabaja and also the Dutch East Indian national football team.


He is noted for captaining the Dutch East Indian national team at the 1938 FIFA World Cup, crashing out of the tournament in a 6–0 defeat to Hungary. Curiously, the other captain, György Sárosi, had a doctorate degree, the same as Nawir. Nawir wore his studious glasses for the match. The Dutch East Indies automatically qualified for the tournament after their original opponents, Japan, withdrew from the qualifying round. He is one of the few players to wear glasses in the World Cup.[1] Nawir and most of his teammates only played in two international matches, one against Hungary in the World Cup and another against Netherlands, losing 9–2 in a friendly game just after the World Cup.[2] It was the last international match for Dutch East Indies, who became an independent nation Indonesia in 1945.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b FIFA World Cup – Amazing facts from finals Archived June 8, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Dutch Tour of Dutch East Indies 1938 Archived June 7, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
Preceded by
Indonesian Captain
Succeeded by