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Rudy Degenaar

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Full nameRuud Degenaar
Playing positionDefender

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Ruud "Rudy" Degenaar (August 21, 1963 June 7, 1989 near Zanderij Airport) was a Dutch-Suriname footballer. During his career he played for Heracles Almelo. He died at the age of 25, when on June 7, 1989, he was killed in the Surinam Airways Flight PY764 air crash in Paramaribo. His father, Dolf Degenaar, was also a professional footballer.

He was invited by Sonny Hasnoe, the founder of the Colourful 11, to be part of the team and travel to Suriname to play in the "Boxel Kleurrijk Tournament" with three Surinamese teams. The Surinam Airways Flight PY764 crashed during approach to Zanderij International Airport, killing 176 of the 187 on-board, including Degenaar and his girlfriend Hedwig Wolthuis, making it the worst ever aviation disaster in Suriname's history. Among the dead were a total of 15 members of the Colourful 11; only three of them survived.

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