Suriname national football team
|Association||Surinaamse Voetbal Bond|
|Confederation||CONCACAF (North America)|
|Head coach||Dean Gorre|
|Home stadium||André Kamperveen Stadion|
|FIFA ranking||164 1 (12 February 2014)|
|Highest FIFA ranking||84 (August 2008)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||168 (April 2001)|
|Highest Elo ranking||70 (18 July 1971)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||164 (16 November 2012)|
| Suriname 1–2 British Guiana
(Surinam; January 28, 1921)
| Suriname 9–0 French Guiana
(Surinam; March 2, 1947)
| Curaçao 8–0 Suriname
(Aruba; June 5, 1946)
The Suriname national football team (Dutch, "Surinaams voetbalelftal"; Sranantongo, "Sranankondre fubal pluga") is the national team of Suriname and is controlled by the Surinamese Football Association.
Although the former Dutch colony is located in South America, it competes in CONCACAF, together with Guyana and French Guiana. Suriname won the CFU Championship (Digicel Caribbean Cup predecessor) in 1978, were runners-up in 1979 and reached fourth place in 1994 and 1996. Unlike in the Netherlands Antilles, another former Dutch colony, it is ruled that players who move abroad to play in the Netherlands are not eligible to play for Suriname. Many Suriname-born players and Dutch-born players of Surinamese descent, like Gerald Vanenburg, Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard, Edgar Davids, Clarence Seedorf, Andwélé Slory, Ryan Babel, Patrick Kluivert, Aron Winter, Romeo Castelen, Royston Drenthe, and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink turned out to play for Oranje. In 1999, Humphrey Mijnals, who played for both Suriname and the Netherlands, was elected Surinamese footballer of the century. Another famous player is André Kamperveen, who captained Suriname in the 1940s and was the first Surinamese to play professionally in the Netherlands.
In 2008 Suriname entered the group stage of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying despite using only local players. With their two-leg victory over neighbours Guyana, Suriname faced Haiti, Costa Rica, and El Salvador in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONCACAF) semi-finale round. Suriname has also qualified to the second round of the 2008 Caribbean Championship. The Surinaamse Voetbal Bond has signed an equipment sponsorship with the Dutch company COPA to last for four years.
Suriname has participated in the qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup since 1962, but has never qualified for the finals. Suriname's strongest showing in World Cup qualification was the campaign for the 1978 finals, when the national team reached the final group stage.
Suriname also came second in CONCACAF qualifying for the 1964 Olympics, behind qualifiers Mexico and third in qualifying for the 1980 Olympics, behind qualifiers Costa Rica and United States. The US then boycotted the Moscow Olympics, and were replaced by Cuba in the football tournament, after Suriname opted to boycott the games as well.
Inspired by the success of teams with dual nationals, especially Algeria, SVB president John Krishnadath has submitted a proposal to the national assembly to allow dual citizenship for athletes with the goal of reaching the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals. The bill is set to be voted in January. In order to support this project, a team with professional players of Surinamese origin has been assembled and will play an exhibition match on Boxing day 2014 at the Andre Kamperveen Stadion. The project is managed by Nordin Wooter and David Endt, who have set up a presentation and sent invitations to 100 players of Surinamese origin, receiving 85 positive answers. Dean Gorré has been named to coach this special selection. FIFA is supporting the project and has granted insurance for the players and clubs despite this not being an official match.
