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The Johan II Cup (officially The King's Cup for Football) is the main Brunanter national football knock-out competition. It has occurred on a yearly basis since 1930 and is organized by the Brunanter Football Federation. The current season is the 2018-19 Johan II Cup. For the first time ever this season, the tournament has a sponsor in Santander Brunant bank.

With the coronation of Queen Helene, the tournament's name came into question but as deemed to be named after King Johan II, would not be called the "Queen's Cup". Instead, they will officially employ Johan II Cup in branding.

HistoryEdit

Real Koningstad-St. Marks 1930

The 1930 final.

Johan ii cup

The cup.

The cup was founded in 1930 as a way to link the professional and amateur clubs of the First League and the Second League. Organizers with the two leagues, as well as those of regional teams met to establish a tournament. The cup was sponsored by King Johan II and it was named after him. The first final was held on 15 June 1930, where St. Marks Koningstad defeated Real Koningstad 2-1, who played at home.

1965 Johan II Cup final

1965 Johan II Cup final

The cup was first broadcast on television in 1960, shown and became available on Channels 1 and 2 in 1965.

The tournamentEdit

The tournament begins with a knockout phase involving all second, third and fourth division parish teams, plus the bottom two sides of each first division (116 teams in total). The top 24 teams then play the remaining parish-level first division sides.

Then, there are seven formal rounds played. The first two are only for top-level parish league sides; the 24 teams play a two-match knockout which leaves 12 teams, and then they play another round until there are only six. The 1st and 2nd League teams then come to play with the parish-level teams in the the group stage, the round of 16, the quarter-finals and the semifinals. All these games are played on two legs, at each team's home venue. The third-place match ad the final are a single game; the venues are determined beforehand from a selection of large stadiums in the country.

Unlike in the leagues, reserve team players are not allowed to switch squads after the start of the tournament.

WinnersEdit

Grijzestad Strijders logo

The Grijzestad Strijders have won the cup fifteen times.

Note: clubs marked with † are no longer active.

Club Wins Years
Grijzestad Strijders 15 1931, 1938, 1939, 1948, 1950, 1956, 1971, 1976, 1979, 1984, 1990, 1993, 2007, 2009
St. Marks Koningstad 11 1930, 1932, 1951, 1953, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1978, 1980, 2001, 2003
FC Drenthe 9 1927, 1933, 1934, 1962, 1963, 1973, 1999, 2002, 2010
FC Kings 8 1959, 1961, 1967, 1968, 1977, 1995, 2004, 2018
FC Donderar 5 1949, 1952, 1966, 1989, 1994
Arabian FC 4 1997, 2005, 2013, 2017
Mediterranean FC 4 1986, 1991, 1992, 2012
Real Koningstad4 1940, 1941, 1947, 1958
Brezonde 1920 3 1982, 1987, 2011
Brunant Leuwens 3 1960, 1964, 1998
Middleton Arrows 3 1981, 1985, 1988
Grijzestad University S.C. 2 1996, 2016
FC Willemstad 2 2000, 2015
Dortmund SFC 2 2006, 2014
Helmond Raiders 2 1955, 1974
Roodstad Athletic 2 1965, 1969
Fulvian F.C.† 2 1935, 1936
Cape Cross FC 1 2008
FC Taurus Niesburg 1 1983
Niesburg R.S.C.1 1957
FC Pieter II 1 1954
Helmond RSC 1 1937
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