Suriname national football team

The Suriname national football team (Dutch: Surinaams voetbalelftal; Sranan Tongo: Sranankondre fubal pluga) represents Suriname in international football. The team is controlled by the Surinamese Football Association, which is a member of CONCACAF.

Suriname
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Natio (National)
A-Selektie (A-Selection)
AssociationSurinaamse Voetbal Bond
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederationCFU (Caribbean)
Head coachJacques Passy[1] (interim)
Most capsMarlon Felter (48)
Top scorerStefano Rijssel (14)
Home stadiumAndré Kamperveen Stadion
FIFA codeSUR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 139 Steady (21 October 2021)[2]
Highest84 (August 2008)
Lowest191 (December 2015)
First international
Netherlands Surinam 0–5 British Guiana 
(Surinam; 17 August 1915)[3]
Biggest win
Netherlands Surinam 9–0 French Guiana France
(Surinam; 2 March 1947)
Netherlands Surinam 9–0 British Guiana 
(Netherlands Antilles; 17 February 1952)
Netherlands Surinam 9–0 British Guiana 
(Aruba; 9 February 1953)
Biggest defeat
Netherlands Surinam 2–9 Netherlands 
(Paramaribo, Surinam; 30 July 1958)
Netherlands Surinam 1–8 Aruba Netherlands
(Surinam; 6 June 1946)
Mexico Mexico 8–1 Suriname 
(Monterrey, Mexico; 15 October 1977)
 Costa Rica 7–0 Suriname 
(San José, Costa Rica; 6 September 2008)
Gold Cup
Appearances3 (first in 1977)
Best resultSixth place (1977)

HistoryEdit

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.[5] Many Suriname-born players and Dutch-born players of Surinamese descent, like Gerald Vanenburg, Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard, Edgar Davids, Clarence Seedorf, Patrick Kluivert, Aron Winter, Georginio Wijnaldum, Virgil van Dijk and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink have turned out to play for the Dutch national team. In 1999, Humphrey Mijnals, who played for both Suriname and the Netherlands, was elected Surinamese footballer of the century.[6] 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.[7] In order to support this project, a team with professional players of Surinamese origin was assembled and played an exhibition match on 26 December 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 supported the project and granted insurance for the players and clubs despite the match being unofficial.[8]

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.

In 2018 Dean Gorré signed a new 2 year contract with the SVB to manage Natio once more. His first game ended in a draw against Dominica in Nations League qualifiers. Gorré became not only the head coach of the senior team, but also overseas the youth teams and also has a helping hand in the introduction of a professional league in the country. Gorré also managed to arrange trainingcamps for the national team in the Netherlands, where Natio have test their strength against professional and amateur football clubs.

Suriname qualified for the CONCACAF Nations League B after wins against Saint Kitts and Nevis and British Virgin Islands, draw against Dominica and a loss against Jamaica. Suriname got to share a group with Nicaragua, SVG and Dominica. After a narrow away win against Dominica, Suriname got to bag a massive 6–0 win at home against Nicaragua.

In November 2019, it was announced that a so-called sports passport would allow Dutch professional footballers from the Surinamese diaspora to represent Suriname.[9] On 19 November, Suriname qualified for the 2021 Gold Cup with 2–1 CONCACAF Nations League win over Nicaragua.[10] It will be their debut in the CONCACAF Gold Cup and their first appearance in a CONCACAF tournament since 1985.

In the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Suriname will play against Costa Rica, Jamaica and the winner of the preliminary match 8 in Group C.

Recent results and forthcoming fixturesEdit

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

2021Edit

24 March 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Suriname   3–0   Cayman Islands Paramaribo, Suriname
19:00 UTC−3
Report Stadium: Dr. Ir. Franklin Essed Stadion
Referee: Jorge Pérez (Mexico)
27 March 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Aruba   0–6   Suriname Bradenton, United States
20:00 UTC−4 Report
Stadium: IMG Academy
Referee: Ismail Elfath (United States)
4 June 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Suriname   6–0   Bermuda Paramaribo, Suriname
19:00 UTC−3
Report Stadium: Dr. Ir. Franklin Essed Stadion
Referee: Mario Escobar (Guatemala)
8 June 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Canada   4–0   Suriname Bridgeview, United States
20:05 UTC−5
Report Stadium: SeatGeek Stadium
Referee: Nima Saghafi (United States)
12 July 2021 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup Jamaica   2–0   Suriname Orlando, United States
18:30
Report Stadium: Exploria Stadium
Referee: Bakary Gassama (Gambia)
16 July 2021 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup Suriname   1–2   Costa Rica Orlando, United States
20:30 UTC−4
Report
Stadium: Exploria Stadium
Referee: Fernando Hernández (Mexico)
20 July 2021 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup Suriname   2–1   Guadeloupe Houston, United States
18:00 UTC−5
Report
Stadium: BBVA Stadium
Referee: Fernando Guerrero (Mexico)

