• Petr Cech’s 181 Premier League clean sheets earns him a place in the record books. In his interview, he reveals the similarities between Mourinho and Wenger, how he transitioned from striker to goalkeeper as a teenager and his most memorable match

• Gareth Barry has started 580 Premier League games – more than any other player. Barry reveals the secrets to his consistency as well as how his mum put him off “the bright lights of London”, advising him to choose Aston Villa over Arsenal, Chelsea and Crystal Palace

• See who comes out on top in CECH v BARRY – THE GWR FOOTBALL QUIZ (video)

Other record breakers from the world of sport featured in Guinness World Records 2017 include F1 sensation Max Verstappen (pictures), Leicester City, Cristiano Ronaldo, Serena Williams, Stuart Broad, US soccer legend Carli Lloyd (pictures) and many more

London, UK – 12 October 2016: Thanks to extraordinary careers at the pinnacle of English football, Premier League stars Petr Cech and Gareth Barry have both won places in the much-coveted Guinness World Records 2017, which is out now. 

Throughout a glittering career at the highest level, playing for two of the country’s biggest clubs in Chelsea (04 – 15) and now Arsenal, Petr Cech (CZE) has kept 181* clean sheets in the Premier League. He achieved the record-breaking 174th clean sheet on 28 December 2015 when Arsenal beat Bournemouth 2-0, taking him clear of retired England goalkeeper David James.

Gareth Barry (UK) has made a career out of being consistent. Since making his debut at the age of 17 at Aston Villa, Barry has started 580** games, breaking the record with his 572nd start v Sunderland on 11 May 2016. In a cruel twist of fate for David James, this record was also his. James finished his Premier League career with 571 starts. Barry recently became only the third player to reach 600 appearances in the Premier League, joining Ryan Giggs and Frank Lampard at the top of the all-time appearances list. 

CECH v BARRY – THE GWR FOOTBALL QUIZ sees the two stars asked a series of questions, all based on record-holding footballers who play/have played in the Premier League. See who comes out on top via the downloadable links provided. Questions asked:

  1. Fastest Premier League goal: Ledley King, 9.7 seconds (v Bradford on 9 December 2000)
  2. Most goals as a first half substitute: Chris Smalling, 2 (v Burnley, Feb 2015)
  3. Most goals scored at the same Premier League club: Wayne Rooney, Manchester United (179)
  4. Most goals in European Championships qualifiers: Robbie Keane, 23 between 1998 and 2015
  5. Fastest hat trick: Sadio Mane (Southampton v Villa in May 2015, 2 mins 56 secs)
  6. Most consecutive Premier League games scored in: Jamie Vardy, 11
  7. Most points in a season (manager): Jose Mourinho, 95 (04/05)
  8. Most FA Cup wins (team): Arsenal, 13
  9. Highest combined transfer fees: Angel Di Maria, £132.6m
  10. Most teams scored against in the Premier League: Frank Lampard, 39
Bonus – Which former Premier League footballer holds the record for the fastest time to drink a cup of hot chocolate? Jamie Redknapp, 5.14 seconds on the set of Sky 1: A League of Their Own
We also asked Gareth who has the most Premier League yellow cards…
Elsewhere in Guinness World Records 2017, there are spreads dedicated to Rugby, F1, Cricket, Tennis, Golf, American Football, Boxing, Athletics and many more. Some of the other high profile sports stars to feature include:
  • Max Verstappen (pictures & video): Youngest driver to win a Formula One World Championship race – 18 years and 228 days at the Spanish Grand Prix, in May 2016
  • Jordan Spieth: Highest earnings in a PGA season - $12,030,465 (£7,851,960) in 2015
  • Novak Djokovic: Most prize money won in a tennis season - $21,646,145 (£14,600,200) in 2015
  • Leicester City: Largest rise in position in the Premier League, in consecutive seasons – 13 places, 14th to 1st 
  • Adam Peaty: Fastest long course 100 m breaststroke – now 57.13 seconds set in Rio (was 57.92 sec when book was printed)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo: Most followed athlete on Twitter – 47,262,909*** (as of 7 October 2016)
  • Serena Williams: Longest span of grand slam titles (open era): 1999 to 2016
  • Stuart Broad: Fastest five-wicket haul in a Test Match (balls bowled) – 19 balls v Australia, August 2015
  • US women’s soccer legend Carli Lloyd: Most goals in a FIFA Women’s World Cup final – 3 v Japan in July 2015. Fastest goal in a FIFA Women’s World Cup final – 3 minutes. Oldest goal-scorer in a FIFA Women’s World Cup final – 32 years and 354 days old
  • Holly Holm (pictures): First athlete to win boxing and MMA world titles – WBA welterweight title in 2006, UFC bantamweight title in 2015
A full list of sports records featured in Guinness World Records 2017 has been sent with this release. Please request one if you need a copy.
GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2017 EDITION is out now, and is a must have for knowledge seekers and aspiring record breakers of all ages.
Additionally, the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2017 GAMER’S EDITION is also out now. The authority on all things record-breaking in the world of interactive entertainment, the new book features titles from the biggest video game franchises in existence! 
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