Sparta 'Wunderkid' to join Germany's Borussia Dortmund

The 25 million Deutsche Mark deal that finally takes the Sparta 'Wunderkid' Tomas Rosicky to Borussia Dortmund has raised more than a few eyebrows in the football world. Rosicky put pen to paper on a five year contract with Dortmund, immediately becoming the most expensive import in Bundesliga history.

At a mind-boggling 450 million crowns, Rosicky also easily becomes the Czech Republic's most expensive footballing export. Crazy money, maybe, for a 20 year old with limited experience on the big stage? Not according to the Czech Radio Sports journalist, Petr Soucek. Rosicky had also been coveted by the German champions Bayern Munich. They pulled out of the race on Monday, though, inferring that Sparta were over valuing the youngster. So, with a host of big European teams eyeing Rosicky up, were Sparta guilty of provoking a bidding war? Petr Soucek again. The trickle down economics of football should indeed ensure that the game as a whole in this country benefits from the Rosicky deal. The benefit to the player himself, though, of moving to a bigger league shouldn't only be noticed in his first Deutsche Mark wage packet.