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The 80th edition of the KNVB Cup (at the time called Amstel Cup) started on August 12, 1997. The final was played on May 17, 1998 and saw Ajax beat PSV 5–0 and won the cup for the thirteenth time. A total of 60 clubs participated.

1997–1998
CountryNetherlands
Teams60
Defending championsRoda JC Kerkrade
ChampionsAjax
Runners-upPSV

Contents

TeamsEdit

Group stageEdit

The matches of the group stage were played between August 12 and September 7, 1997. 54 clubs participated, 26 advanced to the next round.

Group 1
Team Pts
1. sc Heerenveen E 9
2. Cambuur Leeuw. 1 6
3. Drachtster Boys A 1
4. VVOG A 1
 
Group 2
Team Pts
1. SC Heracles 1 7
2. De Graafschap E 6
3. RKSV Babberich A 4
4. HSC '21 A 0
 
Group 3
Team Pts
1. NAC Breda E 9
2. TOP Oss 1 6
3. SV Capelle A 3
4. SC Feyenoord A 0
 
Group 4
Team Pts
1. FC Groningen E 7
2. Veendam 1 7
3. Quick '20 A 1
4. SC Genemuiden A 1
 
Group 5
Team Pts
1. Fortuna Sittard E 9
2. Young PSV 6
3. BVV/Caterpillar A 3
4. VVV-Venlo 1 0
 
Group 6
Team Pts
1. ADO Den Haag 1 9
2. Sparta E 6
3. Excelsior 1 3
4. SVV Scheveningen A 0
 
Group 7
Team Pts
1. VV Katwijk A 9
2. Dordrecht'90 1 7
3. FC Utrecht E 6
4. VV Noordwijk A 6
5. Young HFC Haarlem 1
Group 8
Team Pts
1. Telstar 1 6
2. FC Volendam E 6
3. Go Ahead Eagles 1 3
4. FC Lisse A 3
 
Group 9
Team Pts
1. Willem II E 6
2. FC Eindhoven 1 6
3. SHO A 4
4. RBC Roosendaal 1 1
 
Group 10
Team Pts
1. RKC Waalwijk E 9
2. FC Den Bosch 1 6
3. WSC A 3
4. Young FC Utrecht 0
 
Group 11
Team Pts
1. FC Emmen 1 9
2. NEC E 6
3. De Treffers A 3
4. GVVV A 0
 
Group 12
Team Pts
1. Helmond Sport 1 7
2. MVV E 7
3. EHC A 3
4. VV Baronie A 0
 
Group 13
Team Pts
1. AZ 1 9
2. AFC '34 A 5
3. FC Zwolle 1 5
4. HFC Haarlem 1 4
5. HVV Hollandia A 4

E Eredivisie; 1 Eerste Divisie; A Amateur teams

Knock-out stageEdit

First roundEdit

The matches of the first round were played on November 18 and 19, 1997. The six highest Eredivisie teams from last season entered the tournament this round.

Home team Result Away team
Ajax E 6–0 MVV
PSV E 4–0 FC Emmen
FC Den Bosch 2–1 (aet) AZ
NEC 2–1 ADO Den Haag
Dordrecht'90 1–4 FC Groningen
Sparta 1–2 (aet) FC Twente E
AFC '34 1–2 Fortuna Sittard
RKC Waalwijk 0–1 Vitesse Arnhem E
Home team Result Away team
De Graafschap 2–3 Willem II (on November 8)
Helmond Sport 2–2 (p: 5-4) Cambuur Leeuwarden (Nov. 12)
NAC Breda 5–1 VV Katwijk (on November 12)
Feyenoord E 2–0 TOP Oss (on November 12)
Young PSV 3–4 Telstar
Roda JC E 1–0 Veendam
FC Volendam 2–2 (p: 4-5) SC Heracles
sc Heerenveen 6–1 FC Eindhoven

E six Eredivisie entrants

Round of 16Edit

The matches of the round of 16 were played on February 4, 10 and 11, 1998.

Home team Result Away team
NAC Breda 5–0 Helmond Sport
SC Heracles 1–3 Vitesse Arnhem
FC Twente 1–0 Willem II
Telstar 0–1 Fortuna Sittard
Ajax 5–0 Roda JC
Feyenoord 2–0 FC Groningen
NEC 1–3 sc Heerenveen
FC Den Bosch 1–2 (aet) PSV (on March 4)

Quarter finalsEdit

The quarter finals were played on March 11 and 12, 1998.

Home team Result Away team
FC Twente 3–1 Vitesse Arnhem
Ajax 2–1 NAC Breda
PSV 4–0 Feyenoord
sc Heerenveen 3–0 Fortuna Sittard (on March 31)

Semi-finalsEdit

The semi-finals were played on April 29 and May 7, 1998.

Home team Result Away team
PSV 2–1 FC Twente
Ajax 3–0 sc Heerenveen

Third place matchEdit

Since finalists Ajax and PSV already qualified for the Champions League, this match for the third place was played to determine the Dutch participant for the last edition of the Cup Winners' Cup.

Home team Result Away team
sc Heerenveen 3–1 FC Twente

FinalEdit

The final was played on May 17, 1998.

Home team Result Away team
Ajax 5–0 PSV

Ajax also won the Dutch Eredivisie championship, thereby taking the double. They would participate in the Champions League. PSV ended second in the eredivisie, and qualified for the Champions League as well.

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