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Petr Čech
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Čech with Arsenal in 2019
Personal information
Full name Petr Čech
Date of birth 20 May 1982 (1982-05-20) (age 38)
Place of birth Plzeň, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.96 m
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Chelsea (technical and performance advisor)
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 Rennes 70 (0)
2004–2015 Chelsea 333 (0)
2015–2019 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.
† Appearances (Goals).
Petr Čech
Position Goaltender
Played for Guildford Phoenix
Playing career 2019–present

Petr Čech (born 20 May 1982) is a retired Czech football player who played as a goalkeeper. He is thought by some players, journalists and managers as the greatest goalkeeper in the history of the Premier League and, by many, as the greatest goalkeeper to have played for Chelsea. He now plays as a goaltender for the London based ice hockey club Guildford Phoenix.

Čech was thought to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world. 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.

His first club was in his native country of Czech Republic. He stayed there for two years before moving to Sparta Prague. He stayed there for one season. His first overseas club was Rennes of Ligue 1. He played there from 2002 to 2004 before moving to Chelsea. He became a Chelsea player in June 2004. After a very successful 11-year career 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 won many titles during his career which consists of: four English Premier League, five FA Cup, one UEFA Champions League and one UEFA Europa League title. Due to these achievements, he is also named amongst one of the most successful goalkeepers in football history.

Personal life

Petr Čech was born as a triplet (due to which he had a weak skull) to father Václav Čech and mother Libuše Čechová. They were both 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. He also had interest in ice hockey but his family couldn't afford the gear (equipment) required to play it, and hence he switched to football (soccer). At the start of his career, Čech played as a forward (left winger) but after suffering a leg fracture at the age of 10, he turned towards goalkeeping.

In 2003 he married Martina Čechova, whom he met while he was in high school. Petr and Martina have two childrens named Adéla and Damián. Adéla was born in 2008 and Damián in 2009.

Outside football, Čech has interests in Rock music, Ice Hockey, Gardening, Table Tennis, Tennis, Drumming, Acting etc. He has an account on Youtube through which he publishes videos of his drum covers of various rock songs from rock bands like Coldplay, Incubus, Foo Fighters, Radiohead etc. This 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 and Guitar Hero (video games) with his goalkeeping friend Carlo Cudicini, in an interview.

Club career statistics

Excluding matches played in the Community Shield, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.

Source:

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Czech Republic League Czech Republic Football Cup League Cup Europe Total
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
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
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
England League FA Cup Football League Cup Europe Total
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 statistics

Source:

Czech Republic national team
Year Apps Goals
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 held

Čech holds many records, out of which the most notable ones are:

  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. Least number of matches played to get 100 clean sheets in premier league.
  6. Least number of matches played 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 (Football season) 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)
  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 the most saves (1136) than any other goalkeeper in the history of premier league.
  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 record of having conceded the least no. of goals (15) in a season (2004/05) in Premier League history.
  21. Most clean sheets at one club by any goalkeeper in premier league history.
  22. Highest save percentage recorded in Champions League for a decade (2010-2019).
  23. Highest minutes-goal conceded ratio in premier league history for any goalkeeper to have played 6000 or more minutes in the competition.
  24. Highest minutes per goal conceded in a single season of premier league (242 minutes per goal in 2004/05 season).
  25. Highest save percentage ever recorded in premier league for a single season (91% in 2007).
  26. Joint most no. of premier league seasons finished with a save percentage of 80% or higher (5, tied with Edwin van der Sar).
  27. Joint highest no. of Best European Goalkeeper award wins (4, tied with Oliver Kahn and Manuel Neuer).
  28. 2nd most no. of penalty saves in Champions league history (5, behind only Iker Casillas).
  29. The longest game time without conceding in Czech league (1025 min).
  30. He has the 4th highest no. of clean sheets in european competitions history.

Awards and Titles

Club

International

  • UEFA European Under-21 Championship: 2002

Individual

  • UEFA European Under-21 Championship Golden Player: 2002
  • Czech First League Most clean Sheets: 2001–02
  • Best Goalkeeper of French League: 2003–04
  • UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 2004
  • Premier League Golden Glove: 2004–05, 2009–10, 2013–14, 2015–16
  • PFA Team of the Year: 2004–05 Premier League, 2013–14 Premier League
  • Czech Footballer of the Year: 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016
  • Golden Ball (Czech Republic): 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017
  • IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper: 2005
  • Best European Goalkeeper: 2005, 2007, 2008, 2012
  • UEFA Club Football Awards Best Goalkeeper: 2005, 2007, 2008
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2005
  • ESM Team of the Year: 2004–05, 2005–06
  • Premier League Player of the Month: March 2007
  • Chelsea Player of the Year: 2010–11
  • FIFA FIFPro World XI 5th team: 2013
  • National Ice Hockey League 2 South Player of the Month: January 2020


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