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Cech Commits To New Deal

Petr Cech has agreed to a new five-year contract with Chelsea which will keep him at Stamford Bridge until June 2013.

Despite having endured his most difficult year ever both for club and country, the 26-year-old Czech international is still recognised as one of the very best goalkeepers in the world, and Chelsea are handling him accordingly.

"It is an honour to be at a club like Chelsea and I am very happy to have renewed my contract with them," Cech said after the announcement of the new deal, which was actually completed last week but only made public today.

"Chelsea has grown in my heart, not just because of my team-mates and all the people that work for the club but also because of their fantastic fans."

"I gave my first interview when I arrived at Chelsea in 2004 and I had said that it had been my dream to play for one of the best clubs in the world and in the best league in the world - this came true and I am very pleased my dream will last," he added.

"Personally I have to say I cannot wait for the new season to start. I am confident that it will be a very successful season for all of us."

Though some would say that Cech is no longer the same dominant force between the posts that he was before he suffered that horrific injury in 2006 at Reading, Chelsea clearly are of the belief that his uncharacteristically patchy form since then is purely the result of a naturally occurring dip in form rather than a permanent loss of ability.

In his first season at Stamford Bridge, the 6ft 5in keeper set a record in top-flight English soccer by not allowing a goal in 1,024 minutes and managing a record 21 clean sheets, the most shutouts in a Premier League season, and the Blues are confident that he similar heights are still ahead of him.

Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon said: "I think everybody agrees with Scolari's assessment that Petr is the best goalkeeper in the world, so naturally we are very happy he has committed his long term future to us.

"He has been a key player in the club's success in the last four years. He has also shown himself throughout this time to be a top professional and is a great ambassador for the club on and off the field."
 

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C'mon, I remember of one signle blunder he did in his whole career. He isn't Rustu or Llama. :)
 

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I've seen a few more less serious ones that he made for Chelsea. Of course he's better than the 2 goalies you mentioned, but with his new contract he's expected to be almost perfect so his standard is so much higher. Let' s hope he lives up to new expectations
 

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It's incredible, Petr Cech seems to lose every single PK shoot-out. Today he lost another one in Moscow to Lokomotiv in pre-season semifinal. I remember that he lost last 4 shoot-outs Chelsea has been involved in
 

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Cech had to fish out three goals today against :yuck: Roma Mierda :yuck: Still Chelsea should be able to go through to the next stage.
 

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I made a compilation of his moments last night.

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Well, I would call that rather "Roma's supremacy" :lala:
 

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Didn't see the match but if I base it on the highlights I would say Roma had four good oppertunities and managed to score three of them, whilst Chelsea had like 7/8 good oppertunities of which just one went in.
 

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Cech keeps Czech crown

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has become the Czech Republic's player of the year for a fourth straight year.

The 26-year-old has won has 65 caps for his country, and a series of domestic honours with Chelsea, including two English Premier League titles.

He beat off competition from Arsenal playmaker Tomas Rosicky and AC Milan's Marek Jankulovski to win the honour once again.

http://www.fifa.com/worldfootball/clubfootball/news/newsid=937673.html
 

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Cech had an easy game against Blackburn. But still he had to save twice and with style :proud:

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Cech That Defence Out Chelsea


It’s often been suggested that Arsenal’s pretty football comes at a price and that price is their lack of trophies of late.

Ex-Chelsea man William Gallas was saying something similar last week, and this week Chelsea keeper Petr Cech has echoed his sentiments.

According to Cech, Chelsea need to get back to concentrating defensively and forget about entertaining the crowd if they’re to win anything.

Following our defeats to Liverpool and Roma, the Chelsea keeper said: “Sometimes you need to play a not-so-nice game and not be so entertaining to win if it’s needed.”

Whilst Cech has been happy enough with Scolari and the brand of football he’s brought to Chelsea, he’s worried that the points we’ve dropped against our rivals at home could cost us at the end of the season, and he thinks the players should be "getting back to basics"

Cech says “Every manager is different. They all have their own philosophy. You can see in our games that the Brazilian touch is there.

"Scolari wants us to have time on the ball, to work it and pass it and to use the quality in the squad. But we know that sometimes we don’t have to always think about playing nice football and entertaining everybody—we need to defend.

"The defeat by Liverpool and the draw with Manchester United will help us to learn, because we were thinking about nice football. They came with a plan, they played tactically, they were well-organised and were thinking to defend well against us. They stuck to the plan and got a result.

"At times in games like the one against Roma we should have defended better. We should have thought more about defence than scoring goals. I hope we can show against Blackburn that this was an exception.”

