Čech wins eighth sports writers’ footballer of year prize

The Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Čech has won the Czech Republic’s Golden Ball award for footballer of the year for the fourth time in a row and the eighth time in total. The prize is voted on by the country’s association of sports journalists. On Friday, Čech (31) and the rest of the national team face Italy in a crucial World Cup qualifier in Prague.

Author: Ian Willoughby