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  • THURSDAY SIGNING SESSION IN KINGSTON MEGASTORE THURSDAY SIGNING SESSION IN KINGSTON MEGASTORE - 16.04.2014
    Three members of the first team squad, Petr Cech, Gary Cahill and Ramires, will be appearing at the Kingston store on Thursday...
  • CECH: JUMPING HURDLES CECH: JUMPING HURDLES - 15.04.2014
    Yet again a thrilling end to the season beckons for the Blues. Ahead of some huge games at home and abroad, Petr Cech has been assessing our chances...
  • REACTION: JUST KEEP WINNING REACTION: JUST KEEP WINNING - 14.04.2014
    The numerical advantage Chelsea enjoyed for much of yesterday's win at Swansea meant it was a quieter afternoon than usual for Petr Cech and John Terry...
  • CECH: CLOSING DOORS CECH: CLOSING DOORS - 13.04.2014
    Petr Cech discusses goals conceded and not conceded in recent games...
  • SIGNING SESSION WITH TRIO IN KINGSTON MEGASTORE SIGNING SESSION WITH TRIO IN KINGSTON MEGASTORE - 10.04.2014
    Three members of the first team squad will be appearing at the Kingston Megastore next Thursday [17 April], and supporters can come along to meet the players...
  • PARIS RE-MATCH PARIS RE-MATCH - 21.03.2014
    Two of our longest-serving players have good reason to remember Chelsea's previous visit to the venue where the first leg of our Champions League quarter-final takes place...
  • REACTION: CONTROLLED AND CONFIDENT REACTION: CONTROLLED AND CONFIDENT - 19.03.2014
    Petr Cech and Frank Lampard reflected on a dominant performance that sealed our place in this season's Champions League quarter-finals…
  • CECH'S GREAT ACHIEVEMENT CECH'S GREAT ACHIEVEMENT - 18.03.2014
    Petr Cech discusses his remarkable Champions League history ahead of what will be his 100th appearance in the competition this evening…
  • CECH: GETTING IN GEAR CECH: GETTING IN GEAR - 10.03.2014
    Petr Cech is refusing to look too far ahead as our league campaign enters its final quarter…
  • CECH WINS NATIONAL AWARD AGAIN CECH WINS NATIONAL AWARD AGAIN - 04.03.2014
    Petr Cech was named the Czech Republic's Footballer of the Year for a seventh time on Monday…
  • CECH: IN A GOOD POSITION CECH: IN A GOOD POSITION - 27.02.2014
    We can be pleased with a score draw away from home in the knockout stages of the Champions League, according to Petr Cech…
  • CHELSEA ANNOUNCES NEW SIMPSONS LINK CHELSEA ANNOUNCES NEW SIMPSONS LINK - 26.02.2014
    Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce a new collaboration with the iconic animated TV series The Simpsons...
  • CECH: BIG CHALLENGE CECH: BIG CHALLENGE - 25.02.2014
    Ahead of tomorrow's game against Galatasaray, Petr Cech expressed his excitement at attempting to help us secure a place in the quarter-finals...
  • KEEPERS TALK WINTER GAMES KEEPERS TALK WINTER GAMES - 07.02.2014
    Ahead of the Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Sochi today, Petr Cech and Mark Schwarzer have been discussing the ice and the snow…
  • CECH: SIX-POINT GAME CECH: SIX-POINT GAME - 19.01.2014
    Having broken our all-time clean sheet record last weekend, Petr Cech discusses some of his most memorable shutouts against today's opponents…
  • CECH THE CLEAN SHEET KING CECH THE CLEAN SHEET KING - 11.01.2014
    Petr Cech today set a new Chelsea goalkeeping record for clean sheets...
  • CECH'S CLEAN SHEETS - THE STATISTICAL RECORD. CECH'S CLEAN SHEETS - THE STATISTICAL RECORD. - 11.01.2014
    Petr Cech's new Chelsea record of 209 clean sheets has been recorded over 10 seasons. The official Chelsea website has a breakdown of the numbers involved….
