ADO ladies win but miss out on championship play-offs

On a freezing night in the Cars Jeans stadium, ADO ladies faced vv Alkmaar in a must win game. ADO ladies were in seventh place prior to kick-off, meaning ADO would miss out on the championship play-off league for the second half of the season if they lost, even then other results had to go ADO’s way.

With ADO needing the win, the pressure looked to take its toll on the home players. The action was minimal as the teams cancelled each other. Victoria Pelova and Maartje Looijen had plenty of possession, yet all the moves came to a dead end.

It was not until the twenty fourth minute that the game came to life. Pelova first hitting a shot just wide of the upright. Vesna Veltrop then forced Pauline Quaye in the visitors goal to make a good save from a long range effort.

ADO began to dominate, Veltrop going close again. Not until the final moments of the half did Alkmaar get close to scoring. An error in midfield saw them break forward and the lone figure of ADO keeper Barbara Lorsheyd was still left untroubled as the ball went over the bar. At the break it was goalless.

ADO began the second half at high pace, after fifty one minutes they almost went ahead, a long range strike from Sharon Kok smashed against the crossbar, the bull went straight up before again bouncing on the frame of the goal, Quaye was lost for a moment before punching clear, the clearance fell to Kok who fired a shot in that went just over the bar.

Fifty six minutes played and ADO got the lead they deserved. Looijen played a ball into Nadine Noordam, her attempt was blocked, the rebound went back to her, the ball then came across to Annouk Boshuizen, who hit the shot low into the net, 1-0.

On the hour Noordam herself went close to doubling ADO’s lead, her shot going just wide. ADO were pushing hard up front and left space at the back.  A solid strike by Gisele de Win threatened the ADO goal, quickly followed by a double chance that fell to Katja Snoeijs.

In the seventieth minute ADO looked to have made the game safe. Pelova gained the ball in midfield, her skill got her past a few defenders, momentarily she lost control. He strength won her the ball back, she got towards the penalty spot before cooly twisting the defenders in front of her to fire the ball home, stunning goal, 2-0.

All was looking good for ADO, then within ninety seconds the visitors pulled a goal back. Snoeijs drilled in a powerful shot into the corner of the goal, 2-1. ADO didn’t panic and closed the game out, winning 2-1.

Despite doing what they had to do, ADO’s hopes of qualifying for the championship play-offs were dead. The other results needed did not go their way, so a top five finish was just out of reach, ending in sixth place.

Attendance: 654

ADO ladies: Barbara Lorsheyd ©, Allyssa Daal, Sabine Kuilenburg, Sharon Kok, Sharona Tieleman, Vesna Veltrop, Victoria Pelova, Nadine Noordam, Chasity Grant, Annouk Boshuizen, Maartje Looijen (86. Shanique Dessing)

ADO’s coach Groenendijk: “Play-offs are not a must, but a healthy ambition”

After an unbeaten series of four matches, ADO Den Haag finds itself back in eighth place in the Eredivisie. As a result, the outside world frequently talks about the playoffs. Fons Groenendijk does not want to get carried away with this in the build up towards the Ajax game and does not see it as the goal.

Healthy ambition

Groenendijk realizes that before the end of the competition and also for the playoffs things have to run smoothly. “There is of course everything possible, with ten matches to go, but we look at it game by game. I keep saying that. In any case, we do not have to look down, that’s nice. It gives peace to everything and everyone involved with ADO Den Haag. We do not run away from the playoffs, but we’re not going to scream from the rooftops to get into them. We like it and call it a healthy ambition. That’s enough for us.” according to Fons at the press conference.

The situation can change just like that, Groenendijk knows. Especially when there is a heavy match ahead. “On paper Ajax away is one of the most difficult matches of the season. We will have to be at our best to get a good result. We must ensure that we do not suffer too quickly and defend well as a team. We have to win the important duels and the second ball and of course finish well the few chances we get. We are not afraid of anyone and go there with a good feeling. We have faith.”


Before the game with Ajax, Groenendijk unfortunately has to deal with Sheraldo Becker. The winger suffers from an upper leg injury. “That’s a problem for us. I do not know yet how we are going to solve that, we have several options,” says ADO coach. Apart from Becker, the ten starting players from the 2-1 victory over Willem II of last week can be used in Amsterdam. Melvyn Lorenzen is back on the road after his injury, but for him the game of Sunday is still too early.

ADO’s big games this weekend

This weekend sees the teams of ADO Den Haag involved in two huge games.

On Sunday at 12.30. ADO Den Haag will travel to Amsterdam to take on Ajax in the Amsterdam ArenA. This is the biggest away game of the season, as Ajax are the club’s biggest rivals. After going four games unbeaten, to come away from Amsterdam would be seen as a great point, three points would see a huge party in The Hague. ADO are running hot and cold at the moment, but as a unit, they are working hard. So the possibilities of coming away from the ArenA with at least a point is very possible.


On Friday night, ADO ladies are playing at home to vv Alkmaar. Kick-off 19:30. This is a huge game for ADO’s ladies, a MUST win, if they want to finish in the top half of the league, allowing them to compete for the championship. If they don’t win, it will mean meaningless fixtures to sort out the bottom positions of the league table.

ADO ladies are definitely in need of your support on Friday night!! Be there and….



Goossens trains with ADO Den Haag this week

This week a new face appeared on the training ground of ADO Den Haag. John Goossens (29) will train with the squad of coach Fons Groenendijk. At the end of the week, both parties will then see if it works out well for both.

