ADO Den Haag is delighted to announce that it has appointed Joris Mathijsen as its new Director of Football.

Most recently, Joris Mathijsen was Technical Director at Willem II. A former player with Willem II, Hamburger SV, Malaga, AZ, and Feyenoord, Joris played 519 official club matches and 84 as a Dutch international, and was playing allmost all matches in the 2010 World Cup, including the final. After his active career as a player, Mathijsen returned to Willem II as technical manager and then Technical Director. During his six seasons at Willem II, he saw the club finish as high as 5th in the Eredivisie.

Joris has extensive experience in all aspect of football management, including player recruitment, technical staff, medical staff, youth academy and scouting, and will take responsibility for all football departments of the club.

(L-R) Technisch Directeur Joris Mathijsen van ADO Den Haag

Shareholder representative Ignacio Beristain said: “We are pleased to announce Joris as the new Technical Director at ADO. With Joris, we bring someone to the club who has been through everything as a player and technical director. His strong track record, not only as a world class player, but also as a senior football executive makes him the ideal candidate to lead our football department going forwards.

We interviewed a number of candidates with strong credentials and knowledge of Dutch football. Joris stood out from the start of our search. He fits ADO well – he is hardworking, diligent, and passionate about improving the club and working with colleagues to build a strong football department. We look forward to working with him.”

Mathijsen added: ''I have accepted the challenge to bring ADO Den Haag back where it belongs. I want to look forward and prepared ADO Den Haag for next season. Of course this will mean a lot of work and dedication to compete for promotion next year. In the background we are already working hard to create a balanced selection and staff for the 1st team. At the same time I look forward to collaborating with the academy and the women’s team, as they become part of the organization as well.”