Irfan Bachdim

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Irfan Bachdim
Bachdim playing for Bali United in 2017
Personal information
Full name Irfan Haarys Bachdim
Date of birth (1988-08-11) 11 August 1988 (age 33)
Place of birth Amsterdam, Netherlands
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.74 m)[1]
Position(s) Winger, attacking midfielder[2]
Club information
Current team
Persis Solo
Number 71
Youth career
1997–1998 Argon
1998–2000 Ajax
2000–2003 Argon
2003–2007 Utrecht
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Utrecht 1 (0)
2009–2010 Haarlem 12 (1)
2010 Argon 4 (0)
2010–2012 Persema Malang 25 (16)
2013 Chonburi 8 (1)
2013Sriracha (loan) 11 (3)
2014 Ventforet Kofu 0 (0)
2015–2016 Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo 7 (0)
2017–2019 Bali United 66 (13)
2020–2021 PSS Sleman 7 (1)
2021– Persis Solo 7 (2)
National team
2010–2020 Indonesia 41 (12)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 31 July 2022
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 19 November 2019

Irfan Haarys Bachdim (born 11 August 1988) is an Indonesian professional footballer who plays as a winger or attacking midfielder for Liga 1 club Persis Solo.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Irfan Bachdim's father, Noval Bachdim, is an Indonesian national of Arab descent born in Malang in Indonesia's East Java province. He lived in the resort area of Lawang on the outskirts of Malang until the 1980s before moving to the Netherlands, where he resettled and married Hester van Dijk, a Dutch national. Irfan Bachdim was born in Amsterdam as the couple's second son. Despite being born in the Netherlands to a Dutch mother and raised there until adulthood, Bachdim has maintained his Indonesian nationality throughout his life. Contrary to several media reports, he is not a naturalized player. He has always played in and for Indonesia as an Indonesian born. [5]

Bachdim was born to a family of footballers. Noval Bachdim formerly played for PS Fajar Lawang (an association member of Persekam Malang) in the 1980s. Additionally, Irfan Bachdim's grandfather, Ali Bachdim, played for Persema Malang in his hometown and PSAD Jakarta, a military team, as he also served in the Indonesian Navy.[6]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Irfan Bachdim started his football career at SV Argon in 1997 and moved in 1998 to the famed Ajax Youth Academy in Amsterdam, where he trained along with Mitchell Donald, Jeffrey Sarpong, Christian Supusepa and Ryan Babel. After three years there, he returned to SV Argon, where he became the youth league's top scorer despite his midfield position.

FC Utrecht[edit]

Scouts of FC Utrecht, a club that has never been absent from the top flight of Dutch football, recruited him in 2003. He started for FC Utrecht's junior team, all the while appearing on occasions for the senior reserve team. He made his debut for FC Utrecht in the Dutch top-tier league, the Eredivisie, on February 17, 2008, playing 90 minutes against VVV-Venlo.[7]

Bachdim joined the Indonesia national under-23 football team during a training camp that took place in the Netherlands. However, his debut in Indonesia's red and white colors had to be delayed because he was injured one week prior to the 2006 Asian Games.

HFC Haarlem[edit]

After FC Utrecht chose not to extend his contract, Bachdim signed for HFC Haarlem in July 2009 in a free transfer deal. In March 2010, he underwent trials in Indonesia for Persib Bandung and Persija Jakarta. However, neither club signed him.

Persema Malang[edit]

Bachdim's desire to play in Indonesia was finally realized 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 the Gajayana Stadium in Malang, the birthplace of Bachdim's father. Bachdim was recruited along with Kim Jeffrey Kurniawan, a footballer of Indonesian-German descent who previously played for FC Heidelsheim in Germany. Bachdim, who had been a holder of Indonesian passport since his childhood, was recognized and recruited as an Indonesian-born, not a naturalized player. At Persema, Bachdim played more at the front as second striker or winger.

After Persema's decision to move from the Indonesian Super League (ISL) to the Indonesian Premier League (IPL) during the 2011 schism in Indonesian football management, Bachdim considered leaving Persema due to the threat of not being able to play for the national team. The football federation, PSSI, considered the new competition as a renegade league. 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 ISL clubs. Eventually, Youth and Sports Minister Andi Mallarangeng guaranteed Bachdim's right to perform for the national team. He was called by the U-23 team to play at the 2011 Southeast Asian Games and the qualifications for the 2012 Olympics.

