One of the Czech Republic’s most famous football stars, Petr Čech will
now be minding the goal on skates. The former Chelsea and Arsenal
goalkeeper has agreed to play as a goalkeeper in the British ice hockey
team Guildford Phoenix until the end of the season. His ice hockey debut
could come at Guildford’s Sunday game against the second team of the
The Czech sports star, who is also an accomplished drummer, told British media that after 20 years of playing football professionally, it will be a great experience to play some ice hockey, which he enjoyed following and playing as a child.
The former Czech football goalkeeper Petr Čech has been appointed
technical and performance adviser at English club Chelsea, where he enjoyed
the greatest successes of his playing career. Čech, who retired at the end
of last season, won 13 trophies with Chelsea, including the Champions
League and four Premier League titles.
The 37-year-old said he was very privileged to have the chance to rejoin the London club and help continue the success it has had in the last 15 years.
The Czech football goalkeeper Petr Čech lost the final game of his career
on Wednesday night when his club Arsenal were beaten 4:1 in the final of
the Europa League by his former team Chelsea. The 37-year-old made a couple
of important saves when Arsenal were still in with a chance and was seen by
many as their best performer.
Čech holds the record for number of international caps with the Czech Republic and collected numerous trophies and set goalkeeping records during a very successful period at Chelsea.
The Czech football goalkeeper Petr Čech is preparing to make the last
appearance of his career on Wednesday night. The 37-year-old will line up
for Arsenal against his former club Chelsea in the final of the European
club competition the Europa League in Baku.
Čech holds the record for number of international caps with the Czech Republic and collected a large number of trophies as well as goalkeeping records during a very successful period at Chelsea.
Football goalkeeper Petr Čech, who may well be the most famous Czech on the planet, will retire after a last appearance for Arsenal in the final of the Europa League on Wednesday. In a twist of fate, the game will be against Chelsea, the club with he won which virtually every prize going. To discuss his amazing career, I spoke to football journalist Karel Haering. He was first struck by Petr Čech in 2009 when he began appearing for Chmel Blšany at 17 – and offers this assessment of the qualities that took him to the top and kept him there.
Czech goalkeeper Petr Čech is preparing to play in Spain on Thursday night
in the second leg of the Europa League semifinal between his London club,
Arsenal, and Spanish hosts Valencia.
In the first leg, the Gunners won 3-1 in London. The final will be played in Baku against the winner of the duel between Chelsea and Frankfurt.
Čech, 36, says he hopes that this – his last season on the pitch before retirement – will end in Baku. "I want to go to the final and raise one last trophy. I think Arsenal deserves it," he said.
Considered among the best goalkeepers of all time, Čech holds the Premier League record for fewest appearances required to reach 100 clean sheets.
Třinec have won the Czech ice hockey Extraliga after beating Liberec 4:2
on Sunday evening to achieve the same result on games in the best-of-seven
final series of the competition’s playoffs.
It is the second time Třinec have lifted the title in their history and comes eight years after their first triumph. Liberec were losing finalists for the second year in a row.