Wim Suurbier in 1978
|Full name||Wilhelmus Lourens Johannes Suurbier|
|Date of birth||16 January 1945|
|Place of birth||Eindhoven, Netherlands|
|Playing position||Right back|
|1979–1981||Los Angeles Aztecs||73||(3)|
|1982||San Jose Earthquakes||23||(0)|
|1982–1983||Golden Bay Earthquakes (indoor)||28||(0)|
|1986–1987||Tampa Bay Rowdies (indoor)||10||(0)|
|1983||Golden Bay Earthquakes (assistant)|
|1986||Los Angeles Heat|
|1986–1987||Tampa Bay Rowdies|
|1988||Fort Lauderdale Strikers|
|1994||St. Petersburg Kickers|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Wilhelmus "Wim" Lourens Johannes Suurbier (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈʋɪm ˈsyːr.ˌbiːr]) (born 16 January 1945 in Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant) is a former Dutch football player and among others assistant coach of the Albanian national team.
Suurbier made his debut for Ajax Amsterdam when he was 19 and played with them for 13 years, all throughout the most successful era until 1977 when he was 32 years old. Usually a right back, Suurbier was renowned for his pace and stamina. Suurbier was a big part of the 70's total football team the 'Twelve Apostles' of Ajax Amsterdam led by Johan Cruijff, which lifted the UEFA Champions League three times in a row. In 1977, he moved to Schalke 04 for one season. In 1979, he transferred to the Los Angeles Aztecs of the North American Soccer League. He played three seasons in Los Angeles before moving to the San Jose Earthquakes for the 1982 season. In the fall of 1982, the team was renamed the Golden Bay Earthquakes and entered the Major Indoor Soccer League. He retired at the end of the season to become an assistant coach with the Earthquakes. He later resumed his playing career as a player-coach of the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the American Indoor Soccer Association.
He played 60 matches and scored 3 goals for the Netherlands national football team from 1966 to 1978. He played in both the 1974 and 1978 World Cups where the Dutch finished second, and also the 1976 UEFA European Football Championship.
In 1983, he was an assistant coach with the Golden Bay Earthquakes. In 1984, the Tulsa Roughnecks of the North American Soccer League hired Suurbier as head coach. He took the team to a 10–14 record. In 1986, he became the head coach of the Los Angeles Heat of the Western Soccer League. In the fall of 1986, he was hired by the Tampa Bay Rowdies as the team entered the American Indoor Soccer Association. In November 1987, Suurbier became the head coach of the newly established Fort Lauderdale Strikers in preparation of the team's first season in 1988. That season, the Strikers finished and went to the American Soccer League championship before falling to the Washington Diplomats. In January 1989, Suurbier resigned as coach of the Strikers. In February 1989, he was named the new head coach of the Miami Sharks. After starting the season at 2–3, the Sharks fired Suurbier. In 1994, he became the head coach of the St. Petersburg Kickers.
- Eredivisie winner (7): 1965–66, 66–67, 67–68, 69–70, 71–72, 72–73, 76–77
- KNVB Cup winner (4): 1967, 1970, 1971 & 1972
- UEFA Champions League winner (3): 1971, 1972 & 1973
- European Super Cup winner (2): 1972 & 1973
- Intercontinental Cup winner (1): 1972
- Zwei Schalker kamen bisher zu WM-Finalehren
- Wim Suurbier – FIFA competition record
- QUAKES STILL ALIVE . . . AND KICKING San Jose Mercury News (CA) – Sunday, 13 April 1986
- Can NASL came to terms with stability? Evening Tribune (San Diego, CA) – Tuesday, 8 May 1984
- The Year in American Soccer – 1984
- QUAKES TO BATTLE HEAT, FORMER COACH SUURBIER San Jose Mercury News (CA) – Saturday, 14 June 1986
- ROBBIE TO OWN ASL TEAM AS STRIKERS TRY ONCE AGAIN Sun-Sentinel – Thursday, 5 November 1987
- SUURBIER RESIGNS AS STRIKERS COACH Miami Herald, The (FL) – Tuesday, 31 January 1989
- EX-STRIKER COACH SUURBIER JOINS SHARKS Miami Herald, The (FL) – Thursday, 2 February 1989
- SHARKS (2–3) FIRE SUURBIER Miami Herald, The (FL) – Tuesday, 23 May 1989
- DUTCH LEGEND COACHES AMATEURS The Palm Beach Post – Sunday, 3 April 1994
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- NASL/MISL stats
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