Dennis Bergkamp (Español)
- Full name: Dennis Nicolaas Maria Bergkamp
- Date of Birth: May 10, 1969
- Place: Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Position: Striker or Offensive Midfielder
- Played in 2 World Cups: United States 1994 and France 1998
- Played in 3 Euros: Sweden 1992, England 1996 and Belgium-Netherlands 2000
Teams and achievements
- Ajax Amsterdam (1986-1993)
- 1 Eredivisie (1990)
- 2 Dutch Cups (1987 and 1993)
- 1 Dutch Super Cup (1993)
- 1 UEFA Cup (1992)
- 1 European Cup Winners’ Cup (1987)
- Inter Milan (1993-1995)
- 1 UEFA Cup (1994)
- Arsenal F.C. (1995-2006)
- 3 Premier League (1998, 2002 and 2004)
- 4 FA Cup (1998, 2002, 2003 and 2005)
- 4 Community Shield (1998, 1999, 2002 and 2004)
- National Team: 79 games played with 37 goals
- Ajax: 239 games played with 122 goals
- Arsenal: 423 games (345 as a starter) with 120 goals
- Third Best Player of the World (Bronze Ball) 1992
- Team of the Tournament: Euro Sweden 1992
- Second Best Player of the World (Silver Ball) 1993
- Twice chosen as Dutch Player of the Year (1991 and 1992)
- Football Player of the Year (England) 1998
- Three times Top Scorer in Eredivisie (1990, 1992 and 1993)
- Inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Football Museum (England) 2007
- His excellent ball control and intelligence on the pitch made him one of the best players in the history of the game.
- Dennis was a specialist in assisting his teammates and scoring spectacular goals.
- He forged his technic and skills in Ajax with coaches such as Johan Cruyff and Louis Van Gaal.
- In Amsterdam, he played as a striker, winning three goalscoring title. Also, he was elected as the second and third best player in the world; 1992 and 1993 respectively.
- During his time at Inter Milan, Bergkamp did not adapt well to the defensive toughness of Serie A, causing him to score just 5 goals on his second season with Inter.
- 7,500,000 pounds was his transfer cost from Inter to Arsenal. Bruce Rioch, Arsenal coach at the time, asked for Dennis, trusting the abilities of the player even though he did not shined in his previous team.
- In the Premier League, Bergkamp played 315 matches, winning 186, losing 50 and drawing 79 (win ratio = 59%). He scored 87 goals, assisted 94 times, and was booked in 41 occasions (40 yellow cards, 1 Red Card).
- With the Gunners, Dennis played more as a deep-lying forward behind a striker, with the primary objective to create chances and assist teammates.
- He was a crucial part of the team, especially in the 1997-1998 Premier League winning season, and «The Invincibles» in 2004.
- The last match he took part was the 2 – 1 loss to FC Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League Final of 2006. Bergkamp did not play, being on the bench the whole game.
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“Palmares del Premio Balón de Oro” https://www.marca.com/deporte/balondeoro/palmares/palmares.html
National Football Museum
“Dennis Bergkamp” https://www.nationalfootballmuseum.com/explore-the-museum/hall-of-fame/
“Dennis Bergkamp” https://www.premierleague.com/players/991/Dennis-Bergkamp/stats
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