Born in Prague on 4th October 1980, Tomas Rosicky had football in his blood.
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Tomas Rosicky’s early days
Tomas Rosicky’s Father Jiri spent his whole career in the Czech leagues with Sparta Prague and latterly Bohemians CKD Prague, and elder brother Jiri was also a keen footballer who would go on to play in Spain, Austria and the Czech Republic. Mother Eva also competed at the top level, but in table tennis. All in all, some pretty impressive genes.
Tomas Rosicky briefly attended the CKD Kompresory football academy in 1986, but left to join the youth ranks at Sparta Prague together with Jiri, aged eight and ten respectively. However, their careers were to diverge dramatically from there. While Jiri left the club for Atlético Madrid’s B team in 1996, Tomas continued to impress locally, eventually making his first team debut in 1998 and collecting his first silverware that same season – a winner’s medal in the Czech First League.
The 1999-2000 season was Rosicky’s real breakthrough year as Sparta Prague again swept to the national title. During the year, he made 36 appearances, scored 7 goals and won “Talent of the Year” at the Czech footballer awards. He also won a first national cap at just 19.