Tomas Rosicky has confirmed that he’ll play a farewell game in his native Czech Republic as he draws a line under his playing career.
The 37-year-old, who retired in December last year, is organising a friendly at Sparta Prague’s Letna Stadium on 9 June and is planning to invite former teammates from his boyhood club, Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal and the national team.
Speaking about the match, Tomas said: “I know these types of matches have no big tradition in our country but I was sure just from the start I want to arrange something like this.
“I want to say goodbye to Sparta Prague and Czech national team fans straight from the pitch.
“I always wanted to have a fun when I played football, I wanted to show the beauty and all variations of this game. And I want to show it to fans for the last time on June 9th at Letna.”
Rosicky is also pencilled in for two matches in Arsenal colours this summer. After the success of last year’s Legends game against AC Milan Glorie, the club has organised a double-header with Real Madrid to take place at the Bernabeu on 3 June (can Tomas handle two games in a week?) and at the Emirates on 8 September.
Alongside Tomas, the likes of Robert *swoon* Pires, Freddie Ljungberg, Gilberto, Ray Parlour, Sol Campbell and Lauren will go head-to-head with Real heroes including Roberto Carlos and Raul.