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.
|Association||Surinaamse Voetbal Bond|
|Confederation||CONCACAF (North America)|
|Head coach||Aron Winter|
|Most caps||Marlon Felter (48)|
|Top scorer||Stefano Rijssel (14)|
|Home stadium||Franklin Essed Stadion|
|Current||139 (22 December 2022)|
|Highest||84 (August 2008)|
|Lowest||191 (December 2015)|
| Surinam 0–5 British Guiana |
(Surinam; 17 August 1915)
| Surinam 9–0 French Guiana |
(Surinam; 2 March 1947)
Surinam 9–0 British Guiana
(Netherlands Antilles; 17 February 1952)
Surinam 9–0 British Guiana
(Aruba; 9 February 1953)
| Surinam 2–9 Netherlands |
(Paramaribo, Surinam; 30 July 1958)
Surinam 1–8 Aruba
(Surinam; 6 June 1946)
Mexico 8–1 Suriname
(Monterrey, Mexico; 15 October 1977)
Costa Rica 7–0 Suriname
(San José, Costa Rica; 6 September 2008)
|Appearances||3 (first in 1977)|
|Best result||Sixth place (1977)|
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. 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. 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. 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.
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 tested 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. On 19 November, Suriname qualified for the 2021 Gold Cup with 2–1 CONCACAF Nations League win over Nicaragua. 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 played against Costa Rica, Jamaica and Guadeloupe in Group C. Suriname lost its first two matches against Jamaica and Costa Rica, but ended third in the group following a 2-1 win against Guadeloupe.
In late July, the Surinamese Football Association terminated the contract of Dean Gorré after failing to reach Natio's objectives. After the termination of Gorré, SVB announced that they have hired the services of Brian Tevreden's Tevreden Group. The Tevreden Group are involved in the search for a new national coach and the recruitment and selection of Surinamese-Dutch professionals who want to play for Nation.
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.
|28 January 2022 Friendly||Suriname||1–0||Barbados||Paramaribo, Suriname|
||Report||Stadium: Frank Essed Stadion|
Referee: Sherwin Johnson (Guyana)
|1 February 2022 Friendly||Suriname||2–1||Guyana||Paramaribo, Suriname|
||Stadium: Frank Essed Stadion|
|27 March 2022 Friendly||Thailand||1–0||Suriname||Pathum Thani, Thailand|
||Report||Stadium: BG Stadium|
Referee: Warintorn Sassadee (Thailand)
|22 May 2022 Friendly||French Guiana||3–1||Suriname||Cayenne, French Guiana|
||Stadium: Stade Georges-Chaumet|
|4 June 2022 2022–23 CONCACAF Nations League||Suriname||1–1||Jamaica||Paramaribo, Suriname|
||Stadium: Frank Essed Stadion|
Referee: Selvin Brown (Honduras)
|7 June 2022 2022–23 CONCACAF Nations League||Jamaica||3–1||Suriname||Kingston, Jamaica|
|20:00 UTC−5||Report||Wildschut 21'||Stadium: National Stadium|
Referee: Keylor Herrera (Costa Rica)
|11 June 2022 2022–23 CONCACAF Nations League||Mexico||3–0||Suriname||Torreón, Mexico|
|21:00 UTC−5||Report||Stadium: Estadio Corona|
Referee: Iván Barton (El Salvador)
|22 September 2022 Friendly||Suriname||2–1||Nicaragua||Almere, Netherlands|
||Stadium: Yanmar Stadion|
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (Netherlands)
|26 September 2022 Hybrid friendly||PEC Zwolle||5–0||Suriname||Zwolle, Netherlands|
|Stadium: MAC³PARK Stadion|
|19 November 2022 Friendly||Suriname||1–3||French Guiana||Paramaribo, Suriname|
|19:00 UTC−3||Stadium: Frank Essed Stadion|
|24 November 2022 2022 ABCS Tournament||Suriname||4–1||Bonaire||Willemstad, Curaçao|
||Stadium: Stadion Rignaal Jean Francisca|
|26 November 2022 2022 ABCS Tournament||Suriname||2–2|
|21:00 UTC−4||Stadium: Stadion Rignaal Jean Francisca|
|23 March 2023 2022–23 CONCACAF Nations League||Suriname||v||Mexico||Paramaribo, Suriname|
|Stadium: Frank Essed Stadion|
As of 5 September 2022[update]
|Head Coach||Aron Winter|
|Assistant Coach||Roberto Gödeken|
|Assistant Coach||Ryan Koolwijk|
- Caretaker managers are listed in italics.
