The Touch


Dennis Bergkamp


Holland just defeated Serbia Montenego 1-0 in a hard fought game. Arjen Robben was the most dangerous man on the field as he followed up his wonderful goal with a magnificent display of attacking football.

In Robben’s honor, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite moments from any World Cup. In the 1998 World Cup, the Dutch "Orange" defeated Argentina 2-1 in a game that ended with one of the most sublime touches in all of soccer. Dennis Bergkamp, one of my favorite players of all time, took a long 50 yard lob sent from the Dutch side of the field deftly with one foot, turned the ball on his second touch to beat the Argentine defender, and drove the ball to the back of the net. Bergkamp made it look so easy that the skill involved took a backseat to the beauty of the move. The best video I found on YouTube unfortunately is not the best quality, but the quality of the video is more than compensated for by the Dutch commentator who definitely could have used a sedative.

Click on the image above to see the video. The first part of the video is other goals by Bergkamp. The second part of the video with the crazy Dutch commentator is the World Cup goal in question.

The Iran versus Mexico game is about to begin. Watch for Iran’s Ali Daei to have a big day. This game will put Mexico to the test.

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8 Responses to The Touch

  1. Ingrid says:

    Oranje bo-ven, Oranje bo-ven..leven de Ko-ningIN!! woohoo…I’ll even try to see if there is some replay of that later tonight since I did not even know Holland was in! I obviously:d do not live in the NL otherwise you’d have to be dead not to know…I’ll watch the video later too..I’m ‘toddler sitting’ ;):)>- (woohoo again)

  2. Ingrid says:

    Btw Mash, it has happened a few times this week that I wrote a comment and submitted it and somehow it got ‘eaten’ you know why that could be?
    Hope all is well with your family on their travels!

  3. Mash says:

    Ingrid, I’ll look into it. It might be the spam blocker is buggy. It’s supposed to send the comment to moderation, not delete it.

    I’ll keep an eye on it. Let me know if it happens again.

    Sorry for the light posting. I’m working on a post for tonight. I’ve been a little distracted last couple of days.

  4. Ingrid says:

    Thanks for looking into it. As for the ‘light posting’ well, I was expecting that. Besides, any of your posts are worthwhile pieces one can chew on for a while before digesting matter..
    thx for sharing that video..I got a little sentimental tug with that one..snif snif ..again!

  5. MHB says:

    Nice choice, Mash – I’ve been a Bergkamp fan ever since that goal – even if he did play for Arsenal… But I guess that’s ok because Chelsea has replaced Arsenal as the team I love to hate…

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