Petr Čech (Czech pronunciation: [ˈpɛtr̩ ˈt͡ʃɛx]; born 20 May 1982) is a Czech professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for English club Arsenal and captains the Czech Republic national team.
Čech has previously played for Chmel Blšany, Sparta Prague, Rennes and Chelsea. Alongside Karel Poborský, he is the most capped player in the history of the Czech national team with 124 caps, and represented the country at the 2006 World Cup, as well as the 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 European Championships. On 8 July 2016, Petr Cech announced his retirement from international football.
Cech was voted into the Euro 2004 all-star team after helping the Czechs reach the semi-finals. Čech also received the individual award of Best Goalkeeper in the 2004–05, 2006–07 and 2007–08 seasons of the UEFA Champions League. In addition, he was named in the FIFPro and UEFA Champions League team of the season in 2006. He is considered to be one of the best and most respected goalkeepers of his generation.
He joined Chelsea in 2004 and made 486 official appearances for the club, putting him sixth in its all-time appearances list. With Chelsea, Čech won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three Football League Cups, one UEFA Europa League and one UEFA Champions League.
Čech holds a number of goalkeeping records, including the Premier League record for fewest appearances required to reach 100 clean sheets, having done so in 180 league appearances, as well as the record for the most clean sheets in Premier League history. He also holds a Czech professional league record of not conceding a goal in 903 competitive minutes.
In addition, he has a club record at his former club Sparta Prague, having gone 928 minutes unbeaten in all competitions in 2001–02, when his unbeaten run in the Czech First League was combined with his performances in the Champions League. During the 2004–05 season, Čech went 1,025 minutes without conceding a goal; a Premier League record, until it was surpassed by Edwin van der Sar of Manchester United on 27 January 2009.
Čech also won the Golden Glove (the award for the Premier League goalkeeper with the most clean sheets) four times; in the 2004–05 season, the 2009–10 season, the 2013–14 season and the 2015–16 season. He is the only goalkeeper to have won the award with two separate clubs.
Čech was born a triplet along with sister Šárka and a brother named Michal, who died aged two after contracting an infection in hospital. Čech also has an elder sister, Markéta.
Čech married Martina Dolejšová (now Čechová) (born 1982), also of Czech nationality, in June 2003. They have a daughter Adéla (born 23 January 2008) and a son Damián (born June 2009), both born in the Czech Republic.
He is also a keen musician and plays the drums. He has posted a video drum tutorial of Incubus’ Anna Molly on YouTube, as well as songs by Coldplay and Foo Fighters. Čech has also played with Roger Taylor of Queen. Along with his native Czech, Čech also speaks English, French, German and Spanish.