ADO Den Haag

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ADO Den Haag
ADO Den Haag logo.svg
Nickname(s)Den Haag (The Hague)
De Residentieclub (The Residence Club)
De Ooievaars (The Storks)
Short nameADO Den Haag
Founded1 February 1905; 117 years ago (1905-02-01)
GroundCars Jeans Stadion
OwnerDavid S. Blitzer
ChairmanHarm de Boer
Head coachGiovanni Franken
LeagueEerste Divisie
2021–22Eerste Divisie, 4th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Mural in the new ADO stadium

Alles Door Oefening Den Haag (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɑləz doːr ˈufənɪŋ dɛn ˈɦaːx]), commonly known by the abbreviated name ADO Den Haag ([ˈaːdoː dɛn ˈɦaːx]), is a Dutch association football club from the city of The Hague. They play in the Eerste Divisie, the second tier of Dutch football, following relegation from the Eredivisie in the 2020–21 season. The club was for a time known as FC Den Haag ([ɛfˈseː dɛn ˈɦaːx]), with ADO representing the amateur branch of the club. Despite being from one of the traditional three large Dutch cities, it has not been able to match Ajax, Feyenoord or PSV in terms of success in the Eredivisie or in European competition. There is nonetheless a big rivalry with Ajax and Feyenoord. The Dutch words "Alles Door Oefening" translate into Everything Through Practice.


1905–1971: ADO[edit]

On 1 February 1905, the club Alles Door Oefening (ADO) was founded in café 'Het Hof van Berlijn' (now: De Paap) in The Hague. In the first years of its existence, the club endured some difficult times as many members refused to pay their fees and the sport of cricket was more popular in the city. ADO started out in the local Haagsche Voetbal Bond, but promoted to the national Nederlandsche Voetbal Bond in 1912. That year they promoted to the third level (3e klasse NVB) and two years later they even earned the championship on that level.

After moving to the Zuiderpark stadium in 1925, ADO continued to grow to a club of some significance. In 1926, the club earned promotion to the highest national level, the Eerste Klasse. In the following years the red-green-white team struggled not to be relegated at first, but rose to the top of the league at the end of the 1930s. In 1939 the club just missed the class title after losing to DWS in Amsterdam. In 1940, the title seemed very close again, but another second-place finish was the highest achievable position after the club saw many players being drafted in the army with World War II closing in. This time another club from Amsterdam, Blauw-Wit, grabbed the title. In 1941, ADO finally won their class and moved on to the national champion's competition, losing that to Heracles.

In the 1941–42 season, all the stars were aligned, and although the war made everyday life harder and harder, the club seemed undefeatable. After winning their league, often by many goals difference, ADO moved on to the national champion's competition and fought for the title with Heerenveen, AGOVV, Eindhoven and Blauw-Wit. A 5–2 victory over AGOVV finally brought ADO their first national title. In 1943 ADO won another title, amongst others by beating legend Abe Lenstra's Heerenveen 8–2.

The Hague had to wait until the 1960s for more successes from their local club. After Ernst Happel joined ADO as a coach in 1962, the club worked their way to the top of the league again. They finished third in the final ranking in 1965. In 1963, 1964 and 1966, ADO played in the national cup final, the KNVB Cup, but lost. In 1968, they again reached the final, and this time beat Ajax to win it. In the 1970–71 season, ADO started the league with 17 games undefeated and were at the top of the national league, but ended their season as No. 3.

In 1967, ADO played a summer in North America's United Soccer Association, under the name San Francisco Golden Gate Gales. The club finished tied for second in the Western Division.

1971–1996: FC Den Haag[edit]

In 1971 the club merged with city rivals Holland Sport to form FC Den Haag.

The club again reached the Dutch Cup final in 1972 (this time losing 3–2 to Ajax) then went on to win the trophy for a second time in 1975, this team defeating Twente 1–0. Their greatest European success was a quarter-final game against West Ham United for the European Cup Winners Cup in 1976. A 4–2 win in The Hague followed by a 3–1 defeat in London meant elimination. In the 1980s, FC Den Haag was often associated with hooliganism and financial backfall. However, they reached their fourth Dutch Cup final in 1987, losing 4–2 (again to Ajax) following two extra-time winners from Marco van Basten.

On 3 April 1982, hooligans of the club burned down part of their own home ground, Zuiderpark.[1] The fire was set after a 4–0 loss to HFC Haarlem. It damaged the ground's oldest stand dating back to 1928 and caused $500,000 in damages.[2] The damaged part was rebuilt and opened in 1986.[3]

After another merger the club was renamed ADO Den Haag in 1996.

1996–present: ADO Den Haag[edit]

After a long spell in the country's second tier of league football, ADO Den Haag played four seasons in the Eredivisie then were relegated again in the 2006–07 season. However, after finishing sixth in the 2007–08 season, they went on to win the play-offs, meaning promotion back to the Eredivisie for 2008–09. The club's new home was finished in 2007: the 15,000-capacity Kyocera Stadion, formerly known as the Den Haag Stadion. Their home colors are yellow and green. They began the 2008–09 season with two wins which put them on top of the Eredivisie for the first time in 32 years. In the 2009–10 season, the club's average home attendance was 11,745 spectators.

The team enjoyed success in the 2010–11 season. Defeating rivals Ajax twice was one of the highlights of the season. ADO Den Haag finished seventh in the league and won the play-offs (beating Roda JC and Groningen) which offered the last Dutch UEFA Europa League place. They won the first matches against Lithuanian side Tauras (3–2, 2–0) but lost the first away leg for the third qualifying round against Cypriot club Omonia 3–0 in Nicosia.

