Merry Christmas to all fans of ADO

At this point, ADO for Expats would like to wish the teams of both the men and the women, the staff, the supporters and the club’s fans from abroad, Club Brugge, Juventus, Legia Warsaw, and Swansea City a very merry Christmas and a joyous and successful 2017!

Hope all our teams do well and bring us all happiness and cheers.

ADO ladies win five goal thriller

Last week ADO ladies were unlucky to claim just a point at league leaders Ajax. On Friday they faced second placed FC Twente in what turned out to be the best game of the season so far. The 1,284 fans that turned up were treated to a real spectacle.

Early on it was the visitors who were in charge of the game, instantly on the attack, ADO looking to be showing FC Twente perhaps a little to much respect? Twente took the lead in the fifth minute when Eshly Bakker found space inside the ADO box to smash home the ball into the back of the net, 0-1.

Just six minutes later Twente extended their lead, more good attacking football saw the ball going past ADO keeper Jennifer Vreugdenhil via the foot of  Ellen Jansen, 0-2. Fears of a route began to spread amongst the supporters.

As the half continued ADO began to realise they had to fight, and fight now! The began to push Twente back into their own half. ADO attacking well down the flanks. Former ADO keeper Barbara Lorsheyd started to be called into action, making some good saves.

ADO’s work finally paid off in the thirty ninth minute. ADO were awarded a free which was taken by Mijke Roelfsema. Her cross was towards the penalty spot where Pia Rijsdijk rose highest to head home powerfully into the goal, 1-2.

The first half was decent viewing, but the second half half was amazing stuff. THe ball was going end to end for the full forty five minutes. ADO’s dynamic Victoria Pelova really got herself into the game, and her energy and drive began to dictate what was happening around her. Both sides created scoring opportunities, both keepers were on top form as they shut out each others forward lines.

In the seventieth minute Nance van der Meer played a ball into the box for Michelle Vrieling to run on to and sweep the ball past the despairing dive of Lorsheyd. Great finish and the place erupted, Game on, 2-2.

The final twenty minutes was edge of the seat stuff. Those who say women’s football is boring, should take another look. The game had excite, aggression, passion, skill, everything to make the excitement grow around the Kyocera stadium.

Both side went for the win, chances came and went, both keepers and their defenders performing miracles to prevent the ball crossing the line. With three minutes remaining ADO got the all important winning goal. Pelova burst forward and showed supreme confidence in front of goal, dispatching the ball past Lorsheyd to make it 3-2.

ADO could have gone on to win by more goals as they went for the kill. THe full-time whistle blew and everybody associated with ADO went crazy. Great performance, stunning result. Both teams put on a game packed with entertainment. This means now that at the end of the year, ADO ladies are in third place, just one point behind FC Twente.

ADO Ladies team: Jennifer Vreugdenhil; Nikki Ridder (68. Sabine Kuilenburg), Hélène Heemskerk ©, Mijke Roelfsema, Sharona Tieleman; Nadine Noordam (76. Eline Koster), Michelle Vrieling, Victoria Pelova; Lindsey Keizerweerd, Pia Rijsdijk, Marthe van Erk (65. Nance van der Meer)

RUSTAAGH! is the word of the year

Ed of the website NORTHSIDE.NL today posted a great article that I had to share with you, another sign that the football fans and players of ADO are the best. The original article was from

The word of the year is from ADO’s very own Tommie Beugelsdijk “RUSTAAGH!”

The official word of the year ‘treitervlogger.’ That is someone who makes video blogs from the annoying behavior of his friends, thereby causing embarrassment. But treitervlogger is not the best qualifier in 2016, says Sports News editor Stefan at Teije. The word of the year comes from Tommie Beugelsdijk.

It’s foggy and cold and I am walking past a building site. Construction workers have their second cup of coffee already behind them. I walk past their workplace and heard two people having a little argument. A third comes along and calls “rustaagh.”  The two look back and laugh. Arguing nipped in the bud.

This, exactly this scene proves the power of rustaagh. If anything, anywhere threatens to get out of hand – on the football field, in the schoolyard, at the table with your parents behind the counter at McDonald’s, really anywhere … Someone comes with the rustaagh imitation and we all realize that our emotions are too high laugh and walk on.

