|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)|
|2020–21 KNVB Cup|
The KNVB Beker (pronounced [ˌkaːʔɛnveːˈbeː 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.
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.
|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 30' (o.g.)|
Barend de Groot 70' (o.g.)
|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 14' 80' 81'|
|4–2||Feijenoord|| Schouten 1'|
Aad Bak 42'
|1957–58||Sparta|| Bosselaar 8'|
Karregat 20' (o.g.)
|4–3||FC Volendam||Smit 18'|
|1958–59||VVV|| Teeuwen 23'|
|4–1||ADO Den Haag||Timmer 7'||Zuiderpark||25,000|
|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'|
|3–0||ADO Den Haag||–||Zuiderpark|
|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'|
|2–1 aet||NAC Breda||Vesters 88'||De Meer||21,000|
|1967–68||ADO Den Haag|| Schoenmaker 23'|
|1968–69||Feijenoord||Wery 27'||1–1 aet||PSV||Radović 71'||De Kuip||55,000|
| Van Hanegem 47'|
| Replay |
|1969–70||Ajax|| Keizer 22'|
|1970–71||Ajax||Cruijff 62' 81'||2–2 aet||Sparta|| Kowalik 39'|
| Mühren 4'|
Johan Neeskens 52'
| Replay |
|Walbeek 47'||De Kuip||60,068|
|1971–72||Ajax|| Cruyff 34'|
Mühren 61' (pen.)
|3–2||FC Den Haag||van Eeden 68'|
Mansveld 85' (pen.)
|1972–73||NAC Breda||Bish 10'|
R. van de Kerkhof 40'
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'|
|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'|
| Replay |
|1979–80||Feyenoord|| Petursson 39' (pen.)|
De Leeuw 71'
|3–1||Ajax||Arnesen 19'||De Kuip||50,340|
|1980–81||AZ|| Tol 24'|
|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'
|1982–83||Ajax|| Lerby 47'|
|3–1||NEC||Mulderij 56'||De Meer||7,700|
| Vanenburg 46' 52'|
|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'|
|1986–87||Ajax|| Bosman 11' 83'|
van Basten 104' 106'
|4–2 aet||FC Den Haag|| Boere 43'|
|1987–88||PSV|| Gerets 52' 85'|
|3–2||Roda JC||H. Smeets 22'|
R. Smeets 64'
|Willem II Stadion||8,500|
|1988–89||PSV|| Romário 2'|
Ellerman 45' 53'
|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'|
|3–0||Roda JC||–||De Kuip||48,000|
|1992–93||Ajax|| Davids 7'|
Overmars 45' 89'
|6–2||Heerenveen|| Regtop 35'|
|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'|
|2–1||Volendam||Wasiman 47'||De Kuip||48,146|
|1995–96||PSV|| Cocu 7'|
Veldman 65' (o.g.)
van der Doelen 90'
|5–2||Sparta Rotterdam||van der Meer 45'|
D. de Nooijer 79' (pen.)
|1996–97||Roda JC|| Sibon 4'|
van der Luer 48'
|4–2||Heerenveen|| Korneev 12'|
|1997–98||Ajax|| Babangida 25'|
Litmanen 38' 61' 84'
|1998–99||Ajax||Grønkjær 12' 15'||2–0||Fortuna Sittard||–||De Kuip||25,000|
|1999–2000||Roda JC|| Peeters 19'|
van der Luer 89'
|2000–01||Twente||–||0–0 aet |
|2001–02||Ajax|| Mido 21'|
|3–2 aet||FC Utrecht||Gluščević 56' (pen.) 76'||De Kuip||37,000|
|2002–03||FC Utrecht|| de Jong 39'|
Gluščević 49' 57'
|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'|
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 |
|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'|
|2–2 aet |
|Twente|| Elia 54'|
|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'|
|3–2 aet||Ajax|| De Zeeuw 18'|
|2011–12||PSV|| Toivonen 21'|
|3–0||Heracles Almelo||–||De Kuip||50,000|
|2012–13||AZ|| Maher 12'|
|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'|
|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'
|3–0||AZ Alkmaar||–||De Kuip||46,084|
|2018–19||Ajax|| Blind 38'|
Huntelaar 39', 67'
|4–0||Willem II||–||De Kuip||45,709|
|2019–20||Final between Utrecht and Feyenoord not played due to COVID-19 pandemic||De Kuip||N/A|
|2020–21||Ajax|| Gravenberch 23'|
|2–1||Vitesse||Openda 30'||De Kuip||0|
|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|
|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|
|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|
The broadcast rights are included in the KNVB broadcast rights package, which also include the Johan Cruyff Shield.
The KNVB Cup is currently broadcast live by the ESPN channels.
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