Marek Čech (Slovak footballer)
Čech playing in the Champions League with Trabzonspor in 2011
|Full name||Marek Čech|
|Date of birth||26 January 1983|
|Place of birth||Trebišov, Czechoslovakia|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Left back|
|2008–2011||West Bromwich Albion||54||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 March 2016
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21 December 2017
Čech has previously played for Inter Bratislava, Sparta Prague and Porto. While at Sparta, Čech was part of a no-nonsense defence. In the 2005–06 season, he was part of Co Adriaanse's triumphant Primeira Liga- and Taça de Portugal-winning Porto team. He also played for the Slovakia national team and was a regular in the nation's UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying squad.
On 15 July 2008, Čech signed for Premier League club West Bromwich Albion for £1.4 million. He made his debut the following month, playing in midfield in a 1–0 defeat to Arsenal in the opening match of the 2008–09 Premier League season. Then-West Brom manager Tony Mowbray referred to Čech as a "model professional" and said that he had brought the player in to create competition for left-back Paul Robinson. However, Čech was unable to command a regular place in the side, making just 11 appearances all season. Following the departure of Mowbray and the sale of Robinson, Čech established himself as an important member of Roberto Di Matteo's squad. He scored his first two goals for West Brom in a 3–1 win over Plymouth Argyle on 12 September 2009. In May 2011, Čech signed a one-year contract extension with West Brom, along with teammate Roman Bednář.
|1.||8 September 2007||Tehelné pole, Bratislava, Slovakia||Republic of Ireland||2 – 2||2–2||UEFA Euro 2008 Qualifying|
|2.||21 November 2007||Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle, San Marino||San Marino||0 – 4||0–5||UEFA Euro 2008 Qualifying|
|3.||21 November 2007||Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle, San Marino||San Marino||0 – 5||0–5||UEFA Euro 2008 Qualifying|
|4.||6 June 2009||Tehelné pole, Bratislava, Slovakia||San Marino||1 – 0||7–0||World Cup 2010 Qualifying|
|5.||6 June 2009||Tehelné pole, Bratislava, Slovakia||San Marino||3 – 0||7–0||World Cup 2010 Qualifying|
- Inter Bratislava
- Sparta Prague
- Czech First League: 2004–05
- Primeira Liga: 2005–06, 2006–07 and 2007–08
- Taça de Portugal: 2005–06
- SuperCup Cândido de Oliveira: 2005–06
- Slovakia U20
- 2003 FIFA U-20 World Cup: Participation
- Slovakia U19
- 2002 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship – Third place
- "Marek Čech: Portugalčania nežijú v takom strese ako Slováci". Sme (in Slovak). 21 December 2017. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
- "Baggies sign Cech". West Bromwich Albion F.C. 15 July 2008. Archived from the original on 27 August 2008. Retrieved 15 July 2008.
- "Arsenal vs WBA". West Bromwich Albion F.C. 16 August 2008. Archived from the original on 19 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-16.
- "Boss pleased with Cech impact". West Bromwich Albion F.C. 21 August 2008. Archived from the original on 20 November 2008. Retrieved 4 July 2009.
- "Marek Cech player statistics". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 4 July 2009.
- "West Brom 3–1 Plymouth". BBC. 12 September 2009. Retrieved 14 September 2009.
- Baggies release three first-team squad members from bbc.co.uk
- Cech sözleşme imzaladı (in Turkish) Archived 1 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
- "Profesyonel Futbolcu Marek Cech ve Kulübüyle Anlaşmaya Varılmıştır". Turkish Public Disclosure System (KAP) (in Turkish). 31 August 2011. Retrieved 23 September 2011.