Irfan Bachdim

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Irfan Bachdim
Bachdim with Bali United in 2017
Personal information
Full name Irfan Haarys Bachdim
Date of birth (1988-08-11) 11 August 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth Amsterdam, Netherlands
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Bali United
Number 10
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 Utrecht 1 (0)
2009–2010 Haarlem 12 (1)
2010–2012 Persema Malang 55 (30)
2013 Chonburi 8 (1)
2013Sriracha (loan) 11 (3)
2014 Ventforet Kofu 0 (0)
2015–2016 Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo 7 (0)
2017– Bali United 60 (11)
National team
2010– Indonesia 39 (12)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 December 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 June 2019

Irfan Haarys Bachdim (born 11 August 1988) is an Indonesian professional footballer who currently plays for Bali United and the Indonesia national team as a forward.[1] He plays mainly at second striker but can also operate as a winger.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Bachdim's father, Noval Bachdim, is an Indonesian national of Arab-Indonesian descent born in Malang. He settled in Lawang, Malang, till the 1980s before moving to Netherlands, wherein he lived for 20 years after. Bachdim's mother, Hester van Dijk, is a Dutch national. The Bachdim family reside in Amsterdam. Additionally, Bachdim's grandfather, Ali Bachdim is a veteran of TNI Angkatan Laut (the Indonesian navy). Bachdim played for and in Indonesia as an Indonesian national without having to undergo the naturalization process, as he had remained a national throughout his entire life. [4] Bachdim was born to a family of footballers. Noval Bachdim formerly played for PS Fajar Lawang (member of Persekam's Malang internal competition) in the 1980s. Meanwhile, Ali Bachdim is a former player for Persema Malang and PSAD Jakarta. [5] Bachdim met his idol Max Caubo when he played a football game in Hanoi against the Vietnamese national team.


Early career[edit]

Bachdim started his football career at the Ajax Youth Academy in Amsterdam along with Mitchell Donald, Jeffrey Sarpong, Christian Supusepa and Ryan Babel. He transferred after three years to SV Argon, where he became the league top scorer despite of his midfield position.

FC Utrecht[edit]

He was then recruited by scouts of FC Utrecht. He started for FC Utrecht junior team, all the while appearing on occasions for the senior reserve team. He made his debut for FC Utrecht in 1. Eredivisie on February 17, 2008, playing 90 minutes against VVV-Venlo.[6]

Irfan joined the Indonesian U-23 national football team during one training camp which took place in the Netherlands. However, he was injured one week prior to the 2006 Asian Games.

HFC Haarlem[edit]

With no contract extension with FC Utrecht, Bachdim signed for HFC Haarlem on July 2009 in a free transfer deal. On March 2010 he underwent trials for Persib Bandung and Persija Jakarta. However, neither party signed him.

Persema Malang[edit]

Bachdim's desire to play in Indonesia was finally realised on August 9, 2010, upon his recruitment by the then-coach of Persema Malang, Timo Scheunemann, after the latter observed the former and other young footballers in a charity match for football figure Lucky Acub Zaenal at Stadion Gajayana, Malang.

Bachdim was recruited along with Kim Jeffrey Kurniawan, a footballer of Indonesian-German descent who previously played for FC Heidelsheim. Bachdim himself has been a holder of Indonesian passport since his childhood and is therefore recognized as a non-naturalized player.

After Persema's decision to leave Liga Super Indonesia to Liga Primer Indonesia, Bachdim considered leaving Persema due to the threat of not being able to play for the national team. However he ended up committing himself to Persema by signing a three-year contract, despite continuous intimidation from PSSI to leave the club and valuable contracts offered by several LSI clubs.

