Czech football legend

Petr connected his entire career with Sport Invest.

Bio

Name Petr Čech
Date of birth 20. 5. 1982
Place of birth Plzeň, Czechoslovakia
Height 196 cm
Weight 90 kg

Teams

FC Viktoria Plzeň
FK Chmel Blšany
AC Sparta Praha
Stade Rennes FC
Chelsea FC
Arsenal FC

 

Successes

Champions League winner
Europa League winner
4x Premier League winner
3x League cup winner
5x FA Cup winner
3x Community Shield winner

We have been by Petr Čech's side for most of his amazing career, have celebrated countless successes together and were his support at a time when he was recovering from serious injuries. He was by our side from a hopeful teenager all the way to becoming the best goalkeeper in the world.

When at the age of 17 Petr moved from Pilsen to the much smaller Blšany, it seemed like a step backwards. But this first career change turned out to be a great move. In the North Bohemian village he immediately began to encounter the highest competition, even Sparta. He impressed its coaches so much that in the 2000/2001 season they decided to buy him from Blšany for CZK 22 million, then a record amount for a goalkeeper in Czech football. In his first season at Sparta he set a still unbeaten record in the Czech league by not allowing a goal for 903 minutes. In 2002, at the age of 21 he led the Czech team to a gold medal at the European Championship and it was clear that Sparta would not be able to hold on to him.

Although the biggest clubs in the world, including Arsenal, were interested, it was better for Petr's growth to choose a smaller team from a high-quality league where he could rely on regular playing time and quality coaches. That's exactly what Stade Rennes in France had to offer, whose head coach was one-time top scorer Philippe Bergeroo. Petr spent two years in this club, during which he also became the leader of the Czech national team, with whom he won the bronze medal at the European Championship in 2004. At that time he already belonged to Chelsea, with whom he signed a five-year contract.

At Stamford Bridge he immediately became the first goalkeeper and over the next 11 years won countless team and individual trophies. Four Premier League titles, five in the FA Cup, three in the league cup and one in the European League and the Champions League. But it wasn't always smooth sailing. In the autumn of 2006 he suffered a serious head injury on the pitch at Reading, which left him side-lined for several months. Only thanks to the care of the greatest experts in the field could he return to the net in January 2017 a quarter of a year after the injury.

In the summer of 2015 there came an attractive offer from competing Arsenal, and after 11 years at Stamford Bridge, Petr moved across town to the other side of London, where he signed a four-year contract and continues to play to this day. The change of club also led to a change from Adidas to Puma, for which the famous goalkeeper is one of the key faces of its campaign.

This takes us to activities outside the football pitch, where we have worked with Petr on many successful projects. The Petr Čech Summer Football School has already been around for 11 years, and we regularly organize charity auctions, the proceeds of which go to the foundation of Professor Pavel Kolář. Jerseys and many other souvenirs can be bought in a special e-shop and a separate chapter is Petr's participation in the Bicycle for Life, Trail for LifePrague Stairs and Enduro series. Petr's name has long since grown beyond the football pitch.

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Move to Arsenal

From Chelsea to Arsenal