Chonburi FC[edit]

As the league dualism in Indonesia continued to undermine the smooth running of competitions, Bachdim participated in trials outside Indonesia. He tried his luck at leading Thailand club BEC Tero Sasana, where he was able to give an average performance but failed to be selected. His efforts succeeded in 2013 when he was signed by another Thailand club Chonburi on a two-year contract.[8]

In early December 2013 after failing to get a regular spot, Bachdim went for trials at J-League clubs Vegalta Sendai and Ventforet Kofu. He said that if he did not get a contract with any of these clubs, he would go back to Chonburi to prove himself to the new manager. Ventforet Kofu recruited him after a few weeks.[9][10]

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 as a winger caught the club's eye even though he was not 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. However, he failed to win playing time.[11]

Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo[edit]

Japanese media on Monday, December 22, 2014 published that J2 league team Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo had signed Bachdim from Ventforet Kofu despite the Indonesian international's lack of playtime.[12] Bachdim was one of six new players whom the club presented on January 20, 2015.[13] On May 3, 2015, Bachdim made his first J2 appearance in Consadole Sapporo's 3–0 win over Jubilo Iwata. After replacing Brazilian teammate Nildo on the right flank, Bachdim drew cheers from the crowd when he streaked up the sideline and sent a well-placed cross in his first play.

Bali United[edit]

After injuries upset his football experience in Japan, Bachdim in 2017 returned to Indonesia to play for the up-and-coming Bali United F.C., which has developed a strong fanbase since the club began to play in Bali island's Gianyar Regency in 2015. It was in Bali where Bachdim found his professional and personal comfort zone. He was the favorite of the fans who often see him ride a scooter to the training pitch from his private residence. He played 66 times for the club and impressed with his goals and trademark sideline dribbles under loud chants from the fans who had their own song for the player who they called the prince. Bachdim helped give the tourist island of Bali its first national football title when Bali United won the 2019 Liga 1 competition.[14][15]

Unfortunately, his injuries often recurred in Bali, forcing him to slide down the pecking order and give way for fitter players throughout the years. In early 2020, Bali United made it clear that his service would not be retained. His fans gave a heartfelt send-off after his last session as a Bali United player. On 14 February 2020, Bachdim was officially introduced at less glamorous Liga 1 club PSS Sleman, which is also known for its ultras who have propelled a revolution in the club. Sleman fans, however, were unimpressed when Bachdim expressed his love for Bali and Bali United during the transition.

PSS Sleman[edit]

Before Bachdim could endear himself to the supporters of his new club, the 2020 Liga 1 competition stopped only after three games due to the COVID-19 pandemic that led to restrictions against professional football matches for one full year. He renewed his contract in 2021 after PSS signed his brother-in-law and former Persema teammate Kim Kurniawan, pledging he would fulfil his mission to boost PSS move forward.[16]

Persis Solo[edit]

In 2021, Bachdim joined Liga 2 club Persis Solo After resigning from Liga 1 club PSS Sleman.[17] He made his league debut on 15 November 2021 in a match against PSIM Yogyakarta at the Manahan Stadium, Surakarta. On 30 December 2021, Bachdim scored his first goal for Persis against RANS Cilegon in the 40th minute at the Pakansari Stadium, Cibinong.[18]

International career[edit]

Bachdim playing for Indonesia in 2014

Irfan Bachdim on 1 December 2010 debuted for the Indonesian national team at the 2010 AFF Championship and helped the squad reach the final match. His two goals in the competition propelled him into football stardom in Indonesia. From this point, he became a regular choice for the national team until late 2019 under different coaches. He was called up for the February 2020 national team training under new coach Shin Tae-yong.[19]

Career statistics[edit]


As of match played 11 December 2019
Indonesia national team[20]
Year Apps Goals
2010 8 2
2011 4 0
2012 11 4
2013 2 0
2014 3 1
2016 3 3
2017 5 1
2019 5 1
Total 41 12

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Indonesia's goal tally first.[21]
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 2–3
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



Consadole Sapporo
Bali United
PSS Sleman
Persis Solo




Personal life[edit]

