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.
Legendary Tomas, how the cold hand of injury gods have denied us that football variations!
one of his injuries (where the ligament or tendon detached but kept resetting back into its proper position when he was scanned) is now used as a bloody case study.
Santi and Rosicky are my favourite Arsenal players to watch after Henry. So sad what happened to both of them…
Since he left,I’ve never had a favorite again.
What about DB10? Not even a mention…. He was the player that made the biggest impression on me in my late teens. The things that man could do with a football always left me amazed and sometimes a little confused. I was lucky enough to regularly go to games from 93-06 and of all the players I watched he was the one that changed the way I think about football. Every time I watched him play was like witnessing magic, his vision and passing, his skill and the way he could change the entire pace of a game with just… Read more »
It wasn’t just you. I remember one Cristiano Ronaldo standing all amazed and confused while trying to work out where the ball had gone when he attempted to “stepover” DB10.
any chance of a link to that???
One of favorite players of all time, despite how badly injuries affected his career. What I would have given to see him win the champions league with Arsenal and organise a massive mosh pit in the stadium.
“If you love football, you love Rosicky.”
Legend. Scored my all time favourite Arsenal goal, just such a fun player.
That wonderful team goal against Sunderland, perhaps? Or the screamer at Spurms?
The dink over Lloris in the FA cup. I was right behind the goal, just awesome.
Wish I could make that game.
Legend, Rosicky will be forever in our hearts
Should of had a testimonial for Arsenal
Rosicky = all round top lad. Best wishes for the future, Little Rock n roll loving Mozart
Can we bring back Gilberto for the first team?
Tomas Rosicky the magician, Little Mozart, my favorite Gunner ever, and after Pele, my favorite player of all time.
As much as I love Tomasz, I’d be worried for him that he’d be injured for his own testimonial.
i remember when arsenal posted a video asking the players about the best and worst things about london. everyone was talking about the people, the sights, the traffic, the weather … except rosicky. without hesitation, his answer to the best thing about london was arsenal. and the worst thing about london; the spuds~
that itself should have cemented his status as a legend!