In the end Menpora Andi Mallarangeng guaranteed his right to perform for the national team. He was called by the U-23 team to play at the SEA Games 2011 and the qualifications for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Chonburi FC[edit]

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.[7]

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.[8][9]

Ventforet Kofu[edit]

Bachdim announced on Monday, 27 January 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.[10]

Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo[edit]

Japanese media on Monday, December 22, 2014 published that Consadole Sapporo has signed the Indonesia international Irfan Bachdim from Ventforet Kofu.[11] The introduction of Irfan Bachdim as one of six new players of the club was presented on January 20, 2015.[12] 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.[13]

Career statistics[edit]


National team appearances[edit]

Indonesia national team[14]
Year Apps Goals
2010 8 2
2011 4 0
2012 9 4
2013 2 0
2014 3 1
2015 0 0
2016 3 3
2017 5 1
2018 0 0
2019 5 1
Total 39 12

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Indonesia's goal tally first.[15]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 1 December 2010 Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia  Malaysia 5–1 5–1 2010 AFF Championship
2. 4 December 2010  Laos 4–0 6–0
3. 5 June 2012 Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila, Philippines  Philippines 2–1 2–2 Friendly
4. 26 September 2012 Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei  Brunei 1–0 5–0
5. 3–0
6. 5–0
7. 14 July 2014 Saoud bin Abdulrahman Stadium, Al Wakrah, Qatar  Qatar 2–2 2–2
8. 6 September 2016 Manahan Stadium, Surakarta, Indonesia  Malaysia 2–0 3–0
9. 9 October 2016 Maguwoharjo Stadium, Sleman, Indonesia  Vietnam 2–2 2–2
10. 8 November 2016 My Dinh National Stadium, Hanoi, Vietnam  Vietnam 2–1 3–2
11. 8 June 2017 Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium, Phnom Pehn, Cambodia  Cambodia 1–0 2–0
12. 15 October 2019 Kapten I Wayan Dipta Stadium, Gianyar, Indonesia  Vietnam 1–3 1–3 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification


Club honors[edit]

Consadole Sapporo

Country honours[edit]



Best Starting Eleven in the 2017 Liga 1

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 was massively popular domestically, particularly among female fans.

Bachdim is married to Jennifer Kurniawan, a Chinese Indonesian model of mixed German descent and sister of Kim Kurniawan. In 8 July 2011, Bachdim and Kurniawan tied the knot in Germany. In 5 February 2012, Bachdim's first child and daughter, Kiyomi Sue Bachdim, was born. Two years later, in 21 March 2014, Bachdim's second child and first son, Kenji Zizou Bachdim, was born.[16][17][18][19]


  1. ^ Profile: Irfan Bachdim
  2. ^ bola/bolamania/11/01/04/156401-irfan-bachdim-cinta-mati-indonesia "Irfan Bachdim Cinta Mati Indonesia" Check |url= value (help). Republika. 2011-01-04.
  3. ^ "Irfan Bachdim Pilih Tetap di Indonesia". Kompas. 2011-01-01.
  4. ^ "Irfan Bachdim Pilih Tetap di Indonesia".
  5. ^ "Irfan Bachdim Pilih Tetap di Indonesia".
  6. ^ "Stats Centre: Irfan Bachdim Facts". Retrieved 2009-05-26.
  7. ^ Resmi Irfan Bachdim Gabung Chonburi FC
  8. ^ ตัวแทนไทยดาวรุ่งฉลามทดสอบเวกัลตะลุ้นโควต้าอาเซียน
  9. ^ Tiga Pemain Indonesia Trial Di Ventforet Kofu
  10. ^ Irfan Bachdim Joins Ventforet Kofu
  11. ^ Sapporo are set to sign Irfan Bachdim from Ventforet Kofu
  12. ^ Bachdim introduced by Consadole Sapporo
  13. ^
  14. ^ Irfan Bachdim at Soccerway
  15. ^ "Bachdim, Irfan". National Football Teams. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  16. ^ Irfan, Jennifer announce marriage via Twitter | The Jakarta Post
  17. ^ Jennifer happy with her marriage | The Jakarta Post
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