Petr Cech retires at the end of the season

By Francesco Iriti / January 15, 2019
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The Arsenal keeper Petr Cech give us incredible news. He will retire at the end of the season. An important decision for the 36-year-old keeper.

The announcement

“This is my 20th season as a professional player and it has been 20 years since I signed my first professional contract, so it feels like the right time to announce that I will retire. I am looking forward to seeing what life holds for me off the pitch.”

Cech joined Arsenal in June 2015 from the club’s London rivals Chelsea, where he spent 11 years. All football fans know this incredible player from the protective headguard he wore during games. Cech’s career was in doubt in October 2006 when he required surgery for a skull fracture after a collision with Reading’s Stephen Hunt. The keeper was out for three months.

Cech arrived in England when he was signed by Chelsea from French club Rennes in July 2004.

The career

Petr Cech went on to win 13 trophies with the Stamford Bridge club, including one Champions League and four Premier League titles.

He also set a club record of 228 clean sheets in all competitions, beating the previous mark of 208 set by former England international Peter Bonetti between 1960 and 1979.

“Having played 15 years in the Premier League and won every single trophy possible, I feel like I have achieved everything I set out to achieve,” said the ex-Czech Republic international”.

“For your consummate professionalism, for being the perfect role model, for the 50 clean sheets, for your honesty, your integrity and for your inspiring work with the Arsenal Foundation, we want to say – thank you Petr Cech,” tweeted Arsenal.

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