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Petr Čech

Czech former association football player and current ice hockey player
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Petr Čech (born 20 May 1982) is a retired Czech football player who played as a goalkeeper. He currently plays as a goaltender for the London based ice hockey club Guildford Phoenix. He is thought by some players, pundits and managers as the greatest goalkeeper in the history of premier league and by many, as the greatest ever goalkeeper to play for Chelsea.[nb 1]

Petr Čech
Cech - 2015 Emirates Cup.jpg
Čech during pre-match warm-up in 2015
Personal information
Full name Petr Čech
Date of birth (1982-05-20) 20 May 1982 (age 37)
Place of birth Plzeň, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Chelsea (Sporting Director)
Youth career
1989–1999 Viktoria Plzeň
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999-2001 Chmel Blšany 27 (0)
2001–2002 Sparta Prague 27 (0)
2002–2004 Stade Rennais 70 (0)
2004–2015 Chelsea 333 (0)
2015– Arsenal 110 (0)
Total 567 (0)
National team
1997–1998 Czech Republic U15 3 (0)
1998–1999 Czech Republic U16 15 (0)
1999 Czech Republic U17 3 (0)
1999–2000 Czech Republic U18 13 (0)
2000–2001 Czech Republic U20 7 (0)
2001–2002 Czech Republic U21 15 (0)
2002–2016 Czech Republic 124 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 May 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 June 2016
Petr Čech
Position Goaltender
Played for Guildford Phoenix
Playing career 2019–present

Čech was thought to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world until the time he played. He had the record of the least losses in his first season playing for Chelsea and in the same season, he helped Chelsea to win the title of Premier League. He also helped Chelsea to win the same title the next year.

Before playing for Chelsea, he played in Ligue 1. He became a player of Chelsea in June 2004. After a very successful 11 year playing time at Chelsea, he joined Arsenal in June 2015. He retired after playing for four years with Arsenal in 2019. Afterwards, Čech re-joined Chelsea as their Technical and Sporting Director.

He has won many titles during his career which consists of : 4 English Premier League, 5 FA Cup, 1 UEFA Champions League and 1 UEFA Europa League title. Due to all these achievements, he is also counted amongst the "most successful goalkeepers in history".[10]

Personal LifeEdit

Petr Čech was born as a triplet (due to which he had a weak skull) to father Václav Čech and mother Libuše Čechová, both of which are retired athletes.

In his childhood, he was an actor rather than an athlete and also played the role of Honza in the Czech TV series - The Territory of White Deer around 1991. Later on, he switched to football.

In 2003, He married Martina Čechova who he met while he was in high school. Petr and Martina have two childrens namely, Adéla and Damián.[11]

Away from football, Čech has interests in Rock music[12], Ice Hockey[13], Gardening[11], Table Tennis[14], Tennis[15][16], Drumming[17], Acting etc. He also has an account on youtube on which he posts videos of his drum covers of various rock songs from rock bands like Coldplay, Incubus, Foo Fighters, Radiohead etc. This has led Čech to provide percussion for the Czech Republic's official Euro 2016 tournament anthem. Further, he has also released a charity single with Queen's drummer Roger Taylor for the Bob Wilson Foundation. On being quizzed later about how he learned drumming, Čech told that he learned it by playing Rock Band (a video game) with his goalkeeping friend Carlo Cudicini, in an interview.[12]

Club career statisticsEdit

Excluding matches played in the Community Shield, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup. As of match played on 30 May 2019 [18][19]

