The Top 6 Moments in the Career of Former Dortmund & Arsenal Midfielder Tomas Rosicky

Former Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal and Czech Republic star Tomas Rosicky enjoyed a stellar career that lasted the best part of 20 years.


The 37-year old announced his immediate retirement from the game after revealing he could no longer "fully prepare my body for what the professional football requires."


Here we take a look back at six standout moments in the Czech international's career....

6. Makes International Debut at Age 19

Aged just 19, Rosicky was called up to the Czech Republic national side ahead of their Euro 2000 campaign.


After featuring in a couple of pre-tournament friendlies, Rosicky went on to start in their first two Euro 2000 fixtures, though his side lost on both occasions.


It was the start of what was to be an illustrious international career for the midfield maestro.

5. Joins Borussia Dortmund for Record Bundesliga Fee

A young Rosicky had scooped the 'Talent of the Year' at the 1999 Czech Footballer of the Year awards, and really made a name for himself at the start of the 2000/01 season.


Playing for underdogs Sparta Prague, the midfielder scored against both Arsenal and Shakhtar Donetsk in the group stages of the Champions League, catching the eye of visiting scouts.


It wasn't long before German giants Borussia Dortmund stumped up £8m, making the 20-year old the most expensive signing in Bundesliga history and the most expensive Czech player to be sold to a foreign side. 

4. Wins the Bundesliga Title With Borussia Dortmund

In his first-full season at the club. Rosicky helped his Borussia Dortmund side claim the Bundesliga crown.


He scored five goals in 30 league appearances during the campaign, and also helped his side reach that season's UEFA Cup final.


Dortmund came up short 3-2 in the final, but Rosicky's title victory with the club was their first in six years and broke up a period of domination from rivals Bayern Munich.

3. Finally Wins a Trophy in England as Arsenal Lift the FA Cup

His performances for Borussia Dortmund persuaded Arsene Wenger to move for the Czech playmaker, clinching the signing of a then 25-year old Rosicky in the summer of 2006.


Injury disrupted the majority of Rosicky's career at Arsenal, with the midfielder failing to nail down a starting spot throughout his time at the Emirates. He did however earn cult status for his performances in big matches.


He was finally rewarded for his loyalty and perseverance in overcoming his injury problems, stepping off the bench as Arsenal beat Hull 3-2 to win the 2014 FA Cup final.

2. Appointed Captain of the Czech Republic National Side

Following the retirement of iconic figure Pavel Nedved, Rosicky was appointed the new Czech Republic captain in August 2006.


Injury and scandal caused Rosicky to miss Euro 2008, though he did go on to lead his side at the next major tournament they qualified for, Euro 2012.


Despite being bestowed with the captaincy, Rosicky never recaptured the same form as he did prior to being named skipper, but always featured for the national side when fit and available.

1. Wins His 100th International Cap vs Iceland

The standout moment of Rosicky's career came when he won his 100th international cap against Iceland.


Having struggled with fitness for so many seasons, earning his 100th cap was a testament to the talent that he possessed. Despite losing the game 2-1, Rosicky helped his side qualify for Euro 2016 where he also became the oldest player to represent his country at a major tournament.


Rosicky is currently a member of an elite club of only four players who have made it to a century of international caps for the Czechs, finishing his career with 105 international appearances and 23 goals.


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