Big Three (Netherlands)

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The Big Three (Dutch: De Grote Drie) is the nickname of the three most successful sports clubs in the Netherlands. The football teams of AFC Ajax, Feyenoord and PSV have a great rivalry, and are usually the main contenders for the title. Combined they share a total of 67 out of 113 Dutch Football Championships ever played and generally end up sharing the top three positions. 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 has been 13th.

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. Today, the chief competitors of the three are AZ, FC Twente and Vitesse.[1][2][3][4][5]

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  1. ^ Jurre de Ruiter (13 July 2013). "Ajax en PSV op woensdag, Feyenoord donderdag". Voetbal Primeur. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  2. ^ ANP (6 July 2013). "Eenvoudige oefenzeges voor Ajax, PSV en Feyenoord". NU.nl. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  3. ^ redactie (22 May 2007). "HVV in rijtje met Ajax, PSV en Feyenoord". AD.nl. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Robin van der Kloor (31 October 2010). "Nederland verliest laatste van de Grote Drie" (in Dutch). Elsevier.nl. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  5. ^ redactie (18 May 2011). "Negende halve finale zonder Grote Drie". Voetbal International. Retrieved 1 September 2013.