Mike Havenaar

Mike Havenaar

Havenaar playing for Ventforet Kofu in 2010
Personal information
Date of birth (1987-05-21) 21 May 1987
Place of birth Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
ADO Den Haag
Number 9
Youth career
Sapporo FC
2000–2002 Consadole Sapporo
2003–2005 Yokohama F. Marinos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 Yokohama F. Marinos 26 (0)
2008Avispa Fukuoka (loan) 26 (7)
2009Sagan Tosu (loan) 33 (15)
2010–2011 Ventforet Kofu 63 (37)
2012–2014 Vitesse Arnhem 79 (26)
2014 Córdoba 5 (0)
2015 HJK Helsinki 20 (4)
2015– ADO Den Haag 32 (18)
National team
2005–2007 Japan U-20 7 (1)
2011– Japan 18 (4)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 May 2016 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 March 2016

Mike Havenaar (ハーフナー・マイク Hāfunā Maiku, born 20 May 1987 in Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture) is a Dutch-Japanese professional footballer who plays as a striker for Eredivisie side ADO Den Haag and the Japanese national football team.

Early life

Havenaar's parents came to Japan from the Netherlands in 1986 when his father Dido signed on to play for Hiroshima-based side Mazda F.C. of the Japan Soccer League (now Sanfrecce Hiroshima of the J. League). His mother was an athlete and a former national champion in the heptathlon.[1] His younger brother Nikki currently plays for Nagoya Grampus and has previously played for the U-17 and U-18 Japan national team as centre back.[2] The Havenaar family became naturalized Japanese citizens in 1994.

Club career

Havenaar began his career with the Consadole Sapporo U-15 side, where his father played and later worked as goalkeeper coach.

When Dido moved to powerhouse Yokohama F. Marinos, Mike joined the Marinos youth side and promoted to the top team in 2006. Playing as a forward, Havenaar made his debut as a professional on 15 April 2006, against Gamba Osaka. Havenaar and his father are the first father-son combination to play in the J. League.

He was loaned to second division club Avispa Fukuoka[3] and Sagan Tosu and showed respectable results.

In 2010, he joined Ventforet Kofu, scoring 20 goals in 30 appearances for the club, helping them gain promotion to J. League Division 1.

In 2011, Havenaar returned to Division 1 with Venforet and netted 17 times in 32 appearances. He received the J. League Best Eleven award after the season.[4] Despite his contendership for the Top Scorer award, Kofu was relegated at the end of the season.


On 21 December 2011, Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem announced that they completed the signing of Havenaar on a two-and-a-half-year contract beating out the likes of Bundesliga side Wolfsburg for his signature.[5]

Havenaar made his debut for the club as a 73rd-minute substitute for Nicky Hofs in their 1–0 away defeat to rivals NEC Nijmegen.[6] His first goal came in his next appearance, a 3–1 loss to PSV.[7] Havenaar made his first start for Vitesse on 4 February 2012 and provided an assist to Nicky Hofs first goal of the season, securing a 1–0 win NAC Breda.[8] Havenaar scored his second goal for his new club in another losing effort, this time a 4–1 loss to title contenders FC Twente.[9] Havenaar continued to impress for Vitesse, slotting the ball home after a cutting pass from Alexander Büttner to complete a 2–0 victory over De Graafschap on 4 March.[10] Away against FC Groningen he made the third goal for Vitesse in the last minute, the game ended in 1–3 for Vitesse.


On 21 July 2014, it was announced by Córdoba CF that they had signed Havenaar.[11] He made his La Liga debut on 25 August 2014, starting in a 0–2 away loss against Real Madrid.

On 30 December 2014 Havenaar was released by the Andalusians, after appearing in only five matches and scoring no goals during his spell for Córdoba CF.

HJK Helsinki

On 2 March 2015, it was announced by HJK Helsinki that they had signed Havenaar. He made his competitive debut for HJK on 6 March 2015 in the Finnish League Cup and scored the second goal in a 2-0 win. On 4 April 2015, Havenaar scored the second goal in the 57th minute to secure a 2-0 win and the League Cup against RoPS.

ADO Den Haag

On August 11, 2015, Dutch Eredivisie side ADO Den Haag announced that they had signed Mike Havenaar as a striker.[12]

International career

In 2007, Havenaar was picked to join the Japan U-20 squad to compete 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada and played one match against Nigeria U-20.

