Suriname national football team

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Suriname
Association Surinaamse Voetbal Bond (SVB)
Confederation CONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederation CFU (Caribbean)
Head coach Roberto Gödeken(interim)
Most caps Marlon Felter (41)
Top scorer Clifton Sandvliet (9)
Home stadium André Kamperveen Stadion
FIFA code SUR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 170 Increase 20 (14 July 2016)
Highest 84 (August 2008)
Lowest 191 (December 2015)
Elo ranking
Current 166 (July 2016)
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 won the CFU Championship (Digicel Caribbean Cup predecessor) in 1978, were runners-up in 1979 and reached fourth place in 1994 and 1996. Unlike in the Netherlands Antilles, another former Dutch colony, it is ruled that players who move abroad to play in the Netherlands are not eligible to play for Suriname.[2] Many Suriname-born players and Dutch-born players of Surinamese descent, like Gerald Vanenburg, Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard, Edgar Davids, Clarence Seedorf, Andwélé Slory, Ryan Babel, Patrick Kluivert, Aron Winter, Romeo Castelen, Royston Drenthe, Kenneth Vermeer, Georginio Wijnaldum and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink turned out to play for Oranje. 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.

In 2008 Suriname entered the group stage of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying despite using only local players. With their two-leg victory over neighbours Guyana, Suriname faced Haiti, Costa Rica, and El Salvador in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONCACAF) semi-finale round. Suriname has also qualified to the second round of the 2008 Caribbean Championship.

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.

Inspired by the success of teams with dual nationals, especially Algeria, SVB president John Krishnadath has submitted a proposal to the national assembly to allow dual citizenship for athletes with the goal of reaching the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals.[4] The bill is set to be voted in January.[5] In order to support this project, a team with professional players of Surinamese origin has been 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 has been 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.[6]

As of May 2015, Dean Gorré is the national team coach who currently oversees both the official and unofficial teams. The professional team consists of players willing to commit to Suriname if the dual-citizenship bill is approved, and has played two international matches so far. In 2016, Roberto Gödeken became the interim coach once again. In qualification for the 2017 Caribbean Cup, Suriname secured a spot in the second round for the first time since 2012. They then qualified for the third round by being the fourth-best runner up of the second round, where they will be facing neighboring rivals Guyana and Jamaica, the latter of which they have not faced in 20 years.

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 - - - - - -
1998-1999 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Trinidad and Tobago 2001 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 4 9
2005-2014 Did not qualify - - - - - -
United States Virgin Islands 2017 To be determined
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
1963-1967 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
1989-1991 Did not qualify
United StatesMexico 1993 Withdrew
United States 1996 Did not qualify
United States 1998 Did not enter
2000-2002 Did not qualify
United States 2002 Did not enter
United StatesMexico 2003 Withdrew
2005-2015 Did not qualify
Total 6th Place 9 0 1 8 8 26

FIFA World Cup[edit]