Herman Rijkaard

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Herman Rijkaard
Personal information
Full name Herman Harry Rijkaard
Date of birth (1935-09-12)12 September 1935
Place of birth Paramaribo, Surinam
Date of death 30 September 2010(2010-09-30) (aged 75)
Place of death Amsterdam, Netherlands
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1955–1957 Robinhood ? (?)
1957–1961 Blauw-Wit ? (?)
1961–1962 Stormvogels ? (?)
Teams managed
Real Sranang
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of (09:38, 5 January 2016 (UTC))
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of (09:38, 5 January 2016 (UTC))

Herman Harry Rijkaard (12 September 1935 – 30 September 2010) was a Surinamese footballer who played as a forward for S.V. Robinhood in the SVB Hoofdklasse, F.C. Blauw-Wit in the Dutch Eredivisie, and for IJ.V.V. Stormvogels in the Eerste Divisie.[1]

He is the father of former Dutch international player and Barcelona manager Frank Rijkaard.


Early career[edit]

Born in Surinam in the Guianas, Rijkaard began his football career on the Mr. Bronsplein sport terrein in Paramaribo, before he was picked up by one of the local clubs, joining the youth ranks of V.V. Ajax playing with the likes of Erwin Sparendam and Charlie Marbach, before being recruited to the ranks of S.V. Robinhood.[2]

SV Robinhood[edit]

Having played in the youth ranks of S.V. Robinhood, Rijkaard progressed to the Surinamese Hoofdklasse. As an attacker with a strong right foot, he helped Robinhood to national titles in 1955 and 1956. While making a living as a bookkeeper for a company called Kersten & Co., word started spreading in Suriname about a fully professional league being established in the Netherlands. Rijkaard soon relocated, joining FC Blauw-Wit from Amsterdam, the crosstown rivals of AFC Ajax at the time.[3]

FC Blauw-Wit[edit]

In 1957, Rijkaard joined FC Blauw-Wit playing in the Olympic Stadium in the newly formed Eredivisie, the top flight of professional football in the Netherlands.[4] He would be reunited with his childhood friend Sparendam once more.[5] Due to his strong physique, Rijkaard was gradually moved to a more defensive role on the playing pitch. A development his Son would undergo during his playing career as well. A 13th-place finish with Blauw-Wit in the league table was his best result in four seasons with the club, before transferring to IJ.V.V. Stormvogels from nearby Velsen.[6]

IJVV Stormvogels[edit]

In 1961 he joined the IJ.V.V. Stormvogels, competing in the Dutch Eerste Divisie, the 2nd tier of professional football in the Netherlands.[7] He played for one season before directing his focus towards family and the needs of Surinamese expatriates in the Netherlands, thus retiring from professional football as a player.[8]

Personal life and other work[edit]

After his career as a football player, Rijkaard took a job as a social worker in Amsterdam. He married Neel van der Meulen and in 1959 they had their first son Herman Harry Rijkaard Jr. Three years later Franklin Edmundo Rijkaard was born. Herman Jr would go on to become a players' agent licensed by FIFA.,[9] while Frank would go on to play for Ajax, Real Zaragoza, Milan and the Dutch national team, winning the UEFA European Championship in 1988 and the UEFA Champions League in 1995 with Ajax as a player, and as a manager in 2006 with Barcelona. Frank is one of the most successful players/managers in the history of Dutch football.[10]

As a social worker, Rijkaard was intimately involved in the integration process of his compatriots who were emigrating to the Netherlands escaping political unrest in Suriname. He was the manager of Real Sranang, an amateur football club in the Netherlands for a while,[11] and was also the secretary of the ROVI (Reünisten Oud Surinaamse Voetbalinternationals), an organization based in the Netherlands responsible for organizing reunion matches and events for former players of the Suriname national team living in the Netherlands.[12] He died on 30 September 2010 due to reasons unknown.



S.V. Robinhood[13]


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  2. ^ "Mr. Bronsplein; De eerste Surinaamse sportencyclopedie (1893-1988)". dbnl.org.
  3. ^ "SV Robinhood; De eerste Surinaamse sportencyclopedie (1893-1988)" (PDF). dbnl / Ricky W. Stutgard. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Blauw-Wit vs FC Den Bosch". Elf Voetbal. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  5. ^ "'Negeren heeft geen zin'". Volkskrant. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Ster van Robin Hood wees talentvolle Surinamers" (PDF). Rondomvoetbal.nl. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  7. ^ "pagina 5 - Historische Kranten, Erfgoed Leiden en Omstreken". Leidsche Dagblad. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  8. ^ "'Frank Rijkaard, melancholicus en toptrainer'". Voetbal International. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  9. ^ "'Rijkaard legt beslag op betaling Ajax'". AD.nl. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  10. ^ "Rijkaard finally gets frank". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  11. ^ "Real Sranang SV - Het Koninklijke Suriname in Amsterdam (Historie)". Real Sranang. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  12. ^ "Lancering website over Surinaamse voetbalhistorie". Waterkrant. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  13. ^ Allard Doesburg; Hans Schöggl. "Surinam – List of Champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 2 August 2011.