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Petr Cech wins the Czech Footballer of the Year award

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Petr Čech has won the Czech Republic’s Footballer of the Year award for the 11th time in the last 13 years.

He first won the award back in 2005 and the run has only been interrupted by Pavel Nedvěd who won the award during the 2008-09 season and by David Lafata who won it during the 2006-07 season.

Čech overtook TSG Hoffenheim’s Pavel Kadeřábek and UC Sampdoria’s Patrik Schick as he won the country’s most prestigious footballing awards.

The Czech Footballer of the Year award is equivalent to England’s FWA Player of the Year award — voted by the country’s journalists.

Speaking after receiving the award, Čech said:

“I am honoured by the eleventh win just as I have been honoured by the ten previous ones,” he said, as he was accepting the brand new Golden Ball.”

On being asked who he would have preferred for the award, Čech said:

“I would vote for Patrik Schick. He had a great breakthrough in Sampdoria and I’m not surprised he won the spring part of the poll.”

The 35-year-old had a wonderful season in goal as he kept a total of 13 cleen sheets in 37 appearances across all competitions as Arsenal finished 5th in the Premier League and won the FA Cup.