Sat. Oct 31st, 2020

Wim Suurbier Death | Obituary – AFC Ajax icon Wim Suurbier has passed away at the age of 75, He was part of the famous Ajax team that conquered the world in the early 70’s, winning the Europa Cup I three times in a row. He also played 2 World-Cup finals for Holland.

Wilhelmus Lourens Johannes Suurbier was a Dutch football player and among another assistant coach of the Albanian national team. He was a wingback who was part of the Dutch national team and AFC Ajax teams of the 1970s.

In 1983, Suurbier was an assistant coach with the Golden Bay Earthquakes. In 1984, the Tulsa Roughnecks of the North American Soccer League hired Suurbier as head coach. He took the team to a 10–14 record.[6] In 1986, he became the head coach of the Los Angeles Heat of the Western Soccer League.

In the fall of 1986, he was hired by the Tampa Bay Rowdies as the team entered the American Indoor Soccer Association. In November 1987, Suurbier became the head coach of the newly established Fort Lauderdale Strikers in preparation of the team’s first season in 1988.[8] That season, the Strikers finished and went to the American Soccer League championship before falling to the Washington Diplomats. In January 1989, Suurbier resigned as coach of the Strikers. In February 1989, he was named the new head coach of the Miami Sharks.[10] After starting the season at 2–3, the Sharks fired Suurbier.

In 1994, he became the head coach of the St. Petersburg Kickers.[12] In 1999 Suurbier joined Al Etehad (Qatar) as an assistant coach to Rene Meulensteen. Together they won the Arab Cup and H.H. Apparent Cup that season. The year after they joined Al Sadd (Qatar) and in season 2000–01 they won the Emir cup. From 2001–02 Suurbier worked for Heerenveen as an assistant for the U-20 squad.

We express our sympathy and deepest condolences to Wim Suurbier’s family today and in the days, weeks, months, and years that are to come as they cope with his passing.

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