Petr Čech is a former football goalkeeper who has been described by numerous players, pundits and managers as one of the greatest goalkeepers in European history. Moreover, he is the most capped player in the history of the Czech National Team, with 124 caps.Petr began his senior career at Chmel Blšany in 1999, where he played sporadically for two seasons prior to relocating to domestic superpower Sparta Prague in 2001. In 2002 Petr made his first move abroad, when he relocated to France to join Ligue 1 side Rennes. There he was the subject of a then club record transfer for a goalkeeper when he moved to Premier League side Chelsea for a fee of £7 million (€9.8 million) in 2004. During his 11-year association with the club, Petr registered 494 senior appearances, making him the club’s highest overseas appearance maker, and sixth all-time. He also helped the club win four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, one UEFA Champions League title and one UEFA Europa League title. Petr also holds Chelsea’s all-time record for clean sheets, with 228. He departed Chelsea in 2015 to join city rivals Arsenal, where he won another FA Cup before retiring in 2019.
Currently, Petr is a technical and performance advisor for Chelsea and plays semi-professional ice hockey as a goalkeeper for Guildford Flames and Guildford Phoenix. He is also a keen musician and plays the drums. In May 2019, he and Roger Taylor of Queen released a charity single called ‘That’s Football’. Recently, Petr also recorded an album with Wills & The Willing called ‘London Country’, which will be released soon.
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