Havenaar playing for Ventforet Kofu in 2010
|Date of birth||20 May 1987|
|Place of birth||Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan|
|Height||1.94 m (6 ft 4 1⁄2 in)|
|ADO Den Haag|
|2003–2005||Yokohama F. Marinos|
|2006–2010||Yokohama F. Marinos||26||(0)|
|2008||→ Avispa Fukuoka (loan)||26||(7)|
|2009||→ Sagan Tosu (loan)||33||(15)|
|2015–||ADO Den Haag||18||(11)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 October 2015.
Havenaar's parents came to Japan from the Netherlands in 1986 when his father Dido signed on to play for Hiroshima-based side Mazda F.C. of the Japan Soccer League (now Sanfrecce Hiroshima of the J. League). His mother was an athlete and a former national champion in the heptathlon. His younger brother Nikki currently plays for Nagoya Grampus and has previously played for the U-17 and U-18 Japan national team as centre back. The Havenaar family became naturalized Japanese citizens in 1994.
Havenaar began his career with the Consadole Sapporo U-15 side, where his father played and later worked as goalkeeper coach.
When Dido moved to powerhouse Yokohama F. Marinos, Mike joined the Marinos youth side and promoted to the top team in 2006. Playing as a forward, Havenaar made his debut as a professional on 15 April 2006, against Gamba Osaka. Havenaar and his father are the first father-son combination to play in the J. League.
In 2011, Havenaar returned to Division 1 with Venforet and netted 17 times in 32 appearances. He received the J. League Best Eleven award after the season. Despite his contendership for the Top Scorer award, Kofu was relegated at the end of the season.
On 21 December 2011, Dutch side Vitesse announced that they completed the signing of Havenaar on a two-and-a-half-year contract beating out the likes of Bundesliga side Wolfsburg for his signature.
Havenaar made his debut for the club as a 73rd-minute substitute for Nicky Hofs in their 1–0 away defeat to rivals NEC Nijmegen. His first goal came in his next appearance, a 3–1 loss to PSV. Havenaar made his first start for Vitesse on 4 February 2012 and provided an assist to Nicky Hofs first goal of the season, securing a 1–0 win NAC Breda. Havenaar scored his second goal for his new club in another losing effort, this time a 4–1 loss to title contenders FC Twente. Havenaar continued to impress for Vitesse, slotting the ball home after a cutting pass from Alexander Büttner to complete a 2–0 victory over De Graafschap on 4 March. Away against FC Groningen he made the third goal for Vitesse in the last minute, the game ended in 1–3 for Vitesse.
On 2 March 2015, it was announced by HJK Helsinki that they had signed Havenaar. He made his competitive debut for HJK on 6 March 2015 in the Finnish League Cup and scored the second goal in a 2-0 win. On 4 April 2015, Havenaar scored the second goal in the 57th minute to secure a 2-0 win and the League Cup against RoPS.
ADO Den Haag
On August 11, 2015, Dutch Eredivisie side ADO Den Haag announced that they had signed Mike Havenaar as a striker. The return to the Dutch competition was especially moving for his father Dido, who had started his professional career playing for ADO Den Haag.
He made his debut for Japan on 2 September 2011 as a 70th-minute substitute against North Korea in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier match, striking the post. He scored his first ever goals for the national team with a brace, both headers, against Tajikistan on 11 October 2011 in the same competition. Japan won the game 8–0. Havenaar also participated in FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 coming on as a substitute and playing a total of 11 minutes in the competition.
|Yokohama F. Marinos||2006||9||0||-||6||0||-||-||15||0|
|Yokohama F. Marinos||2009||2||0||-||-||-||-||2||0|
|ADO Den Haag||2015-16||18||11||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||19||12|
2Includes J. League Cup.
3Includes UEFA Europa League.
4Includes Eredivisie Playoffs.
|Japan national team|
Goals for senior national team
|1.||11 October 2011||Nagai Stadium, Osaka, Japan||Tajikistan||1–0||8–0||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2.||11 October 2011||Nagai Stadium, Osaka, Japan||Tajikistan||5–0||8–0||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3.||6 September 2012||Tohoku Denryoku Big Swan Stadium, Niigata, Japan||United Arab Emirates||1–0||1–0||International Friendly|
|4.||23 March 2013||Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar||Canada||2–1||2–1||International Friendly|
- HJK Helsinki
Finnish League Cup: 2015
Havenaar is trilingual, he learned Japanese from his everyday life, Dutch from his parents and English from going to Yokohama International School. Havenaar married a Japanese woman in 2011 and in the same year, his first daughter was born on 5 August. His younger brother Nikki is also a professional footballer.
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