Club performance League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Czech RepublicLeague Czech Republic Football Cup League Cup EuropeTotal
1999/00 Chmel Blšany Czech First League 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2000/01 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 0
2001/02 Sparta Prague Gambrinus liga 27 0 3 0 0 0 12 0 42 0
FranceLeague Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue EuropeTotal
2002/03 Stade Rennais Ligue 1 37 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 41 0
2003/04 33 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 37 0
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
2004/05 Chelsea Premier League 35 0 0 0 2 0 11 0 48 0
2005/06 34 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 41 0
2006/07 20 0 6 0 2 0 8 0 36 0
2007/08 26 0 1 0 3 0 9 0 39 0
2008/09 35 0 6 0 1 0 12 0 54 0
2009/10 34 0 2 0 0 0 6 0 42 0
2010/11 38 0 3 0 0 0 9 0 50 0
2011/12 34 0 7 0 2 0 13 0 56 0
2012/13 36 0 5 0 3 0 15 0 59 0
2013/14 34 0 1 0 0 0 10 0 45 0
2014/15 7 0 2 0 4 0 3 0 16 0
2015/16 Arsenal 34 0 1 0 1 0 5 0 41 0
2016/17 35 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 37 0
2017/18 34 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 37 0
2018/19 7 0 2 0 2 0 11 0 22 0
Country Czech Republic 54 0 4 0 0 0 12 0 70 0
France 70 0 7 0 1 0 0 0 78 0
England 443 0 38 0 20 0 122 0 623 0
Total 567 0 49 0 21 0 134 0 771 0

International career statisticsEdit

As of match played on 5 June 2016[20][21]

Czech Republic national team
YearAppsGoals
2002 7 0
2003 8 0
2004 13 0
2005 10 0
2006 10 0
2007 8 0
2008 9 0
2009 7 0
2010 6 0
2011 10 0
2012 10 0
2013 8 0
2014 6 0
2015 6 0
2016 6 0
Total 124 0

Records heldEdit

Čech holds many record[22]:

  1. A national record for not having a goal scored against him in 855 minutes of game play.
  2. English Premiership record of not having a goal scored against him in 1,025 minutes. (Edwin van der Sar later broke the record by not conceding a single goal for 1,032 minutes.)
  3. 25 games without letting a goal be scored in Chelsea's 2004/05 title-winning season.
  4. A record of the most number of games ever played for chelsea by a non-Englishman.
  5. Played the least number of matches to get 100 clean sheets in premier league.
  6. Fastest goalkeeper to get 200 clean sheets in premier league.
  7. The most number of clean sheets (202) in premier league history.
  8. The only goalkeeper to get 200 clean sheets in premier league.
  9. The footballer to win the most number of Czech Footballer of the Year and Czech Golden Ball awards.
  10. Has played the most number of matches in the history of Czech Republic.
  11. Most number of clean sheets in a single season (season refers to the time till which a league lasts in one year) and in first season in premier league.
  12. The only goalkeeper to win Premier League Golden Gloves with two teams.
  13. Winner of the golden gloves for the most number of times in premier league history.
  14. The only goalkeeper to have won the Premier League Player of the Month award after Tim Flowers.
  15. 3rd highest number of matches played by a goalkeeper in Champions League History. (1st is Iker Casillas and 2nd is Gianluigi Buffon)[23]
  16. A record of winning the premier League title 4 times, more than any other goalkeeper in Premier League history, except Peter Schmeichel.
  17. He has done more saves (1136) than any other goalkeeper in the history of premier league.[22]
  18. Of all the goalkeepers who have made 500 or more saves, he has the best saves-to-shots ratio (the number of saves done per 100 shots) in premier league history.
  19. He is the 6th highest appearance-maker in Chelsea history.
  20. A long-standing record of having conceded the least no. of goals (15) in a season (2004/05) in Premier League history.[10]

Awards and TitlesEdit

ClubEdit

InternationalEdit

IndividualEdit

  • UEFA European Under-21 Championship Golden Player: 2002[43]
  • Czech First League Most clean Sheets: 2001–02[44]
  • Best Goalkeeper of French League: 2003–04[45]
  • UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 2004[46]
  • Premier League Golden Glove: 2004–05, 2009–10, 2013–14, 2015–16[47]
  • PFA Team of the Year: 2004–05 Premier League,[48] 2013–14 Premier League[49]
  • Czech Footballer of the Year: 2005,[50] 2008,[51] 2009,[52] 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016[53]
  • Golden Ball (Czech Republic): 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017[54]
  • IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper: 2005[55]
  • Best European Goalkeeper: 2005, 2007, 2008[56]
  • UEFA Club Football Awards Best Goalkeeper: 2005, 2007, 2008[57]
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2005[57]
  • ESM Team of the Year: 2004–05, 2005–06[58]
  • Premier League Player of the Month: March 2007[59]
  • Chelsea Player of the Year: 2010–11[60]
  • FIFA FIFPro World XI 5th team: 2013[61]

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

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