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ADO Den Haag

ADO Den Haag is a football (soccer) club from Netherlands.

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Alles Door Oefening Den Haag , commonly known by the abbreviated name ADO Den Haag , is a Netherlands association football club from the city of The Hague. The club was for a time known as FC Den Haag , with ADO representing the amateur branch of the club. Despite being from one of the traditional three large Dutch cities, it has not been able to match AFC Ajax, Feyenoord or PSV Eindhoven in terms of success in the Eredivisie or in European competition. There is nonetheless a big rivalry with Ajax and Feyenoord. The words Alles Door Oefening translates into Everything Through Practice in Dutch language.



The club was founded as ADO (Alles Door Oefening) in 1905, but from the outset, they found difficulty competing with other major Dutch teams. This was partly due to the popularity of cricket in the city.

ADO Den Haag won the Eredivisie in 1942 and 1943 and the KNVB Cup in 1968 and 1975 (under the name FC Den Haag).

FC Den Haag

In 1971 the club merged with city rivals Holland Sport to form FC Den Haag. Their greatest European success was a quarter-final game against West Ham United F.C. for the European Cup Winners Cup in 1976. A 4–2 win in The Hague followed by a 3–1 defeat in London meant elimination. In the 1980s FC Den Haag was often associated with hooliganism and financial backfall. After another merger the club were renamed ADO Den Haag in 1996.

ADO Den Haag

After a long spell in the country's Eerste Divisie, ADO Den Haag played four seasons in the Eredivisie then were relegated again in the Eredivisie 2006/2007 season. However, after finishing 6th in the 2007–08 season, they went on to win the play-offs, meaning promotion back to the Eredivisie for 2008–09. The club's new home is the 15,000 seater Kyocera Stadion; formerly known as the Den Haag Stadion. They used to play the home games at the Zuiderpark Stadion. Their home colors are yellow and green. They started the 2008–09 season with two wins, which put them on top of the Eredivisie for the first time in 32 years. In the season 2009–2010 the average attendance was 11,745 people.

The team had a great success in season 2010 - 2011. Beating rival AFC Ajax 2 times was one of the best results that year. ADO Den Haag ended 7th in the Eredivisie and won the play-offs (beating Roda JC and FC Groningen) which offered the last Dutch Europa League ticket. They won the first matches against FK Tauras (3-2 , 2-0) but lost the first away leg for the third qualifying round against AC Omonia Nicosia, by 3-0, at Nicosia.

ADO supporters have strong links with Welsh club Swansea City F.C.. Flags of the respective clubs are often flown at the matches of the other club, and both clubs regularly hold pre-season friendly matches. Legia Warszawa (Poland), Club Brugge K.V. (Belgium), and Juventus F.C. (Italy) also share strong supporter links with ADO Den Haag.


- Eredivisie: 2
- KNVB Cup: 2
- KNVB Cup runner up: 6
- Eerste Divisie: 3

European record

UEFA Europa League

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup

Domestic Results

Below is a table with ADO Den Haag's domestic results since the introduction of the Eredivisie in 1956.

As of 4 January, 2012.

For recent transfers, see List of Dutch football transfers summer 2011

(on loan from Stade Rennes)

(on loan from Chelsea FC)

On loan


- Franz Gutkas (1954–55)
- Rinus Loof (1955–62)
- Ernst Happel (1962–69)
- Vaclav Jezek (1969–72)
- Vujadin Boškov (1974–76)
- Anton Malatinský (1976–78)
- Piet de Visser (1978–80)
- Hans Kraay (1980–81)
- Cor van der Hart (1981–83)
- Rob Baan (1983–86)
- Pim van de Meent (1986–88)
- Co Adriaanse (1988–91)
- Nol de Ruiter (1992–94)

- Lex Schoenmaker (1994–95)
- Theo Verlangen (1995–96)
- Mark Wotte (1996–98)
- André Hoekstra (1998–99)
- Rinus Israel (2001–04)
- Frans Adelaar (2004–06)
- Lex Schoenmaker (2006–07)
- Wiljan Vloet (2007–08)
- André Wetzel (2008–09)
- Raymond Atteveld (2009–10)
- Maurice Steijn (2010)
- John van den Brom (2010–11)
- Maurice Steijn (2011–)

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