3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Unconventional, disappointingly so.,
This review is from: Stillness and Speed: My Story (Hardcover)
As others have said, this is not a normal football autobiography and, while interesting, it's too short and lacking in much of the detail I would hope and expect to get. This book is as much about Cruyff, Ajax, Dutch football, Arsenal and Internazionale as it is about Bergkamp, and I'm pretty sure Bergkamp contributes much less than 50% of the text.
I suppose it reflects Bergkamp's character in that he doesn't like to be too open within a public arena, so most topics are only given a light treatment, but given how highly regarded he is within the annuls of European football, this feels like a missed opportunity.
Perhaps, in light of his continued involvement in football, he didn't want to give too much away about his techniques and relationships, but this is what I look for in football autobiographies.
I still enjoyed the book and will be paying far more attention to Ajax's progress over the next few years as result of reading this book, but I can't shake the short-changed feeling I got.