34 Facts About Dennis Bergkamp

1. Dennis Bergkamp achieved a unique feat in being voted first, second and third on Match of the Day's Goal of the Month competition in August 1997.

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2. Dennis Bergkamp turned down an offer to scout for Arsenal and instead concentrated on travelling and spending time with his family.

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3. Dennis Bergkamp was schooled in Total Football, a playing style and philosophy which relied on versatility.

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4. On 9 October 1999, Dennis Bergkamp scored his final goal for the Netherlands, against Brazil.

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5. Dennis Bergkamp made the All-Star team of the tournament, alongside Frank de Boer and Edgar Davids.

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6. Dennis Bergkamp took one touch to control a long 60-yard aerial pass from Frank de Boer, brought the ball down through Argentine defender Roberto Ayala's legs, and finally finished by firing a volley with the outside of his right foot, past keeper Carlos Roa at a tight angle from the right.

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7. Dennis Bergkamp scored three times in the competition, including a memorable winning goal in the final minute of the quarterfinal against Argentina.

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8. Dennis Bergkamp was selected for Euro 1992, where his national team were the defending champions.

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9. Dennis Bergkamp scored his first goal for the team against Greece on 21 November 1990.

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10. Dennis Bergkamp made his international debut for the Netherlands national team against Italy on 26 September 1990 as a substitute for Frank de Boer.

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11. Dennis Bergkamp kicked off the match with his father, Wim, and son, Mitchel.

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12. Dennis Bergkamp was the focus of the first match at Arsenal's new ground, the Emirates Stadium.

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13. Dennis Bergkamp was an unused substitute in his final match for Arsenal against Barcelona in the Champions League final; Barcelona scored twice in the last 13 minutes to overturn Arsenal's early lead and win the competition.

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14. Dennis Bergkamp scored an injury-time winner against Thun on Matchday 1 of the Champions League, having come on as a substitute in the 72nd minute.

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15. Dennis Bergkamp was moved by Arsenal supporters chanting "one more year", describing it as "quite special".

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16. Dennis Bergkamp committed himself to Arsenal at the end of the season, signing a further extension to his contract.

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17. On 20 July 2003, Dennis Bergkamp signed a one-year extension at the club.

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18. Dennis Bergkamp featured in nine out of the last ten league games, forming a productive partnership with Ljungberg.

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19. Dennis Bergkamp made his return against Newcastle United on 3 March 2002.

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20. Dennis Bergkamp headed in the winner against Liverpool in a FA Cup fourth-round tie on 27 January 2002, but was shown a red card for a two-footed lunge on defender Jamie Carragher, who himself was sent off for throwing a coin into the crowd.

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21. Dennis Bergkamp played in 33 league matches, setting up 15 goals, one of which was against Juventus in the second group stage of the Champions League.

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22. Dennis Bergkamp was used as a late substitute in Liverpool's win over Arsenal in the 2001 FA Cup Final.

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23. Dennis Bergkamp ultimately agreed terms on a contract extension in December 2000.

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24. Dennis Bergkamp took the penalty shot, but it was saved by goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel.

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25. Dennis Bergkamp was consoled with the PFA Players' Player of the Year award, becoming only the third non-British player to be recognised by his fellow professionals as the outstanding performer in English football.

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26. Dennis Bergkamp played no further part in Arsenal's season after overstretching his hamstring against Derby County on 29 April 1998, missing the 1998 FA Cup Final.

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27. Dennis Bergkamp received his first red card against Sunderland in January 1997 for a high tackle on midfielder Paul Bracewell in the 26th minute.

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28. Dennis Bergkamp ended his first season with 33 appearances and 11 goals, helping Arsenal finish fifth and earn a place in the UEFA Cup by scoring the winner against Bolton Wanderers on the final day of the season.

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29. Dennis Bergkamp endured a disappointing campaign, troubled with stress injuries and fatigue from the 1994 World Cup.

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30. Dennis Bergkamp attracted the attention of several European clubs as a result of his performances for Ajax.

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31. Dennis Bergkamp was the top scorer in the Eredivisie from 1991 to 1993, and was voted Dutch Footballer of the Year in 1992 and 1993.

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32. Dennis Bergkamp was brought up through Ajax's youth system, joining the club at age 11.

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33. Dennis Bergkamp signed for Italian club Inter Milan in 1993, where he had two disappointing seasons.

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34. Dennis Bergkamp was spotted by Ajax at age 11 and made his professional debut in 1986.

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