  • IN PICTURES: CECH'S SHUT-OUTS IN PICTURES: CECH'S SHUT-OUTS - 11.01.2014
    With Petr Cech setting a new club record this weekend, the official Chelsea website looks back at the images from some of our goalie's clean sheet games for the club...
  • CECH: A REAL PLEASURE CECH: A REAL PLEASURE - 03.01.2014
    After equalling Peter Bonetti's all-time club record of 208 clean sheets in Wednesday's 3-0 win at Southampton, Petr Cech paid tribute to the former Chelsea goalkeeper...
  • CECH: KEEPING IT CLEAN CECH: KEEPING IT CLEAN - 28.12.2013
    Should Chelsea maintain the defensive fortitude seen in the last two games, Petr Cech will have a good chance of equalling a club record when we play Liverpool tomorrow...
  • CECH: SPEAKING FROM EXPERIENCE CECH: SPEAKING FROM EXPERIENCE - 26.12.2013
    As a man well acquainted with title races of years gone by, Petr Cech is hoping our successes in the past can help shape more glory in the future...
  • CECH ENCOURAGED CECH ENCOURAGED - 17.12.2013
    Petr Cech believes we can be satisfied with our work over the first part of the season, with the Blues now only two points behind leaders Arsenal...
  • THE SELECTOR: PETR CECH THE SELECTOR: PETR CECH - 18.11.2013
    Petr Cech is the next player to face the selector, where members of the first team squad are tasked with putting six subjects into the categories first, last, best, worst, easiest and hardest...
  • CECH: THREE-TON PETR PLEASED WITH POINTS CECH: THREE-TON PETR PLEASED WITH POINTS - 21.10.2013
    Petr Cech was able to celebrate his 300th Premier League appearance with a win and a move one place up the Premier League table on Saturday...
  • MOURINHO: GOLDEN GOALIE MOURINHO: GOLDEN GOALIE - 18.10.2013
    Petr Cech will make his 300th Premier League appearance tomorrow when Chelsea host Cardiff City and Jose Mourinho has been speaking about his current crop of goalkeepers...
  • CECH: WORK TO WIN CECH: WORK TO WIN - 07.10.2013
    Petr Cech pointed to the circumstances of the win at Norwich as proof of the side's ability to work hard for the three points...
  • CECH: BACK ON TRACK CECH: BACK ON TRACK - 02.10.2013
    Petr Cech has praised the collective reaction of the players for the manner in which we've bounced back from two defeats in the space of a week against Everton and Basel...
  • CECH: SURE TO BE READY CECH: SURE TO BE READY - 18.09.2013
    Ahead of tonight's match against Basel, Petr Cech notes the importance of getting off to a good start and making the most of home games...
  • CECH: TOUGH TO TAKE CECH: TOUGH TO TAKE - 31.08.2013
    Having been denied victory with his club on a visit to his home country, Petr Cech was left to reflect on the small margins that meant it was Bayern Munich rather than Chelsea who added to their European silverware won last year...
  • THE OLD AND THE NEW THE OLD AND THE NEW - 29.08.2013
    This week's UEFA Super Cup match is no journey into the unknown for Petr Cech and Andre Schurrle, the two Chelsea players who spoke to the media ahead of tomorrow's game in Prague...
  • CECH: VERY DIFFICULT WIN CECH: VERY DIFFICULT WIN - 22.08.2013
    Having played a crucial role in our 2-1 win over Aston Villa, Petr Cech was left reflecting on a job well done...
  • CECH: SUMMER ASSESSED CECH: SUMMER ASSESSED - 12.08.2013
    After four weeks on the road in Asia and America, Petr Cech looks back on the pre-season period believing we are in good shape to begin the competitive campaign.
  • SCHURRLE STARS IN NEW MAGAZINE SCHURRLE STARS IN NEW MAGAZINE - 06.08.2013
