ADO sign Norwegian striker

Bjørn Johnsen is the new main striker of ADO Den Haag. The 25-year-old Norwegian international signs a three-season contract in The Hague. He is going to play with number 9 on his back.

Johnsen, born in the United States joins from the Scottish side Heart of Midlothian. In Scotland he played 34 times in the league last season and scored six goals. Due to his performance in Scotland, he debuted on the June 10th for the Norwegian national team in the World Cup qualifying match against the Czech Republic. Three days later he played in a friendly against Sweden.

Photo courtesy of ADO Den Haag

Johnsen is a true center forward, standing 1.95m tall, previously was at clubs in Spain, Portugal and Bulgaria, averaging one goal every three games.

Johnsen: “I really like this challenge, it means a lot for me to play in the Eredivisie at ADO Den Haag. Many players, like Lex Immers, have broken through. I want to be important to the team with goals and assists. I have a positive feeling about what we can achieve next year with ADO.”

New assistant trainer at ADO

ADO Den Haag has added a new assistant trainer, Edwin de Graaf to the technical staff. The 37-year-old Hagenaar comes from Feyenoord, where he worked as a youth trainer since 2012. The former ADO Den Haag player signs a contract for two years.

Photo courtesy of ADO Den Haag
Before De Graaf started as a trainer, he already had a rich football career as a midfielder. He debuted in 2001 in professional football at RBC Roosendaal. De Graaf made such a good impression that he earned a contract at Feyenoord in 2004. There he did not manage to make the first team. De Graaf was therefore loaned to ADO Den Haag in 2005, where he scored three times in 23 games. After four seasons at NAC Breda, the midfielder joined the Scottish side Hibernian in 2010. Two years later De Graaf finished his professional career at Excelsior, after which he became directly youth trainer at Feyenoord.

With the capture of De Graaf, the technical staff now consists of many former players from the club. Chief coach Fons Groenendijk played in the green and yellow in the 1980’s. The other assistant, Dirk Heesen, wore the shirt of ADO in the 1990’s.

ADO win in China

ADO Den Haag won their latest pre-season friendly against Chinese second division side Beijing Enterprises.

The hosts took the lead after only four minutes. ADO got back level in the thirty seventh minute. Sheraldo Becker was fouled inside the penalty. Donny Gorter converting the spot kick to make it 1-1.

The second half saw ADO make several changes giving all the players a chance to take part. ADO took the lead in the sixty third minute when their new signing Elson Hooi hit the back of the net, 1-2.

With twenty five minutes remaining, ADO Den Haag made more substitutions to the eleven on the pitch. The clock ran down and ADO ran out winners 1-2. ADO now with a 100% winning pre-season. The final pre-season game is next Tuesday 5th August at home to Excelsior, kick-off at 14:30.

ADO unveil new team bus

This season ADO Den Haag will finally get what the supporters have wanted; A beautiful new team bus!
In collaboration with their partner HTM, a beautiful design has been worked on for a long period of time, now the selection as of this season will be traveling to away games in this impressive new bus.
The design is completely in the new style of ADO Den Haag and is full of great details that clearly highlight the rich history of the club. For example, club heroes Aad Mansveld and Lex Schoenmaker are clearly visible, and there are further expressions of the history including the championship in ’02-’03, our supporters, the club song and the Zuiderpark stadium on the bus.
For example, the ADO Den Haag player bus is now one of the most beautiful buses in the Netherlands!
This week the HTM Specials garage showed off the bus. Next week, some points will be put in place so that it is ready on time to be presented on the Open Day (Sunday 6th August)!

After that, the player bus will be available for hire and private use via HTM Specials HERE

ADO sign attacker Melvyn Lorenzen

ADO Den Haag has captured forward Melvyn Lorenzen. The 22-year-old attacker played last season for German side Werder Bremen, where his contract expired. Earlier this month, Lorenzen was already on trial at ADO and he made a good impression on the technical staff during the pre-season friendly game against Lugdunum. The Ugandan International has signed for two seasons. Lorenzen will play with the number 33 on his back.

” I’m glad I can finally call ADO Den Haag my team,” says Lorenzen. “After my trial, it took a while before the signing took place, but I always felt confident that it would all come good. In the week I was on trial there, I got a good feeling about the club. I am therefore looking forward to The next two years.”

Photo courtesy of and with thanks to ADO Den Haag

ADO win latest pre-season friendly

On Saturday afternoon ADO Den Haag defeated De Graafschap thanks to in form goal scorer Danny Bakker.

With the game at 0-0 after the first half, it was Bakker who broke the deadlock with a well taken free-kick in the fifty eighth minute. The run of form in front of goal must be making trainer Fons Groenendijk smile beyond his wildest dreams.

Photos courtesy of and with thanks to Marc

Friendship between ADO and Legia continues to grow

I have decided to share this with the expat community, as again it shows how good it is to be a part of our great club. This is all taken from the Facebook page FAN CLUB LEGIA DEN HAAG which can be found HERE


Friendship is more than 90 minutes in the stadium!

One of the highlights of Fan Club Legia Den Haag’s first year were of course Legia Warschau’s matches against Ajax and the ADO Den Haag v FC Twente, where there were 700 supporters of Legia Warschau in the stadium to support ADO Den Haag.

What we do want people to know about is the beautiful letter that ADO Den Haag received from Legia Warschau, thanking everyone who helped, and thanked ADO Den Haag for opening the stadium before the match in Amsterdam.

It was also emphasized that Legia Warschau and The Hague supporters have a long history of friendship and that this could also be at the administrative level in terms of Legia Warschau’s management.

Beautiful words and, in our opinion, a good motivation to continue!


To read more about the friendship between the two great clubs, please click HERE

ADO play a home pre-season friendly on Saturday

Tomorrow 22nd July, ADO Den Haag will play a home pre-season friendly at the Cars Jeans stadium, hosting De Graafschap, a team from the Jupiler league (Second division) Kick-off 14:30.

The game is FREE for Season Ticket holders, you MUST download your free ticket from the online e-ticketing system. Club Card holders pay €2:50, also via e-ticketing system. Non card holders can buy at ticket for €5:00 from the stadium before the kick-off.