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The KNVB Beker (pronounced [ˌkaːʔɛnveːˈbeː ˈbeːkər]; English: KNVB Cup) 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 three tiers of Dutch league football (Eredivisie, Keuken Championship and Topklasse), as well as the 24 semi-finalists (or replacements) of regional amateur cup tournaments. The finals of the tournament traditionally takes place in De Kuip, and has been held there every season since 1988. 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.

KNVB Cup
KNVB Cup logo.png
Founded1898; 121 years ago (1898)
RegionNetherlands
Number of teams103
Qualifier forUEFA Europa League
Domestic cup(s)Johan Cruyff Shield
Current championsAjax (19th title)
Most successful club(s)Ajax (19 titles)
WebsiteKNVB Cup
2018–19 KNVB Cup

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HistoryEdit

The competition was conceived during a board meeting of the Dutch National Football Association, in the Hague, on 19 January 1898. The tournament began the following season, 1898–1899. 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.

Name changesEdit

Like many national cup competitions, the name of the tournament has changed with sponsorship. From 1995, the competition went from being the KNVB Cup 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 Cup with Gatorade remaining as the principal sponsor.

European competitionEdit

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 won the Eredivisie and thus entry into the UEFA Champions League, then the berth will be based on performance in that season's Eredivisie.

In 1998, both KNVB Cup finalists, Ajax and PSV, had won places into the Champions League. So a game was played between the beaten semi-finalists, SC Heerenveen and FC Twente, to determine who would take the Cup Winners' Cup place.

