The KNVB Beker is a competition in the Netherlands organized by the Royal Dutch Football Association since 1898. It was based on the format of the English FA Cup. Outside the Netherlands, it is referred to as the Dutch Cup; the tournament consists of all teams from the top three tiers of Dutch league football, as well as the 24 semi-finalists of regional amateur cup tournaments. The finals of the tournament traditionally takes place in De Kuip, has been held there every season since 1988; the winners of the cup compete against the winners of the Eredivisie for the Johan Cruyff Shield, which acts as the curtain raiser for the following season. 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 HVV Den Haag. In 1946, the trophy was changed to one made out of silver, rare in the immediate aftermath of World War II. Like many national cup competitions, the name of the tournament has changed with sponsorship.

From 1995, the competition went from being the KNVB Cup to being known as the Amstel Cup after the 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 with Gatorade remaining as the principal sponsor. Up until 1998, the winner of the cup entered into the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, but with the abandonment of that tournament, the winner now goes into the UEFA Europa League. If the winning team has won the Eredivisie and thus entry into the UEFA Champions League the berth will be based on performance in that season's Eredivisie. In 1998, both KNVB Cup finalists, Ajax and PSV, had won places into the Champions League. So a game was played between the beaten semi-finalists, SC Heerenveen and FC Twente, to determine who would take the Cup Winners' Cup place; the broadcast package is included in KNVB package. Both tournaments is broadcast live by Fox Sports Eredivisie channels. - Official website KNVB Netherlands Cup Finals, Netherlands Cup Full Results 1970-1994, Minnows in Cup Finals, - National cup results

Illinois–Poland National Guard Partnership

The Illinois–Poland National Guard Partnership is one of 22 European partnerships that make-up the U. S. European Command State Partnership Program and one of 65 worldwide partnerships that make-up the National Guard State Partnership Program; the relationship between the Illinois National Guard and the Republic of Poland is an enduring partnership, established in 1993. The primary focus is split between support of ISAF Operational training and co-deployment, Professional Military Education, Transformation of the Forces, Crisis Management and Response, Defense Support of Civil Authorities. "Illinois has served with Polish forces overseas since the start of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. We are serving alongside our Polish brothers-in-arms as equals." - MG William Enyart, former Adjutant General, Illinois National Guard Background information: State Partnership was established 14 JUL 93 Member of NATO, the EU, the United Nations, World Trade Organization The most populous of the eastern European states and the 34th most populous in the world Poland has had a democratic government since 1989Established in July 1993, the State Partnership Program between Illinois and Poland was one of the first SPP relationships initiated between the National Guard and the former Soviet Eastern Bloc countries.

The partnership between Illinois and Poland was influenced by the large Polish population in Illinois. Chicago is recognized as having the largest Polish population outside of Warsaw, with 1.1 million residents of Polish descent. The Polish Land Forces were in the transformation process in the earlier 1990s when the partnership began. Since the partnership has matured from military-to-military exchanges to broad-based civilian exchanges and events. Through the efforts of the Illinois-Poland SPP, the Polish Land Forces are today as capable as their U. S. military counterparts and Poland has been the largest SPP contributing nation to the International Security Assistance Force. Information sharing between the Polish Armed Forces and the Illinois National Guard has increased both organizations intellectual capacity in areas that support combat and stability operations. An example of collaboration and partnering between a U. S. State and an SPP Partner Nation is the Transatlantic Collaborative Biological Resiliency Demonstration.

This program is a collaborative effort between the U. S. Department of Defense, the U. S. Department of State, the U. S. Department of Homeland Security and the Republic of Poland; the purpose is to develop and demonstrate the capability to counter a wide area biological incident that impacts U. S. or Partner Nation key infrastructure. For wide-area contagious biological threats, TaCBRD focuses on mitigating morbidity through rapid detection and containment; the program provides solutions for overseas response and recovery and partner nation collaboration. TaCBRD enhances relationships and build partner capacity with nation within DOD’s European Command area of responsibility; the strong partnership continues to positively impact the relationship between the Polish and U. S. people with personal and professional friendships emerging from each exchange. Future events between Illinois and Poland will focus on recruiting, family assistance, veterans' affairs, assistance with the transformation of the Polish National Reserve Force.