It was last year that ADO football player Tommie Beugelsdijk gave an interview to Omroep West that he made the now legendary remark. The reporter that Beugelsdijk knew dared to tease him. “Hey, redhead!” Tommies answer came from his toes. He could have said, hey, calm down. But that’s not something a Hagenaar says, but only generates more irritation. A Hagenees, as we learned, comes out with rustaagh!

The video was quickly shared on Dumpert, Facebook, YouTube etc. You could not deny it anymore and the best part is: it was not a fad that disappeared after a few weeks because everyone was drunk. Rustaagh has become part of the Dutch culture.

If you want to learn something from 2016, do not look at the videos of harassment vloggers. Rather look to Tommie Beugelsdijk, laugh at his sober look at the world and spread his message. Rustaagh!

ADO ladies last game of 2016 this Friday

Do you need one more fix of football before Christmas? Well you have one more chance. ADO ladies play at home to FC Twente on Friday night in the Kyocera stadium, kick-off 19:30.

ADO ladies are full of confidence after a series of good performances, especially the draw at the league leaders last week, a game they could have won.

What should be interesting, if selected, Twente will have three former ADO players in their team. Players who have been missed, Barbara Lorsheyd, Lineth Beerensteyn and Renate Jansen.

So go along and support your local team one more time this year.

ADO’s winter break opposition known

ADO Den Haag have announced their opponents for a friendly game due to be played during the training camp in Spain. They will play against Germany’s FSV Mainz 05. The match will be played on Friday, January 6th at the Stadium Municipal San Pedro in Marbella. The kick-off will take place at 15.00.

FSV Mainz is currently playing in the Bundesliga and are in a respectable position in the middle of the league table.

ADO Den Haag departs on January 2nd to Estepona for training camp. On January 7th, the squad travels back to the Netherlands.

Join ADO kids club for FREE!!!

ADO Kids is the official kids club of ADO Den Haag and is for boys and girls up to the age of 12 years.


01-kids-vakYou will benefit for the rest of the season the following benefits and you will not need to pay anything until the next season (2017-2018)

 Membership provides many benefits:
– Free visit to a home (parents receive a discount)
– Four times a year the crazy ADO KIDS Magazine with you on the bus
– The Players Escort: Walk into a packed stadium with your favorite player onto the field!
– ADO KIDS keyring (exclusive for ADO KIDS)
– Separate stand with own entrance
– Your own ADO KIDS Club Card
– 5% discount on all official ADO Den Haag merchandise in the official fan shop
– Personal invitation to special ADO KIDS days

To sign up, click the link HERE. Don’t speak Dutch, it is easy with google translate.

SportDoc collaborate with ADO ladies

Anyone who has ever been in a football changing room will agree that the amount of tape used in there is huge. Physiotherapists taping ankles, knees, fingers and so on. That tape is a major cost item for the clubs and for the ADO ladies it is no different. Therefore, the organization is also very pleased with the new agreement with SportDoc, a supplier of sports medical devices.

Jordy Helemigh with Kees Punt

SportDoc’s vision is that all athletes at all times can realize their maximum potential. They therefore provide tape, both preventive and restorative, enabling athletes to regain fitness as soon as possible. They also offer icepacks and massage. Jordy Helemigh, Sales Director ISBC Sport, the distributor of SportDoc in cooperation with ADO ladies “ISBC Sport is proud to optimize the injury treatment and prevention of players at ADO Den Haag with our SportDoc range. We look forward to constructive cooperation.”

Kees Point, chairman of ADO ladies, “When looking for a partner for sports medical devices price is obviously an important criteria, but equally important is the ease of use for our physiotherapists, otherwise it only leads to frustration and we must get a balance. In SportDoc, we have found a partner who scored both price-wise and with very good quality. Incidentally, we hope that we need to minimize the use of their products, namely, that means the selection is mainly fit and healthy.”

The agreement stipulates that SportDoc will act as the match sponsor for the ADO ladies v PSV match on Friday 10th February 2017.