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 23 players were called up for the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Caps and goals correct as of 21 July 2021 after the match against Guadeloupe.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Warner Hahn (1992-06-15) 15 June 1992 (age 29) 7 0   Go Ahead Eagles
13 1GK Claidel Kohinor (1992-02-07) 7 February 1992 (age 29) 21 0   Robinhood
23 1GK Ishan Kort (2000-06-01) 1 June 2000 (age 21) 1 0   Sparta U21

2 2DF Damil Dankerlui (1996-08-24) 24 August 1996 (age 25) 6 0   Groningen
3 2DF Sean Klaiber (1994-07-31) 31 July 1994 (age 27) 3 0   Ajax
4 2DF Dion Malone (1989-02-13) 13 February 1989 (age 32) 6 0   NAC Breda
5 2DF Ridgeciano Haps (1993-06-12) 12 June 1993 (age 28) 5 0   Venezia
12 2DF Albert Nibte (1993-05-20) 20 May 1993 (age 28) 14 0   Leo Victor
15 2DF Ryan Donk (Captain) (1986-03-30) 30 March 1986 (age 35) 6 1   Kasımpaşa
18 2DF Kelvin Leerdam (1990-06-24) 24 June 1990 (age 31) 7 0   Inter Miami
19 2DF Anduelo Amoeferie (1991-09-24) 24 September 1991 (age 30) 13 0   Inter Moengotapoe

6 3MF Ryan Koolwijk (1985-08-08) 8 August 1985 (age 36) 5 0   PEC Zwolle
8 3MF Roland Alberg (1990-08-06) 6 August 1990 (age 31) 3 1   MVV
14 3MF Sersinho Eduard (1994-09-04) 4 September 1994 (age 27) 25 1   Inter Moengotapoe
16 3MF Mitchell Donald (1988-12-10) 10 December 1988 (age 32) 2 0 Unattached
21 3MF Diego Biseswar (1988-03-08) 8 March 1988 (age 33) 6 0   PAOK

7 4FW Florian Jozefzoon (1991-02-09) 9 February 1991 (age 30) 5 1   Quevilly-Rouen
9 4FW Nigel Hasselbaink (1990-11-21) 21 November 1990 (age 30) 9 8 Unattached
10 4FW Alvaro Verwey (1999-01-12) 12 January 1999 (age 22) 3 1   Voorwaarts
11 4FW Sheraldo Becker (1995-02-09) 9 February 1995 (age 26) 5 2   Union Berlin
17 4FW Dimitrie Apai (1994-07-19) 19 July 1994 (age 27) 25 4   W Connection
20 4FW Gleofilo Vlijter (1999-09-17) 17 September 1999 (age 22) 12 13   Beitar Jerusalem
22 4FW Ivenzo Comvalius (1997-06-24) 24 June 1997 (age 24) 18 8   Trenčín

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have also been called up to the Suriname squad within the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Obrendo Huiswoud (1990-12-06) 6 December 1990 (age 30) 27 0   Inter Moengotapoe v.   Jamaica; 12 July 2021 PRE

DF Ivanildo Misidjan (1993-07-08) 8 July 1993 (age 28) 11 0   Broki v.   Jamaica; 12 July 2021 PRE
DF Ervin Tjon-A-Loi (1995-04-06) 6 April 1995 (age 26) 9 0   Inter Moengotapoe v.   Jamaica; 12 July 2021 PRE
DF Zerguinho Deira (2002-07-23) 23 July 2002 (age 19) 3 0   Transvaal v.   Jamaica; 12 July 2021 PRE
DF Miquel Darson (1993-05-27) 27 May 1993 (age 28) 23 0   Inter Moengotapoe v.   Canada; 8 June 2021
DF Shaquille Pinas (1998-03-19) 19 March 1998 (age 23) 4 2   Ludogorets v.   Canada; 8 June 2021
DF Ramon Leeuwin (1987-09-01) 1 September 1987 (age 34) 3 0   Almere City v.   Canada; 8 June 2021
DF Myenty Abena (1994-12-12) 12 December 1994 (age 26) 2 0   Slovan Bratislava v.   Canada; 8 June 2021

