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Tomáš UjfalušiDescription : * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.Tomáš Ujfaluši (Czech pronunciation: [ˈtomaːʃ ˈujfaluʃɪ] ( listen), born 24 March 1978) is a Czech retired footballer. He operated as either a central defender or a right back.Other than in his country he played professionally in Germany (four years), Italy (four), Spain (three) and Turkey (two), winning six major titles between Hamburg, Atlético Madrid and Galatasaray. He started his career in 1996 with Sigma Olomo... Page:t

Tomáš Ujfaluši
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Ujfaluši playing for Galatasaray in 2012
Personal information
Full nameTomáš Ujfaluši
Date of birth(1978-03-24) 24 March 1978 (age 38)
Place of birthRýmařov, Czechoslovakia
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing positionDefender
Youth career
1988–1991TJ Rýmařov
1991–1996Sigma Olomouc
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1996–2000Sigma Olomouc100(4)
2000–2004Hamburger SV105(2)
2004–2008Fiorentina123(2)
2008–2011Atlético Madrid92(0)
2011–2013Galatasaray41(1)
2013Sparta Prague0(0)
Total461(9)
National team
1997–1999Czech Republic U2126(0)
2001–2009Czech Republic78(2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.


The native form of this personal name is Újfalusi Tamás. This article uses the Western name order.

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

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

Ujfaluši played 78 times for the Czech Republic, representing the nation at the 2006 World Cup and two European Championships.

Club career

Early years / Hamburg / Fiorentina

Born in Rýmařov, Czechoslovakia of Hungarian roots – the Hungarian version of his name, Újfalusi Tamás (note the Eastern name order), meaning Thomas the New-Villager– 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

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, helping the capital team repeat its fourth position in La Liga in his debut season, subsequently again qualifying for the UEFA Champions League.

In the 2009–10 campaign Atlético could only rank 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; 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 powerhouse Galatasaray SK, for a €2 million transfer fee. 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.

Ujfaluši left Galatasaray at the end of 2012–13, after a lengthy injury. 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. He left his post in June of the following year.

International career

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– 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, 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.

Career statistics

Club

ClubSeasonLeagueCupLeague CupEuropeTotal
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Sigma Olomouc1996–97181------181
1997–98112------112
1998–99281------281
1999–00290------290
2000–01140------140
Total10040000001004
Hamburger SV2000–01190-----190
2001–02290-----290
2002–03312-----312
2003–04261------261
Total10530000001053
Fiorentina2004–05280-----280
2005–06361-----361
2006–07311-----311
2007–08280----110390
Total123200001101342
Atlético Madrid2008–0933000-70400
2009–1027091-140501
2010–1132050-40410
Total920141-2501311
Galatasaray2011–123911000-401
2012–132000000020
Total411100000421
Sparta Prague2013–140000000000
Total0000000000
Career total461101510036051211

International

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

Honours

Club

Hamburg
  • DFB-Ligapokal: 2003
Atlético Madrid
  • UEFA Europa League: 2009–10
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2010
Galatasaray
  • Süper Lig: 2011–12, 2012–13
  • Turkish Super Cup: 2012

Individual

  • Süper Lig: Defender of the Year 2011–12
  • Fiorentina All-time XI
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