Petr Cech has started a second sports career as an ice hockey goalie. The former football goalkeeper, who ended his playing career after the past season, joins the second division team Guildford Phoenix, which he had previously supported as a fan. This was announced by the club.
"After playing professional football for 20 years, it will be a wonderful experience to play the game I loved playing and watching as a kid," said the 37-year-old. "I hope I can help this young team achieve their goals."
** PETR CECH SIGNS WITH THE PHOENIX **
The ex professional footballer wants to start his ice hockey career this Sunday when he makes his debut for the Phoenix!
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At the club, which is located in the southwest of London, they are happy about the Czech newcomer. "Peter's commitment is a big thing for Phoenix, he's a great guy who trains a lot - I can not wait to see his first appearance," said Guildford co-head coach Andy Hemmings.
The first opportunity would be the upcoming game against Swindon Wildcats II on Sunday. Head coach Milos Melicherik hinted at a possible first assignment: "Since I saw him for the first time on the ice, he has improved a lot," said the former ice hockey player from Slovakia. "We look forward to seeing him in action this weekend."
How much influence he will have on the athletic performance of the team is questionable. Cech is the third goalkeeper and will only be able to train if his job as Technical Advisor at Premier League club Chelsea allows. After initial reactions to the announcement of his new assignment, he wrote on Twitter: "Some people seem to think I've changed my job, I do not."
pic.twitter.com/Ff4PYzksSv- Petr Cech (@PetrCech) October 9, 2019
Cech joined Chelsea in 2004 from Stade Rennes and in 2015 joined Arsenal. With the London clubs, he won four league titles, five times the FA Cup, three times the League Cup, the Europa League and the Champions League. In addition, he played 124 caps for the Czech Republic.