Suurbier was a right
back who epitomized the "Total Football" of the Ajax and Dutch teams with his runs down the wing into attacking positions. He won seven Dutch league titles and three European Cup titles with Ajax and
played on the Dutch teams that finished second at the 1974 and 1978 World Cups.
The on-field conductor of "Total Football" was Johan Cruyff, who died in 2016. Cruyff's son, Jordi Cruyff, said Suurbier was "a great player and an extremely loyal friend to my father and family. I hope you get to reunite up there."
Like Cruyff, Suurbier moved to the NASL to play for the Los Angeles Aztecs in 1979. He later played for the San Jose and Golden State Earthquakes and coached the Tulsa Roughnecks in the NASL's final season in 1984.
Suurbier stayed in
the United States after the NASL folded and played indoors and coached in the Western Soccer League, American Soccer League and American Indoor Soccer Association.
Like many of his teammates, Suurbier had a reputation for enjoying nightlife.
"The anecdotes about Suurbier's pranks are countless," said Ajax in a statement. "Yet he took football dead seriously."