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1997–98 KNVB Cup

Football tournament season

1997–1998
CountryNetherlands
Teams60
Defending championsRoda JC Kerkrade
ChampionsAjax
Runners-upPSV
Top goal scorer(s)Anthony Lurling
(7 goals)

The 80th edition of the KNVB Cup (at the time called Amstel Cup) started on August 12, 1997. The final was played on May 17, 1998 and saw Ajax beat PSV 5–0 and won the cup for the thirteenth time. A total of 60 clubs participated.

1997–98 KNVB Cup Intro articles: 3

Teams

Group stage

The matches of the group stage were played between August 12 and September 7, 1997. 54 clubs participated, 26 advanced to the next round.

Group 1
Team Pts
1. sc Heerenveen E 9
2. Cambuur Leeuw. 1 6
3. Drachtster Boys A 1
4. VVOG A 1
 
Group 2
Team Pts
1. SC Heracles 1 7
2. De Graafschap E 6
3. RKSV Babberich A 4
4. HSC '21 A 0
 
Group 3
Team Pts
1. NAC Breda E 9
2. TOP Oss 1 6
3. SV Capelle A 3
4. SC Feyenoord A 0
 
Group 4
Team Pts
1. FC Groningen E 7
2. Veendam 1 7
3. Quick '20 A 1
4. SC Genemuiden A 1
 
Group 5
Team Pts
1. Fortuna Sittard E 9
2. Young PSV 6
3. BVV/Caterpillar A 3
4. VVV-Venlo 1 0
 
Group 6
Team Pts
1. ADO Den Haag 1 9
2. Sparta E 6
3. Excelsior 1 3
4. SVV Scheveningen A 0
 
Group 7
Team Pts
1. VV Katwijk A 9
2. Dordrecht'90 1 7
3. FC Utrecht E 6
4. VV Noordwijk A 6
5. Young HFC Haarlem 1
Group 8
Team Pts
1. Telstar 1 6
2. FC Volendam E 6
3. Go Ahead Eagles 1 3
4. FC Lisse A 3
 
Group 9
Team Pts
1. Willem II E 6
2. FC Eindhoven 1 6
3. SHO A 4
4. RBC Roosendaal 1 1
 
Group 10
Team Pts
1. RKC Waalwijk E 9
2. FC Den Bosch 1 6
3. WSC A 3
4. Young FC Utrecht 0
 
Group 11
Team Pts
1. FC Emmen 1 9
2. NEC E 6
3. De Treffers A 3
4. GVVV A 0
 
Group 12
Team Pts
1. Helmond Sport 1 7
2. MVV E 7
3. EHC A 3
4. VV Baronie A 0
 
Group 13
Team Pts
1. AZ 1 9
2. AFC '34 A 5
3. FC Zwolle 1 5
4. HFC Haarlem 1 4
5. HVV Hollandia A 4

E Eredivisie; 1 Eerste Divisie; A Amateur teams

1997–98 KNVB Cup Teams articles: 30

Knock-out stage

First round

The matches of the first round were played on November 18 and 19, 1997. The six highest Eredivisie teams from last season entered the tournament this round.

Home team Result Away team
Ajax E 6–0 MVV
PSV E 4–0 FC Emmen
FC Den Bosch 2–1 (aet) AZ
NEC 2–1 ADO Den Haag
Dordrecht'90 1–4 FC Groningen
Sparta 1–2 (aet) FC Twente E
AFC '34 1–2 Fortuna Sittard
RKC Waalwijk 0–1 Vitesse Arnhem E
Home team Result Away team
De Graafschap 2–3 Willem II (on November 8)
Helmond Sport 2–2 (p: 5-4) Cambuur Leeuwarden (Nov. 12)
NAC Breda 5–1 VV Katwijk (on November 12)
Feyenoord E 2–0 TOP Oss (on November 12)
Young PSV 3–4 Telstar
Roda JC E 1–0 Veendam
FC Volendam 2–2 (p: 4-5) SC Heracles
sc Heerenveen 6–1 FC Eindhoven

E six Eredivisie entrants

Round of 16

The matches of the round of 16 were played on February 4, 10 and 11, 1998.

Home team Result Away team
NAC Breda 5–0 Helmond Sport
SC Heracles 1–3 Vitesse Arnhem
FC Twente 1–0 Willem II
Telstar 0–1 Fortuna Sittard
Ajax 5–0 Roda JC
Feyenoord 2–0 FC Groningen
NEC 1–3 sc Heerenveen
FC Den Bosch 1–2 (aet) PSV (on March 4)

Quarter finals

The quarter finals were played on March 11 and 12, 1998.

Home team Result Away team
FC Twente 3–1 Vitesse Arnhem
Ajax 2–1 NAC Breda
PSV 4–0 Feyenoord
sc Heerenveen 3–0 Fortuna Sittard (on March 31)

Semi-finals

The semi-finals were played on April 29 and May 7, 1998.

Home team Result Away team
PSV 2–1 FC Twente
Ajax 3–0 sc Heerenveen

Third place match

Since finalists Ajax and PSV already qualified for the Champions League, this match for the third place was played to determine the Dutch participant for the last edition of the Cup Winners' Cup.

Home team Result Away team
sc Heerenveen 3–1 FC Twente

Final

Ajax5–0PSV
Babangida  24'
Litmanen  38'60'82'
Arveladze  77'
Attendance: 22,500
Referee: Dick Jol

Ajax also won the Dutch Eredivisie championship, thereby taking the double. They would participate in the Champions League. PSV ended second in the eredivisie, and qualified for the Champions League as well.

1997–98 KNVB Cup Knock-out stage articles: 17

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