Irfan Bachdim

Irfan Bachdim

Irfan Bachdim
Personal information
Full name Irfan Haarys Bachdim
Date of birth (1988-08-11) August 11, 1988
Place of birth Amsterdam, Netherlands
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Forward, Winger
Club information
Current team
Ventforet Kofu
Number 13
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 (28)
2013–2014 Chonburi 8 (2)
2013 Sriracha (loan) 14 (4)
2014– Ventforet Kofu 0 (0)
National team
2010– Indonesia 26 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 August 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

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

Irfan Haarys Bachdim (born August 11, 1988) is an Indonesian footballer who currently plays for Ventforet Kofu.[1]

Early life

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

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

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.[2]

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

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

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.[3]

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.[4][5]

Ventforet Kofu

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.[6]

International Career

Indonesian's goal tally first.

Personal life

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.[7][8]


  1. ^ "Irfan Bachdim Bikin Bangga".  
  2. ^ "Stats Centre: Irfan Bachdim Facts".  
  3. ^ Resmi Irfan Bachdim Gabung Chonburi FC
  4. ^ ตัวแทนไทยดาวรุ่งฉลามทดสอบเวกัลตะลุ้นโควต้าอาเซียน
  5. ^ Tiga Pemain Indonesia Trial Di Ventforet Kofu
  6. ^ Irfan Bachdim Joins Ventforet Kofu
  7. ^ Irfan, Jennifer announce marriage via Twitter | The Jakarta Post
  8. ^ Jennifer happy with her marriage | The Jakarta Post

External links

  • Irfan Bachdim Official Website