Petr Cech the current Goal Keeper of the Premier League Club Arsenal has announced that he would be retiring from active football at the end of the season.
Petr Cech who was born in Plzen in the Czech Republic started his senior football career 20 years ago in 1999 at Chmel Blsany.
Speaking about his retirement in his official twitter handle, he said
“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. “I will continue to work hard at Arsenal to hopefully win one more trophy this season.”
— Petr Cech (@PetrCech) January 15, 2019
Petr Cech joined Arsenal in June 2015 from Arsenal rival Chelsea. While he was in Chelsea before joining Arsenal, he won the Premier League four times, the Champions League once, The europa league once, the FA Cup four times, the league cup three times and the community shield twice.
In 2011 he was named Chealsea’s Player of the year and holds the club’s all time records for the most clean sheets overall and the most clean sheets in as season.
Also, he is the sixth on Chelsea’s all-time appearance list with 494, only chopper Harris, Peter Harris, John Terry, Frank Lampard, and John Hollin have more appearance than him.
In the Premier league as a whole, he holds the record for the fastest to 100 clean sheets in only 180 appearances. He also holds the records for the most clean sheets in league history. He is the only goalkeeper to have won the Premier League Golden Glove with two different clubs.
Petr Cech signed to Chelsea from Rennes a French club by former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri in 2004 a season before Jose Mourinho replaced him. He left Chelsea in 2015 after spending 11 years with them to join Arsenal withBelgiann Thibaut Courtois replacing him at Chelsea.
In Arsenal, he came close to winning his fourth Premier League title in 2016 but lost it Leicester city and finished second.
In 2006 Petr Cech underwent a career treatening skull surgery after colliding with Stephen Hunt who played for reading at the time. It took him three months to get back to goal keeping and had since after the incident won a protective head guard in all his games.
Many people have wished him well including Jose mourinho.
“I am honoured to have been the manager that, at such an early age, gave Petr a top Premier League number one shirt.”
Jose Mourinho pays tribute to Petr Cech after the goalkeeper announced his retirement earlier today.
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 15, 2019
He has joined the likes of Lampard, Terry, and Drogba who have retired but once played for Chelsea.
However in April 2014 Petr Cech hinted that he may become a coach after his successfull career in goalkeeping.
“If I go into coaching, my ambition is not to start at a small team and end at a small team. Obviously, I want to do the best, as I have done in my playing career. My target will be to be in charge of a good team and to play against the biggest teams, so why not Chelsea?
“To start your managerial career at Chelsea is not a good idea. To start at a big club is a really big ask. A lot of people think if someone has been at a big club, there is a good reason to go there. But being a manager is a completely different story. I would say it’s always nice to build a career, to start somewhere where you can learn and then, one day, maybe I could be at Chelsea.”