Past finalsEdit

Season Winner Scorers Result Runner-up Scorers Venue Att.
1898–99 RAP Amsterdam 1–0 aet HVV Den Haag
1899–1900 Velocitas Breda 3–1 Ajax Leiden
1900–01 HBS Craeyenhout 4–3 RAP Amsterdam
1901–02 Haarlem 2–1 HBS Craeyenhout
1902–03 HVV Den Haag 6–1 HBS Craeyenhout
1903–04 HFC 3–1 HVV Den Haag
1904–05 VOC Rotterdam 3–0 HBS Craeyenhout 2
1905–06 Concordia 3–2 Volharding
1906–07 VOC Rotterdam 4–3 Voorwaarts
1907–08 HBS Craeyenhout 2 3–1 VOC Rotterdam
1908–09 Quick Den Haag 2 2–0 VOC Rotterdam
1909–10 Quick Den Haag 2 2–0 HVV Den Haag 2
1910–11 Quick Den Haag 1–0 HFC Haarlem
1911–12 Haarlem 2–0 Vitesse
1912–13 HFC 4–1 DFC
1913–14 DFC 3–2 Haarlem
1914–15 HFC 1–0 HBS Craeyenhout
1915–16 Quick Den Haag 2–1 HBS Craeyenhout
1916–17 Ajax 5–0 VSV (Velsen)
1917–18 RCH 2–1 VVA
1918–19
Not played
1919–20 CVV 2–1 VUC Den Haag
1920–21 Schoten 2–1 RFC
1921–24
Not played
1924–25 ZFC 5–1 Xerxes
1925–26 LONGA 5–2 De Spartaan
1926–27 VUC Den Haag 3–1 Vitesse
1927–28 RCH Lourents van der Bend   30' (o.g.)
Barend de Groot   70' (o.g.)
2–0 PEC Sportpark Berestein 400
1928–29
Not played
1929–30 Feijenoord 1–0 Excelsior
1930–31
Not played
1931–32 DFC 5–4 PSV
1932–33
Not played
1933–34 Velocitas Groningen 3–2 Feijenoord
1934–35 Feijenoord Arie Paauwe  
Wim Groenendijk        
5–2 Helmond Drouwen  
Van der Velden  
Stadion Kromme Zandweg 12,000
1935–36 Roermond 4–2 KFC
1936–37 FC Eindhoven 1–0 De Spartaan
1937–38 VSV 4–1 AGOVV
1938–39 FC Wageningen 2–1 PSV
1939–42
Not played
1942–43 Ajax 3–2 DFC Olympic Stadium
1943–44 Willem II 9–2 Groene Ster Jan Louwers
1944–47
Not played
1947–48 Wageningen 0–0
2–1 pen
DWV Olympic Stadium
1948–49 Quick 1888 1–1
2–1 pen
Helmondia Jan Louwers
1949–50 PSV 4–3 HFC Haarlem De Kuip
1950–56
Not played
1956–57 Fortuna'54 Appel   14'   80'   81'
Angenent   78'
4–2 Feijenoord Schouten   1'
Aad Bak   42'
De Kuip 35,000
1957–58 Sparta Bosselaar   8'
Karregat   20' (o.g.)
Geel   38'
Verhoeven   69'
4–3 FC Volendam Smit   18'
Tol   41'
Smit   70'
Olympic Stadium 18,000
1958–59 VVV Teeuwen   23'
Sleven   32'
Klaassens   56'
Schatorjé   70'
4–1 ADO Den Haag Timmer   7' Zuiderpark 25,000
1959–60
Not played
1960–61 Ajax Groot   78'   82'   88' 3–0 NAC Breda De Meer 16,000
1961–62 Sparta Van Miert   105' 1–0 aet DHC Delft Het Kasteel 12,000
1962–63 Willem II Louer   35'
Aarts   46'
Senders   81'
3–0 ADO Den Haag Zuiderpark
1963–64 Fortuna'54 0–0
4–3 pen
ADO Den Haag Philips Stadion 10,000
1964–65 Feijenoord Bouwmeester   88' 1–0 Go Ahead De Kuip 31,000
1965–66 Sparta Madsen   60' 1–0 ADO Den Haag De Kuip
1966–67 Ajax Cruyff   64'
Nuninga   99'
2–1 aet NAC Breda Vesters   88' De Meer 21,000
1967–68 ADO Den Haag Schoenmaker   23'
Aarts   28'
2–1 Ajax Keizer   48' Zuiderpark 17,500
1968–69 Feijenoord Wery   27' 1–1 aet PSV Radović   71' De Kuip 55,000
Van Hanegem   47'
Wery   84'
Replay
2–0
De Kuip 60,000
1969–70 Ajax Keizer   22'
Cruijff   69'
2–0 PSV De Vliert 30,000
1970–71 Ajax Cruijff   62'   81' 2–2 aet Sparta Kowalik   39'
Visser   74'
De Kuip 63,154
Mühren   4'
Johan Neeskens   52'
Replay
2–1
Walbeek   47' De Kuip 60,068
1971–72 Ajax Cruyff   34'
Mühren   61' (pen.)
Keizer   72'
3–2 FC Den Haag van Eeden   68'
Mansveld   85' (pen.)
De Kuip 60,000
1972–73 NAC Breda Bish   10'
Brouwers   75'
2–0 NEC De Kuip 45,801
1973–74 PSV Deijkers   10'
R. van de Kerkhof   40'
Edström   53'
van der Kuijlen   51'   58'   90'
6–0 NAC Breda De Kuip
1974–75 FC Den Haag Van Leeuwen   67' 1–0 FC Twente De Kuip
1975–76 PSV Edström   98' 1–0 aet Roda JC De Kuip
1976–77 Twente Drost   96'
Mühren   105'
Jeuring   110'
3–0 aet PEC Zwolle De Goffert 26,000
1977–78 AZ Van Rijnsoever   56' 1–0 Ajax Olympic Stadium 38,248
1978–79 Ajax Clarke   42' (pen.) 1–1 aet Twente Meutstege   14' (o.g.) De Kuip 29,553
Clarke   27'
Tahamata   47'
Schoenaker   66'
Replay
3–0
29,274
