Born in Plzeň, Czechoslovakia, now Czech Republic, Čech started playing football at seven years old in his native town. He played in his youthful for FC Victoria Plezen and he first started as a striker due to his hight at a very early age.
Čech started as a goal keeper in training, goalkeeper coaches took note of his abilities. By age 14, Čech grew from 180 cm to 196 cm. This drew him attention, not because of his height, but his talent as a goalkeeper.
It was Claudio Ranieri, then manager of Chelsea, who decided that Čech was the right choice for the Blues.
After the first offer rejection, Rennes accepted a second one in February. Čech agreed a summer move to Chelsea for £7 million, signing a five-year contract, from July 2004. That made Cech the most expensive goalkeeper, costing more than all the other goalkeepers put together.
Cech reached in the game against Blackpool the 300th appearance in Chelsea outfit, declaring his devotion for the team: “It’s true. I am happy at Chelsea and have no reason to change anything.”
“As long as they are one of the world’s best clubs and as long as they want me to play for them, I will be happy to stay.”