Petr Cech voted Czech Republic player of the year for record 9th time

Petr Cech receives Czech Republic Player of the Year award for a record ninth time.

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Prague, Mar 21: Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech was voted the Czech Republic footballer of the year on Monday for a record ninth time.

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The 34-year-old Cech topped the poll of players, coaches, football federation officials, and journalists for 2016.

Petr Cech with his award (Image courtesy: Petr Cech Twitter handle)

Cech retired from international football after the European Championship in France last year. He appeared a record 124 times in the Czech Republic goal.

He injured a calf muscle in Arsenal's 3-1 loss at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, March 18, and said in Prague it could take weeks to recover and return to the struggling Gunners squad.

Cech was at the award ceremony at Prague Castle. Hertha Berlin midfielder Vladimir Darida polled second, and Borek Dockal, who recently moved from Sparta Prague to Henan Jianye in the Chinese Super League, was third.

AP

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