Soccer Player Clarence Seedorf: Suriname’s Favourite son

Peter Jordens brought to our attention that yesterday (Saturday, August 4, 2012) Surinamese soccer player Clarence Seedorf scored his first goal for Botafogo, in his fourth official match in Brazil. His goal tied the game for Botafogo, reenergized the team, and sent them on to victory, 2-1 against Atletico Goianiense. Jordens also reminds us that Seedorf is also a star off the field, saying that “a recent (July 25) post by a British blogger calls Seedorf ‘Suriname’s favourite son,’ a player who ‘has achieved greatness’ and ‘the sort of role model that young people of all ages throughout all sports should look up to,’” excelling both on and off the pitch. Here are excerpts from that post:

Great is an over-used word in Society today, especially in Football. Average players are quickly labelled great even though they haven’t achieved anything of merit. [. . .] It is my belief and opinion that Suriname’s favourite son has achieved greatness and in years to come we will still be talking about his exploits the same way Pele and Diego Maradona’s exploits are talked about.

According to Adriano Galliani “When Milan played well, which happened often, each and every time it occurred Seedorf played an amazing match. He is a world class player.” That statement by the AC Milan CEO says it all, born 1st of April 1976 in Suriname, Clarence Clyde Seedorf progressed through the famed Ajax football Academy and at sixteen years old made his first professional start playing as a right-sided midfielder against Groningen. [. . .] Due to his excellent performances the world’s biggest clubs soon began to take notice and in 1996 Seedorf moved to Real Madrid.  During his three seasons there, Seedorf helped the team win the Primera Liga Title and UEFA Champions League. [. . .]

That goal coupled with his performances for Real Madrid brought him to the attention of Internazionale de Milano otherwise known as Inter Milan who signed him in the 1999/2000 season.  After two largely disappointing seasons with Inter Milan Seedorf moved to AC Milan in 2002 and that is where the legend was born. During his ten-year stint with the Rossineri, Seedorf won the  Serie A title 2003/04, 2010/11,  Coppa Italia 2003, Supercoppa Italiana 2004, 2011, UEFA Champions League 2003, 2007, UEFA Super Cup 2003, 2007, Fifa Club World Cup 2007, now after reading that do you think the word ‘Great’ does Suriname’s Favourite Son justice? [. . .] On June 30th 2012, Clarence Seedorf signed a two-year contract with Botafogo, who play in the 1st Division of Brazilian football.

[. . .] Seedorf founded the not-for-profit organisation Champions for Children Foundation in 2005; he is also one of the Nelson Mandela legacy champions in recogniton of his charity work. Seedorf is also the founder and owner of On International, a sports management firm. [. . .] Seedorf is truly a modern day great, he is the sort of role model that young people of all ages throughout all sports should look up to, he has excelled both on and off the pitch and, the best thing of all, [is that] he does everything with a smile, which is how things should be. He carries himself with respect whether it’s as a pundit on the BBC or playing on the pitch.

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For more on Seedorf’s recent victory (in Portuguese), see

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