VIDEO: 'Blast from the Past' - No.6 Dennis Bergkamp
2009-10-27 - Added by
In the sixth instalment of our hugely popular 'Blast from the Past' feature, ExtraFootie features Arsenal and Holland legend, the Flying Dutchman, Dennis Nicolaas Maria Bergkamp.
"Dennis is the best player I have ever played with as a partner. It is a dream for a striker to have him in the team with you," Thierry Henry once said of his former striker partner.
You'd struggle to get a better description of the Dutchman, although Ian Wright comes close.
"He's the messiah. We told him to get us into Europe when he joined and that's exactly what he did," the Arsenal legend once said.
High praise indeed, but it is not difficult to see what made the man from Amsterdam so special.
Blessed with perhaps the finest touch in the business, after Zinedine Zidane perhaps, and unparalled vision, Bergkamp oozed class and quality.
During his playing days, the PFA Player of The Year in 1998 dazzled opponents, astounded defenders, amazed team-mates and left fans jaw-dropped with his sublime skill, touch, technique and ability to spot a pass.
Take your minds back to his outrageous Goal of the Season effort against Newcastle in 2002 in a moment Greek defender Nikos Dabizas will want to forget, or how about his last-minute winner against Argentina at World Cup 1998.
Testament to his sheer genius if ever one needed it pointed out to them.
The 40-year-old began his playing days with his boyhood club Ajax where he spent seven trophy-laden seasons and scored an impressive 122 goals in 239 appearances before a big money move to Italian giants Inter Milan.
His time at the San Siro was brief however, two seasons to be exact, and by the time he left he was so unpopular that the Italian sports media renamed their "Donkey of the Week" award (handed to the worst player that week) to the "Bergkamp of the Week" award!
A move to Highbury in June 1995 for £7.5million to join Bruce Rioch’s Arsenal soon followed and the rest as they say is history.
Widely regarded as one of, if not the greatest foreigner to have graced our shores, it is amusing to think that it took ‘Dennis the Menace’, who has been recently inducted into the English football Hall of Fame, seven games to find the back of the net for the Gunners.
When the Iceman did however, the floodgates well and truly opened and Gooners everywhere will recall the best of his 120 goals for Arsenal.
Oranje fans too will be able to pick and choose the best of 'Bergy's 37 goals for the national side as the one-time European Player of The Year runner-up helped them to reach the semi-finals of both World Cup 1998 and Euro 2000.
ExtraFootie provides this glowing tribute to the non-Flying Dutchman showcasing his finest goals from an illustrious career. It is truly akin to walking in a Bergkamp wonderland!