† Indicates that they managed in no official matches
- S. Mobach (1936)
- Morris Wijngaarde (1946)
- Wim de Bois (1948)
- André Kamperveen (1958–1962)
- Humbert Boerleider (1973)
- Ollie Camps (1976)
- Walther Braithwaite (1976–1977)
- Rob Groener (1978–1979)
- Armand Sahadewsing (1980–1982)
- Walther Braithwaite (1985–1986)
- Paul Bhagwandas (1989–1993)
- Frits Purperhart (1996–1997)
- Ronald Kolf (2000–2001)
- Edgardo Baldi (2003–2004)
- Andy Atmodimedjo (2004)
- Wensley Bundel (2005)
- Leo Koswal (2006) †
- Kenneth Jaliens (2006–2008)
- Wensley Bundel (2008–2010)
- Kees Zwamborn (2010) †
- Ricardo Winter (2010–2011)
- Kenneth Jaliens (2011–2012)
- Ricardo Winter (2012)
- Roberto Gödeken (2013–2014)
- Dean Gorré (2015)
- Roberto Gödeken (2016–2017)
- Eugene Verwey (2018)
- Dean Gorré (2018–2021)
- Stanley Menzo (2022)
- Aron Winter (2022–present)
Caps and goals correct as of 23 September 2022 after the match against Nicaragua.
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||Claidel Kohinor||7 February 1992||22||1||Robinhood||v. French Guiana, 22 May 2022|
|GK||Cherwin Doorson||12 December 1994||0||0||Inter Moengotapoe||v. French Guiana, 22 May 2022|
|GK||Obrendo Huiswoud||6 December 1990||27||0||Inter Moengotapoe||v. Thailand, 27 March 2022PRE|
|DF||Anduelo Amoeferie||24 September 1991||17||0||Inter Moengotapoe||v. French Guiana, 22 May 2022|
|DF||Ervin Tjon-A-Loi||6 April 1995||10||0||Inter Moengotapoe||v. French Guiana, 22 May 2022|
|DF||Urano Morris||13 September 1999||1||0||Inter Moengotapoe||v. French Guiana, 22 May 2022|
|DF||Diego Held||0||0||Leo Victor||v. French Guiana, 22 May 2022|
|DF||Ivanildo Misidjan||8 July 1993||11||0||Broki||v. Guyana, 1 February 2022|
|DF||Quirel Masse||7 March 1998||1||0||Inter Wanica||v. Guyana, 1 February 2022|
|DF||Gorgio Bhoi||12 January 1996||0||0||Voorwaarts||v. Guyana, 1 February 2022|
|DF||Ryan Donk (Captain)||30 March 1986||12||2||Kasımpaşa|
|DF||Ronaldo Kemble||24 July 1997||8||0||Transvaal|
|DF||Albert Nibte||20 May 1993||17||0||Leo Victor|
|DF||Sean Klaiber||31 July 1994||3||0||Utrecht|
|DF||Myenty Abena||12 December 1994||8||0||Ferencvárosi|
|MF||Brian Elshot||18 January 2000||7||1||Cavalier||v. French Guiana, 22 May 2022|
|MF||Jerrel Wijks||15 March 1998||4||0||Inter Moengotapoe||v. French Guiana, 22 May 2022|
|MF||Byorn Sandvliet||2||0||Robinhood||v. French Guiana, 22 May 2022|
|MF||Donovan Rellum||4 January 2000||2||0||Transvaal||v. French Guiana, 22 May 2022|
|MF||Glerby Eduards||1||0||Inter Moengotapoe||v. French Guiana, 22 May 2022|
|MF||Sergino Eduard||4 September 1994||27||1||Inter Moengotapoe||v. Thailand, 27 March 2022|
|MF||Tjaronn Chery||4 June 1988||4||0||Maccabi Haifa|
|FW||Rievaldo Doorson||21 April 2000||1||0||Inter Moengotapoe||v. Thailand, 27 March 2022PRE|
|FW||Dimitrie Apai||19 July 1994||27||4||Transvaal||v. Guyana, 1 February 2022|
|FW||Yanic Wildschut||1 November 1991||4||1||Oxford United|
|FW||Shaquille Cairo||16 October 2001||1||0||Robinhood|
|FW||Sheraldo Becker||9 February 1995||5||2||Union Berlin|
|FW||Leandro Kappel||14 November 1989||4||0||Pendikspor|
|FW||Gleofilo Vlijter||17 September 1999||15||13||Hapoel Ramat Gan Givatayim|
INJ Withdrew due to injury
- As of 3 January 2023
- Players in bold are still active with Suriname.
