Friday, 2 June 2017
Petr Cech wins Czech Republic player of the year award for a record 11th time.
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has been named the Czech Republic’s player of the year for the 11th time in his career. Cech helped Arsenal to a record 13th FA Cup win, though he missed the final when Arsene Wenger opted for backup David Ospina, and fifth place in the Premier League. While he endured a notable downswing in form during the middle months of the season, Cech kept 12 clean sheets for Arsenal as he further cemented his place at the top of the historical ranking of clean sheets in the Premier League. He has kept 190 clean sheets in 402 games, 56 more than his nearest active rival Pepe Reina.
Posting on Instagram, Cech said he was "so proud to win this beautiful trophy".
The 35-year-old was the overwhelming favourite of Czech journalists to claim the prize, earning 40 per cent more votes than second-placed Pavel Kaderabek of Hoffenheim. Third place went to Patrik Schick, the 21-year-old striker who has burst onto the scene at Sampdoria in recent months.