Safe pair of hands
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech started out as a midfielder for his hometown club
Born: May 20, 1982
Chinese horoscope: Dog
Nationality: Czech Republic
Squad number: 1
Speciality: Superb reflexes
Ten things you need to know about him
1Cech has been named best goalkeeper of the Uefa Champions League three times.
2 He holds the English Premiership record for not conceding a goal in 1,025 minutes. He also has the most clean sheets in a single Premier League season - 2004-2005.
3 He started out as a midfielder for the youth team of his hometown club. When he broke his leg at the age of 10, he decided to become a goalkeeper.
4 On October 14, 2006, Cech suffered a serious injury. He collided with Reading midfielder Stephen Hunt, whose knee hit the goalkeeper's head. (Watch the incident on YouTube. Keywords: Cech injury).
5 Cech had surgery for a skull fracture. Since then, he has been wearing a rugby-style head covering.
6His favourite pastime is visiting museums in London.
7Cech has a secret weapon - his new orange jersey. He believes the design distracts players when they're shooting for goal.
8 For a collection of his 'strange photos', check out the Chelsea fansite www.chelseapies.tv.
9 He missed the birth of his daughter, Adela. At the time, he was playing against Liverpool. His friend took his wife, Marina, to the hospital.
10His top five keepers are: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Dida (AC Milan), Oliver Kahn (Bayern Munich) and himself.