MF Gilberto Cronie (1996-12-08) 8 December 1996 (age 24) 6 0   Leo Victor v.   Jamaica; 12 July 2021 PRE
MF Jerrel Wijks (1998-03-15) 15 March 1998 (age 23) 1 0   Inter Moengotapoe v.   Jamaica; 12 July 2021 PRE
MF Jamilhio Rigters (1999-11-11) 11 November 1999 (age 21) 0 0   Robinhood v.   Jamaica; 12 July 2021 PRE
MF Tjaronn Chery (1988-06-04) 4 June 1988 (age 33) 3 0   Maccabi Haifa v.   Canada; 8 June 2021
MF Roscello Vlijter (2000-01-01) 1 January 2000 (age 21) 3 0   Telstar v.   Bermuda; 4 June 2021 PRE

FW Mitchell te Vrede (1991-09-07) 7 September 1991 (age 30) 2 0   Abha v.   Canada; 8 June 2021

INJ Withdrew due to injury
PRE Preliminary/Standby squad
RET Retired from the national team
SUS Serving suspension
WD Player withdrew from the squad due to non-injury issue.

Player recordsEdit

As of 21 July 2021
Players in bold are still active with Suriname.

Coaching staffEdit

As of 30 July 2021

Head Coach vacant
Assistant Coach vacant
Assistant Coach vacant
Team Manager vacant
Goalkeeping coach vacant
Equipment Manager vacant
Team Doctor vacant

Coaching historyEdit

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Did not enter Declined participation
  1934
  1938 Withdrew Withdrew
  1950 Did not enter Declined participation
  1954
  1958
  1962 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 1 2
  1966 4 1 0 3 8 9
  1970 4 2 0 2 10 9
  1974 4 2 1 1 11 4
  1978 10 2 2 6 15 24
  1982 4 2 1 1 5 3
  1986 6 1 2 3 4 10
  1990 Withdrew Withdrew
  1994 Did not qualify 4 1 2 1 4 4
  1998 2 0 0 2 0 2
    2002 4 1 1 2 1 2
  2006 4 2 1 1 12 6
  2010 9 3 2 4 14 21
  2014 6 2 1 3 5 11
  2018 2 0 0 2 1 4
  2022 4 3 0 1 15 4
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/22 69 22 14 33 106 115

CONCACAF Gold CupEdit

CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
  1963 Did not enter Did not enter
  1965
  1967
  1969
  1971 Withdrew Withdrew
  1973 Did not qualify 4 2 1 1 11 4
  1977 Sixth place 6th 5 0 0 5 6 17 Squad 2 1 0 1 3 2
  1981 Did not qualify 4 2 1 1 5 3
1985 Group stage 9th 4 0 1 3 2 9 Squad 2 1 1 0 2 1
1989 Did not enter Did not enter
  1991 Did not qualify 2 1 1 0 2 1
   1993 Withdrew Withdrew
  1996 Did not qualify 3 1 1 1 3 6
  1998 Did not enter Did not enter
  2000 Did not qualify 2 0 2 0 1 1
  2002 6 2 2 2 14 12
    2003 Withdrew Withdrew
  2005 Did not qualify 3 0 2 1 3 4
  2007 6 2 1 3 4 10
  2009 5 2 1 2 6 6
  2011 6 3 1 2 13 9
  2013 6 3 1 2 14 11
    2015 3 0 2 1 3 4
  2017 8 3 1 4 12 12
      2019 4 2 1 1 8 2
  2021 Group stage 10th 3 1 0 2 3 5 Squad 6 4 1 1 16 5
Total Sixth place 6th 12 1 1 10 11 31 72 29 20 23 120 93

CONCACAF Nations LeagueEdit

CONCACAF Nations League record
Year Division Group Pld W D* L GF GA P/R Rank
  2019−20 B D 6 4 1 1 16 5   16th
  2022–23 A To be determined
Total 6 4 1 1 16 5 16th

CFU Caribbean CupEdit

CFU Championship & Caribbean Cup
Year Round Pld W D[1] L GF GA
  1978 Champions 3 3 0 0 8 0
  1979 Runners-up 3 1 0 2 5 4
  1981 Did not qualify
  1983 Did not enter
  1985 Fourth place 3 0 2 1 2 4
  1988 Did not qualify
  1989 Did not enter
  1990 Did not qualify
  1991
  1992 Group stage 3 0 1 2 2 6
  1993 Withdrew
  1994 Fourth place 5 1 1 2 5 8
   1995 Did not qualify
  1996 Fourth place 5 1 1 2 5 9
    1997 Did not enter
19981999 Did not qualify
  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 ChampionshipEdit

