Dennis Bergkamp - Dutch footballer, coach. Biography, sports career of this person will be presented to your attention in the article.

Dennis Bergkamp was born on May 10, 1969. His father was a passionate fan of “Manchester United”, so he named his son in honor of the Scottish striker Denis Law - the legend of the club of the 60s. Since childhood, the boy joined the football. Being in kindergarten, he began playing at the yard level, and going to school, he began training in the sports section. In 1979, when Bergkamp was ten years old, the scouts of “Ajax” noticed him. He was admitted to the Tukmost Football Academy, being among the 25 more lucky ones. There the boy trained long and hard, playing at first in defense. But Dennis did not succeed in achieving serious success and expressing himself in this position. However, soon the coach Dick de Groot noticed his attacking potential and transferred him first to midfield and then to attack. Once in his role, the young Bergkamp began to play much more confidently and began to regularly score goals.

It did not go unnoticed, and the head coach of Ajax Johan Cruyff called him to the main team. This happened in 1987, when Denis was 17 years old.

Bergkamp Dennis - Dutch footballer, coach

Performance for “Ajax”

In his first season, Bergkamp held 23 matches for FC Ajax, in which he scored 5 goals. That year, he and the team won the Cup Winners Cup. But, while Marco van Basten played in Ajax FC, Bergkamp could not make it into the main squad, and he had to gain experience and wait for his chance. And fate rewarded him for his patience: after Basten left for Milan, the position of the main striker was freed. The young striker met his expectations and in the season of 90/91 became the top scorer of the Dutch championship. He repeated this achievement in the next two seasons, when, together with Ajax, he became the champion of the country and the winner of the UEFA Cup. The best clubs in Europe, such as Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid, Inter, Juventus, launched a campaign to sign Bergkamp. He chose Inter, as he wanted to play in the strongest Italian championship at that time. For the transition of a young star Milanese club paid $ 20 million.

Performance for “Inter”

In his first season for Inter, the Dutchman scored 25 goals in all tournaments and won the UEFA Cup, becoming his best scorer. It was a good achievement, but, despite it, Dennis could not show his best game. He was often mistaken, lost martial arts with defenders, poorly interacted with partners in the attack Ruben Sos and Salvatore Skilaci. The situation has not changed in the next season. Bergkamp increasingly began to appear in the first team and began to think about leaving. The new owner of “Inter” Massimo Moratti, who decided to radically change the composition, put the Dutch player on the transfer. There were not many who wanted to buy a football player who did not meet expectations. The most interesting offer came from London's Arsenal, whose general manager, Bruce Rioch, decided to take the chance and buy Bergkamp for $ 13 million - a record amount for the club at that time. As a result, it turned out to be the most profitable acquisition in the entire history of the club.

Performance for “Arsenal”

That season was later named the top of Bergamp’s career as a footballer.

This was followed by a series of injuries, after recovering from which the Dutchman, although he returned to the team, became much less likely to appear in the starting lineup. He needed to compete with the recently talented football players Tierry Henri and Sylvain Wiltor, who had joined the team and were in the same position. Nevertheless, Bergkamp continued to play an important role on the field, regularly scoring and giving assists. Arsenal was then considered one of the strongest teams in the Premier League. In seasons 98/99, 99/00 and 00/01, the club became the second, and in 2002 re-formed the golden double, winning the championship of the Premier League and the Cup. The Dutchman was then marked by 15 goals in 33 games.

Performance for the national team

In the Dutch national team Bergkamp was taken in 1990. His first match for the national team, he held against Italy, coming on as a substitute in the second half. And on November 21, 1990, he marked the first goal for the national team at the gates of the Greek team. Soon, Dennis became a player in the starting lineup and entered the pursuit of titles.

Having done well in the qualifying games, Bergkamp Dennis went to the finals of the 1992 European Championships. At that championship, he scored three goals and became the best sniper of his team. However, it was not possible to win the tournament - Holland flew out in the semifinals and finished fourth.

Disappointment awaited Bergkamp at the 1994 World Cup. Then he again managed to score three goals and reach the quarterfinal with the team. But the defeat of the Brazilian national team with a score of 2: 3 put an end to the performance of the Netherlands at that tournament.

Not the best game for “Inter” did not affect the call to the national team Bergkamp, ​​and he successfully spent all the matches of the qualifying round of Euro 96. Then the Dutch were considered favorites, but in the final tournament they flew again in one-fourth, losing on penalties to the French team. Dennis was then marked by one goal and an assist.

Having spent the “golden” season for Arsenal, Bergkamp hoped to repeat this achievement at the World Cup 98. Holland became the best in its qualifying group, and they again decided on the title of champion or, at worst, a place in the top three. That composition was the most stellar in the history of the national team. In addition to Bergkamp, ​​Kluivert, Davids, Seedorf, Koku and the de Boer played for her. The Dutch successfully overcame the group stage and reached the eighth of the finals. In the match against Yugoslavia, Bergkamp scored the first goal of his team, and Holland eventually won with a score of 2: 1. In the quarterfinals, Dennis scored the winning goal against Argentina at the final minutes of added time. That goal he called the best in his life. However, he was not destined to win the championship. In the semifinals, the Netherlands national team met with Brazil, which they lost in the penalty shootout. After this World Cup, Bergkamp played for the national team for another two years and, having played at Euro 2000, in which the Netherlands flew into the semi-finals, left the national team.

Personal achievements

Total spent 552 matches for clubs Bergkamp Dennis. Goals scored by him - 272. 79 football player played for the national team, which was noted 37 times. Twice he was nominated for the Golden Ball - the prize to the best player on the planet, but both times he became the third in a vote. Bergkamp Dennis was included in FIFA (in the top 100 rankings), in the English Football Hall of Fame, and also in the list of the 125 best footballers in the entire history of Pele. Bergkamp more than once became the player of the year in the Netherlands, the best player of the month in England, was included in the symbolic team of the European Championship-94 and the World Cup-98.

Coaching career

Dennis Bergkamp Numbers

Bergkamp Dennis number ten all my life loved the most. He performed with this figure on a T-shirt in “Ajax” and “Arsenal”. In “Inter” number 10 was busy, so Bergkamp took the 16th. He played for the national team at various times as 7 (Euro-92), 8 (World Cup 98), and 10 (World Cup 94, Euro 96, Euro 2000).

Fear of flying

In 1993, I got into a plane crash and Bergkamp's friend V. Yunakhman died. Dennis has a fear of flying over this incident. At first he could control her and regularly flew with the team to away matches. But after the unsuccessful joke of one of the passengers, who said that he was carrying a bomb, Bergkamp could no longer overcome his panic fear. He began to get to the European stadiums by car. This greatly exhausted him before the game, and as a result, Arsene Wenger did not include him in the application for the European Cup meetings. The team reacted to this with understanding, and on trips outside of England, Arsenal managed without its leader. How did Dennis Bergkamp himself feel about this? Statistics of away matches from this hit, he was considered a “home” player. But Bergkamp himself began to treat these passes as forced due to injury.

Monument to Bergkamp

In 2014, a star striker monument was unveiled near the Emirates stadium. Arsenal paid tribute to Bergkamp for his contribution to the team’s history. Bronze sculpture depicts a player taking the ball in the air when he scored his famous goal “Newcastle”. Bergkamp attended the opening of the monument and took a few photos on the background of himself.