From China to Paris via ADO Den Haag

Marc of ADOfans.nl fame was able to meet one lucky Chinaman last week. Marc asked if I would be interested the story as it is an ex[at related tale. So thank you Marc and here it is.

With his entire luggage, Pei Li, a 36-year-old Chinaman from Beijing who has run many marathons come to do one thing and that was to visit the Kyocera stadium in The Hague. He wanted to do one thing during his European trip (three days visiting museums and Amsterdam three days Paris) and that was to meet his favorite Japanese player, Mike Havenaar.

Pei Li runs marathons and Sunday in Paris was his 30th. The marathon in Paris, together with those in Berlin, Chicago, New York and London, are the main five marathons in the world. Previously he run marathons in Tokyo and Chicago.

Li visited at the end of a training after spending €200 in the stadium fan shop and bought three match shirts and several other items, including stuff from the Fan Support shop. The shirts and soccer were provided by Havenaar a signature and obviously proud Pei Li was also to be photographed with his idol. Mike Havenaar his footballing idol was happy to sign shirts and pose for some photos. One of “The must have shirts” was worn during Sunday’s marathon. 

Pei Li, who spoke broken English was able to tell other fans why he was in the stadium. He was warmly welcomed and given lots of stickers, which he immediately stuck onto his luggage. Li revealed that he is very well aware of the fact that a Chinese company owns ADO Den Haag and in his own words “Half China knows ADO has a Chinese owner, and we are proud of it!

On Monday evening Marc published the photographs of Pei Li at the end of his marathon, wearing his Mike Havenaar shirt. ADOfans.nl then got another message from Pei Li.

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On April 9, I attended the Paris Marathon as a fan of ADO Den Haag.

Prior to the marathon, I met my king of football: Mike Havenaar.

I myself had expected to run the marathon in about four hours, but the course was extremely difficult, because after about 29 km I injured my ankle did not manage to get my expected time. But I did not give up and ran the final 13 km with the injury!

During the race I thought of giving up. But when I realized that I represented ADO Den Haag, I was determined to walk the last 10 km. Moreover, I wore a special football shirt. So I had to finish!

The performance of the ADO Den Haag this season have not been very satisfactory, but one football season is like a marathon race. It does not matter if the performance is good or not, if all the players and staff only show courage, including Havenaar, who has scored fewer goals than last year. I have every confidence in the team and Mike Havenaar and wait in China in the good news of every victory.

Here I would like to greet everyone and I hope that my marathon medal that I got despite my injury,  will inspire you. I sincerely hope that he will score as many goals.

c \ 吹 候
Yǔ Chengzhi the wènhòu (with genuine greeting)

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Pei Li was unable to improve his record time of four hours, but despite his injured ankle he still finished in a time of 5,20.06!

 

ADO claim third win in a row

ADO Den Haag’s winning streak continues with a stunning 4-3 win over FC Groningen on Saturday night.

ADO took a three goal lead in the first half thanks to goals from Danny Bakker in the thirteenth minute. Then two goals inside two minutes by Dion Malone after twenty one minutes and Mike Havenaar in the twenty third minute.

It got even better for ADO, as only two minutes into the second half, Malone got his second of the game. This was looking all to easy for ADO and making the important goal difference swing in their favour.

The visitors then created an amazing come back, which saw plenty of finger nail biting. THe come back began with a goal from Mimoun Mahi after fifty two minutes. Then Bryan Linssen made it 4-2 in the sixty fourth minute. Linssen made the scoreline more respectable for the visitors scoring the final goal of the game four minutes into the additional stoppage time.

The win saw ADO rise up the league table and see’s the club sitting in thirteenth position. But the gap is not yet big enough to make any pressure subside. Next up is another game in the Kyocera stadium, a tough challenge against PSV Eindhoven on Saturday.

A big thank you to Marc of ADOfans.nl for the photos!!

ADO wants to keep Gorter and Wolters

ADO Den Haag want to keep Donny Gorter and Randy Wolters at the Kyocera stadium next season. The pair have made a good impression during their short time in The Hague. Gorter and Wolters have both expressed the desire to remain with ADO Den Haag.

DONNY-GORTERDonny Gorter, after a disappointing period at Danish side Viborg, ADO Den Haag offered a chance to Gorter to revive his career. The midfielder grabbed that chance with both hands and signed a contract until the end of this current season. The 28-year-old player has played previously for both AZ and NAC Breda. “Donny is a model professional and adds to our selection,” says Manager of Football Affairs Jeffrey van As. “We found Donny also fits in well at this club and he himself has stated repeatedly they would like to stay. We will try to keep him.”

Randy Wolters came in late January from Go Ahead Eagles. The striker was swapped with Ludcinio Marengo on a loan basis involving the club from Deventer. Wolters, whose contract ends at the end of the season with Go Ahead Eagles, quickly adapted to the club and has played the last weeks, mostly as a substitute. However, the club wants to offer him a contract. “Randy matches ADO Den Haag as a person and as a footballer. He has specific qualities and we are impressed with him,” said Van As. “Even Randy wants to stay because he feels at home here. We feel that we can do a lot for each other. We get around the table as soon as possible to sort out a new deal.” Wolters has played in the past for FC Utrecht, Emmen, VVV Venlo, FC Den Bosch and Go Ahead Eagles.

ADO at home on Saturday

After two successive wins, ADO Den Haag host FC Groningen on Saturday afternoon. Yet again the players and staff want as much support as possible, to help push for survival in the Eredivisie.

You do not need a club card for this game, just take photo ID to the stadium ticket office for each person wanting a ticket. Enjoy the game …and… SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL TEAM!!

ADO play Wednesday night

ADO Den Haag play an away fixture tomorrow night against Willem II of Tilburg. After ADO’s big win in the relegation clash against Roda JC last Sunday, the side from the Hague will be hoping to come away from the game with at least a point.

The relegation at the bottom of the league table is intense. Five, possibly six clubs could be in trouble. Most exciting of all is that all of those clubs will be playing each other in the final weeks. With only five games remaining after Wednesday, I feel an extra eight points will be enough to keep ADO safe from the play-offs.