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

Pan American GamesEdit

Pan American Games
Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
1951 to 1987 Did not enter
  1991 Group stage 3 1 1 1 4 3
1995 to 2019 Did not enter
Total Group stage 3 1 1 1 4 3

All-time record against other nationsEdit

As of 11 June 2016

Team Pld W D L
  Guyana 33 20 6 7
  Trinidad and Tobago 25 7 6 12
  Dominican Republic 2 0 1 1
  Netherlands Antilles 19 8 6 5
  Martinique 16 3 6 7
  Aruba 13 7 4 2
  Cuba 13 1 2 10
  Curaçao 11 2 1 8
  French Guiana 13 7 3 3
  Guadeloupe 10 5 0 5
  Haiti 9 3 4 2
  Costa Rica 7 0 0 7
  El Salvador 7 1 0 6
  Grenada 5 2 2 1
  Guatemala 5 0 2 3
  Antigua and Barbuda 5 3 1 1
  Barbados 5 0 3 2
  Honduras 3 0 2 1
  Panama 3 2 0 1
  Jamaica 4 2 0 2
  India 2 2 0 0
  Saint Kitts and Nevis 3 0 1 2
  Saint Lucia 2 1 0 1
  Nicaragua 4 2 0 2
  Bermuda 1 0 0 1
  Brazil 1 0 0 1
  Canada 1 0 0 1
  China PR 1 0 0 1
  Denmark 1 1 0 0
  East Germany 1 0 0 1
  United States 1 1 0 0
  Netherlands 1 0 0 1
  Cayman Islands 1 1 0 0
  Mexico 1 0 0 1
  Montserrat 3 3 0 0
  Colombia 1 0 1 0
  Puerto Rico 1 0 1 0
  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 4 2 1 1
  Dominica 1 1 0 0
Total 237 84 51 99

Team recordsEdit

WinsEdit

Largest win
Largest win at the CONCACAF Championship finals
none
Largest win at the CCCF Championship finals
Largest win at the CFU Championship finals
Largest win at the Caribbean Cup finals
Largest win at the Pan American Games
Largest win at the CONCACAF Nations League
Largest win at the ABCS Tournament

DrawsEdit

Highest scoring draw
Highest scoring draw at the CONCACAF Championship finals
Highest scoring draw at the CCCF Championship finals
Highest scoring draw at the CFU Championship finals
Highest scoring draw at the Caribbean Cup finals
Highest scoring draw at the Pan American Games
Highest scoring draw at the ABCS Tournament
  • n/a1

1. Tournament follows a knock-out format, and matches cannot end on a draw.

DefeatsEdit

Largest defeat
  • 9–2 vs   Netherlands on 30 July 1958
  • 8–1 vs   Aruba on 6 June 1946
  • 8–1 vs   Mexico on 15 October 1977
Including unofficial games: 8–1 vs   Feyenoord on 13 June 1946[11]
Largest defeat at the CONCACAF Championship finals
8–1 vs   Mexico on 15 October 1977, 1977 CONCACAF Championship
Largest defeat at the CCCF Championship finals
Largest defeat at the CFU Championship finals
Largest defeat at the Caribbean Cup finals
Largest defeat at the Pan American Games
Largest defeat at the ABCS Tournament

HonoursEdit

This is a list of honours for the senior Surinamese national team

Other tournamentsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "SVB: 'Mexicaan Jacques Passy interim bondscoach van Suriname'". Waterkant. Retrieved 27 September 2021.
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 21 October 2021. Retrieved 21 October 2021.
  3. ^ https://www.11v11.com/teams/suriname/tab/opposingTeams/opposition/Curacao/
  4. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 14 October 2021. Retrieved 14 October 2021.
  5. ^ Boehm, Charles (29 January 2014). "Stefano Rijssel, Seattle Sounders and the strange case of Surinamese soccer". Soccerwire. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Het debuut van Humphrey Mijnals". Olympisch Stadion. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013.
  7. ^ "Suriprofs geïnformeerd over WK 2018-project".
  8. ^ "FIFA bereidt om Suriprofs te verzekeren".
  9. ^ Kok, Nik. "Nigel Hasselbaink wil debuteren voor Suriname". ad.nl (in Dutch). Algemeen Dagblad. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  10. ^ Oosterwolde, Terence. "'Natio' kwalificeert zich voor Gold Cup". dwtonline.com (in Dutch). de Ware Tijd. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  11. ^ Stutgard, Ricky (1990). De eerste Surinaamse sportencyclopedie (1893–1988) (in Dutch). Paramaribo: Alberga. p. 210.

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