Wednesday afternoon in a sweltering Kyocera stadium. The ADO Den Haag under 19 team faced the International under 19 side of China. All this comes about from the ownership of ADO Den Haag by the Chinese company United Vansen and Mr Wang Hui. The Chinese squad are in the Netherlands to prepare for the Asian Youth Championships. As part of the ADO relationship with its Chinese owners, they were allowed to watch ADO train, take part in some training and take on the ADO side. All part of the ever growing link between ADO Den Haag and their Chinese owners.
Due to the heat, the game wasn’t great, but it was full bloodied, plenty of thundering tackles going in, resulting in a few trip onto the pitch by the medical staff. Both opening goals were down to defensive errors. The Chinese going ahead in the eighth minute from Yang Shuai. ADO drew level five minutes later thanks to Chovanie Amatkarijo.
ADO took the lead in the sixteenth minute. This time a crossed whipped into the penalty was met by the head of Delano Ladan, who directed the header with power and accuracy into the back of the net, 2-1.
The second half slowed down about, but after many substitutions, for a while the visitors were the stronger team. During this period they scored a wonderful equalizer. In the fifty fourth minute Ning Weichen saw the ADO keeper way off his line and executed the perfect long range lob over the keeper into the empty net, 2-2.
On Wednesday afternoon, 14:00 in the Kyocera stadium. The bond between the the club and its Chinese owners will continue to grow. The Chinese are currently in the Netherlands on a training camp, part of their build up towards the Asian Youth Championships.
As part of the joint work between ADO Den Haag and Chinese football, thanks to owner Wang Hui’s huge interest in developing the sport to a higher level in China, ADO’s under 19’s will take on the under 19’s of China.
ADO Fans has made a brilliant video of the Den Haag supporters celebrating with the players at the game against Excelsior.
This should make you WANT to visit a match of ADO Den Haag! Come to the Kyocera stadium next Sunday to watch them play against Heracles Almelo. No club card is needed, just take some form of photo ID such as passport or driving license for each person wanting a ticket. Tickets available from ticket desk before kick-off. Be a part of the new ADO atmosphere that fans are creating inside the game during games. ADO are playing well, so be a part of a success story. SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL TEAM!!!
Sheraldo Becker is as of today a player of ADO Den Haag. The 21 year old winger has signed a contract that will keep him at ADO Den Haag for the next three years. Becker comes rom Ajax, where his contract still had a year to run.
Becker, who has played in every age group at youth international level, is a fast winger capable of playing on both the left and right side. For the past year and a half he played on loan at PEC Zwolle. In 32 games, he was scored five times.
ADO Den Haag coach Zeljko Petrovic had for some time had his sights on Becker and is pleased that the winger has put his signature to a contract at ADO. “I am very impressed with Sheraldo and have made every effort to convince him to opt for ADO Den Haag. His arrival up front gives us a lot more possibilities. His speed is a weapon and we are coming up with more possibilities for the extensive selection again.”
Becker has deliberately opted for ADO Den Haag. “After eighteen months in Zwolle I returned to Amsterdam where I discovered I was not in their plans. I was aware that I had to make the right choice for me. After talks with Petrovic I knew I had found what I was looking for. This gives me a lot of confidence. I’m glad everything is sorted and I hope soon to be of great value to the team.”
Sheraldo Becker will join the ADO squad on Monday.
ADO ladies played another friendly on Saturday afternoon as part of their preparations for the new season. This time hosting Belgian side Racing Genk, again the match played at the home of KSD Marine.
ADO ladies again went an early goal down, as they did on Wednesday against Bayern Leverkussen. The defence looked as though they had never even met each other before, let alone trained or played together. The hosts were lucky to only go in at half just two goals down, as the Belgians found it just too easy to break forward and attack ADO when they pleased.
The second half saw ADO improve greatly, there was more energy and fight to the side. Despite this ADO went 0-3 down and it looked as though they could be on the end of a hammering. Yet the team got themselves together and pulled two goals back. They also were unlucky not to grab themselves an equalizer as they applied pressure to Genk. The ADO goals coming in the sixty first minute from Lindsey Keizerweerd and finally in the seventy third minute from Pia Rijsdijk.
All in all, a bad performance from ADO ladies, certainly plenty to work on during training. Next up is a difficult away trip to Germany to face Borussia Monchengladbach next Saturday afternoon.
Tonight ADO Den Haag travel to Rotterdam to face S.B.V. Excelsior for their third game of the season. Both teams are unbeaten, which is a surprise to many. Both teams have been playing well, so an exciting game is predicted.
On Saturday afternoon, ADO ladies play another pre-season friendly against Racing Genk of Belgium. The games takes place at Oude Waalsdorperweg 1, 2597 AK Den Haag.
All levels within ADO Den Haag are pleased that Kees Jansma and Martin Toet have agreed to join the Supervisory Board of ADO Den Haag. Their joining is an important gain for the Supervisory Board and the club.
Jansma (69) has a rich past, particularly in football journalism. For years he worked for Studio Sport. In the summer of 2011 Jansma was a presenter at Eredivisie Live, which was passed into Fox Sports. He will remain active there. Additionally Jansma from 2004 to 2014 was the press officer of the Dutch national team.
Toet (4th March 1956, The Hague) is a former player of FC Den Haag. From the youth side he made his debut for the first team in 1973. Toet played 41 matches for the club. Later the attacker also played for Kortrijk in Belgium. He has also played in several Dutch youth teams. After his career Toet began his studies which included European Tax Law in Rotterdam. At present, he is involved in various companies in the field of IT and is also director of Golfpark Groendael BV Wassenaar.
Besides Jansma and Toet the supervisory board of ADO Den Haag consists of Wang Hui, Wim Deetman and Martin Jol.
On Wednesday Dion Malone was successfully operated on for an abdominal muscle problem. The defender / midfielder had to undergo surgery because of chronic symptoms.
Next week, Malone starts his rehabilitation. How long that rehabilitation will take is not yet clear. Dion went under the knife at the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam. The surgery was performed by prof. Dr. Van Eyck.
The injury caused Malone to miss the entire preparation for the new season. The last time he played for ADO Den Haag was on April 3rd against FC Groningen.
At the home of KSD Marine on Wednesday afternoon, ADO ladies took on German team Bayern Leverkusen in a pre-season friendly. The only problem for ADO was that the Germans didn’t play in a pre-season mode.
Within a minute of the kick-off Leverkussen were in front. Their forward latching onto a weak back pass before beating Jennifer Vreugdenhil in the ADO goal, 0-1.
The Germans meant business and were by far the dominant side. They would allow ADO to have the ball until just outside their own penalty area, then they quickly pounced and broke forward.
In fact Leverkusen didn’t allow ADO ladies a single shot on goal in the first half, only once giving away a corner, such was their power play. In the thirty fourth minute the visitors deservedly increased their lead, again the forward beating the ADO keeper in a face to face duel, 0-2.
The second half saw a totally different plan from the home team. ADO matched their opponents for fight and spirit. The game now being played between two well matched teams. Sadly thought, Leverkussen increased their lead to three goal in the fifty third minute, but it didn’t deflate ADO.
A minutes after going 0-3 down, Pia Rijsdijk latched onto a stray pass. She kept her nerve, first rounding the keeper, before moving into the penalty, some close control beat two defenders before she hit the back of the net, great finish, 1-3.
In the final minute ADO ladies gifted Leverkusen with an easy way to finish the scoring as they made it 1-4.
A tough game in warm conditions. Games like this are well worth it as changes can be made before the serious business of the league campaign starts at Telstar on Friday 2nd September.