    The new-look Chelsea magazine returns for the 2013/14 season this week, featuring interviews with Jose Mourinho, Marco van Ginkel, Mark Schwarzer and cover star Andre Schurrle.
  • STEPANEK AND CECH IN FRIENDLY BATTLE STEPANEK AND CECH IN FRIENDLY BATTLE - 03.08.2013
    As the Chelsea players were put through their paces in Washington during last night's training session, there was a familiar sporting face watching on, in the form of Czech tennis player Radek Stepanek...
  • CECH: RAPID REACTION CECH: RAPID REACTION - 02.08.2013
    Petr Cech was in positive mood after another pre-season clean sheet in Indianapolis on Thursday.
  • CECH: SEEKING MORE CECH: SEEKING MORE - 21.07.2013
    Petr Cech has given an update on pre-season from a goalkeeper's perspective, and is looking for more action when we take on a Malaysia XI in Kuala Lumpur today...
  • ALL ABOUT US ALL ABOUT US - 12.07.2013
    The opening week of training continues 6000 miles from Cobham and on their arrival in Bangkok, Petr Cech and Andre Schurrle began looking forward to the season ahead...
  • CECH: EASTERN TUNING CECH: EASTERN TUNING - 14.06.2013
    Petr Cech believes our fortnight in Asia during pre-season will be crucial in our preparations for the 2013/14 campaign...
  • CECH COLLECTS NATIONAL AWARD AGAIN CECH COLLECTS NATIONAL AWARD AGAIN - 03.06.2013
    Petr Cech has been named the Czech Republic's player of the season for an eighth time...
  • INTERNATIONAL ROUNDUP INTERNATIONAL ROUNDUP - 29.05.2013
    The club campaign may have reached its conclusion, but for a number of our players, holidays will need to be put on hold as they head off to represent their respective nations in the upcoming international matches.
  • CECH: CALCULATING BENEFITS CECH: CALCULATING BENEFITS - 21.05.2013
    Looking back on a week in which the team won the Europa League and claimed third place in the Barclays Premier League, Petr Cech values both achievements in terms of their potential impact on next season...
  • REACTION: ANOTHER INCREDIBLE NIGHT REACTION: ANOTHER INCREDIBLE NIGHT - 16.05.2013
    Senior figures Frank Lampard and Petr Cech were both delighted to lift the Europa League on Wednesday as we wrapped up our second continental title in as many years.
  • CECH: HUNTING HISTORY CECH: HUNTING HISTORY - 15.05.2013
    On Wednesday evening in the Amsterdam ArenA, Petr Cech will attempt to win the sixth different trophy of his Chelsea career...
  • CECH: CONSISTENCY IS KEY CECH: CONSISTENCY IS KEY - 05.05.2013
    With Chelsea today taking on a Manchester United side already crowned league champions, Petr Cech has been contrasting our campaign with that of the Old Trafford club...
  • CECH: EXPERIENCE TELLS CECH: EXPERIENCE TELLS - 26.04.2013
    Petr Cech was not surprised to see us score a late second goal in Basel on Thursday.
  • CECH: TIME TO MOVE ON CECH: TIME TO MOVE ON - 22.04.2013
    Petr Cech believes it's imperative we put the disappointment of yesterday's 2-2 draw at Liverpool behind us as quickly as possible in order to focus on yet another big test...
  • CECH: RISING THROUGH THE RANKS CECH: RISING THROUGH THE RANKS - 16.04.2013
    Now seventh in our list of all-time appearance makers, Petr Cech is looking for maximum points against Fulham on Wednesday night...
  • CECH: TAKING NO CHANCES CECH: TAKING NO CHANCES - 29.03.2013
    Having faced them twice with very different outcomes relatively recently, Petr Cech is expecting another difficult day against Southampton on Saturday...
  • PRAISE FOR 'AMAZING' CECH PRAISE FOR 'AMAZING' CECH - 27.03.2013
