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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (8 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471129535
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471129537
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (255 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'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

'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

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.


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Dennis Bergkamp is a name that will be forever be synonymous with football technical brilliance. His scoring of goals; his creation of chances; and his overall vision towards the game won him many admirers throughout his playing career. If the man even so much as flicked the big toe on his right foot, it would give football pundits orgasms lasting several weeks. But why does Dennis think and operate the way he does with football? This book “Stillness & Speed” gives the reader a great insight into the man who thoroughly deserves his descriptive title of “Dutch Master.”

Strictly speaking this isn’t a biography or autobiography. It’s more of an interview book where the writer asks various questions about Bergkamp’s football career. He talks about his thinking when creating chances and goals both for himself and his teammates; his attitude towards training and his need to go the extra mile to “get it right”; and his precise views on various aspects of the game which includes taking penalties. Overall the book was a real eye-opener for me. Yes, we have various football pundits breaking down the action on a daily basis. Yes, we have Sky Sports and their bottomless cup of computer graphic analysis. But this book really opened my eyes has to how much depth there is in the game of football, and what needs to be learned and perfected in order to get really good at it. I was compelled to just keep reading, and that can only be a good thing.

“Stillness & Speed” is not just an educational experience (I would venture to say). It’s also a series of mini stories providing an interesting view on the different styles of football play throughout Europe.
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This was bought for my husband, mainly because we were going on a long business trip, and I thought it was something to do on the journey. Also, he is a big Bergkamp fan. If you are an Arsenal fan, and want to buy it, I suggest you go this way, as it is double the price on the Arsenal website, and you have P & P!!
Needless to say, he couldn't put the book down and he's not a big reader. I'm next in line to read it. Can't wait
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The philosophy of a true footballing genius regarding his sport. Wonderful insight into a very private personality. If we could incorporate his philosophy into our game, maybe there's hope for us yet.
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This is one of those books that, when you start reading it, is difficult to put down. It also has an unusual approach in that Denis Bergkamp's career is recounted by reference to viewpoints from contemporaries, particularly from club officials, with Bergkamp then
responding to their observations. The book also contains insights into how football clubs operate these days.
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Dennis Bergkamp's autobiography isn't like most football autobiographies. In truth, it isn't really an autobiography! In my mind, it's an authorised biography, not an autobiography. The co-writer has the main 'voice' and Dennis' input - which, admittedly, is substantial - is in the form of extended quotations taken from interviews with the co-writer. Effectively, it makes the book a long magazine-style interview of Bergkamp.

However, that apart, it's still a great and analytical read that probably works well for somebody who had a great playing career but perhaps doesn't have the big, gregarious personality we often associate with great sport autobiographies. There's plenty of input from others involved in his career at Ajax, Inter and Arsenal, and the co-writer seems to understand Bergkamp's career and get down to the key issues - the strife at Ajax, Bergkamp's unhappiness at Inter, the reasons for Arsenal's success.

A couple of quibbles about the Kindle edition - the version that I downloaded was missing a cover image and had a surprising amount of typos that got through proof-reading.
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An honest book by the worlds most delightful to watch gentleman of football. He was exciting towatch and this book is exciting to read. A real account of his life as a footballer!!
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I know Bergkamp is great, I know players he has played with think so too so it was not a great revelation that this was reflected in this book. There were some true insights which were remarkable but they were few and far between. Good read for a gooner.
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A fascinating read, this book is high quality, just like the man himself. A fascinating insight into the world of one of our greatest ever footballers with some interesting input from a whole host of characters. A really great read
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