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THE NETHERLANDS CUP BRINGS OUT DUTCH PASSION FOR FOOTBALL
The Netherlands Cup is structured based on the format of the English FA Cup. The tournament contains the participation of many teams in the Dutch league system and semi-finalists of the KNVB District Cups. The competition among professional clubs and non-professional ones promises to bring to fanatics a lot of surprises.
WHAT IS THE NETHERLANDS CUP?
The Netherlands Cup is organized by the Royal Dutch Football Association( KNVB). It is known as the KNVB Beker, the Dutch Cup, or TOTO KNVB Beker for sponsorship reasons.
The competition includes all teams from the top four tiers of the Dutch football league system (Eredivisie, Eerste Divisie, Tweede Divisie, and Derde Divisie), as well as the 24 semi-finalists of the six KNVB District Cups.
The final match of the tournament takes place in De Kuip stadium annually. The winners of the competition compete against the winners of the Eredivisie for the Johan Cruyff Shield trophy (the Dutch Super Cup).
HOW IS THE HISTORY OF THE KNVB CUP?
The KNVB Cup was conceived during a board meeting of the Dutch Football Association in The Hague on 19 January 1898. The competition has officially been held since the 1898-99 season.
Since the 1946 season, the trophy of the competition has been a silver cup. In 2018, a trophy colored in gold was used on the occasion of the 100th edition of the tournament.
Before having the current name TOTO KNVB Beker, the cup’s name has been changed several times.
- From 1995, the KNVB Beker had the name Amstel Cup due to the sponsor Amstel.
- In 2005, the cup was renamed the Gatorade Cup after the drinks company Gatorade.
- In 2006, it was the KNVB Beker still with the main sponsorship of Gatorade.
- Since 2018, TOTO has become the principal sponsor of the cup. The competition has been called the TOTO KNVB Beker until now.
HOW IS THE FORMAT OF THE NETHERLANDS CUP?
The Toto KNVB Beker is the knockout tournament that brings together the big names in professional football and the smaller amateur sides. The winner of the cup entered into the UEFA Europa League. If the winning team has been in the top two of the Eredivisie and gained qualification for the UEFA Champions League, the berth will be redistributed to that season’s Eredivisie.
There are 8 rounds in the schedule of the Netherlands Cup with 110 participating teams.
1.Preliminary rounds: Matches of the preliminary rounds are played randomly through the draw.
- First preliminary round: 60 non-professional teams qualify for this stage. They are 24 semi-finalists from the six KNVB District Cups and clubs from the Derde Divisie.
- Second preliminary round: winners of the first round and selected teams from the Tweede Divisie compete in the round. Win and loss teams are decided according to the regulation of the Royal Dutch Football Association.
- Main tournament: Teams compete in rounds named “First round”, “Second round”, “Round of 16”, “Quarter-finals”, “Semi-finals” to find the two most excellent teams taking part in the “Final game”.
In the 2020-21 season, the two teams entering the Netherlands Cup Final are Ajax and Vitesse. The match is going to take place on 18 April 2021 at De Kuip stadium in Rotterdam without any spectators due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ajax win the Netherlands Cup
TOP 10 BEST WINNERS OF THE NETHERLANDS CUP
According to the statistics updated on April, 4th, 2021, Ajax is the best team in the KNVB Cup with 19 winning times. This is also the defending champion of the competition and going to play in the final of the 2020-21 season with Vitesse. Feyenoord is the second-ranked team on the list with 13 titles. PSV Eindhoven is also very excellent with 9 winning titles.
FAQS OF THE KNVB CUP
What is the prize of the KNVB Cup?
The winner of the cup will be awarded a silver trophy which is nicknamed the “Pine cone” (dennenappel in Dutch). This is a gift from amateur club ANVV De Zwaluwen, set up in 1907 to improve the quality of the game in the Netherlands. The trophy is also the symbol on the Netherlands cup logo
Is there any amateur team entering the final game of the competition?
Until now, champion titles always belonged to professional teams. Only 2 amateur clubs made it to the semi-finals: They are IJsselmeervogels (Bunschoten-Spakenburg) in the 1974-75 season and VVSB (Noordwijkerhout) in 2015-16.
What is the best match of the Netherlands Cup?
The match between Willem II Tilburg and Groene Ster in 1944 final is considered the most impressive match with the result of 9-2. The winning title belonged to Willem II Tilburg.
Is the KNVB Cup always surprising?
With the participation of both professional and amateur teams from all over the Netherlands, the result of each match in the competition is unpredictable. No game is decided until the final whistle. The last lucky goal can make all the difference. Thus, all the honors are open for all clubs and players in this exciting tournament.
How about the Women's KNVB Cup?
The Women's KNVB Cup was first held in 1981 with the winning title belonging to HSV Celeritas. Until now, joint-record holders with four titles were Fortuna Wormerveer and Saestum (Zeist).