Chelsea star beats Arsenal midfielder to prestigious national award

Petr Cech has pipped Arsenal’s Tomas Rosicky to become Czech Republic Footballer of the Year.

The Chelsea goalkeeper has enjoyed another top year for his club and national team, and has been rewarded for some outstanding performances.

According to EuroSport, the 31-year-old has been announced as the winner of the prestigious Czech Footballer of the Year award, ahead of the likes of Arsenal’s Tomas Rosicky and Freiburg’s Vladimir Darida.

Cech said of picking up the award for a seventh time: “It is an award which I never tire from. Every year, I do everything possible to improve."

Throughout 2013, Cech played in a number of games for the Blues and helped the side to third place in the Premier League and an impressive Europa League title after overcoming Benfica 2-1 in the final.

Following the arrival of Jose Mourinho, Cech’s form towards the back of 2013 improved further and his side currently have the best defence in England – conceding just 22 goals in 28 games. On a personal note, Cech has so far kept 12 clean sheets in the league, his best tally at this stage of the season since Chelsea last lifted the title in 2010.

Despite his heroics in a Chelsea shirt, Cech will be bitterly disappointed that the national team failed to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil this summer. A bad start to their qualifying campaign left the Czech’s with a mountain to climb, and it proved too difficult as they ended up in third position with just 16 points.

Second on the podium was Arsenal’s Tomas Rosicky. The playmaker had a decent 2013, although he never managed to land a major trophy and at times struggled with injuries.

Fortunately for the Gunner, any possible disappointment of not being award Czech Republic's top prize will soon pass, as an imminent contract extension at Arsenal means he’ll get the chance to rival Cech for the trophy this year.

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