Petr Cech has enjoyed one of the all-time great Premier League careers - and has also found a unique way to bring down the curtain on his playing days.
Arsenal goalkeeper Cech, 36, who is retiring at the end of the 2018/19 season, has teamed up with legendary Queen drummer Roger Taylor to record a song “That’s Football”.
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Cech is a keen drummer and wrote the song himself about what football has meant to him while all proceeds from the song will go to the Willow Foundation.
The Willow Foundation was set up by former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson and his wife Megs to provide special days out for young people battling life-limiting, life-threatening and serious conditions.
Cech said: “My career is coming to an end am I was thinking how to look back and put those amazing 20 years into words."
“There is a lot of emotion in playing football and also with music I wanted to bring those emotions from football through music."
“When I asked Roger about the idea he was up for it and we started to make this happen. To have such a legendary musician do that with me is something really special for me. I have been a fan of Queen my whole life, and to work in the studio with Roger on this was an incredible experience.
“I’m also a big fan of the Willow Foundation because of its amazing work as a charity. Bob and Megs really deserve to be supported for all the effort and work they put into it. He’s an Arsenal legend on top of that.
“I felt if we could raise some money for them also it would be a nice farewell to my playing career. We just wanted to have some fun, and hopefully raise some money for the Willow Foundation.”
Cech has won every possible title during his 15 years in the Premier League with Chelsea and Arsenal, establishing himself as one of the best keepers of all time and setting new records.
The former Czech international has won the Champions League, four Premier League titles, the Europa League, five FA Cups, four Community Shields, and three League Cups. He also holds the record for the most clean sheets in Premier League history – currently at 202.
Roger Taylor is a founding member of Queen, has sold an estimated 300 million records worldwide, as well as having 18 number one albums and 18 number one singles worldwide. He has won four Ivor Novello awards, four Brit Awards, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
The song, written by Cech and Taylor is available today on all digital platforms.