Dennis Bergkamp is a former professional football player and assistant team manager from the Netherlands. He has played for Ajax, Inter Milan, and Arsenal. He was named the Dutch Footballer of the Year twice and he was also named to Pele’s FIFA 100 in 2004.
Player Profile, Personal Life, and Youth Career
Dennis Nicolaas Maria Bergkamp was born on May 10, 1969, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. His parents were Tonnie and Wim and has two other brothers, Dennis being the youngest. They named him after Denis Law, a football player from Scotland.
He started his youth career playing on the Ajax youth system from 1981 to 1986.
He turned pro in 1986 and started playing for Ajax’s senior team, appearing for the club 185 times. While there, he helped them with the KNVB Cup twice and the UEFA Cup once. After Ajax, he moved to play for Inter Milan for roughly three years.
In 1995, he signed with Arsenal and played for the team from 1995 to 2006, appearing 315 times. He helped the team win the Premier League title three times.
Some of the honors he’s received include being named the Dutch Footballer of the Year in 1991 and 1992.
From 2011 to 2017, he served as an assistant coach for Ajax. In 2004, he was named to Pele’s FIFA 100 list. He has been named to the English Football Hall of Fame and the Premier League Hall of Fame.
- Eredivisie - 1989–90
- KNVB Cup - 1986–87, 1992–93
- European Cup Winners’ Cup - 1986–87;runner-up - 1987–88
- UEFA Cup - 1991–92
- UEFA Cup - 1993–94
- Premier League - 1997–98, 2001–02,2003–04
- UEFA Champions League runner-up -2005–06
- UEFA Cup runner-up - 1999–2000
- Bergkamp statue outside the EmiratesStadium
- Dutch Footballer of the Year - 1991,1992
- Eredivisie top scorer - 1990–91,1991–92, 1992–93
- UEFA European Championship Team ofthe Tournament - 1992
- IFFHS World’s Top Goal Scorer - 1992
- Ballon d’Or runner-up - 1993; thirdplace - 1992
- FIFA World Player of the Year BronzeAward - 1993, 1997
- UEFA Cup Top Scorer - 1993–94
- FIFA World Cup All-Star Team - 1998
- FIFA 100 - 2004
- English Football Hall of Fame - 2007
- Premier League Hall of Fame - 2021
- 1989 - Netherlands
- 1990–2000 - Netherlands
- 2011–2017 - Ajax (Assistant)