    After completing a century of international appearances last night, Petr Cech has received tributes from those who see him day in, day out at the Chelsea training ground.
  • CENTURY FOR CECH CENTURY FOR CECH - 26.03.2013
    Petr Cech started Czech Republic's World Cup qualifier victory in Armenia today (Tuesday) and in doing so, earned his 100th international cap...
  • INTERNATIONAL CENTURY POSSIBLE FOR CECH INTERNATIONAL CENTURY POSSIBLE FOR CECH - 19.03.2013
    It is a busy international fortnight for Chelsea players, with 15 called up for senior duty. Among them, Petr Cech is in line for his 100th Czech cap.
  • CECH: BIG WIN CECH: BIG WIN - 15.03.2013
    Petr Cech was pleased to see us into the last eight of the Europa League on Thursday night, after a tricky tie against Steaua Bucharest.
  • CECH: IT'S GOOD TO TALK CECH: IT'S GOOD TO TALK - 04.03.2013
    With victories over Middlesbrough and West Brom in the league a solid response to the disappointment of defeat at Manchester City, Petr Cech has spoken about a week of important preparation for those games...
  • TERRY: TAKING CHANCES TERRY: TAKING CHANCES - 22.02.2013
    John Terry admitted emotions were mixed in the dressing room following Thursday night's draw against Sparta Prague, which sets us up for a last 16 tie with Steaua Bucharest.
  • CECH'S FACEBOOK FOCUS CECH'S FACEBOOK FOCUS - 20.02.2013
    Petr Cech used Facebook to answer a series of questions from fans on Tuesday afternoon...
  • CECH: SPECIAL NIGHT CECH: SPECIAL NIGHT - 15.02.2013
    After keeping a clean sheet and receiving a hero's welcome in Prague, Petr Cech returns to London with a sense of satisfaction and relief.
  • CECH: WE WANT TO WIN IT CECH: WE WANT TO WIN IT - 14.02.2013
    Petr Cech is hoping Europa League victory will spur us on to more future successes...
  • CECH'S LOCAL KNOWLEDGE CECH'S LOCAL KNOWLEDGE - 13.02.2013
    On the day he travels back to his homeland, Petr Cech shares some thoughts on the Czech capital city and opponents Sparta Prague...
  • BENITEZ: LOOKING FOR ANSWERS BENITEZ: LOOKING FOR ANSWERS - 09.02.2013
    Rafael Benitez has been discussing some of the work that has gone in behind the scenes as we look to return to winning ways against Wigan on Saturday...
  • NUMBERS GROW FOR WIGAN NUMBERS GROW FOR WIGAN - 08.02.2013
    Demba Ba, David Luiz and Petr Cech will all be available to face Wigan on Saturday afternoon, but captain John Terry misses out with injury.
  • CZECH AWARDS FOR CECH AND KALAS CZECH AWARDS FOR CECH AND KALAS - 05.02.2013
    Although Petr Cech misses this week's Czech Republic international due to injury, he was able to celebrate being named his country's Footballer of the Year for a record sixth time on Monday night...
  • CECH OUT OF CZECH MATCH CECH OUT OF CZECH MATCH - 04.02.2013
    Petr Cech is returning to Chelsea due an injured finger and will not take part in Czech Republic's international fixture on Wednesday...
  • CECH: STICKING TOGETHER CECH: STICKING TOGETHER - 21.01.2013
    Petr Cech hailed our collective spirit after we survived a late Arsenal onslaught to hold on for three precious points at Stamford Bridge on Sunday...
  • CHELSEA TV EXCLUSIVE: BITTERSWEET BA CHELSEA TV EXCLUSIVE: BITTERSWEET BA - 17.01.2013
    Demba Ba's joy at scoring his first home goal was tempered by Southampton's second-half comeback, as the two teams shared the spoils at Stamford Bridge...
  • CECH: TIME TO CLIMB CECH: TIME TO CLIMB - 14.01.2013
    Petr Cech marked his return to the side after injury with a clean sheet at Stoke and after the match spoke of goals scored at important stages...
  • IVANOVIC: PRAISING PETR IVANOVIC: PRAISING PETR - 30.12.2012
