Dennis Bergkamp goal vs Argentina: Dutch commentator lost it at 1998 World Cup

Denis Bergkamp goal vs Argentina in 1998

Dennis Bergkamp was not one for dealing in the ordinary.

More often than not, whenever the legendary Arsenal striker hit the headlines, it was because he had just done something incredibly special.

Possessing a god-like first touch and a ruthless eye for goal, Bergkamp made a habit of leaving baffled defenders motionless and dumfounded in the blinking of an eye.

Bergkamp comfortably lays claim to some of the greatest goals the Premier League has ever and will ever see.

However, it wasn’t just in English climes that he thrived, with Bergkamp also netting some truly ridiculous strikes in the orange of his beloved Netherlands.

Quite possibly the most iconic of those was his late winner against Argentina in the quarter final of the 1998 World Cup in France.

Denis Bergkamp in action for the Netherlands
20 Jun 1998: Dennis Bergkamp of Holland on the ball during the World Cup group E game against South Korea at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille, France. Bergkamp scored as Holland won 5-0. Mandatory Credit: Stu Forster /Allsport

With the tight clash drifting towards extra-time, Bergkamp took the tie by the scruff of the next with a touch and finish so good it deserves its very own chapter in the history books.

Latching onto a sweeping overhead pass from Frank de Boer, Bergkamp brought the ball under his spell with frightful ease, sent a defender for an early shower before smashing home from close range.

It was a truly spectacular strike and, if you happened to be listening to Dutch commentary, you’ll know that Jack van Gelder well and truly understood the assignment.

Van Gelder couldn’t restrain his joy as he bellowed Bergkamp’s name over and over again before abandoning all sense and simply screaming into the microphone.

It is an iconic moment of commentary which you can hear in the clip below:

Simply spectacular – just listen to how much it means.

Sadly, the Dutch would go on to lose their semi-final clash with Brazil in a painful penalty shootout before losing to Croatia in the third place play-off.

That, however, should do little to take away from just how special that quarter-final goal, paired with Van Gelder’s commentary, really was.

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