- Patrick Dorsey, ESPN Editor
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UEFA EURO 2012, one of soccer's top international competitions, kicks off June 8. In anticipation of this eagerly awaited event, Playbook is teaming up with ESPNFC to offer sights and other delights from each participating nation.
Today we turn to the Czech Republic, and its most-capped active player: goalkeeper Petr Cech, a man who has produced some special memories -- and some stunning images.
Born in Plzen in 1982, Cech grew up to play for Czech Republic power Sparta Prague, and also the national team.
After playing for Rennes in France, Cech made the move to Chelsea in 2004-05, and quickly became regarded as one of the best keepers in the game -- let alone the Czech Republic.
World Cup 2006 followed, the nation's first appearance in the competition as Czech Republic. But in a Premier League game in October 2006, a horrific head injury nearly cost Cech his career (and, even, his life).
Cech fought back, though, and returned to play 2007 for both club and country -- sporting his now-iconic headgear.
It didn't stop his success. Chelsea won the league in 2009-10. And then this happened:
Will Cech follow it up with a successful UEFA Euro 2012 campaign? He just might. After all, there's a reason why -- in Vienna for Euro 2008 -- Cech was the man they chose for this amazing spectacle:
Which country did Cech shut out at the 2006 World Cup?
The answer will be posted on Facebook later today...