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Saturday, June 03, 2006

Bergkamp's magic goal

There have been players more prolific than newly retired Arsenal striker Dennis Bergkamp, but few scorers of greater goals. Perhaps the best example of this was his 2002 Premiership Goal of the Season, scored against Newcastle United on March 2.

The brilliant spin goal started as Robert Pires worked the ball down the left channel, Bergkamp burst into space and appealed for the ball. Pires delivered a good pass from which Bergkamp worked his magic.

First touch, and with the inside of his left boot, Bergkamp tapped the ball to the defenders left and spins right to pass him by. He shrugs off a last ditch sliding tackle and with his second touch coolly slots the ball into the bottom left corner of the net.

It’s one of the finest pieces of skill ever produced on a football pitch and shows just why Bergkamp is called the Dutch Master. He has so many incredible goals, it's hard to choose, but for me this is the best of them all.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

unforgettable!

6/03/2006 7:28 PM  
Anonymous pip said...

Or his goal against Argentina or his hat trick against leicester. Ahh good memories

6/03/2006 7:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we'll miss you, o great one

6/03/2006 7:35 PM  
Anonymous Theo said...

What was so special about Bergkamp's goal was that nobody had ever seen one like it. It was totally unique! Great solo goals have been scored in the past by fantastic runs, volleys, chips, lobs, overhead-kicks, long distance shots, diving headers etc. We can all real off dozens of them. What we can't do, however, is compare one to Bergkamp's! That's why it deserves to be up there whenever 'all time greatest goals' are mentioned! Cheers!

6/03/2006 7:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another thing that was so brilliant was the way he spun the ball, somehow he did it with the inside of his boot, I've never seen it done

6/03/2006 7:43 PM  
Blogger Mas'ud said...

This has got to be the best goal ever in the Premiership. Not only did he prompt Pires for the pass, he beat a defender twice and then beat the keeper, sublime! Beckham's goal from the halfway line is considered the best and this one number 2, but if Bergy was an English player you can bet that this would be number 1. Beckham's goal, good as it is, did not involved the breadth of skill and technique displayed by Bergy. We are gonna miss him!

6/03/2006 7:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it was rubbish, a simple tap with the inside of his boot round a defender, then a push in the chest and a simple finish. nothing special. not like dicanio's goal for hammers

6/03/2006 9:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeh i agree, it wasnt anything amazing

6/03/2006 9:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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6/03/2006 9:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pure talent, pure magic and some power as well in shielding the ball.

One of the best goals I've ever seen and only he could make it.

6/03/2006 10:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah it was rubbish, that's why you see people do the same thing week in week out...

6/03/2006 11:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

its not better that the long range shots or volleys

6/04/2006 12:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

its shit!

6/04/2006 12:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All those who say this is nothing special are deluding themselves.

Yes, Dennis uses his elbow in a way that suggests that no Arsenal player or supporter may ever complain about Alan Shearer ever again, but there's no doubting this is one of the best goals of the past 15 years.

At the time this was scored and for years after, I assumed this was a fluke but having seen it time and time again I am convinced: Bergkamp meant that turn and fair play to one of the Premiership's greatest ever players!

As a Newcastle supporter, I support Bergkamp here: this was the kind of beautiful goal that every supporter can accept his team conceding. In the days of Chelsea's ugly grinding of results, we can look back on this sort of genius and reflect on the wonder that once was, not the hideosity that now is, at the height of the British game.

6/04/2006 1:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the man himself said the first touch was unintentional. and it was dabizas....

6/04/2006 3:30 AM  
Anonymous Robert (The Iceman rules) said...

It was pure class! Thank you Dennis for so many great memories!

All Arsenal Supporters love you and we will never forget you!

6/04/2006 7:06 AM  
Blogger chris.h. said...

Im a Newcastle fan and I was sat just behind that goal when he scored.At the time I remember thinking, "what the hell just happened...!!!" Couldn't work out what he had done until I saw it on the tv later.Brilliant goal. To say, best premiership goal ever is plain ridiculous...you forgot to take into account he was been marked by Dabizas for starters!!

6/04/2006 10:37 AM  
Anonymous Emma said...

yeah I will always remember this goal!

Bergie we will always miss you!

6/04/2006 3:55 PM  
Anonymous Footblogger said...

I think this is one of the most over-rated goals of all time. It was a nice touch, but as someone else said above, a better defender than Dabizas (i.e. my nan) would have stopped it.

6/05/2006 2:14 PM  
Blogger Gentleman-hobbs said...

I was there that day and the geordies around me applauded him to a man, along with some well spirited banter. Good fans.
I remember the one against Leicester which was a carbon copy of the one against Argentina. The Great one controlled a 40 yard pass and with 3 touches caressed the ball into the back of the net. Funny thing is that day I applauded Elliotts last minute equaliser. Leicester showed real character against a sublime Arsenal performance. Then there was the last goal scored in an FA cup game at Roker park. Amazing fans at Sunderland they deserve better.
We had waited a while for him to score but his second against Southampton showed he would be a scorer and creater of great goals.
Thank you Dennis, I am proud to have seen you play. He has brought smiles to so many faces.
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6/12/2006 7:26 PM  
Anonymous Alan said...

This was the man Alan Sugar wouldn't sign for £7.5m and went into his Carlos Kickaball rant about.

Nice one Mr Sugar. £11m for Rebrov was it? Says it all.

6/26/2006 11:10 AM  
Anonymous Rich said...

That was his best goal ever, you can never get tired of seeing that one.

7/30/2006 2:24 PM  
Blogger gratefulEm said...

actually i miss Pires too

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Blogger SoccerGuy said...

My comment comes at a time when millions had just witnessed what most probably is this year's goal of the season - Xabi Alonso's 70-yard effort. Great goal, but to me the Beckham one probably has got more significance to me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gj1ZcbJr0k

But I still have to give praise to that Bergkamp goal. That has got to be one of the most magical moments in English football.

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Blogger Jimmy M. Espana said...

Nice GOAL!!!!!!!

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Anonymous Ron said...

Incredible goal. Can you believe that Bergkamp is not even in the top 20 of the rankopedia.com's ranking for Best player ever?

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If you ask me i would rather vote Berkamp for henry as the best striker for arsenal.

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