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Former Premier League ‘keeper Petr Cech reveals that making his ice hockey debut fulfilled a childhood dream. The Toe Poke Daily is here every day to bring you all the weirdest stories, quirkiest viral content and top trolling that the internet has to offer, all in one place.
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Petr Cech became surely the first goalkeeper to have saved a penalty in both the Champions League final and the National Ice Hockey League South 2 on Sunday.
The 37-year-old made his debut for Guildford Phoenix and pulled off two vital saves in the shootout to earn his team a narrow win over Swindon Wildcats II.
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) October 13, 2019
Cech was named man of the match on his maiden appearance for Phoenix but will remain their third-choice goalie for now, training with the team when his schedule allows.
Of course, the former Chelsea and Arsenal No. 1 isn’t the first professional footballer to turn to another sport post-retirement. In fact, there are a fair few precedents.
After retiring from football in 2005 at the age of 36 due to chronic ankle pain, Batistuta began chasing his sporting kicks on horseback. Already a keen polo player, the Argentinian resumed playing at an elite level and went on to lift the prestigious Copa Stella Artois in 2009.
While he hasn’t technically retired from football yet, Perisic has already forged himself a side career as a pretty decent beach volleyball player, even representing his country at an international event in 2017.
— Beach Volleyball Major Series (@BeachMajors) June 29, 2017
One of the most decorated footballers of all time, Maldini switched to tennis in 2017 but suf
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