ADO supporters have strong links with Welsh club Swansea City. Flags of the respective clubs are often flown at the matches of the other club, and both clubs regularly hold pre-season friendly matches. Legia Warsaw (Poland), Club Brugge (Belgium) and Juventus (Italy) also share strong supporter links with ADO Den Haag.

However, rivalries with fellow Dutch teams are less friendly, and ADO achieved notoriety following an incident after defeating Ajax on 20 March 2011. Anti-semitic songs including "Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the Gas" were sung not only by ADO supporters but also by their midfielder Lex Immers, who was consequently suspended for five matches. As well, in 2004, a domestic match between ADO Den Haag and PSV was abandoned after 80 minutes due to racist chanting from the crowd.

The club was in serious financial trouble in 2008 and in June 2014, its majority shareholder agreed to sell the club to Chinese-based United Vansen International Sports Company, Ltd. for a reported $8.9 million.[4] The current ownership group has "promised to invest millions of euros" into the club.[5] UVS was founded in 2008 and was responsible for organising the Beijing Olympic closing ceremony and football curtain-raisers attracting prominent football clubs such as Juventus, Milan, Internazionale, Napoli, Lazio, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and Hull City.[6]

The 2019–20 season was declared void, with no promotion/relegation, which meant ADO Den Haag remained in Eredivisie for the 2020–21 season despite their 17th-place finish.[7] On 13 May 2021, ADO Den Haag was relegated to the Eerste Divisie as the club can no longer finish higher than 17th in the 2020–21 Eredivisie season.[8]


Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1987–1989 Cruyff Hotelplan Vakanties
1992–1994 Lotto
1994–1999 VHS
1999–2000 Wilson Client Solutions
2000–2001 Solidium
2001–2002 Fila
2002–2004 Hommerson Casino's
2004–2005 Hummel
2005–2008 DSW
2008–2011 Fit For Free
2011–2012 Erreà Kyocera
2012–2017 Basic Fit
2018–2022 Cars Jeans


Eredivisie (up to 1955–56 the Netherlands Football League Championship)

Eerste Divisie


European record[edit]

UEFA Europa League
Season Round Opponents Home leg Away leg Aggregate
2011–12 Q2 Lithuania Tauras 2–0 3–2 5–2
Q3 Cyprus Omonia 1–0 0–3 1–3
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
Season Round Opponents Home leg Away leg Aggregate
1968–69 1 Austria Grazer AK 4–1 2–0 6–1
2 Germany 1. FC Köln 0–1 0–3 0–4
1975–76 1 Denmark Vejle BK 2–0 2–0 4–0
2 France Lens 3–2 3–1 6–3
QF England West Ham United 4–2 1–3 5–5

Domestic results[edit]

Below is a table with ADO Den Haag's domestic results since the introduction of the Eredivisie in 1956.

Current squad[edit]

As of 4 April 2022
No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Netherlands NED Luuk Koopmans
3 DF Belgium BEL Hervé Matthys
4 DF Netherlands NED Boy Kemper (captain)
6 DF Netherlands NED Dhoraso Moreo Klas
7 FW Brazil BRA Felipe Pires (on loan from SC Dnipro-1)
8 MF Croatia CRO David Puclin (on loan from Vorskla Poltava)
9 FW Netherlands NED Thomas Verheydt
10 FW Belgium BEL Samy Bourard
11 FW Netherlands NED Ricardo Kishna
12 DF Netherlands NED Cain Seedorf
14 DF Netherlands NED Tyrese Asante
15 MF Netherlands NED Sacha Komljenovic
16 FW Netherlands NED Marius van Mil
17 FW Netherlands NED Yahya Boussakou
18 DF Netherlands NED Michael Mulder
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 FW Netherlands NED Evan Rottier
21 MF Aruba ARU Gregor Breinburg
22 GK Netherlands NED Robert Zwinkels
23 GK Netherlands NED Hugo Wentges
25 DF Netherlands NED Jamal Amofa
26 MF Netherlands NED Sem Steijn
27 FW Netherlands NED Xander Severina
29 GK Netherlands NED Alessandro Damen (on loan from Heracles Almelo)
32 MF Netherlands NED Benjamin Reemst
34 FW Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH Amar Ćatić
35 GK Netherlands NED Youri Schoonderwaldt
36 DF Netherlands NED Jonathan Mulder
45 DF Spain ESP Guillem Rodriguez
53 DF Netherlands NED Daryl Janmaat
77 FW Netherlands NED Eljero Elia
ADO Den Haag in het seizoen 2018-19.jpg

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF Netherlands NED Elano Yegen (at MVV)



  1. ^ "The tarnishing of Den Haag's golden past". 20 February 2016.
  2. ^ Montague, James (24 August 2017). The Billionaires Club: The Unstoppable Rise of Football's Super-rich Owners WINNER FOOTBALL BOOK OF THE YEAR, SPORTS BOOK AWARDS 2018. Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 9781472923134 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ "History". 29 August 2011.
  4. ^ Montague, James A Soccer Team, Its Foreign Owner and Local Discontent New York Times. January 6, 2016
  5. ^ Reuters (24 June 2014). "Dutch club Den Haag to be taken over by Chinese company". Eurosport. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Glimpses of Exhibitors: United Vansen International Sports Co., Ltd". China Beijing International Fair for Trade in Services. 27 February 2015. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
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  8. ^ "ADO degradeert na dramatische middag tegen Willem II" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. 13 May 2021. Retrieved 13 May 2021.

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