Dennis Hoists the Premier League trophy.
Dennis Bergkamp was born in 1969 in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Dennis began his professional career at age 12, coming up through the famous youth program at Ajax Football Club in Amsterdam. He eventually worked his way into the first team, helping to lead Ajax to the Dutch league title in 1990 and the UEFA cup in 1992. From 1991 to 1993 Dennis became the top scorer in Eredivisie, also winning the player of the year award in ’92 and ’93. After his rise to prominence at his hometown club, Bergkamp eventually led to a move to Inter Milan in the summer of 1993. At Inter however, Dennis’ form in Holland did not seem to follow him to Italy. His trouble to settle into the Italian league was no helped with his less than amicable relationship with the Italian press.
After two frustrating season at Inter, Dennis Bergkamp was brought to North London to play for Arsenal in the summer of 1995 following a £7.5 million transfer. It would not be long before Dennis would endear himself into the hearts of Arsenal fans around the world with his dazzling dribbling and silky touch. Dennis made his league debut for the Gunners on August 19, 1995 against Middlesbrough. It took only seven games for the Dutchman to notch his first goal the Arsenal in a game against Southampton. Bergkamp really started to hit his stride shortly after the arrival of Arsene Wenger at the helm of Arsenal. Bergkamp played a key role in Arsenal’s double winning season in 1997-1998 and in the same season Bergkamp was voted PFA Player of the Year. One memory from that season that must stand above all is Dennis’ hat trick at Leicester where all three of his goals came in first, second and third on Match of the Day’s goal of the month, the only player ever to achieve such a feat. Dennis continued to play for club and country until he retired from football after the Champion’s league final of 2006. Throughout his illustrious career at Arsenal FC, Bergkamp helped lead the Gunners to victories in both the FA cup and the Barclay’s Premier League. Dennis was a member and interregnal part of the infamous 2002 squad or “The Invincibles” who managed to go the entire season without losing a match, an achievement never before accomplished in modern football. Over the span of his time at Arsenal, Bergkamp managed 120 goals in 424 appearances. Dennis managed another 166 assists during his time at Highbury, making him the all time leading goal creater at Arsenal.
After Dennis retired, he turned down a chance to become an Arsenal scout, opting instead to go back to his hometown club of Ajax and work with Marco Van Basten as a trainee, setting himself up to jump into the world of management at some point in the future. All of us at The Gooner Forum would like to wish Dennis and Ajax the best of luck next season as Dennis officially begins the next chapter of his life. Dennis, you are forever an Arsenal legend. May you succeed in everything you do.
Triplec1988, Proud member of The Gooner Forum.
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