Czech Retirement Is A Setback For Czech Republic

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On 8th of July, 2016, Petr Czech announced his international retirement from Czech Republic national team. The Czech Retirement Is A Setback For Czech Republic final game for his country was a 2-0 Euro 2016 defeat against Turkey. Arsenal and Czech Republic’s Goalkeeper was playing his fifth major tournament, but could not prevent his team ending last in group D, with one point. This shattering defeat resulted in an early elimination of the team, from the Euro 2016.

Czech Retirement Is A Setback For Czech Republic

Czech Retirement Is A Setback For Czech Republic

Czech Retirement Is A Setback For Czech Republic

The 34 year old, made his debut in the year 2002. He is a former captain of Czech Republic’s national team. He is the most capped player in the history of Czech’s national team, holding a total of 124 caps. He has eased Czech’s way into the semi finals in the Euro 2004 tournament, beating Germany and Netherlands on the route to semis, but losing to the expected champions, Greece. He was voted into the team of all stars for his performance at Euro 2004. He is also entitled as the individual best goalkeeper for the year 2004-05 , 2006-07, 2007-08 seasons of the UEFA Champions League.He holds a huge number of records to his name, including the Premier League record for most number of clean sheets, for which he was awarded the Golden Glove, for about four times. He is the most celebrated and respected goal keeper of his generation. He is the only player to have won this award, representing two different clubs. This speaks loads about his dedication towards his team and his work.

But Friday brought the unfortunate news of the retirement of this legend. The team of Czech Republic was already in dire straits, the news of his retirement, made the sight of people’s future more grim for them. PetrCech had already given some signs of his retirement, early on 23rd June. He told the media houses, which he needed some time to overcome the disappointments, from the current defeats to take a decision. Finally on 8th July he did break the ice, and gave his final word, bidding good bye to the Czech Republic national team. He left behind a glorious international career of fourteen years, with a lot to cherish.

The supposed reason behind his checking out of Czech Republic was believed to be the team’s disgraceful retreat from the Euro 2016, but the Czech discarded any such news. He said he was in dire need of rest, and was exhausted with the gruelling schedule of travelling countries. He also asserted upon the idea of focussing on Arsenal his other club, and quitting the Czech Republicwould help his club, and better his focus.

He tweeted a message along with a photograph of him and his team mates, for his fans and team Czech Republic, recalling the beautiful moments spend together and wishing them all the best for future. Thus officially announcing his exit from Czech. This way ended the heroic journey of the longest serving Czech player, winning accolades for his country and himself. Making a senior debut in 2002 tournament, he held the responsibility on his shoulders to clinch the Euro title, having only a single chance in the past to compete in the finals. The 2016 Euro was a great hope calling off his international which resulted in a huge disappointment, both with the Czech’s defeat and Czech career. To lose a player of this stature, in any trying circumstances, is definitely a huge setback for the Czech Republic. He has left a lacuna which will take a while to be filled. Team Czech will have to work harder now to ace their way to the top.