ADO Den Haag
Alles Door Oefening Den Haag (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɑləs 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. 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 words Alles Door Oefening translate into Everything Through Practice in Dutch.
|Nickname(s)||Den Haag (The Hague)|
De Residentieclub (The Residential Club)
De Ooievaars (The Storks)
|Short name||ADO Den Haag|
|Founded||1 February 1905|
|Ground||Cars Jeans Stadion|
|Owner||United Vansen Limited|
|Head coach||Dirk Heesen (ad int.)|
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 3rd 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.
1971–1996: FC Den Haag
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, the 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. 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. The damaged part was rebuilt and opened in 1986.
After another merger the club were renamed ADO Den Haag in 1996.
1996–present: ADO Den Haag
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. The current ownership group has "promised to invest millions of euros" into the club. 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.
|Period||Kit manufacturer||Shirt sponsor|
|2008-2011||Fit For Free|
|Season||Round||Opponents||Home leg||Away leg||Aggregate|
|Season||Round||Opponents||Home leg||Away leg||Aggregate|
Below is a table with ADO Den Haag's domestic results since the introduction of the Eredivisie in 1956.
|Domestic Results since 1956|
|Domestic league||League result||Qualification to||KNVB Cup season||Cup result|
|2017–18 Eredivisie||7th||2017–18||first round|
|2016-17 Eredivisie||11th||–||2016–17||third round|
|2015–16 Eredivisie||11th||–||2015–16||second round|
|2014–15 Eredivisie||13th||–||2014–15||second round|
|2013–14 Eredivisie||9th||–||2013–14||third round|
|2012–13 Eredivisie||9th||–||2012–13||third round|
|2011–12 Eredivisie||15th||–||2011–12||third round|
|2010–11 Eredivisie||7th||Europa League (winning EL play-offs) (Q2)||2010–11||fourth round|
|2009–10 Eredivisie||15th||–||2009–10||second round|
|2008–09 Eredivisie||14th||–||2008–09||round of 16|
|2007–08 Eerste Divisie||6th||Eredivisie (winning promotion/releg. play-offs)||2007–08||third round|
|2006–07 Eredivisie||18th||Eerste Divisie (relegation)||2006–07||third round|
|2005–06 Eredivisie||15th||–||2005–06||third round|
|2004–05 Eredivisie||14th||–||2004–05||quarter final|
|2003–04 Eredivisie||15th||–||2003–04||second round|
|2002–03 Eerste Divisie||1st||Eredivisie (promotion)||2002–03||round of 16|
|2001–02 Eerste Divisie||4th||promotion/relegation play-off: no promotion||2001–02||second round|
|2000–01 Eerste Divisie||16th||–||2000–01||second round|
|1999–2000 Eerste Divisie||11th||–||1999–2000||third round|
|1998–99 Eerste Divisie||10th||–||1998–99||second round|
|1997–98 Eerste Divisie||5th||promotion/relegation play-off: no promotion||1997–98||second round|
|1996–97 Eerste Divisie||8th||promotion/relegation play-off: no promotion||1996–97||group stage|
|1995–96 Eerste Divisie||15th||–||1995–96||round of 16|
|1994–95 Eerste Divisie||4th||promotion/relegation play-off: no promotion||1994–95||round of 16|
|1993–94 Eerste Divisie||7th||promotion/relegation play-off: no promotion||1993–94||quarter final|
|1992–93 Eerste Divisie||8th||–||1992–93||third round|
|1991–92 Eredivisie||16th||Eerste Divisie (losing prom./relegation play-off)||1991–92||third round|
|1990–91 Eredivisie||14th||–||1990–91||round of 16|
|1989–90 Eredivisie||10th||–||1989–90||second round|
|1988–89 Eerste Divisie||2nd||Eredivisie (promotion)||1988–89||semi-final|
|1987–88 Eredivisie||17th||Eerste Divisie (relegation)||1987–88||round of 16|
|1986–87 Eredivisie||14th||Cup Winners' Cup||1986–87||final|
|1985–86 Eerste Divisie||1st||Eredivisie (promotion)||1985–86||semi-final|
|1984–85 Eerste Divisie||4th||promotion/relegation play-off: no promotion||1984–85||second round|
|1983–84 Eerste Divisie||7th||–||1983–84||round of 16|
|1982–83 Eerste Divisie||6th||–||1982–83||round of 16|
|1981–82 Eredivisie||17th||Eerste Divisie (relegation)||1981–82||second round|
|1980–81 Eredivisie||14th||–||1980–81||second round|
|1979–80 Eredivisie||10th||–||1979–80||quarter final|
|1978–79 Eredivisie||7th||–||1978–79||round of 16|
|1977–78 Eredivisie||12th||–||1977–78||second round|
|1975–76 Eredivisie||6th||–||1975–76||round of 16|
|1974–75 Eredivisie||10th||Cup Winners' Cup||1974–75||winners|
|1973–74 Eredivisie||13th||–||1973–74||second round|
|1972–73 Eredivisie||5th||–||1972–73||quarter final|
|1971–72 Eredivisie||5th||Cup Winners' Cup||1971–72||final|
|1970–71 Eredivisie (as ADO...
...and Holland Sport)
|1970–71||quarter final |
round of 16
|1969–70 Eredivisie (as ADO...
...and Holland Sport)
|–||1969–70||quarter final |
|1968–69 Eredivisie (as ADO...
...and Holland Sport)
|–||1968–69||round of 16 |
|1967–68 Eredivisie (as ADO)
1967–68 Eerste Divisie (as Holland Sport)
|Cup Winners' Cup
|1966–67 Eredivisie (as ADO)
1966–67 Eerste Divisie (as Holland Sport)
|–||1966–67||round of 16 |
|1965–66 Eredivisie (as ADO)
1965–66 Eerste Divisie (as Holland Sport)
|1964–65 Eredivisie (as ADO)
1964–65 Eerste Divisie (as Holland Sport)
|–||1964–65||second round |
|1963–64 Eredivisie (as ADO)
1963–64 Eerste Divisie (as SHS)
round of 16
|1962–63 Eredivisie (as ADO)
1962–63 Eerste Divisie (as SHS)
|1961–62 Eredivisie (as ADO)
1961–62 Eerste Divisie (as SHS)
7th (group B)
– (after surviving promotion/relegation play-off)
|1960–61 Eredivisie (as ADO)
1960–61 Eerste Divisie (as SHS)
14th (group B)
|1959–60 Eredivisie (as ADO)
1959–60 Eerste Divisie (as SHS)
7th (group B)
|–||not held||not held|
|1958–59 Eredivisie (as ADO...
Eerste Divisie (relegation)
|1957–58 Eredivisie (as ADO)
1957–58 Eerste Divisie (as SHS)
1st (group B)
|1956–57 Eerste Divisie (as ADO...
- As of 20 September 2019
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to ADO Den Haag.|
- Official website of ADO Den Haag (in Dutch)
- Groen Geel Hart (in Dutch)
- ADOFans.nl (in Dutch)
- ADO formations at football-lineups.com (in English)
- northside fanside (in Dutch)
- Fanclub Den Haag (in Dutch)
- ADO for EXPATS | ADO Den Haag news, match reports, photo's and ticket info all in English for the Expat Community (in English)