Petr Cech has announced that he will be retiring from professional football at the end of the season, with the Arsenal goalkeeper to bring an end of a 20-year career.The vastly-experienced keeper feels the time is right to walk away as he has “won every single trophy possible”.He will turn 37 shortly after the current Premier League campaign comes to a close and admits he continue to work hard for the Gunners, aiming to win a trophy in what is his final season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Cech posted in a message on social media: “This is my 20th season as a professional player and it has been 20 years since I signed my first professional contract, so it feels like the right time to announce that I will retire at the end of this season.”Having played 15 years in the Premier League, and won every single trophy possible, I feel like I have achieved everything I set out to achieve.”I will continue to work hard at Arsenal and hopefully win one more trophy this season, then I am looking forward to seeing what life holds for me off the pitch.”Cech started his career on the books of home-town club Viktoria Plzen.It was, however, at Chmel Blsany that he would make his senior bow and begin to climb the professional ladder.He was handed a debut at just 17 years of age and required a little over 12 months in which to secure himself a switch to Sparta Prague.Cech then made his international bow with the Czech Republic in 2002, as the first signs of interest from England began to emerge.His next stop was, however, to be France, with two seasons taken in with Rennes.A Premier League transfer finally materialised in 2004, with a £7 million ($9m) deal agreed by Claudio Ranieri eventually benefitting Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.A model of consistency throughout his time at Stamford Bridge, Cech would take in 494 appearances for the Blues and achieve four Premier League title triumphs, four FA Cup wins, three League Cup successes, a Champions League crown and Europa League glory.He was eventually forced out of west London by the emergence of Thibaut Courtois, but made the short journey to Arsenal in 2015 in an effort to find a more regular role.Another FA Cup win has been secured with the Gunners, along with 129 outings to date, but he has once again found himself falling behind other goalkeeping options.Bernd Leno is now the favoured choice between the sticks for Unai Emery, with Cech prepared to accept that his race is almost run.There is still a chance that more major silverware will be secured before he bows out, with Arsenal still in the FA Cup and chasing down a potential appearance in the 2019 Europa League final which will be staged in Baku on May 29 – nine days after Cech turns 37. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
zoom Swiss-based power and automation technology provider ABB has been awarded a USD 60 million contract to deliver its Azipod propulsion and power systems to Norwegian Cruise Line’s two Breakaway-Plus class ships currently under construction at Meyer Werft’s shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The new 164,000 gt vessels, scheduled for delivery in Q2 2018 and Q4 2019, will be equipped with ABB’s Azipod XO electrical propulsion systems, which are already featured on several of Norwegian Cruise Line’s new vessels: the Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, as well as the larger Breakaway-Plus class ships, Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Bliss, currently under construction at Meyer Werft.ABB will also deliver complete electric power plants, generators and drives to the ships.”ABB designed the Axipod XO concept to reduce ship lifecycle costs and increase the profitability of vessels, and this repeat order with Meyer Werft is a validation to the customer value our flagship propulsion solution delivers,” said Heikki Soljama, Managing Director for ABB’s Marine and Ports Business.
zoom The bulk carrier MV Benita, which was under tow en route from Mauritius to India, sank some 93.5 nautical miles from Mauritius on July 30, according to Greek company Five Oceans Salvage.The vessel turned over by the stern at approximately 13:35 local time, after having earlier taken a severe stern trim, and subsequently sank at a charted depth of 4,400 meters.There were no crew members aboard the 44,183 dwt bulker at the time of the sinking.The tug Ionian Sea FOS had to activate the tow line quick release system in anticipation of the incident, the salvage company said, adding that all the crew from the tug “are safe and accounted for.”No debris or pollution was observed around the vessel, however the Ionian Sea FOS remained on site to monitor further for signs of any pollution.The 1998-built MV Benita ran aground on June 17 off Mahebourg, Mauritius as a result of a fight which broke out between the vessel’s crewmembers.The bulker was refloated on July 23 following extensive repair works.