Czech Republic is an East European country known for it free-flowing and beautiful football. The erstwhile Czechoslovakia finished runners-up in the 1962 World Cup and also won the European Championship in 1976. They also had a very strong team in the late 1990s and early 2000s and made it to the semifinal of Euro 2004.
Czech’s exquisite football has enthralled football lovers world-wide throughout the decades. They have also produced some world class footballers like Pavel Nedved, Karel Poborsky and Robert Prosinecki, who have all had successful club careers. However, Czech football is going through a rough phase at the moment and they have failed to qualify for the last few World Cups.
Not many Czech players have played in the Premier League, as most of them usually prefer to play in Bundesliga or Serie A. We would now take a look at 5 players who have played successfully in the Premier League:
1. Petr Cech:
Cech is an outstanding goalkeeper who has announced his retirement very recently. He has played successfully in the Premier League for around one and a half decade and been one of the best goalkeepers in the world during that period. He is a great shot-stopper and also very strong in the air.
Cech rose to prominence with a string of great performances in Euro 2004 for Czech Republic. He was signed by Chelsea in 2004 and became a stalwart while playing for them. He contributed significantly to Chelsea’s league win in 2004-5 and 2005-06. He suffered a severe head injury in a match against Reading in 2006 and has been wearing a headguard since then.
Cech again excelled when Chelsea beat Bayern on penalties in the UEFA Champions League final in 2011-12. He remains one of the few goalkeepers to have won both the Premier League and Champions League. Cech played in 494 matches for Chelsea from 2004 to 2015.
He was signed by Arsenal in 2015 and has been with them since then. Cech started for Arsenal in most of the matches in his first 3 seasons with the club. However, he has lost his spot in the starting eleven to Bernd Leno since the beginning of the current season. In all, he has played in 772 matches in his club career and won 4 Premier Leagues, 1 Champions League and 4 FA Cup titles. He is undoubtedly Czech Republic’s greatest goalkeeper of all time.