Rosy’s farewell party in pouring rain

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Storm does not prevent football festival More than 18,000 fans had come – and they were waiting despite in some cases cloudburst-like rains in Prague: Tomas Rosicky stepped on Saturday in atmospheric atmosphere from the football stage. The sky cried over Prague: Tomas Rosicky stepped away from the football stage. © imago With a big farewell game, ex-Dortmunder Tomas Rosicky has finally ended his active career. More than 18,000 fans braved the pouring rain in the sold-out Sparta Prague stadium to see the “midfield Mozart” play again, as agency CTK reported on Saturday. The match between a team Czech Republic with Petr Cech, Karel Poborsky and Milan Baros as well as a team world with Jens Lehmann, Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie ended 5: 2. Rosicky converted a penalty in the 37th minute and received a long round of applause. He thanked his fans for a “wonderful experience”. Twenty years ago, he started his professional career at Sparta Prague and is proud to finish there, said the 37-year-old. “He’s like Picasso, I’ll never forget him,” said Rosy’s former Arsenal team-mate Alexander Hleb. From now on in the Sparta management Last but not least, Czech newspapers commented on the storm at the farewell match. “It’s as if the football gods did not want to retire one of their best students,” wrote portal sport.cz. Since his retirement in December, Rosicky has been working in Sparta Prag’s sporting management. Rosicky was three times footballer of the year in the Czech Republic. He became German champion in 2002 with Borussia Dortmund and reached the UEFA Cup final in the same year. He won the FA Cup twice with Arsenal. aho / dpa

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