KNVB Cup

The KNVB Beker competition is there for the entire country. Known internationally as the Dutch Cup, the knockout tournament brings together the big names in professional football and the smaller amateur sides. The winners of the KNVB Cup final are guaranteed at least six Europa League matches the following season.

The KNVB Cup offers great chances for all those taking part: a unique opportunity to play on the highest stage, find new challenges and spot new talent. A chance to clinch a major prize and a ticket to Europe. And for each club, player and fan, the wonderful prospect of enjoying football to the full.

The KNVB Cup brings out Dutch passion for football

Because every year, the KNVB Cup produces big surprises and extraordinary stories. It’s a tournament that brings out Dutch passion for football.

Unknown heroes

It’s an open arena where known and unknown heroes battle each other, defending their club colours. Where David takes on Goliath - and vice versa. The excitement grows across the nation as the battle enters its final stages with only a few clubs remaining.

No game is decided until the final whistle. There must be a winner, so that last lucky goal can make all the difference. This makes KNVB Cup matches so exciting, right until the very last moment. Unlikely heroes can rise; all options are open for all the clubs, players and fans.

KNVB Cup scheduleThis season’s fixture schedule on Dutch website.KNVB Cup resultsAll scores 2016-'17 season on Dutch website. KNVB Cup setupAs of the 2016-17 season, the KNVB Cup competition has a new setup. Women’s KNVB CupADO Den Haag has hosted the Women’s KNVB Cup final since 2015.

Records

Ajax Amsterdam are the record winners of the KNVB Cup, having won the final 18 times. Feyenoord Rotterdam follow at some distance with 12 victories. The Amsterdammers also played most finals: 24. PSV Eindhoven take second place with 17 final appearances.

Most goals were scored during the 1944 final in Eindhoven, when Willem II Tilburg defeated Groene Ster from the Limburg village of Heerlerheide 9-2. Romário de Souza Faria netted the quickest goal ever in a KNVB Cup final. PSV Eindhoven’s Brazilian star only needed two minutes to open the score against FC Groningen on 25 May 1989. 

Since the introduction of professional football in the Netherlands, only two amateur sides made it to the semi-finals: IJsselmeervogels (Bunschoten-Spakenburg) in the 1974-75 season and VVSB (Noordwijkerhout) in 2015-16.

 The silver KNVB Cup trophy is shaped like a pine cone.

Pine cone

The first final was played on 9 May 1899 between RAP Amsterdam and HVV Den Haag on 9 May 1899. RAP scored the only and winning goal in extra time to clinch the title for the first time. 

Unlike in neighbouring or England, however, the KNVB Beker competition didn’t generate much popular interest in the Netherlands in the early years. But that changed in 1960, when UEFA launched an inter-European competition, called the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, contested by the winners of domestic cup competitions. Since then, the Dutch Cup final has been a major highlight in every single football season. 

The silver trophy, nicknamed the pine cone (dennenappel in Dutch), was a gift from amateur club ANVV De Zwaluwen, set up in 1907 to improve the quality of the game in the Netherlands. From 1989, the exclusive venue for the KNVB Cup final has been De Kuip Stadium in Rotterdam, with a capacity of 51,117 and known for its great atmosphere, adding allure to the cup competition.

KNVB Cup Winners

YearCup winners
2017Vitesse
2016Feyenoord
2015FC Groningen
2014PEC Zwolle
2013AZ
2012PSV
2011FC Twente
2010Ajax
2009sc Heerenveen
2008Feyenoord
2007Ajax
2006Ajax
2005PSV
2004FC Utrecht
2003FC Utrecht
2002Ajax
2001FC Twente
2000Roda JC
1999Ajax
1998Ajax
1997Roda JC
1996PSV
1995Feyenoord
1994Feyenoord
1993Ajax
1992Feyenoord
1991Feyenoord
1990PSV
1989PSV
1988PSV
1987Ajax
1986Ajax
1985FC Utrecht
1984Feyenoord
1983Ajax
1982AZ
1981AZ
1980Feyenoord
1979Ajax
1978AZ
1977FC Twente
1976PSV
1975FC Den Haag
1974PSV
1973NAC
1972Ajax
1971Ajax
1970Ajax
1969Feyenoord
1968ADO
1967Ajax
1966Sparta Rotterdam
1965Feyenoord
1964Fortuna'54
1963Willem II
1962Sparta Rotterdam
1961Ajax
1959VVV Venlo
1958Sparta Rotterdam
1957Fortuna'54
1950PSV
1949Quick (N)
1948FC Wageningen
1944Willem II
1943Ajax
1939FC Wageningen
1938VSV
1937Eindhoven
1936Roermond
1935Feyenoord
1934Velocitas (G)
1932DFC
1930Feyenoord
1928RCH
1927VUC
1926Longa
1925ZFC
1921Schoten
1920CVV
1918RCH
1917Ajax
1916Quick (H)
1915HFC
1914DFC
1913HFC
1912Haarlem
1911Quick H
1910Quick (H) 2
1909Quick (H) 2
1908HBS 2
1907VOC
1906Concordia
1905VOC
1904HFC
1903HVV
1902Haarlem
1901HBS
1900Velocitas
1899RAP

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