Evan Dimas

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Evan Dimas
Evan Dimas (right) and Andik Vermansah (left).jpg
Evan Dimas (left) with Andik Vermansah at the 2018 AFF Championship
Personal information
Full name Evan Dimas Darmono
Date of birth (1995-03-13) 13 March 1995 (age 26)[1]
Place of birth Surabaya, Indonesia
Height 1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)[2]
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 6
Youth career
2005–2007 SSB Sasana Bhakti
2007–2010 SSB Mitra Surabaya
2010–2013 Persebaya Surabaya
2012Surabaya Muda (loan)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2017 Bhayangkara 41 (6)
2018 Selangor 20 (2)
2019 Barito Putera 20 (2)
2020–2021 Persija Jakarta 2 (2)
2021– Bhayangkara 3 (0)
National team
2010–2012 Indonesia U16 2 (2)
2013–2014 Indonesia U19 30 (12)
2015–2019 Indonesia U23 31 (8)
2014– Indonesia 28 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 September 2021
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 June 2021 (UTC)

Evan Dimas Darmono (born 13 March 1995) is an Indonesian professional footballer who plays for Liga 1 club Bhayangkara and serves as the captain of the Indonesia national team. [3] Evan Dimas, as he is popularly known, operates primarily as a central midfielder, but can also be deployed as an attacking midfielder, defensive midfielder, and deep-lying playmaker. The diminutive player is known in Indonesia for his playmaking abilities that have earned him caps in various age levels since he was 15.

Personal life[edit]

Evan Dimas was born in the city of Surabaya in East Java province to a low-income family that once depended on his father Condro Darmono's job as a security guard. As one of the highest paid Indonesian footballers, Evan is now the breadwinner of his extensive family.[4][5] He is a devout Muslim who celebrates every goal by performing the Sujud.[6] He is currently also enrolled as a student at the Dr. Soetomo University, majoring in public administration.[7]

His favorite player and inspiration is former FC Barcelona midfielder, Andrés Iniesta who showed diminutive players can also excel on the world level.[8] He idolized Persebaya Surabaya during childhood and cut teeth in the club's youth team. He signed his first professional contract in 2014, when Indonesian football was complicated by the dualism of several clubs, with a faction of Persebaya that later became Bhayangkara F.C.. [9]

Club career[edit]


Evan Dimas trained at Surabaya soccer schools for boys until he entered Persebaya's youth team in 2010 at the age of 15.[10] While at Persebaya, Evan became a regular member of the Indonesian national youth squads of various age levels. He also trained in Spain after being chosen with other Indonesian young players to visit FC Barcelona's training facilities. In 2012, he also attended the now-defunct Nike Academy, a program run by Nike Inc. that gathered promising teenage footballers from around the world.[7]

Persebaya ISL (Bhayangkara)[edit]

After years of training in the Persebaya system, it was natural for Evan Dimas to enter the senior team of the club. However, when the youth star decided to become a professional player, Persebaya was embroiled in an internal schism derived from the 2011-2014 dualism of Indonesian football. Several top-flight clubs at that time split into two factions with one following the Indonesian Super League (ISL) while the other joining the short-lived Indonesian Premier League (LPI). Evan along with six other teenage players chose in November 2014 to join the ISL faction of Persebaya. After unification attempts in 2014-16 and a series of legal naming disputes, this team in 2016 turned into Bhayangkara F.C. with financial support from the Indonesian National Police.[11]

As soon as Evan joined in November 2014, A-League club Brisbane Roar showed interest in hiring the midfielder on loan from Persebaya. However, a deal did not pan out.[12] After months of tumult in Indonesian football that forced ISL to start its 2015 season in April, Evan made his debut for Persebaya on 5 April 2015 as a late substitute in a 1–0 victory against Mitra Kukar at Gelora Bung Tomo Stadium in Surabaya. However, Evan's much-anticipated entry into professional football was ruined by a government intervention to stop the ISL in May 2015. That intervention itself prompted FIFA to ban Indonesia from all authorized footballing activities for one year. [13]

During the FIFA suspension, Persebaya initiated to send its young star to Spain where Evan can train and trial with several clubs, including Segunda Division club UE Llagostera and the B team of La Liga club RCD Espanyol. However, he failed to impress clubs there enough to hire him. [14] [15][16][17]

Bhayangkara FC[edit]

When Evan Dimas returned to Indonesia in mid-2016, the Persebaya club that he represented had lost in legal disputes and eventually renamed itself into Bhayangkara F.C. with the support of the Indonesian National Police. Evan joined the Bhayangkara team that participated in the 2016 Indonesia Soccer Championship A.[18] The next year, with Evan at the heart of its midfield, Bhayangkara won the 2017 Liga 1 title, which was the first trophy in his professional career. This achievement led to offers from clubs abroad.[19]

Selangor FA[edit]

On 2 December 2017, Evan signed a one-year contract with Malaysia Super League club Selangor on a free transfer, along with Indonesian compatriot Ilham Armaiyn.[20] He made his first-team debut for Selangor when he was part of the starting lineup of a 2018 Malaysia Super League match against Kuala Lumpur F.A. on 4 February 2018, in which Selangor won.[21] Evan scored his first league goal in the 2018 Malaysia Super League for Selangor in a 2–1 victory over PKNS at the Kuala Lumpur Stadium.[22]

While he had a good season in his first year overseas with 20 appearances and two goals, Evan decided to return home at the end of the contract year. [23]

Barito Putera[edit]

On 26 December 2018, Evan signed a one-year contract with Liga 1 side Barito Putera.[24] Evan made his Barito Putera debut in the first leg Round of 32 2018–19 Piala Indonesia against PSS Sleman on 23 January 2019.[25]

