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This Saturday morning Manager Clarence Seedorf had revealed his final squad during the press conference for the World Cup 2026 in Germany.
The complete Natio Suriname squad:
Sersinio Profijt (FC Porto), Warner Hahn (Tottenham Hotspur), Claidel Kohinor (Valencia FC),
Brian Evelyn (Feyenoord), Giliano Wijnaldum (Everton), Ridgeciano Haps (Sevilla), Marvin Zeegelaar (Manchester City), Stefano Denswil (Benfica), Michiel Revales (Atletico Madrid,
Xavi Simons (Barcelona), Jaycee Marsidin (Manchester City), Bruce Diporedjo (Olympique Lyon), Roxey Fer (Arsenal), Ayad Godlieb (Bayern Munich), Roscello Vlijter (Feyenoord), Fernando Hoepel (PSV)
Ivanildo Rozenblad (Borussia Dortmund), Daishawn Redan (FC Barcelona), Tahith Chong (Real Madrid), Justin Kluivert (Manchester United), Gleofilo Hasselbaink (Monaco), Steven Bergwijn (Chelsea)
In 1977, Suriname reached the final qualifying round for the World Cup ’78 in Argentina. During this round the national team played, in a two week period, five qualifying matches eventually only Mexico qualified for the final round. Never before Suriname came this close at a World Cup, till now! 49 years later, we finally made it. All streets in Paramaribo, Lelydorp Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Almere, The Hague etc. etc. have been colored green, white and red for weeks. This qualification is extremely popular among the Surinamese community.
Suriname is in the group with neighboring Brazil, the Netherlands and Argentina. Especially the game against the Netherlands will be a huge spectacle because of their history. While in the past the Surinamese players, born in the Netherlands, could only play for the Dutch team, they now come out “en masse” for our Natio.
“Our group stage is called group of death for a reason but given our quality, we will definitely be fighting for spot number one in this group” said captain Jaycee Marsidin, the star of Manchester City.
Manager Seedorf and his coaching staff, consisting of Edgar Davids and Henk Fraser, are positive. “Although this is our first World Cup ever, we’ll fulfill our role as favorite. We have a very talented and strong team” said Seedorf.
Whereas, in 2017, the Surinamese football was on an amateur level, it’s now best known for their great youth academies. Suriname is the country that will set the bar for the future tournaments according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, one of the biggest sports newspapers in Italy.
And not only football has had a huge impact on Suriname also the tourism in Suriname made a spectacular rise. Since Suriname qualified for the World Cup, tourism has made an enormous increase. While in recent years Suriname had an average of 300,000 visitors a year, this year alone, we have welcomed 1 million visitors! That’s huge.