FIFA World CupEdit
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup Qualification record|
|1930||Did not enter||Declined participation|
|1950||Did not enter||Declined participation|
|1962||Did not qualify||2||0||1||1||1||2|
|1994||Did not qualify||4||1||2||1||4||4|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined|
CONCACAF Gold CupEdit
|CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup record||Qualification record|
|1963||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1973||Did not qualify||4||2||1||1||11||4|
|1981||Did not qualify||4||2||1||1||5||3|
|1989||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1991||Did not qualify||2||1||1||0||2||1|
|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|
|2005||Did not qualify||3||0||2||1||3||4|
|CONCACAF Championship & Gold Cup history|
|First match|| Guatemala 3–2 Suriname |
(8 October 1977; Monterrey, Mexico)
|Biggest win|| Suriname 2–1 Guadeloupe |
(20 July 2021; Houston, United States)
|Biggest defeat|| Mexico 8–1 Suriname |
(15 October 1977; Monterrey, Mexico)
|Best result||6th place in 1977|
|Worst result||Group stage in 1985, 2021|
CONCACAF Nations LeagueEdit
|CONCACAF Nations League record|
|2022–23||A||A||To be determined|
|CONCACAF Nations League history|
|First match|| Dominica 1–2 Suriname |
(5 September 2019; Roseau, Dominica)
|Biggest win|| Suriname 6–0 Nicaragua |
(8 September 2019; Paramaribo, Suriname)
|Biggest defeat|| Suriname 0–1 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines |
(14 October 2019; Paramaribo, Suriname)
CFU Caribbean CupEdit
|CFU Championship & Caribbean Cup||Qualification|
|1979||Runners-up||3||1||0||2||5||4||Qualified as host|
|1981||Did not qualify||7||2||2||3||12||13|
|1988||Did not qualify||2||1||1||0||2||1|
|1989||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1990||Did not qualify||3||1||1||1||7||4|
|1993||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1995||Did not qualify||3||1||1||1||3||6|
|1997||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1998||Did not qualify||3||0||3||0||8||8|
|2005||Did not qualify||3||0||2||1||3||4|
|2008||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|2010||Did not qualify||6||3||1||2||13||9|
- Draws include knockout matches decided on a penalty shootout.
|1941 to 1957||Did not enter|
|1961||Did not enter|
Pan American GamesEdit
|Pan American Games|
|1951 to 1987||Did not enter|
|1995 to 2019||Did not enter|
|2021||Did not enter|
- *Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
All-time record against other nationsEdit
As of 1 February 2022
|Trinidad and Tobago||26||8||6||12|
|Antigua and Barbuda||5||3||1||1|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||4||1||1||2|
|British Virgin Islands||1||1||0||0|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||6||2||2||2|
- Includes matches against Netherlands Antilles.
- Largest win
- 9–0 vs French Guiana on 2 March 1947
- 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
- Highest scoring draw
- 3–3 vs Aruba on 29 August 1953
- 3–3 vs Netherlands Antilles on 2 March 1998
- 3–3 vs Cuba on 12 November 2010
- 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
- 1–1 vs Antigua and Barbuda on 16 June 1992, 1992 Caribbean Cup
- 1–1 vs Saint Kitts and Nevis on 30 May 1996, 1996 Caribbean Cup
- 1–1 vs Haiti on 18 May 2001, 2001 Caribbean Cup
- Highest scoring draw at the Pan American Games
- Highest scoring draw at the ABCS Tournament
1. Tournament follows a knock-out format, and matches cannot end on a draw.
- Largest defeat
- Including unofficial games: 8–1 vs Feyenoord on 13 June 1946
- 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
- This is a list of honours for the senior Surinamese national team
- CONCACAF Championship / Gold Cup:
- 6th place: 1977
- CCCF Championship:
- 4th place: 1960
- CFU Championship / Caribbean Cup:
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