Military-to-Military events will enable Poland to lead multi-national initiatives within Central Europe that seek to promote regional stability. Additionally, events will include Unit level exchanges, Officer/NCO Professional Development, DSCA / Crisis Management, National Reserve Force Transformation. Interagency events will include Counter/Anti Terrorism Collaboration, Disaster Preparedness, Build Homeland Security Posture via Joint Exercises. One of the most important events between Illinois and Poland is the Transatlantic Collaborative Biological Resiliency Demonstration program; this three-year program, which began in 2012 and runs through 2014, will enhance National Defense by increasing resilience to catastrophic events and by providing capability to prepare for, respond to, recover from a biological attack.2013 Planned Events: Ongoing support of C130 Interoperability Ongoing support of co-deployment activity Partner with DTRA and Poland for the Transatlantic Collaborative Biological Resiliency Demonstration programFuture Years Proposed Events: Increased activity in military professional development / transformation Continued Support of Domestic Operations / Homeland Security joint endeavours with DTRA / TaCBRD The EUCOM State Partnership page for Illinois-Poland The Illinois National Guard SPP Department of Defense News on the Illinois-Poland Partnership EUCOM SPP National Guard Bureau SPP News Archives

Mike Keane

Michael John Keane is a Canadian former professional ice hockey winger. Undrafted, Keane played over 1,100 games in the National Hockey League from 1988 until 2004, he played five seasons for his hometown Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League until he retired in 2010. Keane is a three-time Stanley Cup champion, having won with the Montreal Canadiens in 1993, Colorado Avalanche in 1996, the Dallas Stars in 1999, he is one of only 11 players in NHL history to win the cup with three or more different teams. On September 3, 2013, the Winnipeg Jets announced the hiring of Keane as Assistant of Player Development. Keane began his junior hockey career in the Junior A Manitoba Junior Hockey League with the Winnipeg South Blues, he joined the major junior ranks in the Western Hockey League with the Moose Jaw Warriors. Undrafted out of junior, Keane signed as a free agent on September 25, 1985, with the Montreal Canadiens and started his NHL career in 1988, he helped the Canadiens to a Stanley Cup championship in his fifth NHL season.

He spent eight seasons in Montreal and was captain of the team from April 1995 to December 1995. After Kirk Muller was traded near the end of the 1994-95 season, Keane was named as the 24th captain of the Montreal Canadiens. Keane was subject to media scrutiny after speaking to Mathias Brunet of La Presse. Keane declared, he drew controversy in the French media after saying he did not believe it was necessary to speak French, since players on the team spoke predominantly English. During the 1995–96 NHL season, Keane was traded along with Patrick Roy to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Jocelyn Thibault, Andrei Kovalenko, Martin Ručinský, he won his second Stanley Cup that season, helping the Avalanche defeat the Florida Panthers in four games in the Finals. Keane spent another season with the Avalanche, before becoming a free agent in the summer of 1997, he signed with the New York Rangers, where he played for half a season before being traded again to the Dallas Stars. Keane played in Dallas until 2000–01, helping the Stars win the Stanley Cup in 1999 and returning to the finals the next year.

He started the 2001–02 NHL season with the St. Louis Blues but finished that season back with Colorado. Keane stayed in Colorado until he left for the Vancouver Canucks at the start of the 2003–04 NHL season. After the 2004-05 lockout, Keane signed with his hometown team, the Manitoba Moose, for the 2005–06 AHL season. Keane played five seasons for Manitoba Moose, he was named captain in 2005 and remained Manitoba's captain until July 20, 2010, when his contract was not renewed. Keane was captain of the AHL All-Star Team Canada in 2007. Keane's number 12 jersey was retired February 12, 2011, when the Manitoba Moose took on the San Antonio Rampage at Bell MTS Place. Keane's number is the only number retired in Manitoba Moose history. Keane competed for Team Canada at the 1987 World Junior Championships in Czechoslovakia. While playing for the gold medal against the Soviet Union, both teams were disqualified as a result of the infamous Punch-up in Piestany. List of NHL players with 1000 games played Biographical information and career statistics from, or, or, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database