In August 2011, he was called up to Japan's training squad.[13]

He made his debut for Japan on 2 September 2011 as a 70th-minute substitute against North Korea in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier match,[14] striking the post. He scored his first ever goals for the national team with a brace, both headers, against Tajikistan on 11 October 2011 in the same competition. Japan won the game 8–0.[15] Havenaar also participated in FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 coming on as a substitute and playing a total of 11 minutes in the competition.[16][17]

Career statistics

As of 25 October 2016[18][19]
Club Season League Cup1 League Cup2 Continental3 Other4 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Yokohama F. Marinos 2006 90-60--150
2007 150-41--191
Total 24000101--341
Avispa Fukuoka 2008 267----267
Total 26700---267
Yokohama F. Marinos 2009 20----20
Total 20----20
Sagan Tosu 2009 331522---3517
Total 331522---3517
Ventforet Kofu 2010 312010---3220
2011 3217-21--3418
Total 63371021--6638
Vitesse 2011–12 15510--20185
2012–13 321131-30-3812
2013–14 321020-10203710
Total 792661-40409327
Córdoba CF 2014–15 5000--0050
Total 5000-000050
HJK Helsinki 2015 20411224100278
Total 20411224100278
ADO Den Haag 2015-16 3116110000003217
2016-17 10321000000124
Total 4119320000004621
Career total 2851081361338120325119

1Includes Emperor's Cup and KNVB Cup.

2Includes J. League Cup.

3Includes UEFA Europa League.

4Includes Eredivisie Playoffs.


As of 24 March 2016[14]
Japan national team

Goals for senior national team


# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 11 October 2011 Nagai Stadium, Osaka, Japan  Tajikistan 1–0 8–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 11 October 2011 Nagai Stadium, Osaka, Japan  Tajikistan 5–0 8–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 6 September 2012 Tohoku Denryoku Big Swan Stadium, Niigata, Japan  United Arab Emirates 1–0 1–0 International Friendly
4. 23 March 2013 Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar  Canada 2–1 2–1 International Friendly

Personal life

Havenaar is trilingual. He was brought up bilingual, speaking Japanese and his parents' native Dutch and learned fluent English at the Yokohama International School.[20] Havenaar married a Japanese woman in 2011[21] and in the same year, his first daughter was born on 5 August.[22] His younger brother Nikki is also a professional footballer.


  1. "Havenaar: Japan is where my roots are". FIFA. 22 May 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  2. "U-17 squad for Niigata International named". Japan Football Association. 7 July 2011. Retrieved 12 October 2011.
  3. 横浜ハーフナー・マイクがJ2福岡移籍へ. Nikkan Sports (in Japanese). 29 November 2007. Retrieved 28 July 2011.
  4. "Kashiwa Reysol's Leandro Domingues wins J-League Player of the Year award". Goal.com. 5 December 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  5. "EXCLUSIEF Mike Havenaar definitief Vitessenaar". Vitesse (in Dutch). 21 December 2011. Retrieved 23 December 2011.
  6. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/report/_/id/321765?cc=5901
  7. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/report/_/id/321761?cc=5901
  8. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/report/_/id/321749?cc=5901
  9. "FC Twente beats Vitesse Arnhem 4–1 in Dutch league". CNN. 19 February 2012.
  10. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/report?id=321708&cc=5901
  11. "Mike Havenaar nuevo jugador del Córdoba C.F." [Mike Havenaar new player of Córdoba C.F.] (in Spanish). Córdoba C.F. 2014-07-21. Retrieved 2014-07-21.
  12. http://www.vi.nl/nieuws/ado-den-haag-vervangt-kramer-door-havenaar.htm
  13. "JFA picks 23 players for training camp". The Japan Times. 29 July 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2011.
  14. 1 2 3 "HAVENAAR Mike". Japan National Football Team Database.
  15. "'Flying Dutchman' lifts Japanese hopes". AsiaOne. 12 October 2011. Retrieved 12 October 2011.
  16. http://www.fifa.com/confederationscup/matches/round=255199/match=300222456/index.html#lineups#nosticky
  17. http://www.fifa.com/fifa-tournaments/players-coaches/people=268583/index.html
  18. "Japan – Mike Havenaar – Profile with news, career statistics and history". Soccerway.com.
  19. "Mike Havenaar > Club matches". Worldfootball.net.
  20. "'Flying Dutchman' lifts Japanese hopes". AsiaOne. 12 October 2011. Retrieved 12 October 2011..
  21. ハーフナー マイク選手入籍のお知らせ. Ventforet Kofu Official Website (in Japanese). 18 May 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2011.
  22. ハーフナーマイク選手に第一子(長女)誕生のお知らせ. Ventforet Kofu Official Website (in Japanese). 5 August 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2011.
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