1979–80 Feyenoord Petursson   39' (pen.)
De Leeuw   71'
Petursson   75'
3–1 Ajax Arnesen   19' De Kuip 50,340
1980–81 AZ Tol   24'
Spelbos   59'
Nygaard   74'
3–1 Ajax Vanenburg   53' Olympic Stadium 32,591
1981–82 AZ 0–1 FC Utrecht Wouters   5' Galgenwaard 10,000
Oberacher   18'
Kist   47'   57' (pen.)   76'
Tol   77'
5–1 Carbo   27' Alkmaarderhout 12,000
1982–83 Ajax Lerby   47'
Schoenaker   66'
Ophof   86'
3–1 NEC Mulderij   56' De Meer 7,700
Vanenburg   46'   52'
Cruyff   69'
3–1 Grim   60' De Goffert 24,000
1983–84 Feyenoord Houtman   72' 1–0 Fortuna Sittard De Kuip
1984–85 FC Utrecht Van Loen   90' 1–0 Helmond Sport Galgenwaard 18,000
1985–86 Ajax Bosman   46'   80'
Silooy   67'
3–0 RBC De Meer 23,000
1986–87 Ajax Bosman   11'   83'
van Basten   104'   106'
4–2 aet FC Den Haag Boere   43'
Morley   66'
Zuiderpark 8,600
1987–88 PSV Gerets   52'   85'
Lerby   90+2'
3–2 Roda JC H. Smeets   22'
R. Smeets   64'
Willem II Stadion 8,500
1988–89 PSV Romário   2'
Ellerman   45'   53'
Kieft   79'
4–1 Groningen Meijer   78' De Kuip 9,483
1989–90 PSV Valckx   30' (pen.) 1–0 Vitesse De Kuip 34,000
1990–91 Feyenoord Witschge   8' 1–0 BVV Den Bosch De Kuip 52,000
1991–92 Feyenoord de Wolf   28'
Taument   43'
Kiprich   53'
3–0 Roda JC De Kuip 48,000
1992–93 Ajax Davids   7'
Overmars   45'   89'
Pettersson   71'
Bergkamp   82'
Petersen   87'
6–2 Heerenveen Regtop   35'
Camataru   90'
De Kuip 45,000
1993–94 Feyenoord Heus   7' (pen.)
van Loen   80'
2–1 N.E.C. Dekker   90' De Kuip 43,000
1994–95 Feyenoord Taument   7'
Obiku   82'
2–1 Volendam Wasiman   47' De Kuip 48,146
1995–96 PSV Cocu   7'
Vink   14'
Veldman   65' (o.g.)
Jonk   87'
van der Doelen   90'
5–2 Sparta Rotterdam van der Meer   45'
D. de Nooijer   79' (pen.)
De Kuip 35,000
1996–97 Roda JC Sibon   4'
Senden   16'
van der Luer   48'
Schops   56'
4–2 Heerenveen Korneev   12'
Talan   83'
De Kuip 48,000
1997–98 Ajax Babangida   25'
Litmanen   38'   61'   84'
Arveladze   79'
5–0 PSV De Kuip 22,500
1998–99 Ajax Grønkjær   12'   15' 2–0 Fortuna Sittard De Kuip 25,000
1999–2000 Roda JC Peeters   19'
van der Luer   89'
2–0 NEC De Kuip 40,000
2000–01 Twente 0–0 aet
4–3 pen
PSV De Kuip 45,000
2001–02 Ajax Mido   21'
Wamberto   90'
Ibrahimović   93'
3–2 aet FC Utrecht Gluščević   56' (pen.)   76' De Kuip 37,000
2002–03 FC Utrecht de Jong   39'
Gluščević   49'   57'
Kuyt   81'
4–1 Feyenoord Kalou   73' De Kuip 45,000
2003–04 FC Utrecht van den Bergh   66' 1–0 Twente De Kuip 48,000
2004–05 PSV Bouma   45'
Cocu   51'
Park   74'
Vennegoor of Hesselink   90'
4–0 Willem II De Kuip 35,000
2005–06 Ajax Huntelaar   48'   89' 2–1 PSV Lamey   53' De Kuip 30,770
2006–07 Ajax Huntelaar   51' 1–1 aet
8–7 pen
AZ Dembélé   4' De Kuip 42,200
2007–08 Feyenoord Landzaat   8'
de Guzmán   36'
2–0 Roda JC De Kuip 51,177
2008–09 Heerenveen Popov   27'
Kalou   112'
2–2 aet
5–4 pen
Twente Elia   54'
Hersi   118'
De Kuip 45,000
2009–10 Ajax de Jong   6'   7' 2–0 Feyenoord Amsterdam Arena 37,283
Suárez   4'   82'
de Jong   64'   77'
4–1 Tomasson   72' De Kuip 35,000
2010–11 Twente Brama   45'
Janssen   56'
Janko   117'
3–2 aet Ajax De Zeeuw   18'
Ebecilio   40'
De Kuip 45,000
2011–12 PSV Toivonen   21'
Mertens   56'
Lens   63'
3–0 Heracles Almelo De Kuip 50,000
2012–13 AZ Maher   12'
Altidore   14'
2–1 PSV Locadia   31' De Kuip 50,000
2013–14 PEC Zwolle Thomas   8'   12'
Fernandez   22'   34'
van Polen   50'
5–1 Ajax van Rhijn   3' De Kuip 42,500
2014–15 FC Groningen Rusnák   64'   75' 2–0 PEC Zwolle De Kuip 46,193
2015–16 Feyenoord Kramer   42'
Elia   75'
2–1 FC Utrecht Leeuwin   51' De Kuip 45,592
2016–17 Vitesse Van Wolfswinkel   81'   88' 2–0 AZ Alkmaar De Kuip 46,105
2017–18 Feyenoord Jörgensen   28'
Van Persie   57'
Toornstra   90+3'
3–0 AZ Alkmaar De Kuip 46,084
2018–19 Ajax Blind   38'
Huntelaar   39'67'
Kristensen   76'
4–0 Willem II De Kuip 45,709

