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Stillness and Speed: My Story by Dennis Bergkamp

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Review

'Touch & technique are the recurring themes in Bergkamp's brilliant autobiography... Every coach, manager, player or academy recruit should spend £20 on it and learn from one of the game's greats. The answers to the ills in the English game are all there' Daily Mail

'Dennis 'The Iceman' Bergkamp. 400 appearances, three league titles and two doubles, and a key member of the 'Invincibles'. What more really needs to be said to make you want to pick up a copy? Stillness and Speed offers an enthralling insight to Dennis' footballing journey from his time served under the Dutch Master Johan Cryuff to the Premier league, and the path that led him to become an Arsenal and International legend.

As an Arsenal fan and having witnessed many of the footballing feats Dennis was capable of, this book personally brought back fantastic memories and I couldn't put it down. It is well written and captivating throughout; there isn't much more you could ask for in a player's autobiography. A thoroughly enjoyable read and viewpoint from Dennis' perspective about his path that ultimately led to Arsène Wenger's doorstep. I'd encourage anyone to give it a read, and then challenge you to put it down again before the final page is turned' Twentyfour7Football

'Bergkamp allows his story to be told in the words of David Winner, the author of a much-admired analysis of Dutch football. Winner interviews Bergkamp - who retired in 2006 and is now a senior coach with Ajax at length, but intersperses his narrative with his own observations and with material from conversations with friends and colleagues such as Wenger, Vieira and Thierry Henry' The Guardian

'The Dutchman's long-awaited book is unique, jumping between a traditional biographical approach, to interviews with former team-mates and coaches, to A&As between him and author David Winner. A theoretical tome, it's one for the cerebral fan, not a scandal junkie' FourFourTwo Magazine

'A characteristically intelligent, soulful memoir' The Times

'An unusually fun, honest and readable biography' Giles Richards, Observer

'David Winner, a peerless chronicler of Dutch football, helps Bergkamp construct an eccentric but ultimately beguiling story in Stillness And Speed' --Sunday Herald --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


About the Author

Born in Amsterdam in 1969, Dennis Bergkamp began his hugely successful career at Ajax, before moving to Inter Milan and then on to Arsenal in 1995, where he was a central figure in the side that won three league titles and four FA Cups. He also won 79 caps for the Netherlands. He is currently assistant manager at Ajax.