Stillness and Speed by Dennis Bergkamp

By Dennis Bergkamp

In Stillness and pace, one in every of football's so much enigmatic stars eventually opens up approximately his existence and profession, revealing the issues that inspire and encourage him. considered via many as probably the most influential figures in optimum League heritage, and scorer of the target that Arsenal enthusiasts voted the simplest within the club's heritage, Dennis Bergkamp is a real monstrous of the sport. As a young person, Bergkamp discovered from the Dutch grasp Johan Cruyff. by the point the student was once able to graduate from Ajax and flow in another country, he used to be able to unfold the observe, yet in Italy he chanced on few keen listeners. It was once basically whilst he moved to Arsenal and associated up with Arsene Wenger that he met another person who shared his imaginative and prescient for football's percentages. Bergkamp grew to become important to every little thing the membership did: now he had develop into the trainer, their inventive genius, and the one that encouraged a few of the wayward outdated defend to new heights, assisting them to seven significant trophies. Few footballers' books make you think that anew, yet in Stillness and SpeedBergkamp offers a brand new imaginative and prescient for the sport and the way it would be performed. He was once a participant like no different; his tale is informed like no different. it's a ebook that might encourage soccer fanatics all over the place, no matter what their allegiance.

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Their opponents were the East Germans of Lokomotive Leipzig, whose most colourful contribution in the final turned out to be their bright yellow shirts. Dennis, given special leave of absence from school, flew with the squad to Athens. ‘That trip made a huge impression on me. For example, when we arrived in Greece, Van Basten came and sat next to me on the coach and started talking about the match bonus. I think it was 17,500 guilders. Maybe it was even 25,000, but it meant nothing to me. I wasn’t thinking about money at all.

Being ordinary was never acceptable. Cruyff was relentless in his demand for improvement and excellence. Dennis observes: ‘He is very instinctive. He really sees a lot of things, and, yes, he’s got a dominating character as well, an urge to control things. But that’s Total Football. You want to see everything, and Johan does see everything. If you are a Total Footballer, you can’t be just doing your own thing. ’ Likewise, Cruyff admired Dennis’s skills and intelligence: ‘Bergkamp is one of those people I have a special football relationship with.

If you are a Total Footballer, you can’t be just doing your own thing. ’ Likewise, Cruyff admired Dennis’s skills and intelligence: ‘Bergkamp is one of those people I have a special football relationship with. He belongs to a group of special guys, with Van Basten, Van’t Schip and Rijkaard. Intelligent guys. And that’s what it’s all about, because you play football with your head, and your legs are there to help you. If you don’t use your head, using your feet won’t be sufficient. Why does a player have to chase the ball?

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