Suriname national football team

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Suriname
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Natio
A-Selektie
Suriboys
Association Surinaamse Voetbal Bond (SVB)
Confederation CONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederation CFU (Caribbean)
Head coach Roberto Gödeken
Most caps Marlon Felter (44)
Top scorer Stefano Rijssel (10)
Home stadium André Kamperveen Stadion
FIFA code SUR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 107 Steady (10 August 2017)
Highest 84 (August 2008)
Lowest 191 (December 2015)
Elo ranking
Current 157 Steady (7 May 2017)
Highest 70 (18 July 1971)
Lowest 171 (June 2015)
First international
Netherlands Surinam 1–2 British Guiana 
(Surinam; January 28, 1921)[1]
Biggest win
Netherlands Surinam 9–0 French Guiana 
(Surinam; March 2, 1947)
Biggest defeat
Netherlands Aruba 8–1 Surinam Netherlands
(Surinam; June 6, 1946)
Netherlands Netherlands 9–2 Surinam Netherlands
(Surinam; July 30, 1958)
Mexico Mexico 8–1 Suriname Suriname
(Mexico; October 15, 1977)
CONCACAF Championship
& Gold Cup
Appearances 2 (first in 1977)
Best result Sixth place, 1977

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.

History[edit]

Although the former Dutch colony is located in South America, it competes in CONCACAF, together with Guyana and French Guiana. Suriname was one of the founding members of CONCACAF in 1961. Suriname won the CFU Championship in 1978, were runners-up in 1979 and have achieved three fourth place finishes in the CFU Championship/Caribbean Cup. Suriname discourages dual citizenship and Surinamese-Dutch players who have picked up a Netherlands passport – which, crucially, offers legal work status in almost any European league – are barred from selection to the national team.[2] Many Suriname-born players and Dutch-born players of Surinamese descent, like Gerald Vanenburg, Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard, Edgar Davids, Clarence Seedorf, Patrick Kluivert, Ryan Babel, Aron Winter, Georginio Wijnaldum, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Jeremain Lens have turned out to play for Oranje. Players who are eligible to play for Suriname, should the government accept dual citizinship are, Warner Hahn, Kelvin Leerdam, Stefano Denswil, Ridgeciano Haps, Roland Alberg, Rajiv van La Parra, Justin Kluivert, Luciano Slagveer, Steven Bergwijn, Xavi Simons and many more. In 1999, Humphrey Mijnals, who played for both Suriname and the Netherlands, was elected Surinamese footballer of the century.[3] Another famous player is André Kamperveen, who captained Suriname in the 1940s and was the first Surinamese to play professionally in the Netherlands.

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.

In 2008 Suriname advanced to the group stage of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying despite using only local players. With their two-leg victory over neighbours Guyana, Suriname moved on to face Haiti, Costa Rica, and El Salvador in the third round.

Inspired by the success of teams with dual nationals, especially Algeria, SVB president John Krishnadath submitted a proposal to the national assembly to allow dual citizenship for athletes with the then-goal of reaching the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals.[4] In order to support this project, a team with professional players of Surinamese origin was assembled and played 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 was 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.[5]

As of May 2015, Gorré was the national team coach who oversaw both the official and unofficial teams. The professional team consisted of players willing to commit to Suriname if the dual-citizenship bill was approved, and played two international matches. In 2016, Roberto Gödeken became the head coach once again. In qualification for the 2017 Caribbean Cup, Suriname secured a spot in the third round, but finished second behind Jamaica in their group. However, as one of the three best second place finishers, Suriname advanced to face Trinidad and Tobago and Haiti in the 5th place play-off. Suriname won the match against Trinidad and Tobago, but lost against Haiti, and therefore once again failed to make an appearance in the Concacaf Gold Cup.

Competitive record[edit]

CFU Caribbean Cup[edit]

CFU Championship & Caribbean Cup
Year Round GP W D[1] L GS GA
Trinidad and Tobago 1978 Champions 3 3 0 0 8 0
Suriname 1979 Runners-up 3 1 0 2 5 4
Puerto Rico 1981 Did not qualify - - - - - -
French Guiana 1983 Did not enter - - - - - -
Barbados 1985 Fourth place 3 0 2 1 2 4
Martinique 1988 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Barbados 1989 Did not enter - - - - - -
Trinidad and Tobago 1990 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Jamaica 1991 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Trinidad and Tobago 1992 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 2 6
Jamaica 1993 Withdrew - - - - - -
Trinidad and Tobago 1994 Fourth place 5 1 1 2 5 8
Cayman Islands Jamaica 1995 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Trinidad and Tobago 1996 Fourth place 5 1 1 2 5 9
Antigua and Barbuda Saint Kitts and Nevis 1997 Did not enter - - - - - -
19981999 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Trinidad and Tobago 2001 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 4 9
20052017 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Total 1 Title 25 6 6 11 31 40
  1. ^ Draws include knockout matches decided on a penalty shootout.

CCCF Championship[edit]

CCCF Championship
Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
1941 to 1957 Did not qualify
Cuba 1960 4th place 4 1 1 2 4 5
1961 Did not qualify
Total 4th place 4 1 1 2 4 5

CONCACAF Gold Cup[edit]

CONCACAF Championship & CONCACAF Gold Cup
Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
19631967 Did not qualify
Trinidad and Tobago 1971 Withdrew
Haiti 1973 Did not qualify
Mexico 1977 6th place 5 0 0 5 6 17
Honduras 1981 Did not qualify
Mexico 1985 Group Stage 4 0 1 3 2 9
19891991 Did not qualify
United StatesMexico 1993 Withdrew
United States 1996 Did not qualify
United States 1998 Did not enter
20002002 Did not qualify
United States 2002 Did not enter
United StatesMexico 2003 Withdrew
20052017 Did not qualify
Total 6th Place 9 0 1 8 8 26

FIFA World Cup[edit]