|Number of teams||110|
|Qualifier for||UEFA Europa League|
|Domestic cup(s)||Johan Cruyff Shield|
|Current champions||Ajax (19th title)|
|Most successful club(s)||Ajax (19 titles)|
|Television broadcasters||Fox Sports|
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 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 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.
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.
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. Its name, as of the 2019–20 season, is the TOTO KNVB Cup.
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, 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.
|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|
|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||AC & VV Volharding|
|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|
|1915–16||Quick Den Haag||2–1||HBS Craeyenhout|
|1919–20||CVV||2–1||VUC Den Haag|
|1926–27||VUC Den Haag||3–1||Vitesse|
|1927–28||RCH|| Lourents van der Bend |
Barend de Groot
|1934–35||Feijenoord|| Arie Paauwe |
Van der Velden
|Stadion Kromme Zandweg||12,000|
|1936–37||FC Eindhoven||1–0||De Spartaan|
|1943–44||Willem II||9–2||Groene Ster||Jan Louwers|
|1949–50||PSV||4–3||HFC Haarlem||De Kuip|
|1956–57||Fortuna'54|| Appel |
|4–2||Feijenoord|| Schouten |
|1957–58||Sparta|| Bosselaar |
|4–3||FC Volendam||Smit |
|1958–59||VVV|| Teeuwen |
|4–1||ADO Den Haag||Timmer ||Zuiderpark||25,000|
|1960–61||Ajax|| Groot ||3–0||NAC Breda||–||De Meer||16,000|
|1961–62||Sparta||Van Miert ||1–0 aet||DHC Delft||–||Het Kasteel||12,000|
|1962–63||Willem II|| Louer |
|3–0||ADO Den Haag||–||Zuiderpark|
|ADO Den Haag||–||Philips Stadion||10,000|
|1964–65||Feijenoord|| Bouwmeester ||1–0||Go Ahead||–||De Kuip||31,000|
|1965–66||Sparta|| Madsen ||1–0||ADO Den Haag||–||De Kuip|
|1966–67||Ajax|| Cruyff |
|2–1 aet||NAC Breda||Vesters ||De Meer||21,000|
|1967–68||ADO Den Haag|| Schoenmaker |
|2–1||Ajax|| Keizer ||Zuiderpark||17,500|
|1968–69||Feijenoord|| Wery ||1–1 aet||PSV|| Radović ||De Kuip||55,000|
| Van Hanegem |
| Replay |
|1969–70||Ajax|| Keizer |
|1970–71||Ajax|| Cruijff ||2–2 aet||Sparta|| Kowalik |
| Mühren |
| Replay |
| Walbeek ||De Kuip||60,068|
|1971–72||Ajax|| Cruyff |
|3–2||FC Den Haag||van Eeden |
|1972–73||NAC Breda||Bish |
R. van de Kerkhof
van der Kuijlen
|6–0||NAC Breda||–||De Kuip|
|1974–75||FC Den Haag|| Van Leeuwen ||1–0||FC Twente||–||De Kuip|
|1975–76||PSV|| Edström ||1–0 aet||Roda JC||–||De Kuip|
|1976–77||Twente|| Drost |
|3–0 aet||PEC Zwolle||–||De Goffert||26,000|
|1977–78||AZ|| Van Rijnsoever ||1–0||Ajax||–||Olympic Stadium||38,248|
|1978–79||Ajax|| Clarke ||1–1 aet||Twente|| Meutstege ||De Kuip||29,553|
| Clarke |
| Replay |
|1979–80||Feyenoord|| Petursson |
|3–1||Ajax|| Arnesen ||De Kuip||50,340|
|1980–81||AZ|| Tol |
|3–1||Ajax|| Vanenburg ||Olympic Stadium||32,591|
|1981–82||AZ||–||0–1||FC Utrecht|| Wouters ||Galgenwaard||10,000|
| Oberacher |
|1982–83||Ajax|| Lerby |
|3–1||NEC||Mulderij ||De Meer||7,700|
| Vanenburg |
|3–1||Grim ||De Goffert||24,000|
