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Dennis Bergkamp

Dennis Bergkamp (b. May 10, 1969, Amsterdam), Dutch football player.

Dennis Bergkamp is a striker who stands out more because of the quality of his goals than the quantity. He is the kind of player who can leave the two or three defenders he passed wondering what the hell just happened.

He likes to score from outside the box or take the ball from there inside the box to score.

A case in point is the goal he scored against Newcastle on the March 2, 2002.

Throughout the entire event, Dennis never once looked at the defender, though he knew exactly where he was.

This example illustrates his fine ability to handle the ball, to not need to touch the ball more than once (other, otherwise excellent strikers, often need to 'control' the ball by bringing it to rest, giving defenders the chance to intercept), to leave defenders standing and his preference to score (or to prepare a goal) from outside the box.

Table of contents
1 Professional career
2 Stats
3 Others on Bergkamp

Professional career

Dennis Bergkamp played in his professional career for only three clubs.


Dennis Bergkamp is second on the all-time list of goal scorers for the Dutch national team: 37 in 79 games. (The all-time leader is Patrick Kluivert, with 40 goals in 75 games as of 13 December 2003. #3, Faas Wilkes, only needed 38 games for 35 goals and #4, Abe Lenstra, 47 games for 33 goals.)

Others on Bergkamp

In his analysis about the way in which Dutch football and Dutch culture blend (Brilliant Orange), writer David Winner analyzes the effect of Dennis Bergkamp's passes and how he can split a defence: "Before the pass the pitch is crowded and narrow; after the pass it is wide open."