    Branislav Ivanovic talks about his recent individual accolade and Petr Cech who is set to reach a milestone at Everton…
  • CECH: CLOSING THE GAP CECH: CLOSING THE GAP - 28.12.2012
    Petr Cech believes making ourselves more difficult to break down has been the main factor behind our recent impressive run of form...
  • THE TWEET SPOT: PETR CECH THE TWEET SPOT: PETR CECH - 27.12.2012
    While in Japan at the FIFA Club World Cup, Petr Cech answered tweeted questions from our supporters in that part of the world.
  • CHELSEA TV EXCLUSIVE: PETR ON PRAGUE CHELSEA TV EXCLUSIVE: PETR ON PRAGUE - 22.12.2012
    The Europa League draw takes Petr Cech, the European champion goalkeeper, back to the club he left as a teenager to develop his talent abroad...
  • CECH: WORTH THE WAIT CECH: WORTH THE WAIT - 10.12.2012
    Petr Cech believes our players will have no problem living with the tag of tournament favourites ahead of our inaugural appearance at the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan...
  • SPOT-ON PETR SPOT-ON PETR - 08.12.2012
    Petr Cech has the chance to set a new Chelsea record this afternoon...
  • FIVE BLUES NOMINATED FOR UEFA AWARD FIVE BLUES NOMINATED FOR UEFA AWARD - 04.12.2012
    The final nominations for UEFA.com's Team of the Year have been announced, and the Blues are well represented, with five of our players in the reckoning...
  • LAMPARD AND HAZARD NAMED ON FIFA SHORTLIST LAMPARD AND HAZARD NAMED ON FIFA SHORTLIST - 26.11.2012
    The 15 midfielders shortlisted for the FIFA/FIFPro World XI 2012 have been announced, with two Chelsea players represented...
  • CECH: SOLID START CECH: SOLID START - 26.11.2012
    Petr Cech believes the first result of the Rafael Benitez reign, a goalless draw with Manchester City, should be seen as a positive given our recent run of form...
  • CECH: WASTED CHANCES CECH: WASTED CHANCES - 21.11.2012
    Petr Cech believes our inability to make the most of good opportunities cost us dearly in Turin...
  • CECH: SHOULD HAVE WON CECH: SHOULD HAVE WON - 12.11.2012
    Petr Cech felt we let control of the game slip against Liverpool, and should have had it sewn up prior to their equaliser.
  • CECH: SET QUESTIONS CECH: SET QUESTIONS - 09.11.2012
    Ahead of this weekend's game against Liverpool, Petr Cech considers set-play success at Chelsea and in the wider world...
  • CECH: LEARN OUR LESSON CECH: LEARN OUR LESSON - 24.10.2012
    Petr Cech felt that conceding an early goal gave Shakhtar all the confidence they needed in Donetsk on Tuesday night...
  • CECH: KNOWING BETTER KNOWING HOW CECH: KNOWING BETTER KNOWING HOW - 22.10.2012
    Most of the focus was understandably on the attacking part of Chelsea's play following the four-goal haul that overcame Tottenham at the weekend, but Petr Cech played an important part in the victory too...
  • CHECK OUT CECH'S LIVE CHAT CHECK OUT CECH'S LIVE CHAT - 04.10.2012
    Petr Cech hosted our first ever Google+ Hangout on Thursday afternoon, and you can view the video now...
  • MIKEL THE MAN MIKEL THE MAN - 02.10.2012
    His manager and a long-term team-mate have both praised the work of John Mikel Obi in Chelsea's midfield.
  • CECH: STRIKING EARLY CECH: STRIKING EARLY - 01.10.2012
    Petr Cech has stressed the importance of securing our first win of this season's Champions League when we take on FC Nordsjaelland in Copenhagen tomorrow night...
  • CECH: JOB WELL DONE CECH: JOB WELL DONE - 01.10.2012
    Having played a significant role in our 2-1 win at Arsenal, Petr Cech believes the result will have sent out a warning to our title rivals...
