Tomas Rosicky has decided to retire from professional football midway through Sparta Prague’s 2017/18 campaign.
The 37-year-old has made only 12 appearances, scoring once, since returning to his boyhood club in August 2016.
He made the free transfer back to the Czech capital after a injury-ravaged decade at Arsenal where he made 246 appearances and twice won the FA Cup. Prior to his move to the Emirates, the midfielder spent five seasons at Borussia Dortmund where he won the Bundesliga in 2002.
Rosicky made 105 appearances the Czech Republic in a prestigious international career and captained his countrymen at Euro 2016.
In a statement on the Sparta Prague website, Rosicky explained his decision:
“After careful consideration, I have realised I am no longer able to fully prepare my body for what the professional football requires.
“I would like to thank Sparta for raising me, for being the first step in my career in big clubs, and for allowing me to say goodbye at the place I love the most.”
In his pomp, Rosicky was just majestic; a team player who was full of energy and attacking guile, he was blessed with great technique, loved a tackle and scored some lovely goals (particularly against Sp*rs). Also, his celebrations were bloody ace [see above].
It’s a crying shame that injuries denied us more special ‘Super Tom’ moments.
Arsene Wenger said in 2015, “If you love football, you love Rosicky.” We couldn’t agree more.
All the best for the future Tomas, we’d love to see you back in N5 in some capacity in the near future.
For now, here’s a splendid compilation of his best bits…