The weekend is a time for sports and that’s why today we are looking at a champion of a player. Tomas Rosicky moved back to the Czech Republic this year after a 10-year spell at Arsenal. The Czech midfielder has had an illustrious career from his beginnings at Sparta Prague through to his return to the club this summer.
Rosicky began his career at Sparta Prague where he quickly made an impact and was named Talent of the Year in 1999 at the Czech Footballer of Year awards. His ability as a natural midfielder was quickly noticed and he was signed by German team Borussia Dortmund in 2001. During his time at the club he won the 2001-2002 Bundesliga title and played in the 2002 UEFA Cup final where the team lost to Feyenoord. After five years at the German club he was signed by Arsenal where he would spend most of his career.
Although Rosicky’s time at Arsenal was riddled with injuries he is still regarded as one of the best midfielders to play for the team. The Boot Room write that Rosicky was “a dream midfielder” for the Arsenal squad. The website commends the player’s loyalty to the club after he never took a pay rise due to his injuries and the amount of games he missed.
Despite missing many games through problems with his achilles tendon and numerous knee injuries, Rosicky became a fan favourite. What made Rosicky one of the best midfielders in the club’s history were his playmaking abilities and he earned the nickname ‘the little Mozart’.
While he was at Arsenal he won the FA Cup in 2014 and 2015 and the FA Community Shield in 2014. During his last season at Arsenal, Rosicky missed the first half of the season through a knee injury and injured his thigh in his first match back. That was the last time he played for the club.
To celebrate the player’s legacy Arsenal gave him a special award after the final match of the season, according to the BBC. This shows how much of an impact he made on the club despite only making 170 appearances over the course of 10 years in North London. Inside Futbol reported that on leaving the club after ten years, Rosicky spoke of how he was proud of his influence on the growth of Arsenal’s young players.
Tomas Rosicky has been a huge part of the Czech national team and earned his 100th cap against Latvia in 2015 states the Daily Cannon. Rosicky made his international debut against the Republic of Ireland when he was 19-years-old in 2000. In 2006 he was made captain of the national team and continues to captain the team to this day. He holds both the record as the oldest and youngest Czech player to play for the country in the UEFA Euros playing in both Euro 2000 and Euro 2016.
Unfortunately, Rosicky’s international career has also been marred with injury with Premier League speculation site Betfair reporting in their European 2016 section of the site, his injury at the tournament was a huge blow to the Czech Republic’s chances of progressing out of the initial group stages. This proved to be right with the Czech Republic finishing bottom of their group with only one point.
Fifteen years since leaving the club Rosicky has returned to Sparta Prague.
Football news site Goal interviewed Rosicky, with the enigmatic midfielder telling them that, “I’m not coming here just to play. I’m coming here to win.” Sparta Prague have expressed a desire to keep Rosicky on after he retires by giving him a coaching job.
You can watch Tomas in action and learn more about him at the following video:
We’re happy he’s back with Sparta Prague!