  • CECH RESTED CECH RESTED - 11.09.2012
    It has been confirmed that Petr Cech will not play in tonight's friendly international against Finland with the agreement of the Czech Republic management...
  • NIGHT OF DRAWS FOR BLUES TRIO NIGHT OF DRAWS FOR BLUES TRIO - 08.09.2012
    Both Branislav Ivanovic and Petr Cech were involved in stalemates, while Victor Moses' Nigeria also had to settle for a draw...
  • CECH: REMEMBER WE'RE CHAMPIONS CECH: REMEMBER WE'RE CHAMPIONS - 03.09.2012
    Petr Cech has given his verdict on what he considers an 'interesting' Champions League draw.
  • CECH: HITTING TARGETS CECH: HITTING TARGETS - 28.08.2012
    Petr Cech looked back on an impressive 2-0 win over Newcastle United and emphasised the importance of starting the season strongly...
  • CECH NAMED IN EUROPE'S TOP 10 CECH NAMED IN EUROPE'S TOP 10 - 14.08.2012
    Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has been named as one of the top 10 best players in Europe for the 2011/12 season...
  • CECH: ANOTHER STEP FORWARD CECH: ANOTHER STEP FORWARD - 13.08.2012
    Petr Cech felt we were undone by being reduced to 10 men in Sunday's Community Shield, but that positives can be taken into the week ahead.
  • CECH: BUSINESS AS USUAL IN THE BRONX CECH: BUSINESS AS USUAL IN THE BRONX - 23.07.2012
    Petr Cech admitted it felt good to be back in goal as he completed his first hour of pre-season on Sunday evening.
  • CECH: NEW ERA CECH: NEW ERA - 16.07.2012
    Petr Cech believes our new signings can play an important part in a new beginning at Chelsea.
  • MY FIRST DAY: PART FOUR MY FIRST DAY: PART FOUR - 05.07.2012
    The first day in any new workplace can often be a daunting one, but how does it feel when you join a top, Premier League football club?
  • EURO 2012: PORTUGAL INTO FINAL FOUR EURO 2012: PORTUGAL INTO FINAL FOUR - 21.06.2012
    Raul Meireles is the first Chelsea player into the semi-finals of Euro 2012 and Petr Cech the first to head home after one goal decided Thursday evening's game...
  • EURO 2012: CARRY ON CECH EURO 2012: CARRY ON CECH - 16.06.2012
    Petr Cech became the first Chelsea player guaranteed participation in the knockout stage of the European Championships as Czech Republic beat Poland 1-0...
  • LOOKING BACK: NO.1 LOOKING BACK: NO.1 - 14.06.2012
    The 2011/12 campaign is one that will live long in the memory for all Chelsea supporters...
  • CECH ON COURSE CECH ON COURSE - 14.06.2012
    It has been reported that Petr Cech is expected to be passed fit for the Czech Republic's final group game at Euro 2012...
  • CECH'S ERROR NOT COSTLY CECH'S ERROR NOT COSTLY - 13.06.2012
    Petr Cech became the first Chelsea player to win a game at Euro 2012 on Tuesday evening, as his Czech Republic side defeated Greece 2-1 in Wroclaw.
  • CECH WANTS BETTER FROM CZECH MATES CECH WANTS BETTER FROM CZECH MATES - 11.06.2012
    Petr Cech has expressed his desire for Czech Republic to get back on track in Euro 2012 after their opening game defeat to Russia on Friday...
  • CECH OUT OF LUCK AT EUROS CECH OUT OF LUCK AT EUROS - 08.06.2012
    The Czech Republic's Euro 2012 campaign got off to the worst possible start as they were soundly beaten 4-1 by Russia in Warsaw...
  • EURO 2012 PREVIEW: CZECH REPUBLIC EURO 2012 PREVIEW: CZECH REPUBLIC - 08.06.2012
    Petr Cech, who enjoyed a fantastic end to the season, will start in goal for the Czech Republic...
  • Name: Petr Cech
  • Nationality: Czech
  • Date of Birth: 20/05/1982
  • Height: 196 cm
  • Weight: 90.0 kg
  • Previous Clubs: Rennes, Sparta Prague
  • Position: Goalkeeper

