A 20-year career with almost 1000 games played and many trophies on the bulletin board. For Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech, this will be the last season.
He will say goodbye next June at the age of 37. A career full of triumphs, especially with the Chelsea shirt , and an accident on the pitch that almost led to his death and which, certainly, marked his life and career.
The hope is to be able to win something else with the Gunners in this latest season. In 15 years of the English championship he feels more than satisfied with the work done, and that is why he has taken this decision.
After John Terry and Didier Drogba, therefore, another historic Chelsea player of Abramovich decides to say enough.
The post from his Instagram profile
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A post shared by Petr Cech (@petrcech) on Jan 15, 2019 at 3:05 am PST
This is my 20th season as a professional footballer. I feel the time has come to announce my retirement. After playing 15 years in the Premier League, and having won every single trophy possible, I feel I have achieved everything I could achieve. I continue to train hard with Arsenal in the hope of winning another trophy by the end of this season, after which I look to the future to understand what life in store for me off the pitch.
Thanks for the successes achieved together also came from Chelsea, the club that brought him to the Premier League from Rennes in 2004.
🏆 4 x Premier League
🏆 4 x FA Cup
🏆 3 x League Cup
🏆 1 x Europa League
🏆 1 x Champions League @ PetrCech , a true Chelsea legend. 👏
– Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 15, 2019
Between the goalposts of the London club he obtained the clean sheets record (1024 minutes) in the history of the English league, still undefeated . That Chelsea, led by Mourinho, in 2004/05 will win the Premier League with a single defeat and 15 goals conceded. He was one of the pillars of that team until 2015. Still in England, with 190 clean scheets , and the goalkeeper with the most clean sheets.
With the Blues shirt, in addition to many victories, also the very serious accident of 14 October 2006 away from Reading.
Sixteen seconds before the kick-off, Stephen Hunt’s knee to Cech’s head causes him a severe skull fracture.
Replaced by Carlo Cudicini , and returned 98 days later with a protective helmet, like the one used by rugby players. From then on, the Czech goalkeeper became “the goalkeeper with the helmet”. However, despite the injury, he managed to return to great levels.
Many former companions who wanted to thank him and greet
him PC1 @PetrCech you could have waited few more years to retire😡, to allow me the chance to play few more games with the Chelsea legends !! I’m looking forward to fight for the # 1 jersey… again😂👍🏻Congratulations for an immense career and good luck for what comes next. 🙌🏻💙 # 202cs # 1 pic.twitter.com/yJxEjkVeW3
– Carlo Cudicini (@Capitancarloc) January 15, 2019
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I would need Millions of words to describe you, your good heart, your professionalisms and winning mentality but one picture summarise it all, Thank you my Hero @petrcech for having Golden Hands and Heart Man saved three pens and run into me like I’m a legend 🤷🏾♂️ What a career you’re gonna end in a few months Love to the family 💙 Millions of words wouldn’t be enough to describe you, the man with the big heart, your professionalism and your desire to win, But this photo sums it all up nicely, Thank you my Hero @petrcech for having golden hands and gloves The guy stops three penalties in the final and runs towards me like I was a legend 🤷🏾♂️ Many things to the family 💙
A post condiviso da didierdrogba (@didierdrogba) in data: Gen 15, 2019 at 10:48 PST
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What an unbelievable career @petrcech THE BEST EVER @chelseafc 💙 Big Pete you are and always will be in my eyes the best EVER ! We were so lucky to have you at Chelsea, the way you worked both on and off the pitch to stay at the top level for so long was inspiring 👊🏻 you were and still are always looking at ways to become better and better. I remember in training we was doing a small sided game and the game couldn’t start because you wanted the balls out of your net, I asked why
and you said because you hated any football in your goal, this is a mentality that only the best have 👊🏻 A GREAT man who I am lucky to call a friend. Good Luck mate, I know you will be just as successful in the next chapter in ⚽️ JT 💙
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With the Czech national football team he holds the attendance record with 124 tokens . In 2002 in Switzerland he won the European category with the Under 21 team.