The KNVB Beker (pronounced [ˌkaːʔɛɱveːˈbeː ˈbeːkər]; English: KNVB Cup), branded as the TOTO KNVB Beker for sponsorship reasons, is a competition in the Netherlands organized by the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) since 1898. It was based on the format of the English FA Cup. Outside the Netherlands, it is often referred to as the Dutch Cup. The tournament consists of all teams from the top four tiers of Dutch league football (Eredivisie, Eerste Divisie, Tweede Divisie and Derde Divisie), as well as the 24 semi-finalists (or replacements) of the six KNVB District Cups. The finals of the tournament traditionally takes place in De Kuip, and has been held there every season since the 1989 final. The winners of the cup compete against the winners of the Eredivisie for the Johan Cruyff Shield, which acts as the curtain raiser for the following season.
|Number of teams||110|
|Qualifier for||UEFA Europa League|
|Domestic cup(s)||Johan Cruyff Shield|
|Current champions||Ajax (20th title)|
|Most successful club(s)||Ajax (20 titles)|
|2021–22 KNVB Cup|
The competition was conceived during a board meeting of the Dutch Football Association, in The Hague, on 19 January 1898. The tournament began the following season, 1898–99. The first final was played on 9 May 1899 between RAP Amsterdam and HVV Den Haag. In 1946, the trophy was changed to one made out of silver, which was extremely rare in the immediate aftermath of World War II. That trophy remains in use today. In 2018, a trophy colored in gold was commissioned to commemorate the 100th edition of the tournament.
Like many national cup competitions, the name of the tournament has changed with sponsorship. From 1995, the competition went from being the KNVB Beker to being known as the Amstel Cup after the then sponsor Amstel. On 16 August 2005, the name was changed to the Gatorade Cup after the drinks company Gatorade. In 2006, the name returned to being the KNVB Beker with Gatorade remaining as the principal sponsor.
On 12 January 2018, it was announced that TOTO would be the name sponsor of the KNVB Cup, until the 2021–22 season. The competition was renamed the TOTO KNVB Beker with immediate effect.
Up until 1998, the winner of the cup entered into the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, but with the abandonment of that tournament, the winner now goes into the UEFA Europa League. If the winning team has finished in the top two of the Eredivisie and thus gained entry into the UEFA Champions League, the berth will be redistributed to that season's Eredivisie.
In 1998, both KNVB Cup finalists, Ajax and PSV, gained entry in the Champions League, so a third-place play-off was played between the beaten semi-finalists, SC Heerenveen and FC Twente, to determine who would take the Cup Winners' Cup place.
Number of titlesEdit
|Ajax||20||6||1917, 1943, 1961, 1967, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1979, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2019, 2021|
|Feyenoord||13||4||1930, 1935, 1965, 1969, 1980, 1984, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 2008, 2016, 2018|
|PSV Eindhoven||9||8||1950, 1974, 1976, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1996, 2005, 2012|
|AZ||4||3||1978, 1981, 1982, 2013|
|Quick (H)||4||–||1909, 1910, 1911, 1916[n 1]|
|FC Twente||3||4||1977, 2001, 2011|
|FC Utrecht||3||3||1985, 2003, 2004|
|Sparta Rotterdam||3||2||1958, 1962, 1966|
|HFC||3||–||1904, 1913, 1915|
|ADO Den Haag||2||6||1968, 1975|
|HBS Craeyenhout||2||5||1901, 1908[n 2]|
|Roda JC||2||4||1997, 2000|
|VOC Rotterdam||2||2||1905, 1907|
|Willem II||2||2||1944, 1963|
|HVV Den Haag||1||3||1903|
|VUC Den Haag||1||1||1927|
- Includes 2 for second team.
- Includes 1 for second team.
The KNVB Cup is currently broadcast live by the ESPN channels.
|Middle East and North Africa||Dubai Sports|
- "TOTO KNVB Beker | KNVB". www.knvb.nl.