World Cup Throwback: That Bergkamp goal

It’s now 10 9 weeks until the World Cup kicks off in Russia and as such, we’re counting down the days with a throwback every Thursday until then.


The fact that you already know what moment this is, just from the vague title of ‘That Bergkamp Goal,’ shows just how iconic this moment is. This is a man who scored a decent 37 goals for the Netherlands, after all.

It was France 98 and the 90th minute of a tense game between Argentina and The Oranje. A game played at some serious heat at the Stade Velodrome in Marseilles, it was evidently going to need something special to separate the two sides after Patrick Kluivert’s 12th-minute goal was ruled out shortly after by Claudio Lopez.

Add to that two red cards – one for each team – and you’ve got yourself a World Cup classic here, with all the tension and nerves and excitement that the tournament conjures up.

And this was certainly the case. Just inside his own half in a left-back position, Frank de Boer jogged with the ball in that scorching sun. With his head-up, he spots Dennis Bergkamp heading for the shade on the far right-side of the field and sends a diagonal ball in that direction. The Arsenal forward chases it, catching it before it bounces with a deft touch of his extraordinary right-boot. Then using the studs of his boot, he bounces the ball down and into his control, guiding underneath a defender in doing so.

Next, the easy part in comparison. He finishes it with all the composure that you’d expect from one of the coolest finishers to ever play the game, sending across the helpless goalkeeper and into the left-hand side of net – back into the sunshine.

On Dutch television, the commentary captured the feeling of a nation well…