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Petr Čech
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Personal information
Full name Petr Čech
Date of birth 20 May 1982 (1982-05-20) (age 35)
Place of birth    Plzeň, Flag of Czech Czechoslovakia
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club England Arsenal
Number 33
Youth clubs
1989–1999 Flag of Czech Viktoria Plzeň
Senior clubs
Years Club App (Gls)
1999–2001
2001–2002
2002–2004
2004–2015
2015-
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Flag of Czech Sparta Prague
Flag of France Rennes
England Chelsea
England Arsenal
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1997–1998
1998–1999
1999
1999–2000
2000–2001
2001–2002
2002–2016
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Flag of Czech Czech Republic U16
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Petr Čech (born 20 May 1982) is a Czech professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Arsenal. He is the former captain for the Czech Republic national team. Čech has previously played for Chmel Blšany, Sparta Prague, Rennes and Chelsea. He is the most capped player in the history of the Czech national team with 124 caps, and represented the country at the 2006 World Cup, as well as the 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 European Championships. He was voted into the Euro 2004 all-star team after helping the Czechs reach the semi-finals. Čech also received the individual award of Best Goalkeeper in the 2004–05, 2006–07 and 2007–08 seasons of the UEFA Champions League. In addition, he was named in the FIFPro and UEFA Champions League team of the season in 2006. He is considered to be one of the greatest and most respected goalkeepers of his generation.

He joined Chelsea in 2004 and made 486 official appearances for the club, putting him sixth in its all-time appearances list. With Chelsea, Čech won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three Football League Cups, one UEFA Europa League and one UEFA Champions League. Čech kept a club record 220 clean sheets for Chelsea in all competitions.

Čech holds a number of goalkeeping records, including the Premier League record for fewest appearances required to reach 100 clean sheets, having done so in 180 league appearances, as well as the record for the most clean sheets in Premier League history. At the end of the 2015-16 season, the record stood at 178, nine better than the record of 169 set by David James. He also holds a Czech professional league record of not conceding a goal in 903 competitive minutes. In addition, he has a club record at his former club Sparta Prague, having gone 928 minutes unbeaten in all competitions in 2001–02, when his unbeaten run in the Czech First League was combined with his performances in the Champions League. During the 2004–05 season, Čech went 1,025 minutes without conceding a goal – a Premier League record, until it was surpassed by Edwin van der Sar of Manchester United on 27 January 2009. Čech also won the Golden Glove (the award for the Premier League goalkeeper with the most clean sheets) four times; in the 2004–05 season, the 2009–10 season, the 2013–14 season and the 2015–16 season. He is the only goalkeeper to have won the award with two separate clubs.

Honours

Club

Chelsea

Czech Republic

Individual

  • UEFA European Under-21 Championship Golden Player: 2002
  • Best Goalkeeper of French League: 2003-04
  • UEFA Euro 2004 Team of the Tournament
  • Premier League Golden Glove (3): 2004-05, 2009–10, 2013–14
  • PFA Team of the Year (2): 2004-05, 2013–14
  • Czech Footballer of the Year (7): 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Golden Ball (Czech Republic) (8): 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper: 2005
  • UEFA Club Football Awards Best Goalkeeper (3): 2005, 2007. 2008
  • FA Premier League Player of the Month: March 2007
  • Chelsea Player of the Year: 2011

External links

Arsenal FC
Arsenal F.C. squad - 2017-18

1. Szczęsny 2. Debuchy 3. Gibbs 4. Mertesacker 5. Gabriel 6. Koscielny 7. Alexis 8. Ramsey 9. Pérez 10. Wilshere 11. Özil 12. Giroud 13. Ospina 14. Walcott 15. Chamberlain 16. Holding 17. Iwobi 18. Monreal 19. Cazorla 20. Mustafi 21. Chambers 22. Sanogo 23. Welbeck 24. Bellerín 25. Jenkinson 26. Martínez 28. Campbell 29. Xhaka 31. Reine-Adélaïde 32. Akpom 33. Čech 34. Coquelin 35. Elneny 73. O'Connor –. Kolašinac –. Asano

Czech Republic
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Czech Republic – UEFA Euro 2004

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Czech Republic – 2006 FIFA World Cup - Group stage (E)

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Czech Republic
Czech Republic – UEFA Euro 2008

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Czech Republic
Czech Republic – UEFA Euro 2012

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Czech Republic
Czech Republic – UEFA Euro 2016 – Group stage

1. Čech 2. Kadeřábek 3. Kadlec 4. Gebre Selassie 5. Hubník 6. Sivok 7. Necid 8. Limberský 9. Dočkal 10. Rosický (c) 11. Pudil 12. Škoda 13. Plašil 14. Kolář 15. Pavelka 16. Vaclík 17. Suchý 18. Šural 19. Krejčí 20. Skalák 21. Lafata 22. Darida 23. Koubek

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