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Czechs look to 'Little Mozart' to lead

Published: Monday 4 June 2012, 17.41CET
Every team has a conductor, the player they look upon to dictate the rhythm of their play, and thankfully for the Czech Republic, their man with the baton is fighting fit and ready to go.
by Ondřej Zlámal
from Wroclaw
 
 
Published: Monday 4 June 2012, 17.41CET

Czechs look to 'Little Mozart' to lead

Every team has a conductor, the player they look upon to dictate the rhythm of their play, and thankfully for the Czech Republic, their man with the baton is fighting fit and ready to go.

Imagine you have the 11 greatest musicians in the world. Each of them capable of playing a stunning solo that would be applauded by a full concert hall. But a proper performance must be based on a symphony, with all the instruments in proper sync.

It is part of the beauty of football that to be successful you must play symphonies. Sometimes you need a perfect solo part, but it must be backed by the others. And of course you require a composer and conductor who is respected and understood by all.

Czech captain Tomáš Rosický is sometimes nicknamed the 'Czech little Mozart'. He was the one who gave Michal Bílek's collective their moments of inspiration in the qualifying phase, with his clever passes and set pieces. The young players around him such as winger Václav Pilař and Petr Jiráček are ready to follow his lead.

Rosický had a great season at Arsenal FC, with more minutes on the field than in any previous campaign in London. I received tweets from Arsenal fans alerted by news of his calf injury, telling me how he would be missed if unavailable for UEFA EURO 2012. "He was flying, amazing, wonderful. You would miss him a lot." We all know.

Fortunately, late yesterday afternoon, Rosický got off the train in Wroclaw with the Czech squad. Today they had their first session at WKS Śląsk Wroclaw's training ground, and Rosický was the last player out on the pitch. The spectators in the main stand clapped and he waved back. In total around 2,000 fans were there to watch him and his team-mates embark on their preparations for the opening game.

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Michal Bílek is fully aware of the quality Rosický brings to his side

For Rosický, it was his first full training session since he hurt his calf in Arsenal's final Premier League game of the season. And afterwards coach Bílek confirmed his availability for Friday's first Group A test against Russia.
"Rosický will play in the opening match," he said. "He showed his qualities even during the training session. When he gets the ball, he is able to get free space for a clever pass, he is fast with the ball. It was seen today how much he is looking forward to playing. I believe that he will increase the quality of our lineup."

Another thing about Rosický is he plays the guitar and likes his rock music. Petr Čech is a drummer and the pair have said they will play together to celebrate any success that comes at UEFA EURO 2012. The only problem is their different tastes in music as the captain is into much harder rock than Čech. It is a far cry from Mozart. But football-wise at least, it is a relief that the Little Mozart is fit to take the stage.

Last updated: 26/06/12 6.30CET

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