World Cup record
- 1930 to 1934 - Did not enter
- 1938 - Withdrew
- 1950 to 1958 - Did not enter
- 1962 to 1986 - Did not qualify
- 1990 - Did not enter
- 1994 to 2014 - Did not qualify
CONCACAF Championship record
- 1963 to 1969 - Did not enter
- 1971 - Withdrew
- 1973 - Did not qualify
- 1977 - 6th place
- 1981 - Did not qualify
- 1985 - Round 1
- 1989 - Did not enter
Gold Cup record
- 1991 - Did not qualify
- 1993 - Withdrew
- 1996 - Did not qualify
- 1998 - Did not enter
- 2000 to 2002 - Did not qualify
- 2003 - Withdrew
- 2005 to 2015 - Did not qualify
CFU Championship/Caribbean Cup record
- 1978 - Winners
- 1979 - Runners up
- 1981 - Withdrew
- 1983 - Did not enter
- 1985 to 1988 - Did not qualify
- 1989 - Did not enter
- 1990 to 1991 - Did not qualify
- 1992 - Group stage
- 1993 - Withdrew
- 1994 - Fourth place
- 1995 - Did not qualify
- 1996 - Fourth place
- 1997 - Did not enter
- 1998 to 1999 - Did not qualify
- 2001 - Group stage
- 2005 to 2014 - Did not qualify
Pan American Games record
The following players participated in the 2015 edition of the ABCS Tournament held in Suriname from January 30 to February 1st
The following professional players have been invited and granted permission by their clubs to the exhibition match against W Connection in Paramaribo to take place on December 26, 2014. The group was cut to 14 and they were joined by players from the domestic league whom hold other nationalities such as Guyanese or Brazilian and are not eligible for a Surinamese passport under current law, along with former professional, Stefano Rijssel.
The players cut from the initial list were: Kevin Wattamaleo, Torino Hunte, Calvin Mac-Intosch, Giovanni Hiwat, Joey Groenbast, Jermano Lo Fo Sang and Lorenzo Pique. Jorzolino Falkenstein withdrew due to injury while Evander Sno declined in the last minute due to being currently negotiating his contract.
The following players accepted the invitation but did not receive clearance from their clubs to attend: Virgil Misidjan, Dwight Tiendalli, Marvin Emnes, Royston Drenthe, Darryl Lachman, Eloy Room, Kelvin Leerdam, Ryan Donk, Boy Waterman, Glynor Plet, Gianni Zuiverloon, Roland Alberg, Dion Malone, Touvarno Pinas, Giliano Wijnaldum, Rydell Poepon, Jarchinio Antonia, Tjaronn Chery, Genero Zeefuik, Lorenzo Burnet, Marvin Zeegelaar, Mitchell Donald and Kelvin Maynard.
List of Coaches
- S. Mobach (1936)
- Morris Wijngaarde (1946)
- Wim de Bois (1948)
- André Kamperveen (1958-?)
- Humbert Boerleider (1973)
- Ollie Camps (1976)
- Walther Brathwaite (1976–1977)
- Rob Groener (1978–1979)
- Paul Bhagwandas (1989-1993)
- Frits Puperhart (1996-?)
- Ronald Kolf (2000–2001)
- Edgardo Baldi (2003–2004)
- Leo Koswal (2006-2006) no official matches played
- Kenneth Jaliens (2006–2008)
- Wensley Bundel (2008–2010)
- Kees Zwamborn (2010–2010) no official matches played
- Ricardo Winter (2010–2011) interim
- Kenneth Jaliens (2011–2012) interim
- Ricardo Winter (2012) interim
- Roberto Gödeken (2013-2015) interim
- Dean Gorré (2015-.
All-time record against other nations
As of October 28, 2008
|Trinidad and Tobago||24||7||6||11|
|Antigua and Barbuda||5||3||1||1|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||2||0||1||1|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||2||0||1||1|
- Suriname's little secret - FIFA.com
- "Het debuut van Humphrey Mijnals". Olympisch Stadion.
- SVB signs with COPA - the beat brazil 59-0copafotball.com
- "Suriprofs geïnformeerd over WK 2018-project".
- "De kwestie van de dubbele nationaliteit voor profvoetballers uit de Nederlandse en andere Europese competities komt steeds nadrukkelijker ter sprake.".
- "FIFA bereidt om Suriprofs te verzekeren".
- "Het gaat momenteel om 21 spelers die al toestemming hebben van hun club om eventueel af te reizen naar Suriname.".
- "Surinaamse kern meldt zich".
- "Profs voor officieus Surinaams elftal bekend".
- "Krishnadath: 'Lokale internationals niet miskent'".
- "Dean Gorré nieuwe bondscoach Suriname".