Suriname national football team

Suriname
Association Surinaamse Voetbal Bond (SVB)
Confederation CONCACAF (North America)
Sub-confederation CFU (Caribbean)
Head coach Dean Gorré
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 153 (16 August 2018)
Highest 84 (August 2008)
Lowest 191 (December 2015)
Elo ranking
Current 144 8 (30 August 2018)
Highest 54 (22 July 1934)
Lowest 172 (21 February 2016)
First international
Surinam 1–2 British Guiana 
(Surinam; 28 January 1921)[1]
Biggest win
Surinam 9–0 French Guiana 
(Surinam; 2 March 1947)
Biggest defeat
Aruba 8–1 Surinam
(Surinam; 6 June 1946)
Netherlands 9–2 Surinam
(Surinam; 30 July 1958)
Mexico 8–1 Suriname 
(Mexico; 15 October 1977)
CONCACAF Championship
& Gold Cup
Appearances 2 (first in 1977)
Best result Sixth place, 1977

The Suriname national football team (Dutch: Surinaams voetbalelftal; Sranan Tongo: Sranankondre fubal pluga) represent Suriname in international football. It is controlled by the Surinamese Football Association.

History

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 the Dutch national team. 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 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.[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

CFU Caribbean Cup

CFU Championship & Caribbean Cup
Year Round GP W D[decimal 1] L GS GA
1978Champions330080
1979Runners-up310254
1981Did not qualify------
1983Did not enter------
1985Fourth place302124
1988Did not qualify------
1989Did not enter------
1990Did not qualify------
1991Did not qualify------
1992Group Stage301226
1993Withdrew------
1994Fourth place511258
1995Did not qualify------
1996Fourth place511259
1997Did not enter------
19981999Did not qualify------
2001Group Stage301249
20052017Did not qualify------
Total1 Title2566113140
  1. Draws include knockout matches decided on a penalty shootout.

CCCF Championship

CCCF Championship
Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
1941 to 1957Did not qualify
19604th place411245
1961Did not qualify
Total4th place411245

CONCACAF Gold Cup

CONCACAF Championship & CONCACAF Gold Cup
Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
19631967Did not qualify
1971Withdrew
1973Did not qualify
19776th place5005617
1981Did not qualify
1985Group Stage401329
19891991Did not qualify
1993Withdrew
1996Did not qualify
1998Did not enter
20002002Did not qualify
2002Did not enter
2003Withdrew
20052017Did not qualify
Total6th Place9018826

FIFA World Cup

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