Petr Čech

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Petr Čech
Petr Čech Chelsea vs AS-Roma 10AUG2013.jpg
Petr Čech (2013)
birthday May 20, 1982
place of birth PilsenCzechoslovakia
size 196 cm
position goal
Years station
1989-1999 Viktoria Plzen
Years station Games (goals) 1
1999-2001 FK Chmel Blšany 27 (0)
2001-2002 Sparta Prague 27 (0)
2002-2004 Rennes stadium 70 (0)
2004-2015 Chelsea FC 333 (0)
2015-2019 Arsenal FC 110 (0)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1997-1998 Czech Republic U15 3 (0)
1998-1999 Czech Republic U16 15 (0)
1999 Czech Republic U17 3 (0)
1999-2000 Czech Republic U19 13 (0)
2000-2001 Czech Republic U20 7 (0)
2001-2002 Czech Republic U21 15 (0)
2002-2016 Czech Republic 124 (0)
1 Only league games are given.
Status: end of career

Petr Čech (born May 20, 1982 in Pilsen , Czechoslovakia ) is a former Czech football goalkeeper and today's ice hockey goalkeeper . The 1.96 meter tall left-footed and left-handed goalkeeper last played for Arsenal from 2015 to 2019 and was the regular goalkeeper of the Czech national team from 2002 to 2016 , of which he is the record player with 124 appearances. Čech was named World Goalkeeper of the Year in 2005 and was considered one of the best goalkeepers in the world.


Čech alongside Arjen Robben with the Premier League trophy (2006)


Čech started playing football in Viktoria Plzen's youth as a midfielder and only occasionally played as a goalkeeper. After a broken leg at the age of ten, he decided to just stand in goal. In 1999, Čech made his professional debut at FK Chmel Blšany at the age of 17 . For the 2001/02 season he moved to Sparta Prague for 600,000 euros , where he soon secured a regular place. After a season at Sparta, he moved to Stade Rennes in France at the beginning of the 2002/03 season for five million euros . Before that, he had completed a trial session with Bundesliga club Werder Bremen ; the change failed, however, because of the required transfer fee.

In January 2004, Čech agreed to a five-year transfer to Chelsea , which brought him to London in the summer of 2004 for 13 million euros . There he ousted Carlo Cudicini , who was then considered one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League . On February 1, 2006, Čech extended its contract by one year until 2010 at improved terms. In the 2011/12 season he won the Champions League with Chelsea . In the final against Bayern Munich , in which it had been 1-1 after 90 minutes, he parried a penalty from Arjen Robben in extra time and saved his team from the penalty shoot-out. In this he parried two more penalties, which he had a significant role in the triumph of Chelsea.

On 22 April 2014 he was injured in the Champions League semi-final of Chelsea against Atletico Madrid and fell for the remainder of the 2013/14 season from.

In the 2014/15 season , Čech was only a substitute goalkeeper behind Thibaut Courtois . He came to seven Premier League, two FA Cup, four League Cup and three Champions League appearances this season. Čech and his club won the championship for the fourth time and the League Cup for the third time.

For the 2015/16 season , Čech left Chelsea after eleven years and moved to Arsenal . His first competitive game for Arsenal was the 2015 FA Community Shield game against his previous club, which was won 1-0.

In January 2019, the goalkeeper announced the end of his playing career at the end of the season. His last game was the Europa League final , which he lost with Arsenal 1: 4 to Chelsea.

National team

The Ferris wheel in Vienna was decorated with a picture of Čech on the occasion of the European Championship 2008

Čech completed 56 international matches in the various youth teams in his country and was U-21 European champion in 2002 . In the same year he made his debut in the Czech national team.

At his first major international tournament, Euro 2004 , Čech and his team reached the semi-finals, which they lost to eventual European champions Greece. Because of his achievements, Čech was elected to the UEFA All Star Team and goalkeeper of the tournament.

At the 2006 World Cup , Čech and his team were eliminated in the preliminary round. He was one of the best players on his team. At the Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland, Čech failed with the national team in the preliminary round. In the last group game, the Czech Republic lost 3-2 to Turkey; Čech made a fatal mistake that resulted in the 2-2 win in the closing stages. A little later, Turkey scored the winning goal. The team would have needed a victory to reach the quarter-finals, a draw would have resulted in penalty shoot-outs.

On March 26, 2013, he made his 100th international match as the second Czech in a 3-0 win in the World Cup qualifier against Armenia .

