Municipality chooses Cars Jeans Stadium for Scheveningen v Ajax cup match

The municipality of The Hague decided to play the cup match between SVV Scheveningen and Ajax on Wednesday, September 20th (18:30) at the Cars Jeans Stadium.

Photo courtesy of and with thanks to Robert John Henderson

The municipality has concluded that the home of SVV Scheveningen, Sportpark Houtrust, is not sufficient enough to guarantee a safe environment for the match. After thorough consideration and consultation it has been decided that the Cars Jeans Stadium is deemed suitable.

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ADO Den Haag  plays their match in the KNVB Beker against Feyenoord in Rotterdam the same evening.

Interview with Bjørn Johnsen: ‘Late bloomer’ wants to finally blossom in The Hague

In the search for a new striker, ADO Den Haag came out with a player known by almost no-one as to be Mike Havenaar’s successor. Bjørn Johnsen is his name. The 25-year-old Norwegian international has already played for a lot of European clubs in his short career, but he now considers it is time to show what he is capable of in The Hague.

Up front, trainer Fons Groenendijk can now call on some “tropical surprises.” For example, Melvyn Lorenzen was born in England, raised in Germany and international for Uganda. Elson Hooi is the hero of Curacao after winning the Caribbean Cup. And the new forward Johnsen was born in New York, grew up in the state of North Carolina, but is Norwegian international. “My mother is American and my father is a Norwegian,” says Johnsen. “With my height (1.95m), It’s was more likely in the United States that I would go to basketball. I did that for a while, but my heart was for football. I used to watch many matches on TV. From the Serie A, the Eredivisie to the Bundesliga. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was a great example for me. I was impressed by his game and of course he won so many prizes, which I wanted to do as a professional player.”
In order to achieve this goal, Johnsen was forced to go to Europe, to his country of origin. According to him, in the USA, there was no option. “Even though there are sometimes big names in the American league, there are no real youth divisions at clubs like in Europe, so it’s difficult to develop yourself as a young footballer. so I was advised to leave for Norway. “

That happened in 2010. In Norway, Johnsen would stay for only two years at Valerenga and Tønsberg. But also there was the point that he should not stay too long (Norwegian football is not so high in quality), so Johnsen went on to look further. He decided to travel to Paris with a friend in 2012 where an event took place where many scouts of European clubs were present. The Norwegian arrived in Spain at Antequera and later at Atlético Baleares. All in the lower divisions of Spain, but Johnsen learned a lot. “I did not play many matches, but in training, I got better. In Baleares, Walter Pandiani, for example, was my teammate, playing at Deportivo La Coruña with Roy Makaay, among others.”

Also in Spain, Johnsen did not stay long. He tried his luck in neighboring Portugal, where he showed his class at Atletico CP in the season ’14 / ’15. The New Yorker scored fourteen times in 27 games at the second division club. It brought him to the attention of Benfica, Portugal’s top club. The transfer seemed to be around, but did not work out at the last minute. “That was a big disappointment, but luckily there was another good club: Litex Lovech from Bulgaria. No, I did not think it was a strange country. Litex played in the highest Bulgarian division and even participated in the Europa League. I also had the guarantee of playing time.”

Debut for Norway
Last year, Johnsen moved from Bulgaria to Scotland to defend the colors of Hearts. After a great year in which Johnsen made the necessary goals and assists, he received an invitation to join the Norwegian team in June. The striker made his international debut against the Czech Republic. Johnsen could also have chosen to play for the United States. “But it has never really been the case and I’ve not heard anything from the United States, so the choice was easily made. Norway are not going to qualify for the World Cup. A good generation is coming up with players like Martin Ødegaard and Morten Thorsby of Heerenveen. We have had some lean years, but we are going for a place in the European Championships of 2020.”

First, focus on ADO Den Haag. He must forget about Havenaar, a difficult task. What is his goal for this season? “I have a number of goals in my mind for myself, but I will not share that with anyone else. I hope that people will not only look at my goals. The intention is to stay here longer than with my other clubs, haha. Up to three great years!”

Eredivisie pioneer Barbara Lorsheyd back with more experience

After two years at  Telstar and one season at FC Twente, Barbara Lorsheyd returned this summer as an experienced keeper to the club with which she debuted in 2007 as a 16-year-old player in the Eredivisie Women. “I have had seven amazing years here, so ADO  Den Haag is my club.

