Football in Surinam
Football is the leading sport in Surinam. This is not surprising, as many famous players, both past and present, have roots in Surinam - Ruud Gullit (formerly of Ajax Amsterdam, AC Milan and Chelsea), Frank Rijkaard (Ajax and AC Milan), Edgar Davids (Juventus), Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Chelsea) and Clarence Seedorf (AC Milan). The only problem is that these players chose to represent the Netherlands. This is one of the reasons why Surinam has not enjoyed any major success. Thanks to the cooperation with the Dutch FA, a number of development programmes are in place, involving an exchange of coaches or inviting Surinam teams to take part in tournaments or training camps in the Netherlands.
The second Goal project
Surinam's second Goal project was focused on renovating the "André Kamperveen" stadium (Mr Kamperveen was a former member of the FIFA Executive Committee). The stadium's dressing rooms and other facilities were to be brought up to the required FIFA standard for training centres, while the security installations needed to be of a level fit for international matches. These improvements transformed the former national stadium into a first-class training centre and a venue for top matches. This project, which was financed by Goal and the association itself, will be maintained with the association's regular funds from the FIFA Financial Assistance Programme.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Renovation of André Kamperveen stadium in Paramaribo
Project approved
17 February 2005
Opened on 30 August 2008
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 Association USD 129,000 Total cost USD 529,000