PETR CECH is a Premier League legend, having won titles at Arsenal and Chelsea.
He retired in the summer after 20 years in professional football – but has the Czech stopper found a new goalie job?
Is Petr Cech playing ice hockey?
Yes, you are not reading it wrong. Petr Cech now plays ice hockey.
Just months after hanging up his football goalkeeper gloves, the 37-year-old will pull on some ice hockey ones for Surrey-based Guildford Phoenix.
Cech’s position will be netminder – the goalkeeper version of football – and will wear number 39
The Czech ace joins the side on a semi-professional basis in a shock move.
This is expected not to interfere with his role at Chelsea where he is a technical and performance advisor.
Cech said of his new career choice: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to play with the Phoenix to get the match experience.
“I hope I can help this young team to achieve their goals for the season and try to win as many games as possible when I have the chance to play.
“After 20 years of professional football this is going to be a wonderful experience for me to play the game I loved to watch and play as a kid.”
When will Cech make his debut?
Fans will not have to wait long for Cech to make his ice hockey debut.
He will take to the ice on Sunday, October 13 for his first appearance when they welcome Swindon Wildcats 2 to the Guildford Spectrum.
Phoenix currently sit second in NIHL South West 2 after two games and can go above Basingstoke Buffalo on Sunday.