Dennis Bergkamp is a Dutch footballer, coach. Biography, this person's sports career will be presented to your attention in the article.

Dennis Bergkamp was born on May 10, 1969. His father was a passionate admirer of Manchester United, so he named his son in honor of the Scottish striker Denis Lowe - the legend of the club of the 60s. Since childhood, the boy has been attached to football. While in kindergarten, he started playing at the yard level, and after going to school, he started training in the sports section. In 1979, when Bergkamp was ten years old, he was spotted by scouts of "Ajax". He was accepted into the football academy "Tukmost", being among 25 more such lucky ones. There the boy long and hard trained, playing first in defense. But to achieve serious success and prove himself in this position, Dennis failed. However, soon coach Dick de Groot noticed his attacking potential and transferred him first to the midfield, and then to the attack. Once in his role, young Bergkamp began to play much more confidently and began to score regularly goals.

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

Bergkamp Dennis - Dutch football player, coach

Speech for "Ajax"

In his first season, Bergkamp held 23 matches for FC "Ajax", in which he scored 5 goals. In that year he, together with the team, won the Cup Winners' Cup. But while Marco van Basten played in FC "Ajax", Bergkamp did not manage to break into the main team, and he had to gain experience and wait for his chance. And fate awarded him for his patience: after Basten left for Milan, the position of the main striker was released. The young striker justified his expectations and in the 90/91 season he became the best 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 owner of the UEFA Cup. The best clubs in Europe, such as Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid, Inter, Juventus, have launched campaigns to sign Bergkamp. He opted for "Inter", because he wanted to play in the strongest at that time the Italian championship. For the transition of the young star, the Milan club paid $ 20 million.

Speech 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 him, Dennis could not show his best game. He often made mistakes, lost combat with the defenders, did not interact well with the partners in the attack by Ruben Sosa 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 a transfer. There were not many people wishing to buy a footballer who had not justified his hopes. The most interesting proposal came from the London "Arsenal", whose chief manager, Bruce Rioh, decided to take a chance and buy Bergkamp for $ 13 million - a record amount for the club at that time. In the end, it turned out to be the most profitable acquisition in the history of the club.

Speech for "Arsenal"

That season was later named the pinnacle of Bergampe's career as a football player.

Then followed a series of injuries, recovering from which the Dutchman though returned to the team, but became much less likely to appear in the starting lineup. He needed to compete with the recently arrived talented football players Thierry Henry and Sylvain Wiltord. Nevertheless, Bergkamp continued to play an important role on the field, regularly scored and gave assists. Arsenal was considered then one of the strongest teams in the Premier League. In the seasons 98/99, 99/00 and 00/01, the club became the second, and in 2002, once again issued a gold double, winning the championship of the Premier League and the Cup. The Dutchman then scored 15 goals in 33 games.

Performance for the national team

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

After a good game of the qualifying stage, Bergkamp Dennis went to the final of the 1992 European Championship. At that championship, he scored three goals and became the best sniper of his team. However, the tournament failed to win - Holland flew in the semifinals and took the final fourth place.

Frustration awaited Bergkamp and at the 1994 World Cup. Then he again managed to score three goals and walk with the team to the quarter-finals. But the defeat of the Brazilian national team with a score of 2: 3 put an end to the performance of Holland at that tournament.

Not the best game for "Inter" did not affect Bergkamp's challenge to the national team, and he successfully held all the matches of the qualifying round of Euro-96. Then the Dutch were considered favorites, but in the final tournament again flew in one fourth, losing on penalties to the French team. Dennis noted then one goal and an effective transfer.

Having spent the "golden" season for Arsenal, Bergkamp hoped to repeat this achievement and at the World Cup-98. Holland became the best in her qualifying group, and she was again predicted 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, the brothers de Boer played for her. The Dutch successfully overcame the group stage and reached the eighth final. In the match with 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 in the last minutes of the added time. That goal he called the best in his life. However, it was not destined to win him at that championship. In the semi-final, the Netherlands met with Brazil, who 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, where Holland flew in the semifinals, left the national team.

Personal achievements

Total spent 552 matches for clubs Bergkamp Dennis. Goals scored by him - 272. 79 games footballer spent for the team, which marked 37 times. Twice he was nominated for the Golden Ball - the prize to the best player of the planet, but both times he became the third on the basis of voting results. Bergkamp Dennis was included in FIFA (in the top 100 rankings), in the Football Glory Hall of Fame, as well as in the list of the 125 best players in the history according to the version of Pele. Bergkamp has repeatedly become a football player of the year in the Netherlands, the best football player of the month in England, was included in the symbolic team of the European Championship-94 and the World Cup-98.

Coach career

The numbers of Dennis Bergkamp

Bergkamp Dennis number ten loved his life most of all. He performed with this figure on a shirt in "Ajax" and "Arsenal". In Inter, No. 10 was busy, so Bergkamp took himself to the 16th. For the national team he played at different times under the numbers 7 (ЧЕ-92), 8 (ЧМ-98), and 10 (ЧМ-94, ЧЕ-96, ЧЕ-2000).

Fear of flying

In 1993 he got into a plane crash and V. Bergamkamp's friend V. Yunakhman died. Dennis developed a fear of flying in connection with this incident. At first, he could control it and regularly flew with the team for 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 European stadiums by car. This greatly exhausted him before the game, and eventually Arsene Wenger did not include him in the application for the European Cup. In the team, they were treated with understanding, and at the out-of-England exits, Arsenal dispensed with their leader. And how did Dennis Bergkamp react to this? Statistics of away matches from this suffered, he was considered a "home" player. But Bergkamp himself began to treat these passes as forced due to trauma.

The monument to Bergkamp

In 2014 near the stadium "Emirates" a monument to the star attacker was opened. Arsenal paid tribute to Bergkamp for his contribution to the history of the team. Bronze sculpture depicts a player taking the ball in the air, when he scored his famous goal, "Newcastle". Bergkamp was present at the opening of the monument and took several photos against the background of himself.