Czech goalkeeper who debuted in net for the prestigious Chelsea FC in 2004; he was named Czech Footballer of the Year 6 times between 2005 and 2012, Chelsea Player of the Year in 2011 and helped lead Chelsea to Premier League titles in 2005, 2006 and 2010. He then played for Arsenal FC from 2015 until 2019.
He began playing for the local Viktoria Plzen youth club at age 7.
He played for Rennes in the French league from 2002 to 2004 and was named Best Goalkeeper in the French League in 2004.
He married Martina Dolejsova in 1982 and the couple had two children together, Damian and Adela.
He was teammates with striker Didier Drogba on Chelsea from 2004 to 2012.