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 Coach looking at the play-offs

The home game against Willem II is next up for ADO Den Haag on Saturday. Head coach Fons Groenendijk looks ahead to that game.

In the previous game against FC Groningen, Groenendijk had to be absent because of illness. He is now better again. “It happened to me on Saturday night, so I sat on the toilet all night and then did not have any chance, but I’m not going to give everyone the details, but it was not fun.”

Naturally Groenendijk saw the match against FC Groningen (0-0). He saw a team with a good attitude. “But afterwards I had the feeling that something more was there. On the other hand, it is traditionally a difficult away game, but we did get another result, which was good after the big effort against Vitesse, and another long bus trip three days later, so you also saw some fatigue, so I could live with the results.”

The squad was given two days free at the beginning of this week to recharge the battery again. Groenendijk: “Sometimes you have to do something unexpected as a staff, because normally they have one day off and the boys also had the plan to celebrate Carnival together, so I decided to give them two days off. it goes well, that extra day they deserved.”

True to tradition, ADO Den Haag does well against Willem II. But it is a team that is in trouble. “They will therefore come looking for a result, we still have trouble playing those kind of teams in the basement, which are difficult matches in which the spaces are tight and we are asking for a lot of creativity to get the three points.”

Doubtful cases
There are a number of questions for Saturday’s game such as the fitness of Wilfried Kanon, Tyronne Ebuehi, Erik Falkenburg and Sheraldo Becker. “They all have small aches and we have to wait and see if we can call on them.”

ADO Den Haag no longer has to look down at the relegation places, and can even think of playoffs. Groenendijk does not hide from it. “The play-offs, that starts to live, you can not escape it, you’re confronted with it everywhere, but for most guys it’s new, now you know that if you put a run of results together, you can also get it. We just want to win every game, so we’ll see where we are at the end of the season.”

Fan shop and ticket window opening times for Saturday

The Fanshop of ADO Den Haag will open as normal on Saturday, at 10.30. The game against Willem II kicks off at 20.45. The Fanshop is open until half an hour after the game. Note: during the game, the doors are closed!

The stadium ticket windows, which can be found on the side of the Haaglandentribune, opposite the supporters home, open at 17.45.

You can order your tickets online HERE if you have a Dutch address and bank account

Goalkeeper coach Raymond Mulder extends contract with ADO

Raymond Mulder will remain goalkeeper coach at ADO Den Haag for the next two seasons. On Wednesday, he signed a new agreement, which runs until the summer of 2020.Mulder has been, since the summer of 2016 the goalkeeper coach of the first team squad of ADO Den Haag. Before that, he filled in regularly for his predecessor Arno van Zwam, when he was on the road with the Dutch national team. Mulder is now a familiar face at ADO Den Haag. From 2009 he was already working as a goalkeeper coach with the club’s youth academy. In the past Mulder also filled that same position at the HBS in The Hague.

Mulder signed a new contract with Robert Zwinkels on Wednesday afternoon. Last week it was already made public that the first choice goalkeeper of ADO would sign an indefinite contract, which is at least for another two years as a player.

ADO games coming up this week

ADO Den Haag are playing at home this coming Saturday night. After a goalless draw at Groningen last Sunday, there is a feeling that after three undefeated games in a row, at some point the forwards are going to click and someone is going to be heavily beaten. Willem II have not been at their best, so could this be the night we see ADO get lots of goals?

ADO ladies have been on a roller coaster of late, so with a difficult fixture at FC Twente on Friday night, any kind of positive result will be seen as a success.

Children can go on pitch after every game for the rest of the season

For the rest of this season, the club’s young fans can go onto the pitch after our home matches! So bring your football boots and kick a ball in the stadium! Balls are available on the pitch.
The pitch can be entered via the ’emergency’  ramp under section T of the Lex Schoenmaker Family stand. Fans on the Haaglanden and Aad Mansveld stands can reach the Lex Schoenmaker Family stand from outside the stadium. From the main stand, the ramp under section T can be reached via the walkway under the family stand..

Expresso Fashion provides ADO ladies with new club suits

As of the second half of the season, the players of ADO Den Haag ladies will be wearing new presentation suits from Expresso Fashion. With this, a long-cherished wish to dress up the women professionally around match day is fulfilled. The cooperation between Expresso Fashion and ADO ladies has been concluded for a period of two and a half season and will be gradually expanded. For example, it has been agreed to dress the staff around ADO ladies next season and it will be periodically checked whether elements of the presentation pack can be changed.
Expresso Fashion is part of FNG a strongly growing international fashion group with brands such as Baker Bridge, Brantano, CKS, Claudia Sträter, Expresso Fashion, Fred & Ginger, Miss Etam, Promiss and Steps.

Expresso is a women’s fashion brand that designs all collections in-house, so that a clearly distinctive signature is visible. Elegant and wearable fashion for an adult woman is the starting point. The brand strives to make the production chain more and more sustainable, among other things in cooperation with the Fair Wear Foundation. The Expresso collections are available in 30 Expresso Stores, 700 sales outlets, 21 shop-in-shops and 3 Expresso webshops in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. With the Dutch ladies team, the company had already gained experience in dressing up football teams.

When Expresso received the request to “dress” ADO ladies, it immediately reacted enthusiastically and after a few meetings a stylish and sporty outfit was chosen. The team then had a test session in the Expresso store in Zoetermeer and last Friday the contract was officially signed that will connect Expresso Fashion to ADO ladies in the coming years. Expresso logically sees this as a nice step with the women’s team and also wants the fans and the supporters to get acquainted with the Expresso collection.

Esther van Eijk, formula manager at Expresso Fashion, is very pleased with the new collaboration: “Making fashion is one thing, but trying to make a difference is another. Our first goal is to dress women nicely, but with social awareness. We like to support initiatives in which women play a special role, ambitious goals of adult women. We see the power vrouwen of ADO ladies fit perfectly in that picture. We are proud that our outfits are worn by them with a sense of style.”

Commercial manager Richard de Lange of ADO ladies is also pleased that the women are now dressed around match day in modern stylish presentation suits. “It was high on my wish list to find a nice partner for our presentation suits. We found it in Expresso. The contacts were very pleasant from the start and they helped us very well in finding a style that fits well with young, sporty women. Stylish, but not too tight, so it’s nice and looks good during long bus journeys. We look forward to expanding the cooperation with Expresso Fashion in the coming years and to give it a meaningful interpretation.”

Kanon hamstring injury not as bad as first thought

Wilfried Kanon had to be substituted before the end of the first half of the away match against FC Groningen with a hamstring injury.

The Ivorian defender was subjected to additional investigations on Monday morning and it appeared that the damage was not too bad. However, it is not yet possible to estimate how long the injury will take to recover.

Kanon quickly seized his hamstring in Groningen after a defensive stretch and was subsequently treated on the sideline. The International player of the Ivory Coast then played on, but had to be replaced in the fortieth minute by Shaquille Pinas.

Valentine’s competition: win romantic Loveseats for two!

Valentine’s Day is coming soon. February 14th is the day to surprise your love with a beautiful gift. How about surprising your Valentine with special Loveseats at ADO Den Haag? Now you can!

Take part in our Valentine’s competition and win a romantic arrangement for two at ADO Den Haag v Willem II on Saturday 17th February! You not only have great places in the Cars Jeans Stadium, but also get some romantic extras to make it a loving and special evening.

What are you waiting for? Complete the form HERE and win the Loveseats at ADO Den Haag!

This promotion runs until 14th February.