Chelsea Career
Petr Cech arrived in 2004 for £7 million, more than all the past goalkeepers in Chelsea history combined, with the task of challenging established number one Carlo Cudicini.

He immediately caught the eye with his height, incredible reaction speed and confidence in leaving his goal-line and began his Chelsea career as Jose Mourinho's first choice. He had to be good to keep Cudicini out.

A clean-sheet laden first season at Stamford Bridge was statistically the most accomplished by any Chelsea keeper - a run of 1,024 minutes without conceding a goal between December and March set a new English top flight record.

By the end of that season he had his first championship medal plus records for the fewest goals conceded and most clean sheets in an English top-flight season, recognised with the award of the Barclays Golden Gloves for 2004/05.

Though the 2005/06 version of the Chelsea defence was never quite as watertight as the season before, Petr continued to excel and was a major force in capturing a consecutive Premiership title.

Serious injury in October 2006 cast big doubts over the future of his career, but Petr overcame a fractured skull that had required immediate surgery, 30 stitches and much rest to return just three months later.

Within weeks he had recorded a seven-game run for club and country without conceding a goal, all while sporting the skull protection that has become a trade mark, and he ended the season with both domestic cups.

Injuries took their toll again during 2007/08, and change of management brought a change of goalkeeping coach - Christophe Lollichon, his coach at former club Rennes, joined the Blues - as Silvino Louro left with Mourinho.

Despite calf, hip and facial afflictions, 6ft 4in Petr was there as we reached the Champions League Final in Moscow, making a string of vital saves before we were eventually beaten on penalties by Manchester United - his save from Cristiano Ronaldo in the shootout proving academic.

After a typically consistent opening to the 2008/09 campaign, Petr's form, and those in front of him, took a dip around Christmas and new manager Luiz Felipe Scolari experimented with a set-piece zonal marking system which contributed to points being lost against Fulham and Manchester United, while we were nearly embarrassed in the FA Cup by Southend and then Ipswich.

Scolari's exit brought about an improvement in form under Guus Hiddink, the highlight of Petr's season coming in the Camp Nou as Barcelona were kept at bay, important saves made against Samuel Eto'o and Alex Hleb.

For the first season in three there were no major injury problems, with 35 Premier League appearances and an ever-present record in the Champions League.

In 2009/10 Petr further enhanced his own reputation with a solid season and a major contribution towards a first Premier League and FA Cup Double.

Individual errors were reduced, though a couple of mishaps occurred at Stoke and Aston Villa, but Petr bounced back to concede just two more in the next eight games as we entered the Christmas period on top of the league. While a calf injury at the San Siro prevented him from participating in our Champions League second-leg defeat against Inter, causing him to miss five games, he returned for the run-in and had a big say in the direction the silverware went, earning the Premier League's Golden Glove on the final day of the season with his 17th clean sheet from 34 games.

Petr kept perhaps his best for last. In the FA Cup Final he first pulled off an amazing instinctive save to prevent Frederic Piquionne from opening the scoring, and then kept out Kevin-Prince Boateng's spot-kick with his feet, moments before Didier Drogba went up the other end and scored a superb free-kick.

Cech's next campaign began with a calf strain in pre-season, but he returned in time for the first league game and he would be an ever-present, surpassing the 300-appearance mark. He has since become Chelsea's highest appearing foreign player, going past Gianfranco Zola's 312. At the end of the season he was voted Chelsea's Player of the Year for the first time.

A knee injury hampered the early stages of 2011/12 causing him to miss two games, but he was soon back between the sticks, though facing criticism with goals flying past him. He was beaten five times by Arsenal in late October, the first time we had conceded as many since 2002, but if anyone has the strength of character to deal with such issues it is Cech, and he kept a clean sheet at Blackburn on Bonfire Night despite sustaining a broken nose in the early stages of the game, after a collision with his own defender Ashley Cole.

