Surinam - List of Champions

Football was introduced in Surinam at the end of 1909 (an earlier start in 1895, when a club called Wilhelmina was founded, had led to nothing) and soon numerous friendly matches were organised between the handful of clubs founded in Paramaribo in the next years, including a first competition in September 1911 organised by the Vereeniging van Nationale Feesten, with three participants, won by Juliana, who repeated their triumph one year later.
On April 14, 1914, the S.V.B. (Surinaamsche Voetbal Bond) was founded, for a period of three years; it organised league competitions (none of which were finished) and two matches, in August 1915, against a representative team from Georgetown (Demerara, British Guyana), resulting in heavy losses. It was dissolved in 1917.
In December 1918, the S.S.B. (Surinaamsche Sport Bond) was founded, which initiated a 4-team league (involving U.D.I., Go Ahead, Excelsior and Paramaribo) in January 1919, in order to prepare players for a match against British Guyana; the league appears to have been abandoned at the half-way stage when the visit from the neighbouring colony was cancelled (instead, a B.G.F.A. selection came in 1921). Later that year, the Commissie van Nationale Feesten organised a knock-out tournament on the occasion of the birthday of Koningin Wilhelmina, won by Blauw-Wit.
On October 1st, 1920, a new organisation called S.V.B. (Surinaamsche Voetbalbond) was founded, the organisation still in charge of football in Surinam. It started a league competition in spring 1921, involving six clubs (Blauw-Wit, Excelsior, Olympia, U.D.I., Voorwaarts and Zwaluw) to play a double round robin, but this was halted after a handful of matches due to a conflict between five of the clubs (all except Olympia) and the R.K. Ziekenhuis (roman catholic hospital), owners of the only available ground. A new attempt was made in the fall of 1921, by the same six clubs, but this competition also came to a premature end when Voorwaarts refused to complete its fixtures and the S.V.B. board resigned in December 1921.
Finally, a first competition (played as a single round robin between six clubs, with Ajax and Zeelandia replacing Blauw-Wit and Voorwaarts) was successfully completed in the first half of 1923. Within two months, a new league involving 8 clubs (Blauw-Wit and Voorwaarts returning to the fold and Imperator replacing Zeelandia) was started, alongside a second class competition involving five clubs. Olympia again won the top level competition, but then decided to join a new federation, the K.V.B. (Katholieke Voetbalbond), founded on August 10, 1924; because of this, second class winners Transvaal, who had lost the playoff for promotion against Zwaluw, the bottom club of the top level, were promoted after all, and promptly won the 1925 league.
Until the second World War, the S.V.B. and the K.V.B. (renamed N.G.V.B., Nederlandsch Guyana Voetbalbond, on January 1st, 1930) organised separate leagues and friendlies with visiting teams (in particular from Curaçao, Aruba, Demerara (British Guyana) and Trinidad). However, only the S.V.B. obtained real international recognition when it was granted affiliation to the F.I.F.A. on 17 May 1929 at the congress in Madrid, five years after the Dutch East Indies association N.I.V.B. In contrast, the N.G.V.B. had to settle for entering the Walcott Cup, a series of (nearly) annual meetings with the B.G.F.A., the federation of British Guyana.
During the second World War football was interrupted; in 1942 the M.V.O. (Militaire Voetbal Organisatie) temporarily took over the tasks of the S.V.B., but organised a competition with military teams only. In 1944, the M.V.O. and S.V.B. merged. The N.G.V.B. had been dissolved at the start of the war, and clubs such as Leo Victor who had been N.G.V.B. members entered the S.V.B. However, after the N.G.V.B. was refounded in July 1947, Leo Victor (among others) joined that federation again, until the merger of S.V.B. and N.G.V.B. in 1955. The N.G.V.B., now an acronym for Nieuwe Generatie Voetbalbond, still exists as a subfederation (onderbond) of the S.V.B.
At the occasion of its golden jubilee, on 3 October 1970 the S.V.B. was granted the privilege to add "Koninklijke" to its name by Koningin Juliana, and until Suriname became independent at the end of 1975 the federation was called K.S.V.B.
Season  Champions                              Runners-Up

NB: seasons are indicated by the year they actually started and (if different)
    finished, as far as it has been possible to recover those dates from
    contemporary newspapers; these do not necessarily correspond with the
    official denominations of the seasons by the S.V.B.

