Tomáš Rosický is a Czech footballer who plays for Arsenal and captains the Czech national team. He was nicknamed “the little Mozart” for his ability to orchestrate the midfield. When Rosický first arrived at Borussia Dortmund, his arrival cost the team €14.5 million. Rosický's reputation grew during his time at Dortmund and, during the latter stages of his spell at the club. On 23 May 2006, Arsenal confirmed that they had signed then 25-year-old Rosický on a long-term contract. He made his competitive debut for Arsenal on 8 August 2006 in a 3–0 win over Dinamo Zagreb in a Champions League qualifier. He scored his first Arsenal goal on 13 September 2006 against Hamburg in Arsenal's first Champions League game of the season, which Arsenal won by 2 goals to 1. On 26 February 2012, Rosický scored in the 50th minute against Tottenham Hotspur. Rosický's performance earned him the man of the match award chosen by voters on Arsenal.com. He then put in a controlling display against Liverpool at Anfield, in a 2–1 win. Rosický scored the second goal, and won UEFA's man of the match award, in a 3–0 home win against Milan, as he played as an attacking midfielder. His rejuvenation did not go unrecognized by the Arsenal fans, who voted him 3rd in the Arsenal.com Player of the Season poll. Rosický made his international debut in 2000 at 19 years-of-age against the Republic of Ireland. He played for his country at Euro 2000 and Euro 2004 and helped the side qualify for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. At the beginning of the 2006–07 season, Rosický was made captain of the Czech Republic national side, greatly helping the Czech Republic qualify for Euro 2008.
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