At the European Football Championship in France in 2016 he was accepted as a regular goalkeeper in the Czech squad and was in goal in all three group matches. With only one point and 5 goals conceded, the team was eliminated as bottom of the table.

On July 8, 2016, Čech announced his resignation from the Czech national team.

Career after active career

Following the end of Čech's career, Chelsea FC announced that he would remain with the club, and he will in future be a “technical advisor”.

Head injury

In the Premier League game against Reading FC on October 14, 2006, Čech suffered a fractured skull 16 seconds after the game kicked off in a collision with his opponent Stephen Hunt . He was operated on the same day. Three months later, in January 2007, he got back into team training. However, a skull injury can take several years to heal. Since then, Čech has been playing with a plastic helmet weighing 80 grams, similar to a rugby helmet. The original helmet was made especially for him by the New Zealand sporting goods manufacturer Canterbury of New Zealand . He later wore a model from his supplier Adidas . He has been campaigning for more rights for goalkeepers since his injury. He complains that goalkeepers do not receive enough protection from the referees. He suffered another concussion in 2008 and was absent for eight weeks.

Achievements / titles

National team


Personal awards


2001/02 season

  • 928 minutes in a row without conceding a goal with Sparta Prague ( Gambrinus Liga )

2004/05 season

  • 1025 straight minutes without conceding a goal for Chelsea ( Premier League )
  • 25 games without conceding a goal
  • fewest goals conceded in one season

2015/16 season

ice Hockey

Czech RepublicCzech Republic  Petr Čech Ice hockey player
Date of birth May 20, 1982
place of birth Pilsen , Czechoslovakia
size 196 cm
Weight 92 kg
position goalkeeper
Catch hand Right
Career stations
since 2019 Guildford Phoenix

On October 9, 2019, Čech announced that he wanted to play ice hockey in the future and signed a contract with Guildford Phoenix, which plays in the British National Ice Hockey League Division 2 , in the position of ice hockey goalkeeper . On October 13, 2019, Čech made his debut for the Phoenix against the Swindon Wildcats II in a 3-2 win and was named Man of the Match , and on February 8, 2020, Čech was named National Ice Hockey League Division 2 Player of the Month January elected.

Career statistics

Was standing:

season team league Sp S. N GT GTS Sv% SO
2019/20 Guildford Phoenix National Ice Hockey League Division 2 5 9 93.02 930

( Legend for the goalkeeper statistics: GP or Sp = total games; W or S = wins; L or N = defeats; T or U or OT = draws or overtime or shootout defeats; min. = Minutes; SOG or SaT = shots on goal; GA or GT = goals conceded; SO = shutouts ; GAA or GTS = goals conceded ; Sv% or SVS% = catch quota ; EN = empty net goal ; 1  play-downs / relegation ; italics : statistics not complete)

Web links

Commons : Petr Čech  - collection of images

Individual evidence

  1. Sport Buzze : World goalkeeper Petr Cech changes the sport: Ex-national player becomes ice hockey keeper from October 10, 2019
  2. Petr Cech agrees to join Arsenal, accessed June 30, 2015.
  3. Perfect: Cech is moving from Chelsea to Arsenal , from June 29, 2015, accessed on June 29, 2015
  4. Cech announces resignation ,, accessed on January 15, 2019
  5. Cech ends his career after the Europa League final., May 10, 2019, accessed on May 10, 2019 .
  6. Vydra double pack makes the Czech Republic cheer. In: , March 26, 2013.
  7. Petr Cech appointed technical and performance advisor ,, accessed June 21, 2019
  8. Petr Cech's Injury In: , September 13, 2013 (English).
  9. Petr Cech follows Zinedine Zidane in sponsorship deal. In: Retrieved January 11, 2014 .
  10. Cech is again footballer of the year from March 4, 2014, last accessed on February 15, 2015, German
  11. Cech for the eighth time player of the year, accessed on March 22, 2016
  12. Petr Cech named best Czech player of the season ( Memento from February 1, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) In: Ventura County Star , May 14, 2012 (English).
  13. Goalkeeper legend Cech switches to the ice hockey telegraph. . In: Telekom Germany . Retrieved October 9, 2019 .
  14. Petr Cech ( en ) Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  15. Petr Cech making his Debut ( en ). Accessed October 9, 2019.
  16. Petr Cech puts in Man of the Match performance on ice hockey debut for Guildford Phoenix ( en ) Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  17. Petr Cech is NIHL 2 South player of the Montch ( en ) Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  18. ^ Guildford Phoenix - Elite Prospects
  19. Petr Cech wins his first major award as ice-hockey player
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