Tomáš Ujfaluši

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Tomáš Ujfaluši
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Ujfaluši playing for Galatasaray in 2012
Personal information
Full nameTomáš Ujfaluši [1]
Date of birth (1978-03-24) 24 March 1978 (age 42) [2]
Place of birth Rýmařov, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Defender
Youth career
1988–1991 TJ Rýmařov
1991–1996 Sigma Olomouc
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1996–2000 Sigma Olomouc 100 (4)
2000–2004 Hamburger SV 105 (2)
2004–2008 Fiorentina 123 (2)
2008–2011 Atlético Madrid 92 (0)
2011–2013 Galatasaray 41 (1)
2013–2014 Sparta Prague 0 (0)
Total461(9)
National team
1997–1999 Czech Republic U21 26 (0)
2001–2009 Czech Republic 78 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Tomáš Ujfaluši (Czech pronunciation: [ˈtomaːʃ ˈujfaluʃɪ] , born 24 March 1978) is a Czech former professional footballer. He operated as either a central defender or a right back. [3]

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Other than in his country he played professionally in Germany (four years), Italy (four), Spain (three) and Turkey (two), winning six major titles between Hamburger SV, Atlético Madrid and Galatasaray. He started his career in 1996 with Sigma Olomouc.

Ujfaluši played seventy eight times for the Czech Republic, representing the nation at the 2006 World Cup and two European Championships. [4]

Club career

Early years / Hamburg / Fiorentina

Born in Rýmařov, Czechoslovakia of Hungarian roots [5] – Ujfaluši made his professional debut with SK Sigma Olomouc, at the age of 18. In December 2000, he moved abroad and signed with German club Hamburger SV: his debut came on 10 December by playing 90 minutes in a 2–1 home win against FC Energie Cottbus, and 16 of his 17 appearances in that season were complete, but the team could only rank 13th and 11th the following campaign, with respectively 58 and 57 goals conceded.

In 2002–03 Ujfaluši helped Hamburg finish in fourth position, but the team fared worse in the following season (again conceding in the region of 50 Bundesliga goals). Subsequently, he signed with ACF Fiorentina, freshly returned to Serie A after successfully emerging from a bankruptcy situation.

Atlético Madrid

Ujfalusi playing for Atletico Madrid in 2009. APOEL - Athletico Madrid.jpg
Ujfaluši playing for Atlético Madrid in 2009.

After nearly 150 official appearances for the Viola (albeit without silverware), being mainly used as a centre back by coach Cesare Prandelli, Ujfaluši joined Atlético Madrid as a free agent, [6] helping the capital team repeat its fourth position in La Liga in his debut season, subsequently qualifying for the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League.

In the 2009–10 league campaign Atlético only finished ninth, but won the newly created UEFA Europa League, with Ujfaluši appearing in eight complete matches in the latter competition. On 19 September 2010, during injury time of a 1–2 league loss against FC Barcelona at the Vicente Calderón Stadium, he made a late challenge on Lionel Messi, injuring his right ankle. The defender received a straight red card for his foul, and was subsequently banned for two games by the Spanish League's disciplinary committee; [7] [8] [9] he was an undisputed starter during the season – mostly as right-back – as the Colchoneros finished seventh and qualified to the Europa League.

Galatasaray

On 20 June 2011, aged 33, Ujfaluši signed for Süper Lig club Galatasaray, [10] for a 2 million transfer fee. [11] He was an undisputed starter in his first season, being sent off in the final game of the campaign, a 0–0 away draw against Fenerbahçe SK, as Gala won a record-equalling 18th league title. [12]

Ujfaluši left Galatasaray at the end of 2012–13, after a lengthy injury. [13] He retired in December at the age of 35, after a few months back in his homeland with AC Sparta Prague.

On 18 December 2013 Ujfaluši returned to Galatasaray, being appointed director of football. [14] He left his post in June of the following year.

International career

Ujfalusi with the Czech Republic national team (2009). Tomas Ujfalusi 2009.jpg
Ujfaluši with the Czech Republic national team (2009).

Ujfaluši gained his first cap for the Czech Republic in 2001, whilst at Hamburg. He represented the nation at UEFA Euro 2004 (appearing in four matches for the semifinalists), the 2006 FIFA World Cup – being sent off against Ghana in an eventual group stage exit [15] – and Euro 2008 (three games, being named Man of the match in the first game of the tournament, a 1–0 win against Switzerland).

After nine years with the national team, during which he eventually gained captaincy, [16] Ujfaluši ended his international career on 8 April 2009 after being criticised for visiting a restaurant, accompanied by five other players, following the Czech Republic's defeat to Slovakia on 1 April for the World Cup qualification. [17]

Career statistics

[18] [19] [20]

Club

ClubSeasonLeagueNational CupLeague CupEuropeTotal
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Sigma Olomouc 1996–97 181------181
1997–98 112------112
1998–99 281------281
1999–2000 290------290
2000–01 140------140
Total10040000001004
Hamburger SV 2000–01 190-----190
2001–02 290-----290
2002–03 312-----312
2003–04 261------261
Total10530000001053
Fiorentina 2004–05 280-----280
2005–06 361-----361
2006–07 311-----311
2007–08 280----110390
Total123200001101342
Atlético Madrid 2008–09 33000-70400
2009–10 27091-140501
2010–11 32050-40410
Total920141-2501311
Galatasaray 2011–12 3911000-401
2012–13 2000000020
Total411100000421
Sparta Prague 2013–14 0000000000
Total0000000000
Career total461101510036051211

International

[4]

Czech Republic
YearAppsGoals
200160
200282
200380
2004120
2005110
2006110
200780
2008120
200920
Total782

International goals

[4]

No.DateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
16 September 2002 Stadion Letná, Prague, Czech RepublicFlag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  FR Yugoslavia 2–05–0 Friendly
24–0

Honours

Hamburger SV [21]

Atlético Madrid [21]

Galatasaray [21]

Individual

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