|FULL NAME||Dennis Nicolaas Maria Bergkamp|
|BORN||May 10, 1969|
|HEIGHT||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
Dennis Nicolaas Maria Bergkamp played professional football in the Netherlands. He was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on May 10, 1969. He was mostly used as a second striker in the forward position. He began his career as a wide midfielder before moving to striker. His outstanding achievements earned him the FIFA World Player of the Year title in 1993, as well as a spot among Pelé’s FIFA 100 best living players.
He began his career as an amateur in the minor leagues. At the age of 11, he began his professional career with Ajax.
Bergkamp made his debut for the Netherlands U21 team in 1989, appearing in two games with this group of the national squad. In 1990, he made his debut for Netherlands B, a team that no longer exists. Finally, on September 26, 1990, he made his national team debut in a 1:0 loss to Italy in an international friendly match. He took the place of Frank de Boer, who was unable to play due to illness.
Ascend to greatness
Bergkamp was picked for the 1994 FIFA World Cup finals after scoring five goals in qualifying. He appeared in every game of the tournament, scoring goals in the 1:2 group stage win over Morocco and the 2:0 round-of-16 triumph against the Republic of Ireland. He went on to score a goal against Brazil in the quarter-finals. The goal, however, was in vain as the squad was eliminated from the competition after a 2:3 loss against Brazil.
He scored two more goals against Malta in the European Qualifiers after his initial goal against Greece in 1990. In the next year’s European Qualifiers, he scored goals once again. In Europe’s World Cup qualifying, he scored five goals.
He earned his first hat-trick for the national team against Wales in the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifying on November 9, 1996. As a result, the Netherlands finished top in their group and qualified for the FIFA World Cup in 1998. One of his three goals was a spectacular game-winning strike against Argentina in the final minute of the quarter-final.
Career in the club
Bergkamp moved from Ajax U17 to Ajax U19 in 1986. He joined AFC Ajax in 1986 and made his official senior debut against Roda JC on December 14, 1986.
Bergkamp was sold to Internazionale for £7.1 million on February 16, 1993. In a 2–1 victory against Reggina at the San Siro on August 29, 1993, he made his debut.
He was moved to Arsenal in a £2.5 million deal in June 1995. On September 23, 1995, he scored his first goal for the club against Southampton. He made 33 appearances and scored 11 goals in his debut season.
On the 22nd of July 2006, during Arsenal’s match against Ajax, a testimonial was held in his honour at the Emirates Stadium.
Bergkamp took over as captain in lieu of the injured Vieira in a home match against Middlesbrough on August 22, 2004, which Arsenal won 5–3.
While playing for the Netherlands National team in 1998, Bergkamp broke Faas Wilkes’ record to become the country’s all-time leading goalscorer.
With a transfer price of £2.5 million to Arsenal, he established a new record. With a strike rate of 0.57, he became Arsenal’s best scorer in the 1997-98 season.
In 2000, he left the national team, and in 2006, he left the club.