Rudy Degenaar

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Rudy Degenaar
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Personal information
Full name Ruud Degenaar
Date of birth 21 August 1963
Place of birth Suriname
Date of death 7 June 1989(1989-06-07) (aged 25)
Place of death Zanderij Airport, Paramaribo, Suriname
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1989 Heracles Almelo 106 (13)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Ruud "Rudy" Degenaar (21 August 1963 – 7 June 1989 near Zanderij Airport) was a Dutch-Surinamese footballer. During his career he played for Heracles Almelo. He died at the age of 25, when on 7 June 1989 he was killed in the Surinam Airways Flight PY764 air crash in Paramaribo. His father, Dolf Degenaar, was also a professional footballer.

He was invited by Sonny Hasnoe, the founder of the Colourful 11, to be part of the team and travel to Suriname to play in the "Boxel Kleurrijk Tournament" with three Surinamese teams. The Surinam Airways Flight PY764 crashed during approach to Zanderij International Airport, killing 176 of the 187 on board, including Degenaar and his girlfriend Hedwig Wolthuis, making it the worst ever aviation disaster in Suriname's history. Among the dead were a total of 15 members of the Colourful 11; only three of them survived.

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