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Dennis Bergkamp was born on the 10th of May 1969 in Amsterdam in the Netherlands and is one of the most talented players of his generation. He is well known in footballing circles for his great fear of flying which interfered somewhat when travelling to overseas games. He joined the youth team of Ajax when he was 12 years old and made his professional debut under Johan Cruyff in December 1986 while also playing as substitute in the European cup winner's cup in 1987. By 1990 he had helped Ajax win the Dutch league, 1992 the Uefa cup and 1993 the KNVB cup.

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1993 saw Bergkamp move to Italy to play for Internazionale but he found it difficult to adapt to the Italian way of life and more importantly their type of play. Indeed he scored only eleven goals in fifty matches. Bergkamp was not a popular team member while the press really disliked him giving him the worse player of the week award and consequently he only stayed in Italy for two seasons.

By June 1995 he had signed for English team Arsenal and now had to try to adapt to the English way of playing football which he did very successfully and enjoying a great career under new Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

In the 2006 season Bergkamp played his final match for Arsenal which was also the last season that the club would play at their Highbury ground before moving to the Emirates stadium. He scored a scorcher of a goal in the 89th minute ensuring that Arsenal was 3-1 winner in their final Highbury match.

Bergkamp played for his national team Holland and in the 1998 World Cup was said to score one of the greatest goals of all time. He in fact played in many international tournaments and retired from international football in 2000. Bergkamp was one of Holland's all time best goal scorers with 37 goals in 79 games. Since his retirement from playing he has embarked on a coaching career. Some interesting statistics regarding Dennis Bergkamp are as follows:

  1. UEFA Cup Winners Cup 1986-87
  2. UEFA Cup 1991-1992
  3. 6 FA Cups with Arsenal
  4. 3 Premier League Titles
  5. 1992 top scorer UEFA
  6. Dutch Footballer of the year 1991,1992
  7. UEFA Cup top scorer 1994
  8. FWA footballer of the year 1998

These are just some of the fantastic achievements of a fabulous footballer who in the words of the great Pele was one of Fifa's top 125 living players. is a not for profit website aimed at promoting the best past and present footballers from around the world.