Chelsea stopper claims international award

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Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has won the Czech Republic footballer of the year for a sixth straight time.

The 31-year-old stopper claimed the honour ahead of his country’s clash against Norway – a fixture that could represent Cech’s 106th international appearance.

And, ahead of the friendly at the Generali Arena, the Blues star revealed his delight at scooping yet another international prize.

“It never gets boring regardless that it is for the first or seventh time. It is always appreciation of my work and further motivation especially as it comes from the people who follow football very closely,” he said, according to the official Chelsea website.

“Apart from a few exceptions I have kept my performances at the same high level. There were matches when I made mistakes, but not many. I am going to try hard to win it again next season.”

Cech joined Chelsea in 2004, and was already his nation’s first choice shot-stopper by the time he arrived at Stamford Bridge from Ligue 1.

His consistency at Stamford Bridge has made him one of the greatest goalkeepers in Premier League history, and he remains Jose Mourinho’s first choice in west London – despite the recent rise of Thibaut Courtois out on loan in Spain.

As well as the national footballer of the year, selected by the Czech Football Association, Cech has scooped his country’s Golden Ball, voted for by journalists, an incredible eight times.

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