S.V. Robinhood

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Full name Sport Vereniging Robinhood
Founded 6 February 1945; 72 years ago (1945-02-06)
Ground Dr. Ir. Franklin Essed Stadion
Ground Capacity 3,500
Chairman Suriname Ramon Abrahams
Manager Suriname Johan Vorstwijk
League Topklasse
2015–16 7th

Sport Vereniging Robinhood is a Surinamese football club based in Paramaribo that competes in the Surinamese Hoofdklasse, the highest level of football in Suriname. Founded on 6 February 1945, Robinhood is the most successful club in Surinamese football, having won a record 23 league titles, and a record of five Beker van Surinames and President's Cups apiece. The club was the first Surinamese club to make the final of a North American tournament, reaching the 1972 CONCACAF Champions' Cup final. Though making five CONCACAF club championship finals in their history, Robinhood has never won a continental title.

A majority of the club's success was during the 1970s and 1980s at the helm of longtime manager, Ronald Kolf, who led the club to the 30 of 31 honors received. Following Kolf's departure in 2003, many cite a regression in Robinhood's form, as the club has failed to win any major trophy since 2005, when the club earned the double with the Hoofdklasse and Beker van Suriname titles.[1]

SV Robinhood was appointed by the IFFHS, as one of the Twenty clubs in the 20th century. getting third place in the tenth.

In 2014, Robinhood was relegated to the Eerste Klasse (second division). The 2014–15 campaign will be the first time the club has played outside of the first division since 1948. After one season in the Eerste Klasse, Robinhood won the relegation play-offs and was promoted back to the Hoofdklasse.[2]



The original SV Robinhood team in 1946, when they played in the third tier Tweede Klasse.

SV Robinhood was founded by Anton Blijd on 6 February 1945. The original purpose of the club was to offer poorer boys and men living in central Paramaribo a chance to participate in a community activity. The distinct origins of the name "Robinhood" are not entirely known, but it has been reported that a man named J. Nelom proposed that the club be given the name. Mr. Nelom, who originally named the club, served as Robinhood's first chairman, although it is unknown what years he chaired the club.

Founded in 1945 simply as recreational team, Robinhood entered the Tweede Klasse, or the third tier of Surinamese football in 1946, which was the Surinamese Football Association's first organized barefoot league.[3] Originally, in spite of early success in the third flight of Surinamese football, the club was denied entry into the second tier, or Eerste Klasse because the second division required players to wear boots. The subsequent season, Robinhood won the 1947 title over SV Urania, and won a dozen pairs of boots, allowing them to participate in the Eerste Klasse.[3] The club's humble roots,[4] earned them much popularity in the Paramaribo area, and quickly developed a large fanbase, as well as the theme Geen strijd, geen kroon, Dutch for "No Fight, No Crown".[5]

The club continued to ascend the flights of Surinamese football, eventually reaching the Hoofdklasse, the top Surinamese football league, in 1949. Following three consecutive runners-up in from 1950 through 1952, the club won their first Hoofdklasse title in 1953 upon beating Transvaal, 5–0.[6] The victory, is cited to have been the budding of a bitter rivalry between Robinhood and Transvaal, as the two would jockey one another for the title of being the supreme club of Suriname.[7]

Ever since Robinhood won promotion into the 1949 Hoofdklasse season, the club has never been relegated from the top flight of Surinamese football.[8]

In 1952 Robinhood became soccer champions of Suriname.[1] The manager was Jules Gersie. During the tenure of this very skilful trainer Robinhood won four league titles in the highest division With many star players including Humphrey Mijnals and Charly Marbach. Robinhood is the only club with so many titles after its name and one of the most popular in Suriname. In its 57th year history the club was crowned champions 22 times of which 15 titles were won with Ronald "Ro" Kolf as the manager. Robinhood always was one of the progressive clubs in Suriname.

They were the first with a clubhouse (opened on May 10, 1953 while the club was run by the late doctor Doelwijt). On February 6, 1980 (44th year of existence) Robinhood opened the most modern clubhouse (of that time) at the verlengde Gemenelandsweg. The chairman was veterinarian Robbie Lieuw A Joe. Also in this 10-year period Robinhood won the league title 9 times out of the possible 10 dominating soccer in Suriname.[1]

1976: First trip to Europe[edit]

In 1976, Robinhood travelled to Europe for the first time, scheduling games in the Netherlands against Dutch Eredivisie clubs Ajax, Feyenoord, NEC, Den Haag, Elinkwijk and HFC Haarlem. Robinhood became the first club since Transvaal make the trip over the pond, finishing with 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses overall.[9]

Tour results[edit]

1970s and 1980s[edit]

The 1976 squad that won the Hoofdklasse and Caribbean titles and finished runners up in the Champions' Cup.

To fans and the media, the 1970s and the 1980s were widely considered the most successful years for S.V. Robinhood. Between 1975 and 1989 Robinhood won the Hoofdklasse title fourteen times in those sixteen seasons.[1]

The club's success also translated on the subcontinental and continental stages, where Robinhood won the Caribbean Zone titles in 1976 and 1977. In those same seasons they would finish as runners-up in the now-defunct CONCACAF Champions' Cup.