Evan made his first Liga 1 appearance on 20 May 2019, coming on as an starter in a 1–1 drew with Persija Jakarta at the 17th May Stadium. [26] Evan scored his first league goal in the 2019 Liga 1 for Barito Putera in a 4–2 loss over Bhayangkara at the Patriot Stadium.[27]

Although Evan played regularly and scored two goals in the 2019 Liga 1 season, he did not show the performance that grabbed attention and the national title in 2017. Barito languished at the 13th position when the season concluded and failed to keep Evan for another year.[28]

Persija Jakarta[edit]

After weeks of speculation around which team would interest him, Evan signed for one of the richest clubs in Indonesia, Persija Jakarta, to play in the 2020 Liga 1.[29]

Evan made his Persija debut in a 3–2 won against Borneo on 1 March 2020 as a substitute for Sandi Sute in the 19th minute, and he also scored his first goal for the team in the 86th minutes.[30] And then, season that ended after only three matches due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Evan only played in two games but managed to score two goals, which was the same amount in his 20 appearances in Selangor and Barito respectively. There was high expectation that Evan finally found a team that could showcase his talent.[31]

Return to Bhayangkara FC[edit]

That expectation failed to pan out due to the canceled 2020 season and Persija's failure to keep Evan for another year. In early 2021, Evan decided to re-join former club Bhayangkara, signing a one-year contract. [32] Evan made his Bhayangkara debut in a 2–1 won against Persiraja Banda Aceh on 29 August 2021 as a substitute for Wahyu Suboseto in the 76th minute.[33]

International career[edit]

Since 2010, Evan Dimas has been hailed as a standout talent in Indonesia. A playmaking midfielder of the country's national youth teams from the age of 15, he captained the Indonesia U-17 and Indonesia U-19 that won the 2012 HKFA International Youth Invitation, 2013 HKFA International Youth Invitation and 2013 AFF U-19 Youth Championship.[34][35][36][37] He scored five goals in the 2013 AFF U-19 Youth Championship and became the topscorer for Indonesia U-19 in this tournament.[38][39] He scored two goals in the 2013 HKFA International Youth Invitation.[40][41]

In October 2013, he led the Indonesia U-19 team to qualify for the 2014 AFC U-19 Championship, a qualification competition for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, after topping Group G in the qualification with three wins in three matches, including a 3–2 win over defending champion South Korea U-19. He scored four goals in the qualifications, including a hattrick against South Korea U-19.[42] As preparation for the 2014 AFC U-19 Championship, he played for twelve unofficial matches, including 2014 Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy, and one FIFA official match with the U-19 national team, in which he played in all those matches.[43][44][45][46][47][48][49][50] Unfortunately, he failed to help Indonesia U-19 to secure a place in the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, after losing all three matches in the 2014 AFC U-19 Championship.[51][52][53] Nonetheless, his stellar performance in the youth Garuda teams led to the hype ahead of his decision on how to enter professional football.

Evan made his senior debut with Indonesia on 11 November 2014 at the age of 19 in an unofficial friendly against Timor Leste, in which he also scored. He made his official international debut on 28 November 2014, against Laos, scoring his first international goal and making one assist in a 2014 AFF Championship matach. He became captain of the senior team in May 2021. [54][55] Despite already debuted for the senior national team, he was still called to the Indonesia U-23 team and played in a 1–1 draw against Syria U-23 on 10 February 2015.[56] He then continued to play four times with the Indonesia U-23 team in 2015, for their preparation of 2016 AFC U-23 Championship qualification and 2015 Southeast Asian Games.[57][58][59][60] He played in the 2016 AFC U-23 Championship qualification, playing three times and scoring one goal.[61][62][63] He played in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games five times, scoring four goals.[64]

He was part of the Indonesia team that won bronze in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games and silver in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines. In the 2019 final, he had to leave the game with a serious injury after a Vietnamese player aggressively tackled him.[65]

Career statistics[edit]


As of match played 18 September 2021[66]
Club Season League Cup[a] Continental Other[b] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bhayangkara 2015 Indonesia Super League 2 0 0 0 5 0 7 0
2016 ISC A 19 5 0 0 0 0 19 5
2017 Liga 1 20 1 0 0 4 1 24 2
Selangor 2018 Malaysia Super League 20 2 5 0 0 0 25 2
Barito Putera 2019 Liga 1 20 2 0 0 1 1 21 3
Persija Jakarta 2020 Liga 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 2
Bhayangkara 2021 Liga 1 3 0 0 0 3[c] 0 6 0
Career total 86 12 5 0 0 0 13 2 104 14
  1. ^ Includes Piala Indonesia, Malaysia FA Cup
  2. ^ Appearances in Indonesia President's Cup
  3. ^ Appearances in Menpora Cup

International appearances[edit]

As of 7 June 2021
Indonesia national team
Year Apps Goals
2014 1 1
2016 8 0
2017 2 0
2018 7 1
2019 6 2
2021 4 2
Total 28 6

International goals[edit]

No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 28 November 2014 Hàng Đẫy Stadium, Hanoi, Vietnam  Laos 1–0 5–1 2014 AFF Championship
2. 11 September 2018 Wibawa Mukti Stadium, Cikarang, Indonesia  Mauritius 1–0 1–0 Friendly
3. 15 June 2019 Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia  Vanuatu 2–0 6–0
4. 6–0
5. 29 May 2021 The Sevens Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates  Oman 1–1 1–3
6. 3 June 2021 Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates  Thailand 2–2 2–2 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification



Bhayangkara FC


Indonesia U-19

Indonesia U-23




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