1921      not finished
1921/22   not finished
1923    Olympia                                Ajax
1923/24 Olympia                                Blauw-Wit
1925    Transvaal [*]                          Excelsior
1926/27 Ajax                                   M.V.V.
1927-29 Ajax
1929    Ajax
1930/31 Blauw-Wit-Excelsior [+]                  not defined
1932    Cicerone
1933    Cicerone
1934    Cicerone                               Voorwaarts
1935    Cicerone                               Go Ahead
1936    Voorwaarts
1937    Transvaal
1937/38 Transvaal
1938/39 Arsenal
1939/40 Arsenal
1940/41 Voorwaarts
1942-45   no competition
1946    M.V.V.               
1947-50 M.V.V.                                 Robinhood
1950    Transvaal                              Robinhood
1950/51 Transvaal                              Robinhood
1952    Voorwaarts                             Robinhood              
1953    Robinhood                              M.V.V.
1954/55 Robinhood                              Voorwaarts
1955      S.V.B. competition abandoned after merger with N.G.V.B.
1955/56 Robinhood                              Voorwaarts
1956    Robinhood
1957/58 Voorwaarts                             Robinhood
1958      not awarded [!]
1959    Robinhood                              Sonny Boys
1960      annulled
1961    Leo Victor                         2-1 Transvaal
1962    Transvaal                              Leo Victor
1963/64 Leo Victor                         1-0 Robinhood
1964    Robinhood                              Transvaal
1965    Transvaal                              Robinhood
1966    Transvaal
1967    Transvaal                              M.V.V.
1968    Transvaal                              Robinhood
1969    Transvaal                              M.V.V.
1970    Transvaal                      5-1 0-2 Robinhood
1971    Robinhood                              Transvaal
1972      no competition due to renovation work on Suriname stadion
1973/74 Transvaal                              Robinhood
1974    Transvaal                              Robinhood
1975/76 Robinhood                              Voorwaarts
1976/77 Robinhood                              Voorwaarts
1977/78 Voorwaarts                     2-1 1-0 Transvaal
1978    Leo Victor                         3-2 Robinhood                          [aet]
1979/80 Robinhood                              Transvaal
1980/81 Robinhood                              Transvaal
1981/82 Robinhood                              Transvaal
1982/83 Leo Victor                         1-1 Robinhood                          [aet, 4-3 pen]
1983/84 Robinhood                              Transvaal
1984    Robinhood                              Transvaal
1985/86 Robinhood                              Transvaal
1986    Robinhood                              Paloeloe
1987/88 Robinhood                              Leo Victor   
1988    Robinhood                              Transvaal
1989/90 Robinhood                              Transvaal
1990/91 Transvaal                          0-0 Robinhood                          [aet, 4-3 pen]
1991/92 Transvaal                              Robinhood
1992/93 Leo Victor                             Robinhood
1993/94 Robinhood                          4-3 Leo Victor
1994/95 Robinhood                              Corona Boys
1995/96 Transvaal                              Prekash
1997    Transvaal                              Robinhood
1998/99 S.N.L.                                 Robinhood
1999/00 Transvaal                              S.N.L.
2000/01   no competition
2001/02 Voorwaarts                             S.N.L.
2002/03 FCS Nacional                           Robinhood
2003/04 Walking Bout Company                   Inter Moengotapoe  
2004/05 Robinhood                              Royal'95
2005/06 Walking Bout Company                   Robinhood
2006/07 Inter Moengotapoe                      Leo Victor
2007/08 Inter Moengotapoe                      Robinhood
2008/09 Walking Bout Company                   Leo Victor
2009/10 Inter Moengotapoe                      Walking Bout Company 
2010/11 Inter Moengotapoe                      Walking Bout Company 
2011/12 Robinhood                              Inter Moengotapoe        
2012/13 Inter Moengotapoe                      Notch
2013/14 Inter Moengotapoe                      Excelsior (Meerzorg)
2014/15 Inter Moengotapoe                      Notch
2015/16 Inter Moengotapoe                      Transvaal
2016/17 Inter Moengotapoe                  2-1 Leo Victor
2017/18 Robinhood                              Notch

[*] Transvaal had won the 1924 Tweede Klasse (first ever season); after winning
    the league in 1925 they were relegated (along with Excelsior) after the 1926/27
    competition; however, their relegation was revoked in April 1927, before the
    start of the 1927/28 league.
[+] Blauw-Wit-Excelsior were formed on 3 Dec 1929 when Blauw-Wit and Excelsior merged.
[!] Some sources credit the 1958 title to Transvaal; they were to play a championship
    decider replay against Robinhood which the latter refused to honour; according to
    contemporary papers the title was not awarded.

Number of Titles (82)

 24 Robinhood (Paramaribo)           [1]

 19 Transvaal (Paramaribo)           [2]

  9 Inter Moengotapoe (Moengo)

  6 Voorwaarts (Paramaribo)

  5 Leo Victor (Paramaribo) 

  4 Cicerone (Paramaribo) 
  3 Ajax (Paramaribo) 
    Walking Bout Company (Paramaribo) 

  2 Arsenal (Paramaribo) 
    M.V.V. (Paramaribo)             
    Olympia (Paramaribo) 
  1 Blauw-Wit-Excelsior (Paramaribo) 
    FCS Nacional (Paramaribo) 
    S.N.L. (Paramaribo)

[1] according to some sources, Robinhood won 25 league titles; in addition to the 23
    listed above, it is claimed they won a title in 1961. This is incorrect.
    The 1960 league championship, in which Robinhood were sharing the lead with
    Leo Victor, was abandoned in August 1960 and not resumed; no title was awarded.
    In the 1961 season, won by Leo Victor after a championship playoff against 
    Transvaal on Dec 29, Robinhood finished 4th.
[2] according to some sources, Transvaal won 20 league titles; in addition to the 19
    listed above, they are credited with the 1958 edition; see remark [!] on 1958

About this document

Sources: [FIF 31], [Stu 90], newspapers (mostly available through Delpher (formerly site of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek)): Suriname, Het Nieuws, Nieuw Suriname, De West

Thanks to Allard Doesburg and Hans Schöggl for an earlier version of this file

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Author: Karel Stokkermans
Last updated: 2 Nov 2018

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