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KNVB Cup
Founded 1898
Region  Netherlands
Number of teams 103
Qualifier for UEFA Europa League
Domestic cup(s) Johan Cruyff Shield
Current champions Feyenoord (13th title)
Most successful club(s) Ajax (18 titles)
Website KNVB Cup

The KNVB Beker 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 three tiers of Dutch league football (Eredivisie, Eerste Divisie and Topklasse), as well as the 24 semi-finalists (or replacements) of regional amateur cup tournaments.

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 Cruijff Shield, which acts as the curtain raiser for the following season.

History

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The Trophy

The competition was conceived during a board meeting of the Dutch National Football Association, in the Hague, on 19 January 1898. The tournament began the following season, 1898–1899. 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.

Name changes

Like many national cup competitions, the name of the tournament has changed with sponsorship. From 1995, the competition went from being the KNVB Cup Tournament 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 Tournament with Gatorade remaining as the principal sponsor.

Media coverage

In the Netherlands, the KNVB Cup is broadcast by RTL on RTL 7 and on the Dutch pay-TV channel Fox Sports Eredivisie. In Spain it is currently available on beIN Sports. In Australia and New Zealand, the KNVB Cup is currently available on beIN Sports. In Asia-Pacific, also available on BeIN Sports. In Italy, the KNVB Cup is currently available on Sportitalia. In Brazil the KNVB Cup is currently available on BandSports. In Latin America, the KNVB Cup is currently available on Claro Sports.

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