Big Three (Netherlands)

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In Dutch sports, The Big Three (Dutch: De Grote Drie) is the nickname for the three most successful rivalling football clubs in the Netherlands: Ajax from Amsterdam, Feyenoord from Rotterdam and PSV from Eindhoven. Collectively they amounted for 70 of the 127 Dutch Football Championships ever played, and the three generally end up sharing the top three positions and contending for the title. None of them have been relegated from the Eredivisie either, having been participants in all editions since 1956–57 season; the lowest position any of them has earned is 14th, PSV, while Ajax and Feyenoord's lowest positions have been 13th.

Location of the three clubs in the Netherlands

Several other clubs outside the big three have won the Dutch league, with HVV Den Haag having the fourth most national titles behind the Big Three in the Netherlands with 10 in total.

Trophies[edit]

Team Major National International Grand Total
ED KB JCS National Total CL CWC EL USC UIC IC International Total
Ajax 33 18 8 59 4 1 1 2 2 2 12 71
PSV 24 9 11 44 1 - 1 - - - 2 46
Feyenoord 15 13 4 31 1 - 2 - 3 1 7 39
Last update following the 2016-2017 season.

Footballers who have played for all three clubs[edit]

  • Netherlands Ruud Geels (Feyenoord 1966–1970, Ajax 1974-1978, PSV 1981–1982)
  • Netherlands Ronald Koeman (Ajax 1983–1986, PSV 1986–1989, Feyenoord 1995–1997)

Managers who have managed all three clubs[edit]

  • Netherlands Hans Kraay Sr. (Ajax 1974–1975, Feyenoord 1982-83, PSV 1986-87)
  • Netherlands Ronald Koeman (Ajax 2001–2005, PSV 2006–2007, Feyenoord 2011–2014)

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