Goossens is a good acquaintance for the Dutch league. A product of Ajax’s youth academy, he played for NEC Nijmegen NEC 72 times and for Feyenoord 30 times,  a total of 102 matches in the top division. A good kick in his left foot is one of the trademarks of the former youth international, who after his period in his own country he played at several clubs across the world. After adventures at the Indian side Pune City and the Romanian team FC Voluntari, Goossens ended up at Chicago Fire. This winter, the midfielder returned from the United States.

In total, Goossens played 181 official matches in professional football, in which he scored 35 times.

ADO Den Haag is back on track in a sporting and financial way

New Supervisory Board of ADO Den Haag (Ad Melkert, John Yan, Felix Wu and John van Ringelenstein) brings new balance and trust between club and major shareholder.

Now that ADO Den Haag is back on course both financially and sportingly, it is time to normalize the management structure. Ben Knüppe, appointed by the Enterprise Chamber, will therefore soon have a good feeling about the chairman’s gavel of the Supervisory Board. “The peace has returned, the relationship with the Chinese owner UVS has been restored in a balanced way and there is a long-term commitment to make ADO Den Haag a structurally good performing football club again.”

Photo of press conference courtesy of and with thanks to Mar Kla of

All other photos courtesy of and with thanks to ADO Den Haag

Over the past 14 months, the management of the Supervisory Board of the then worrisome ADO Den Haag was put in the hands of Ben Knüppe by the Enterprise Chamber and the shareholding of UVS in the hands of Job van der Have. Together with Managing Director Mattijs Manders, they have succeeded – with an enthusiastic team of players and employees involved – in getting ADO Den Haag back to a calmer and safer atmosphere. It is now the right time to transfer the baton to a new Supervisory Board.

Ben Knüppe: “I really thank everyone at ADO Den Haag who helped to make this reversal possible. I expressly thank the Chinese shareholder UVS for the constructive and correct cooperation and all for the trust placed in us. Who could have thought of this result a year ago? It is therefore also with satisfaction and confidence that I soon retire as chairman of the Supervisory Board and my successors now propose to you. Because the new commissioners have more knowledge of football and much more knowledge about China than I do. Moreover, everyone has warmly agreed to a new balance in the composition of the Supervisory Board. ADO Den Haag will now function again – with its shareholders and other stakeholders – in a normal manner.”

Ad Melkert (62) is a recognized international top executive, with a lot of diplomatic experience and a lifelong passion for football. For that reason, the Chinese owner UVS has agreed to his appointment as independent Supervisory Board Chairman. Melkert will endeavor to ensure a constructive relationship with the Chinese shareholder and to serve the football interests of ADO Den Haag in the Dutch competition and where possible in China. Melkert was Minister of Social Affairs and Employment, Member of Parliament and PvdA party leader, World Bank Administrator, Special Representative of the United Nations in Iraq and is currently attached to the Council of State in extraordinary service.

John Yan (46) is a very experienced and well-known Chinese (TV) sports reporter. Yan has a broad knowledge of modern (online) sports communication. He was editor-in-chief of All Sports Magazine, deputy chief editor of Titan Sports and later Senior Vice President of Netease Portal. During his 17 years of sport reporting, he has written several sports books, including the bestseller ‘You Will Never Walk Alone’, about the history of English football. Since 2013, Yan also has his own sports show: ‘The Football Talk’. This very popular weekly sports program is being broadcast throughout China on more than 20 TV channels.

Felix Wu Xue Song (42) is a financial specialist when it comes to investments and acquisitions of sports clubs, both in China and internationally. He has worked at Hewlett Packard and Oracle, among others, and is now Managing Partner at Grand Capital. He has also been a true football fan since 2009, commentator for the Beijing TV sports Channel and the LeTV sports channel. Wu Xue Song is an ambassador for equal educational opportunities for all children in China. As current chairman of the ‘Teach Future China’ foundation, he promotes good and accessible education, especially in the agricultural parts of China.

John van Ringelenstein (61) is and remains an ADO Den Haag fan in heart and soul. Van Ringelenstein has a long history with ADO Den Haag. He personally saved the club in 1994. He was a committed and militant chairman for 14 years until his departure in 2008. As former chairman, he brings along the knowledge and experience needed to ADO Den Haag. His appointment to the Supervisory Board does justice to the importance of the past. Van Ringelenstein worked at the Options Fair, was a member of the KNVB Association and now has a retreat at the Holterberg in Overijssel together with his wife.

The supervisory directors will personally meet the ADO Den Haag organization in the coming weeks. It is expected that the HFC will still make use of the statutory option to nominate a supervisory director in the short term.

Mattijs Manders, General Manager N.V. ADO Den Haag

ADO ladies lose at FC Twente

ADO ladies have been struggling to find form in game recently. Games are seeing them both dominate and get dominated in the same game. As a team of individuals, they are excellent, but something is misfiring as a team.

Tonight ADO traveled to Enschede to face FC Twente. ADO went a goal behind after eight minutes, a goal by Blom, 1-0. ADO couldn’t hold Twente off until half-time. The home side doubling their lead in the twenty eighth minute, the goal scored by van Weerden, 2-0.

ADO made changes early on and throughout the half to try and alter the direction of the game. Despite the changes, ADO could not dent Twente’s lead. The final score ending without change at 2-0.