Number of titlesEdit

 
The Trophy
Club Titles Runners-up Winning years
Ajax 19 6 1917, 1943, 1961, 1967, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1979, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2019
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 Den Haag 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
HBS Craeyenhout 2 5 1901, 1908[n 2]
Roda JC 2 4 1997, 2000
ADO Den Haag 2 4 1968, 1975
Haarlem 2 3 1902, 1912
Fortuna'54 2 2 1957, 1964
DFC 2 2 1914, 1932
VOC Rotterdam 2 2 1905, 1907
Willem II 2 2 1944, 1963
Wageningen 2 1939, 1948
RCH 2 1918, 1928
Vitesse 1 3 2017
PEC Zwolle 1 3 2014
NAC Breda 1 3 1973
HVV Den Haag 1 3 1903
Heerenveen 1 2 2009
FC Groningen 1 1 2015
VSV 1 1 1938
VUC Den Haag 1 1 1927
RAP Amsterdam 1 1 1899
VVV 1 1959
Quick 1888 1 1949
FC Eindhoven 1 1937
Roermond 1 1936
Velocitas Groningen 1 1934
LONGA 1 1926
ZFC 1 1925
Schoten 1 1921
CVV 1 1920
Concordia 1 1906
Velocitas Breda 1 1900

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Includes 2 for second team.
  2. ^ Includes 1 for second team.

Media coverageEdit

In the Netherlands, the KNVB Cup is broadcast by Fox Sports. In Spain it is currently available on beIN Sports. In Australia and New Zealand, the KNVB Cup is currently available on beIN Sports. In Asia-Pacific, also available on BeIN Sports. In Italy, the KNVB Cup is currently available on Sportitalia. In Brazil the KNVB Cup is currently available on BandSports. In Latin America, the KNVB Cup is currently available on Claro Sports.

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