Petr Cech Announces Retirement from Football

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Arsenal and former Chelsea goalkeeper, Petr Cech has announced that he will hang up his gloves at the end of the season.

Cec is the only goalkeeper to keep 200+ clean sheets (202) in the Premier League era since joining Chelsea for the 2004-05 season from Rennes.

In 333 games for the Blues, the ex Czech international kept 162 clean sheets. After making the switch to Arsenal, he kept 40 clean sheets in 110 games for the Gunners.

He also has more saves in the Premier League than any other goalkeeper since such data started to be collected in 2006/07 – a total 1006 saves.

Cech who was popular for his protective headgear following a collision with  Reading’s Stephen Hunt, has won 4 Premier League titles, 5 FA Cups, 1 UEFA Champions League, 1 Europa League.

The 36 Year old wrote:

“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.

“I will continue to work hard at Arsenal to hopefully win one more trophy this season.”

He won the Premier League’s Golden Gloves 4 times while alongside a record of 24 clean sheets (the most by any keeper in a single season) in the 2004-05 season when he conceded only 15 goals.

He added: “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.”

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