Of all the pioneers who came into action for the six clubs in the Eredivisie Women ten years ago, there are now no more than ten at the highest level at home or abroad. “I still like the game because I can combine my football with my work as a swimming instructor,” explains Barbara why she stays in goal. Remembering the first Eredivisie season, she still knows how she got used to it as a beginner. “The young girls who are starting now will be learning. The advantage of my 10 years experience is that I know what is expected of you. That’s what you’re trying to give to the youngsters, so they are more free on the pitch.”

When Barbara left the club three years ago, she hoped she could go abroad as a professional. After one season at Telstar, the Swiss club Basel seemed to want her join them. “I ran around and everything was actually sorted, but I did not get the tickets to Switzerland.” I later learned that the club had attracted another keeper at the last moment. After another year Telstar, Barbara was about to hang up her gloves. At the last minute she decided to accept an offer from FC Twente. “Another chance to make a squad for the Dutch national team and also play in the Champions League gave me the chance to find the fun in football.”

At ADO ladies she won one league title and two KNVB cups and in 137 games she kept 46 clean sheets. With the Dutch team she made the pre selection for the European Championships. The fact that she was finally dropped from the tournament did not come as a surprise. “Now that Loes Geurts has left, there is now a place.” It was hard after about one week to start preparing with ADO Den Hag again. “A longer rest would have been fine.”

As a result of injuries and because Nadine Noordam and Victoria Pelova were selected for the under 19 European Championships and the departure of Pia Rijsdijk, meant the preparation of ADO ladies was not ideal. “But missing your players does not matter much,” says Barbara. “On the training pitch you just have to get on with it and if young people train hard they may turn out to be a player that can replace those who are unavailable. If you look at our pre-season matches, we have made a lot of progress and picked up the young talent quickly. At least I see good development and you have to aim for the top play-offs.”

Sylvia Nooij remembered

ADO ladies supporters showed they had not forgotten the wonderful lady and former ADO player Sylvia Nooij during Friday’s game against PEC Zwolle.

The fans unfurled the banner on thirty two minutes. The age Sylvia was when taken from us far too early. Sylvia was a great out going person, always had time for everyone. It was a beautiful moment in the stadium when the message could be read.



Fons Groenendijk: “Looking at the position, the points are essential”

On Saturday (18.30) ADO Den Haag resume their Eredivisie fixtures with an outing to Willem II, Tilburg. Currently a direct rival. Despite the three previous defeats, according to trainer Fons Groenendijk, there is still enough confidence in the selection. In addition, the group has also received a quality injection after the last transfer period.

Transfer summer
“We’ve got a lot of new players in during this Summer transfer window,” says Groenendijk. “We now have a group of players from who we can expect to perform well. On the last day, Ricardo Kishna suddenly came our way. These kind of players are of course always interesting, but such players do not usually look our way and is not normally feasible, but when a chance comes along, you must grab it. We now have two players for all positions. Competition will increase, I’ve already noticed that and it’s a good thing. The players now know that they really need to perform, otherwise there is someone to take their place on the pitch. There is a possibility that these new players will be introduced immediately. We need to look more.”

Despite the first three defeats, there is no panic at ADO Den Haag. Groenendijk: “If you do not have your squad ready, it’s hard to beat teams like Utrecht, AZ and Heerenveen. They were better than us, so you really have to stay calm, because to get points from those clubs was difficult. It’s very annoying, so you are behind now, but self belief is there.”

Is Willem II away a crucial match? “I think all matches are important and so is Willem II. If you look properly, we are in need of the points, but on the other hand, the season is long and we can just put a series together. I’m not worried. I sleep well and I want to keep that way. A victory at Willem II would help.”

Join The Hague Online to watch ADO v Ajax

On Sunday  17th September,  The Hague Online Social Club is organising a trip to see the local professional  football team ADO Den Haag play against  Ajax of Amsterdam. The match is an afternoon kick off starting at 14:30.

For ADO Den Haag fans this is one of the biggest games of the season and the stadium is nearly always full.  There is great friendly atmosphere  as only home fans are allowed in the stadium, hence you only see the green and yellow of ADO  Den Haag.