During this Golden Age, the lowest the club ever finished in the Hoofdklasse was a third-place finish in 1982, which during that season, the club made their third trip to the Champions Cup, losing the 1982 final to Mexico's UNAM Pumas 3–2 on aggregate.[10] The subsequent tournament, Robinhood made the finals upon winning the Caribbean title for a second consecutive year, defeating the Curaçao League champions SUBT, by a 4–1 aggregate scoreline.[11] In the championship, Robinhood took on Mexico's Atlante where they lost 6–1 on aggregate.[11] To this date, it would be the deepest in an CONCACAF tournament Robinhood would reach.

During the late 1980s, Robinhood would play a chain of friendlies against Dutch Eredivisie giants, Ajax, where they would win a match and lose a match only by a 4–3 scoreline. During the mid-to-late 1980s, the club grew its infrastructure setting up a youth development academy.

1986: Second trip to Europe[edit]

In 1986, Robinhood travelled to Europe once more, 10 years after their previous excursion, scheduling games in the Netherlands against Dutch Eredivisie clubs Ajax, Excelsior, PEC Zwolle, HFC Haarlem, FC Volendam and the Kleurijk XI (Dutch, "Colorful XI"), an unofficial team of Surinamese expatriots living in the Netherlands. Robinhood finished the tour with 1 win, 2 draws and 3 losses overall.[12]

Tour results[edit]


Robinhood won two more league title in this decade in 1993–94 and 1994–95 they were also runners-up four times. With many changes in the team due to players leaving for Holland and other countries. Robinhood relied on youngsters coming through the system, Marcel Reidewald, Johan Vorstwijk and Ricardo Anches. This was a period of transition and a rocky one for the great supporters of Binhood. The season they finished Runner-up to the army team (SNL) Robert "Muis" Lawrence set a Hoofdklasse goalscoring record of thirty goals in a season, this still stands to this day.

Ludwig Van Dijk era[edit]

To be fair this has been a mixed period with the twenty-third title coming in 2004–05 season (under the coach Ricardo Winter) and runners-up position in three other season it's not been a bad return. Football changed a lot in this decade with other teams coming into the picture, Traditional teams like Leo Victor, Transvaal and Voorwaarts have been replaced with the likes of Inter Moengotapoe and Walking Boyz. The Robinhood team has changed much in this period also but has had some stars like Gordon Kinsaini, Hesdy Jap A Joe and the giant at the heart of the defence Marcel Reidewald. These players have all gone now and it is a new generation on the playing field, Arnold Burleson is coach and there are signs maybe that the club will return to the dominant position it held through their history only time will tell.

Crest and colors[edit]

SV Robinhood's crest is a circular badge with two swords meeting together in an upright angle. Along the border, the crest reads the club's name and foundation year. Above the two meeting swords is a football.

Throughout the club's existence, the colors have been green, red and accents of white to reflect on the colors of present-day Suriname.


For as long as the stadium has existed, SV Robinhood have played their home matches in the 6,000-seater André Kamperveen Stadion. Shared with rivals Transvaal and Walking Boyz Company, Kamperveen Stadion is one of the few all grass pitches in Suriname. Prior to the construction of the Kamperveen Stadion, Robinhood played their home matches at the Flora Stadion which would later become the Dr. Ir. Franklin Essed Stadion. The Essed Stadion later became the home stadium of Robinhood once more, after the team relegated for the first time in the club's history, becoming tenants of the Essed Stadion in 2014.



Champions: (23) 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1959, 1961, 1964, 1971, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1993, 1995, 2005, 2012
Champions: (6) 1997, 1999, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2016
Champions: (6) 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2016


Runners-up: (5) 1972, 1976, 1977, 1982, 1983
Runners-up: (1) 2005


Performance in CONCACAF competitions[edit]

CONCACAF Champions' Cup[edit]

