Dennis Bergkamp ‘Non-Flying Dutchman’

Dennis Bergkamp, an Arsenal legend and one of the greatest ever players from the Netherlands was nicknamed the ‘Non-Flying Dutchman’ due to his fear of flying. Bergkamp does discuss in his autobiography that his phobia developed from an plane incident after the 1994 World Cup finals. Bergkamp’s reluctance to fly lead to him having it written in his contract with Arsenal that he would not fly on aeroplanes. This limited his ability to play in away matches, however he is still remembered as one of the most spectacular players to play in the Premier League.

The most magical goal of Bergkamp’s career was against Newcastle in March 2002, Bergkamp received a pass with his back to the goal, spun the ball around Nikos Dabizas with a soft flick and then slotted the ball past goalkeeper Shay Given.

Arsenal placed a statue of Bergkamp outside the Gunners’ Emirates Stadium to commemorate his 11-year Arsenal career.

While winning trophies with Arsenal, the Dutch legend also studied and completed his degree in Mechanical Engineering at The University of Bath.


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