Bachdim is a celebrity in Indonesia. He is well known for starring in many product advertisements including Pocari Sweat, Suzuki, Nike, and many more. He is one of the very select few Indonesian footballers who have appeared in other scopes outside of football. He is massively popular domestically among female fans due to his looks and personality.[26][27]

Bachdim is married to Jennifer Kurniawan, a model born to a Chinese Indonesian father and a German mother. She is also the older sister of footballer Kim Kurniawan, who joined Bachdim at PSS on 28 February 2021. The couple met when the two Europe-trained footballers explored opportunities to play in Indonesia in 2010. On 8 July 2011, Bachdim and Kurniawan tied the knot in Germany. On 5 February 2012, Bachdim's first child and daughter, Kiyomi Sue Bachdim, was born. Two years later, on 21 March 2014, Bachdim's second child and first son, Kenji Zizou Bachdim, was born. Their third, Kiyoji Bachdim, was born on 1 March 2021, a few days before Bachdim renewed his contract with PSS. The Bachdims reside in Bali, where they also run a clothing line.[28][29][30][31]


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  2. ^ "Irfan Bachdim: Profile". HEIM:SPIEL. Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  3. ^ Profile: Irfan Bachdim
  4. ^ "Irfan Bachdim Pilih Tetap di Indonesia". Kompas. 2011-01-01.
  5. ^ "Irfan Bachdim Pilih Tetap di Indonesia". January 2011.
  6. ^ "Irfan Bachdim, Satu Lagi Keturunan Arab di Persepakbolaan Indonesia". 14 August 2016. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Stats Centre: Irfan Bachdim Facts". Retrieved 2009-05-26.
  8. ^ Resmi Irfan Bachdim Gabung Chonburi FC
  9. ^ ตัวแทนไทยดาวรุ่งฉลามทดสอบเวกัลตะลุ้นโควต้าอาเซียน
  10. ^ Tiga Pemain Indonesia Trial Di Ventforet Kofu
  11. ^ Irfan Bachdim Joins Ventforet Kofu
  12. ^ Sapporo are set to sign Irfan Bachdim from Ventforet Kofu
  13. ^ Bachdim introduced by Consadole Sapporo
  14. ^ "FOTO: Kemeriahan Selebrasi Bali United Merayakan Gelar Juara Liga 1 2019". 23 December 2019.
  15. ^ "Juara Shopee Liga 1, Bali United Dapat Sambutan Meriah". 4 December 2019.
  16. ^ "Persiapan Mepet, Irfan Bachdim Optimistis Hadapi Piala Menpora 2021". 14 March 2021. Retrieved 14 March 2021.
  17. ^ "Irfan Bachdim Gabung Persis Solo". 5 November 2021. Retrieved 5 November 2021.
  18. ^ "Irfan Bachdim Bawa Persis Solo Juara Liga 2, Sang Istri Bersorak Bangga". 31 December 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2021.
  19. ^ "Irfan Bachdim Kagum Shin Tae Yong di Timnas Indonesia".
  20. ^ Irfan Bachdim at Soccerway
  21. ^ "Bachdim, Irfan". National Football Teams. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  22. ^ "Bali United Juara Liga 1 Usai Penantian Lima Tahun".
  23. ^ Donny, Afroni (24 April 2021). "Tekuk PSM Makassar, PSS Sleman Rebut Peringkat Tiga Piala Menpora". Goal. Retrieved 29 April 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  24. ^ "Sikat RANS Cilegon, Persis Solo Kampiun Liga 2 |". Retrieved 30 December 2021.
  25. ^ "Daftar Peraih Penghargaan Liga 1 2017 |" (in Indonesian). Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  26. ^ "Irfan Bachdim Jadi Aset Berharga PSS". 26 March 2020.
  27. ^ "Irfan Bachdim yang Selalu Menjadi Incaran Kaum Hawa".
  28. ^ Irfan, Jennifer announce marriage via Twitter | The Jakarta Post
  29. ^ Jennifer happy with her marriage | The Jakarta Post
  30. ^ "Hore! Irfan Bachdim Akhirnya Jadi Daddy". 10 February 2012.
  31. ^ "Penuh Makna, Ini Arti Nama Anak Ke-3 Irfan Bachdim dan Jennifer". 5 March 2021.

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