Mind you, whilst I agree with Cech to an extent, Chelsea should never forget the defensive side to their game, we’ve hardly conceded goals again this season if you excuse the odd nightmare in Europe.

Add to that the fact that our football is just so much better to watch now and personally, I think we should just learn to live with the odd defeat.

Yeah OK, like Cech says, we might not exactly have covered ourselves in glory against Liverpool or United, and granted, Roma was an embarrassment, but considering the football Scolari’s dished up in comparison to Avram Grant, or even Mourinho’s "Total Defence" displays, I know which I prefer.
 

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Czech Republic's Cech to miss San Marino qualifier


Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech will miss next week's World Cup Group Three qualifier against San Marino due to a muscle injury, a team spokesman said on Friday.

"Cech has excused himself due to a muscle injury on his right leg, which is probably related to recent problems which did not allow him to play against Slovenia," national team spokesman Lukas Tucek said.

The Chelsea keeper will be replaced in the squad for Wednesday's match in Serravalle by Jaroslav Drobny. The Czechs are fifth in the Group Three with just four points from three matches.
 

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Easy clean sheet for Petr Cech yesterday against Newcastle (0:0).
 

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Cech not holding breath for apology


Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday and Scolari was furious that Dean allowed Robin van Persie's equaliser to stand - even though the midfielder was in a clear offside position when he smashed the ball past Cech.

But Cech insists that Chelsea only have themselves to blame for failing to react when van Persie levelled the scores in the 59th minute.

Van Persie went on to grab the winner three minutes later to put Arsenal back in the title hunt just seven points behind leaders Chelsea.

"It is a part of the game that the referee makes a mistake," Cech told Denik Sport. "I have never seen a referee issuing an apology for his mistake.

"Personally, I don't expect it. It was a goal making it 1-1, not 1-2."

Cech admits he knew van Persie was offside before the Dutchman despatched his shot.

"I never do it, but this time I immediately had a look at the referee," he added.

"I saw van Persie staying in front already at the first header, he did not move then. That is why I was surprised that the referees did not see it. It was a clear offside."

http://www.teamtalk.com/football/story/0,16368,1773_4575917,00.html
 

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Cech not holding breath for apology


Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday and Scolari was furious that Dean allowed Robin van Persie's equaliser to stand - even though the midfielder was in a clear offside position when he smashed the ball past Cech.

But Cech insists that Chelsea only have themselves to blame for failing to react when van Persie levelled the scores in the 59th minute.

Van Persie went on to grab the winner three minutes later to put Arsenal back in the title hunt just seven points behind leaders Chelsea.

"It is a part of the game that the referee makes a mistake," Cech told Denik Sport. "I have never seen a referee issuing an apology for his mistake.

"Personally, I don't expect it. It was a goal making it 1-1, not 1-2."

Cech admits he knew van Persie was offside before the Dutchman despatched his shot.

"I never do it, but this time I immediately had a look at the referee," he added.

"I saw van Persie staying in front already at the first header, he did not move then. That is why I was surprised that the referees did not see it. It was a clear offside."

http://www.teamtalk.com/football/story/0,16368,1773_4575917,00.html
 

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Petr Cech follows Zinedine Zidane in sponsorship deal

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has agreed a lucrative sponsorship deal that will see him replace Zinedine Zidane as the face of a range of adidas products.


The Czech international has secured a seven-figure sum with Coty to promote the German sportswear company's range of body care products, according to the Daily Mail. Former World Player of the Year Zidane had been involved with the company since 2005.

Earlier this year Cech put pen to paper on a deal with adidas worth £17.5 million over five years. It contracts him to wear their boots and gloves with his name stitched in.

Adidas also created a specially developed protective helmet for the 26-year-old who has worn head gear since his collision with Reading player Stephen Hunt in 2006 which led to him needing emergency surgery.

A sponsorship war erupted shortly after Cech's injury. Firstly, when he made his international return against Belguim, Cech wore a head guard bearing the name of Canterbury of New Zealand, the Auckland-based rugby specialist that manufactured his original head guard. This prompted the national team's sponsors Puma to demand the logo be covered as their contract stipulates that "all Czech team players be outfitted in Puma gear, with the exception of their boots".

Next, adidas, Chelsea's sponsors, expressed their concerns that the Canterbury logo was not being covered - and they pointed out that removing a rival logo was "standard practise in the football industry".

Cech's injury created a tug-of-war between the three companies with each frantically trying to create the most appealing head gear.

Cech now wears his adidas one for club matches and when playing for his country his headgear bears no logo.
 
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