Petr Cech

Petr Cech was born on 20 May 1982 in Plzen, Czechoslovakia. He currently plays for Arsenal as a goalkeeper.

 

Petr Cech played youth football for Viktoria Plzen, then known as Skoda Plzen. He joined the side in 1989 as a 7-year old and originally played as a striker, before moving to goalkeeper. In 1999, Cech joined top division side Chmel Blsany. Cech made 47 appearances in two seasons at the club before moving to Ligue 1 side, Rennes. Cech joined the French club in July 2002 for a fee of €5.5 million.

 

After two seasons in France, Chelsea signed the goalkeeper in July 2004 for a fee of £7 million. Although Carlo Cudicini was Chelsea’s established number one, a pre-season injury to the Italian gave Cech the chance to stake his claim for the position. Cech started 35 League games in his first season for the Blues, helping Chelsea win their first ever Premier League title.

 

On 14 October 2006, Cech sustained a serious head injury after a collision with Reading midfielder Stephen Hunt. Since then, Cech has always played in protective headgear.

 

Cech enjoyed eleven seasons at Chelsea, making 486 appearances for the club. With Chelsea, Cech won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, two Community Shields, a UEFA Champions League and a UEFA Europa League. Cech also won three Premier League Golden Glove awards.

 

With Thibaut Courtois establishing himself as Chelsea’s first choice goalkeeper, Cech decided to leave Chelsea at the end of the 2014-15 season. On 29 June 2015, Cech signed for Chelsea’s London rivals Arsenal. Cech’s Arsenal debut was against his former side as Arsenal beat Chelsea 1-0 to win the Community Shield.

 

Cech has made over 114 appearances for the Czech Republic national team after making his debut in 2002. He was part of the Czech U21 side to win the European Championship in 2002, where he was named player of the tournament.

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