- Squad No: 1
- Position: Goalkeeper
- Age: 30
- Birth Date: May 20, 1982
- Birth Place: Plzen, Czech Republic
- Height: 6′ 5” (1.96m)
- Weight: 185 lbs (83.8 kg)
The goalkeeper moved to France in the summer of 2002, joining Stade Rennes for £3.3 million before officially moving to Chelsea at the start of July 2004, in a £7 million deal from Rennes.
The Blues set a then-record for clean sheets in 2004-05, keeping out the opposition for nine successive games. Cech did not concede a goal for 871 minutes, eclipsing Peter Schmeichel’s record from his days with Manchester United, but his personal record is even longer than that, since he went 928 minutes unbeaten at Sparta Prague.
Cech’s career was threatened in October 2006 when, in a sickening collision with Reading’s Stephen Hunt, he suffered a fractured skull. This ruled him out of action for three months, during which time Chelsea’s defensive record deteriorated. It is fair to say that since then Cech has struggled with the aerial ball – he continues to wear a protective head guard – but he battled back to claim the most clean sheets in 2010.
Still one of the best goalkeepers around, he played an important role in Chelsea’s Champions League success in 2012 and remains one of the most important players in the squad.
Strengths: His height and reach make his shot-stopping one of the highlights of his game, regularly pulling off world-class saves.
Weaknesses: Is often suspect when coming out to claim crosses, perhaps a knock-on effect of the head injury that has affected his confidence when coming out to claim among bodies.
Career High: Helping Chelsea to a penalty shootout victory over Bayern Munich in the 2012 Champions League final.
Career Low: The life-threatening injury suffered in the clash with Stephen Hunt that eventually ruled him out for three months.
Style: Athletic and agile, commanding on his line if not in the box.
Quotes: “I believe Petr Cech is one of the most important players for this team, one of the best goalkeepers in the world.” Carlo Ancelotti, January 2010
Trivia: Cech was born as one of triplets along with his sister, Sarka. The third child, a brother, died after suffering an infection in hospital. Cech has a weaker skull as a result of being a triplet.