|1983–84||Feyenoord|| Houtman ||1–0||Fortuna Sittard||–||De Kuip|
|1984–85||FC Utrecht|| Van Loen ||1–0||Helmond Sport||–||Galgenwaard||18,000|
|1985–86||Ajax|| Bosman |
|1986–87||Ajax|| Bosman |
|4–2 aet||FC Den Haag|| Boere |
|1987–88||PSV|| Gerets |
|3–2||Roda JC||H. Smeets |
|Willem II Stadion||8,500|
|1988–89||PSV|| Romário |
|4–1||Groningen|| Meijer ||De Kuip||9,483|
|1989–90||PSV|| Valckx ||1–0||Vitesse||–||De Kuip||34,000|
|1990–91||Feyenoord|| Witschge ||1–0||BVV Den Bosch||–||De Kuip||52,000|
|1991–92||Feyenoord|| de Wolf |
|3–0||Roda JC||–||De Kuip||48,000|
|1992–93||Ajax|| Davids |
|6–2||Heerenveen|| Regtop |
|1993–94||Feyenoord|| Heus |
|2–1||N.E.C.||Dekker ||De Kuip||43,000|
|1994–95||Feyenoord|| Taument |
|2–1||Volendam||Wasiman ||De Kuip||48,146|
|1995–96||PSV|| Cocu |
van der Doelen
|5–2||Sparta Rotterdam||van der Meer |
D. de Nooijer
|1996–97||Roda JC|| Sibon |
van der Luer
|4–2||Heerenveen|| Korneev |
|1997–98||Ajax|| Babangida |
|1998–99||Ajax|| Grønkjær ||2–0||Fortuna Sittard||–||De Kuip||25,000|
|1999–2000||Roda JC|| Peeters |
van der Luer
|2000–01||Twente||–||0–0 aet |
|2001–02||Ajax|| Mido |
|3–2 aet||FC Utrecht|| Gluščević ||De Kuip||37,000|
|2002–03||FC Utrecht|| de Jong |
|4–1||Feyenoord|| Kalou ||De Kuip||45,000|
|2003–04||FC Utrecht|| van den Bergh ||1–0||Twente||–||De Kuip||48,000|
|2004–05||PSV|| Bouma |
Vennegoor of Hesselink
|4–0||Willem II||–||De Kuip||35,000|
|2005–06||Ajax|| Huntelaar ||2–1||PSV|| Lamey ||De Kuip||30,770|
|2006–07||Ajax|| Huntelaar ||1–1 aet |
|AZ|| Dembélé ||De Kuip||42,200|
|2007–08||Feyenoord|| Landzaat |
|2–0||Roda JC||–||De Kuip||51,177|
|2008–09||Heerenveen|| Popov |
|2–2 aet |
|Twente|| Elia |
|2009–10||Ajax|| de Jong ||2–0||Feyenoord||–||Amsterdam Arena||37,283|
| Suárez |
|4–1|| Tomasson ||De Kuip||35,000|
|2010–11||Twente|| Brama |
|3–2 aet||Ajax|| De Zeeuw |
|2011–12||PSV|| Toivonen |
|3–0||Heracles Almelo||–||De Kuip||50,000|
|2012–13||AZ|| Maher |
|2–1||PSV|| Locadia ||De Kuip||50,000|
|2013–14||PEC Zwolle|| Thomas |
|5–1||Ajax|| van Rhijn ||De Kuip||42,500|
|2014–15||FC Groningen|| Rusnák ||2–0||PEC Zwolle||–||De Kuip||46,193|
|2015–16||Feyenoord|| Kramer |
|2–1||FC Utrecht|| Leeuwin ||De Kuip||45,592|
|2016–17||Vitesse|| Van Wolfswinkel ||2–0||AZ Alkmaar||–||De Kuip||46,105|
|2017–18||Feyenoord|| Jörgensen |
|3–0||AZ Alkmaar||–||De Kuip||46,084|
|2018–19||Ajax|| Blind |
|4–0||Willem II||–||De Kuip||45,709|
|2019–20||Final between Utrecht and Feyenoord not played due to COVID-19 pandemic||De Kuip|
|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 (H)||4||–||1909, 1910, 1911, 1916|
|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|
|Roda JC||2||4||1997, 2000|
|ADO Den Haag||2||4||1968, 1975|
|VOC Rotterdam||2||2||1905, 1907|
|Willem II||2||2||1944, 1963|
|HVV Den Haag||1||3||1903|
|VUC Den Haag||1||1||1927|
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The KNVB Cup is currently broadcast live by the Fox Sports Eredivisie channels of Fox Sports.
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