Normally, to buy a ticket for this important game you need to  purchase  an ADO Den Haag  club card, however,  The Hague Online has arranged an exclusive deal for the Expat and International community.

ADO Den Haag have  allocated  The Hague Online  50 tickets  in  Stand D/E   for a special price €32,50  including booking fees  and without the need to purchase a club card.  Stand D/E is next to the business stand (Eretribune).

If you are interested  in  joining us, then  you can register for tickets by e-mailing with your  name and address. We will then send you the payment details.

We will meet one hour before the game at the stadium when we will hand out the tickets.  You will need to bring ID to gain access to the stadium.

ADO games coming up this weekend

After the International break, ADO will be looking to start afresh after their disappointing start to the season. From three games they have zero points and scored just the one goal.

Saturday’s game at Willem II offers ADO the chance to get off the mark and give themselves a confidence boost as the following week, they will play their biggest game of the season, at home to Ajax.


The ADO ladies will start their season with a home game against PEC Zwolle on Friday night.

The new squad looks exciting and free flowing. So get yourselves to the Cars Jeans stadium and support the ladies. It’s always a fun, friendly atmosphere.


An overview of ADO’s summer transfers

The summer transfer window is now closed and ADO Den Haag have seen plenty of comings and goings. Below you can see who arrived and who departed.


  • Indy Groothuizen (Ajax)
  • Tim Coremans ( was loaned to FC Dordrecht)
  • Nick Kuipers (MVV Maastricht)
  • Bas Kuipers (Excelsior)
  • Erik Falkenburg (Willem II)
  • Lex Immers (Club Brugge)
  • Hennos Asmelash (Youth academy)
  • Elson Hooi (Vendsyssel FF)
  • Melvyn Lorenzen (Werder Bremen)
  • Bjørn Johnsen (Heart of Midlothian)
  • Ricardo Kishna (loaned from Lazio Roma)
  • Delano Ladan (Youth academy)


  • Ernestas Setkus (Hapoel Haifa)
  • Dion Malone (Qabala)
  • Achraf El Mahdioui (AS Trencin)
  • Kevin Jansen (NEC Nijmegen)
  • Mike Havenaar (Vissel Kobe)
  • Randy Wolters (Dundee FC, was loaned from Go Ahead Eagles)
  • Tom Trybull (Norwich City)
  • Abel Tamata (no team)
  • Guyon Fernandez (no team)
  • Ruben Schaken (Retired)
  • Rody de Boer (Telstar)
  • Jerdy Schouten (Telstar)
  • Gervane Kastaneer (Kaiserslautern)
  • Dennis van der Heijden (Almere City)
  • Chovanie Amatkarijo (loaned to RKC Waalwijk)
  • Ludcinio Marengo (SK Brann)

To see the full ADO squad, please click HERE

ADO ladies start their season this coming Friday

This coming Friday night. ADO ladies will be kicking off their season with a home game against PEC Zwolle in the Cars Jeans Stadium. Kick-off at 19:30. Be there at the start of their season and support them throughout.

There have been many changes to the squad since last season. The opening pre-season friendlies didn’t see good results, but the more they played together, the better they got. The last three games saw them scoring eight goals and concede three.

They have lost their main goal threat in Pia Rijsdijk, but they have strengthened well in midfield. Goals have been spread throughout the team, which means even with the occasional injury, the team are not reliant on one main goal scorer.

So please join us in the Cars Jeans stadium this Friday night. It’s a cheap night out and the atmosphere is really very friendly and a lot of fun. If you go and enjoy it and want to see more, here are the rest of the home fixtures for ADO ladies.


Fri 08th Sep – ADO v PEC Zwolle – 19:30

Fri 29th Sep – ADO v Excelsior Barendrecht – 19:30

Fri 13th Oct – ADO v sc Heerenveen – 19:30

Fri 27th Oct – ADO v PSV – 19:30

Fri 10th Nov – ADO v FC Twente – 19:30

Fri 15th Dec – ADO v Ajax – 19:30


Fri 02nd Feb – ADO v sc Heerenveen – 19:30

Fri 09th Feb – ADO v Achilles’29 – 19:30

Fri 23rd Feb – ADO v Alkmaar – 19:30