Since then he was an ever-present in both league and cup, surviving the upheaval of Andre Villas-Boas's exit, and pulling off a string of crucial saves in big games, notably in the memorable extra-time victory over Napoli at the Bridge that secured a Champions League last-eight place.

The Czech international was also integral as we hunted a finish in the top four that would guarantee automatic Champions League qualification, keeping Tottenham at bay with some superb stops and making his 50th appearance of the season for club and country in the 4-2 win at Aston Villa at the end of March.

As the Blues chased cup glory on two fronts, Cech was outstanding, making a stunning save from Andy Carroll in the FA Cup Final, as well as a number of crucial stops in the Champions League semi-final legs against Barcelona.

However, he saved his finest hour for when it mattered most, in the Champions League Final. Firstly, he saved an Arjen Robben penalty in extra-time with the score level at 1-1, while in the shoot-out he made successive stops from both Olic and Schweinsteiger to give us the advantage from which Didier Drogba was able to capitalise on. A disappointing sixth-placed league finish was instantly rendered academic.

Cech was rewarded for his performances with the offer of a new four-year contract which he signed a week after our glorious triumph in Munich.

He made his 400th appearance for the club in the 2-1 win at Everton in December 2012, although his involvement was brought to a premature halt when he was forced off at half-time after picking up an injury.

Cech was subsequently sidelined for three matches before making his return in the 4-0 win away at Stoke City. However, after picking up another injury, this time in training, Cech missed successive cup games against Swansea City and Brentford.

He made his return in the 3-2 defeat at Newcastle United and played every game from then until the end of a hectic campaign, in which his appearances totalled a career-high 63 by the season's end. He started all nine of our games in the triumphant run to Europa League glory and also made a telling contribution in the league, where we finished third.

Cech began the 2013/14 season as he had the previous nine: as first-choice goalkeeper. He made his 300th Premier League appearance for the club in the 4-1 win over Cardiff in October, becoming only the third player in Chelsea blue to achieve such a feat.

Cech entered the history books when the 2-0 win at Hull City in January saw him surpass Peter Bonetti's record for the number of clean sheets kept as a Chelsea goalkeeper. The victory on Humberside was his 209th shut-out since joining the club.

Pre-Chelsea
A precocious talent, Petr built his reputation at Sparta Prague where at the age of 19 he broke the national record for the longest spell without conceding a goal.

Equally hard to beat in the Champions League, over 1,000 minutes in all competitions passed without a goal.

That earned a move to Rennes in France where midway through his second season he agreed to join Chelsea for the next campaign on a five-year contract.

International Career
At Under 21 international level Petr was a major factor in the crowning of the Czech Republic as 2002 European Champions while at senior level, Euro 2004 brought five clean sheets, a semi-final and a place in Uefa's all-star squad of the tournament.

His reputation on the international stage continued to grow and he represented his country at both the World Cup in 2006, Czech Republic's first since splitting with Slovakia in 1993, and Euro 2008, where it was his unfortunate late error in the group stages that saw his country eliminated.

He bounced back to be named Czech Footballer of the Year for the fifth time in 2010 and although they failed to qualify for South Africa 2010, Petr continues as team captain. He led his home nation at Euro 2012 as they surpassed expectations by reaching the quarter-finals, eventually bowing out to Portugal despite Cech's heroics.

He won his 100th cap for the Czech Republic in March 2013, keeping a clean sheet in the process as they defeated Armenia 3-0.

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Defensive Stats

  • Goals Conceded/Game0.76
  • Shots on Target/Goals Conceded6.28
  • Clean Sheets/Game0.16

Attacking Stats

  • Goals0
  • Shots/Goals Ratio0
  • Shots on Target Ratio0

How Goals Scored

  • Left Foot0
  • Right Foot0
  • Headers0
  • Other0

Discipline

  • Red Cards1
  • Yellow Cards2
  • Fouls1
  • Fouls/Cards Ration3

Goals Times

How Goals Scored