Cech may bow out with at least 121 caps

OLD GUARD: Cech, whose 34th birthday is today, will decide whether to "go on" after his fourth European Championships. He will beat Poborsky's record of 118 games for their country at the Spain opener on June 13.


    May 20, 2016

    Cech may bow out with at least 121 caps


    PETR Cech is heading to his fourth European Championships to set a new record in games played for the Czech Republic. But it may well be his last for the national team.

    "After Euro, I'll sit down at home and decide whether I'll go on," the 34-year-old Arsenal keeper told reporters in March.

    His move from Chelsea to the Gunners last year made the headlines, and so has his season so far.

    In January, Cech beat David James' record of 169 clean sheets in the Premier League.

    His record currently stands at 174.

    In November, he equalled Karel Poborsky's record of 118 games for the Czech Republic.

    He is most likely to beat that in the opening Euro game against Spain on June 13.

    The Czechs also face Croatia and Turkey in Group D, and 121 may thus be the final number for Cech.

    And he will likely captain the team if his injury-prone Arsenal team-mate Tomas Rosicky stays on the sidelines.

    Born on May 20, 1982, Cech played for Czech top-flight sides Blsany and Sparta Prague before moving to Stade Rennes in France in 2002.

    He joined Chelsea in 2004, after a Euro tournament at which the Czechs took third place following wins over Germany and the Netherlands.

    After 11 years with the Blues, Cech signed a £10 million (S$20.2 million) transfer across London to become the No. 1 keeper with the Gunners.

    The move gave him a new lease of life.

    The player, who lifted the trophy of the world's best goalkeeper in 2005, has a passion for drumming.

    He has played with a Czech band and appeared at a local rock festival in 2013.




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