Final (2nd place) v. Honduras Olimpia – 0:1, 0:0
First Round (Caribbean Region) v. Netherlands Antilles Jong Colombia – 2:2, 0:1
First Round (Caribbean Region) v. Netherlands Antilles Jong Colombia – 3:1, 1:1
Second Round (Caribbean Region) v. Trinidad and Tobago Malvern United – 0:0, 2:0
Final (2nd place) v. El Salvador Águila – 1:5, 2:3
First Round (Caribbean Region) v. Guyana YMCA – 5:0, 1:0
Second Round (Caribbean Region) v. Suriname Voorwaarts – 1:0, 1:0
Third Round (Caribbean Region) v. Haiti Violette – 0:0, 1:0
Fourth Round (Caribbean Region) v. Trinidad and Tobago TECSA – 0:0, 1:0
Final (2nd place) v. Mexico América – 0:1, 1:1
Third Round (Caribbean Region) v. Trinidad and Tobago Tesoro Palo Seco – 2:0, 1:0
Fourth Round (Caribbean Region) v. Netherlands Antilles Jong Colombia – 0:0, 0:1
First Round (Caribbean Region) v. Netherlands Antilles SUBT – 1:2, 4:0
Second Round (Caribbean Region) v. Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force – :, :
Third Round (Caribbean Region) v. Suriname Transvaal – :, :
Triangular Final v. Mexico Pumas UNAM – 0:2
Triangular Final (3rd place) v. El Salvador Universidad – 1:1
First Round (Caribbean Region) v. Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force – 1:0, 2:1
Second Round (Caribbean Region) v. Aruba Dakota – 5:1, 0:0
Third Round (Caribbean Region) v. Netherlands Antilles SUBT – 2:1, 2:0
Final (2nd place) v. Mexico Atlante – 1:1, 0:5
First Round (Caribbean South Region) v. Netherlands Antilles Juventus – 5:0, 4:0
First Round (Caribbean South Region) v. Suriname Transvaal – 2:2, 0:1
First Round (Caribbean Region) v. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Cardinals – :, :
Second Round (Caribbean Region) v. Guadeloupe Zenith – 1:3, 4:0
Semi-finals v. Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force – 0:0, 0:2
First Round (Caribbean Region) v. Suriname Transvaal – 0:0, 1:2
First Round (Caribbean Region) v. French Guiana ASC Le Geldar – 0:1, 2:0
Second Round (Caribbean Region) v. Trinidad and Tobago Mayaro United – 2:0, 0:1
Third Round (Caribbean Region) v. Guadeloupe L'Etoile de Morne-à-l'Eau – 1:3, 3:0
Semi-finals v. Mexico América – 0:7
First Round (Caribbean Region) v. French Guiana AS Club Colonial – 0:1, 2:0
Second Round (Caribbean Region) v. Netherlands Antilles Sithoc – 1:2, 3:0
Third Round (Caribbean Region) v. Trinidad and Tobago Trintoc – 1:0, 0:0
Fourth Round (Caribbean Region) v. Martinique Aiglon du Lamentin – 0:1, 3:1
Final Tournament v. Guatemala Municipal – 0:3
Final Tournament v. Mexico León – 0:4
Final Tournament v. Costa Rica Saprissa – 1:9
Preliminary Round (Caribbean Region) v. Aruba RCA – 1:2, 7:0
First Round (Caribbean Region) v. Suriname Leo Victor – 1:0, 2:4

CONCACAF Cup Winners Cup[edit]

1996 – Qualifying stage (Caribbean Zone)

CFU Club Championship[edit]

First Round v. Netherlands Antilles Sithoc – 2:2
First Round v. Trinidad and Tobago Joe Public – 0:5
First Round v. Dominica Harlem Bombers – 5:2
First Round v. Aruba Britannia – 2:1, 2:0
Quarter-finals v. Trinidad and Tobago North East Stars – :, :
Semi-finals v. Saint Lucia Northern United – 3:1, 4:2
Final (2nd place) v. Jamaica Portmore United – 2:1, 0:4


First-team squad 2014–15[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Suriname GK Claidel Kohinor
Suriname GK Romano Noordzee
Suriname DF Furgill Ong A Fat
Suriname DF Mick Amelo
Suriname DF Orpheo Mayland
Suriname DF Guno Kwasie
Suriname DF Sergio Moentari
Suriname DF Quincy Wielzen
Suriname DF Vernon Etnel
Suriname DF Hesdy Jap A Joe
No. Position Player
Suriname DF Milton Koenders
Suriname MF Ayad Godieb
Suriname MF Bebeto Odang
Suriname MF Mitchell Kisoor
Suriname MF Victorino Pinas
Suriname MF Daved Fisher
Suriname MF Roxey Fer
Suriname FW Gleofilo Hasselbaink
Suriname FW Dwight Panka
Suriname FW Raydell Schuurman
Suriname FW Romano Stekkel

Club Officials[edit]

Club Board
Position Staff
Chairman Netherlands Ludwig van Dijk
Board Member Suriname Henk Peneux
Board Member Trinidad and Tobago Lesley Rodgers
Board Member Suriname John Slijngaard
Board Member Suriname Stanley A-Kum
Board Member Suriname Hedwig Gilaard
Board Member Curaçao Faried Iilahibaks
Board Member Suriname Chas Warning

Last updated: August 4, 2011
Source: S.V. Robinhood

Position Staff
Manager Suriname Dwight Renfrum
Asst. Coach Suriname Roche Molijn
Asst. Coach Suriname Roy Vanenburg
U-20 Coach Guyana Ricardo Smith
U-17 Coach Suriname Delano Baal
U-15 Coach Suriname Ricardo Tjon-A-Meeuw

Last updated: August 4, 2011
Source: S.V. Robinhood

Notable Coaches[edit]


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  8. ^ Allard Doesburg; Hans Schöggl. "Surinam – List of Champions". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "Voetbal; De eerste Surinaamse sportencyclopedie (1893–1988)". Alberga, Paramaribo. Retrieved 5 March 2016. 
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