Tomáš Ujfaluši

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Tomáš Ujfaluši
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Ujfaluši playing for Galatasaray in 2012
Personal information
Full name Tomáš Ujfaluši
Date of birth (1978-03-24) 24 March 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth Rýmařov, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Galatasaray (Director of football)
Youth career
1988–1991 TJ Rýmařov
1991–1996 Sigma Olomouc
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (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 Sparta Prague 0 (0)
Total 461 (9)
National team
1997–1999 Czech Republic U21 26 (0)
2001–2009 Czech Republic 78 (2)
Teams managed
2013–2014 Galatasaray (Director of Football)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Tomáš Ujfaluši (Czech pronunciation: [ˈtomaːʃ ˈʊjfaˌlʊʃɪ]; born 24 March 1978) is a Czech retired footballer. He operated as either a central or right defender.[1]

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.[2]

Early life[edit]

Ujfaluši has Hungarian roots, his surname meaning New-villager in Hungarian.[3]

He is married to Kateřina.

Club career[edit]

Early years / Hamburg / Fiorentina[edit]

Born in Rýmařov, Czechoslovakia, Ujfaluši made his professional debut with SK Sigma Olomouc, at the age of 18. In December 2000, he moved abroad and signed with German outfit Hamburger SV: his debut came on 10 December, 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 club 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[edit]

Ujfaluši playing for Atlético Madrid.

After nearly 150 official appearances for the Viola (albeit without silverware), being mainly used as a center-back by coach Cesare Prandelli, Ujfaluši joined Atlético Madrid as a free agent,[4] 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 league match against FC Barcelona at the Vicente Calderón Stadium (1–2 loss), Ujfaluši 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.[5][6][7] He was an undisputed starter during the season – mostly as right-back – as the Colchoneros finished seventh and qualified to the Europa League.

Galatasaray[edit]

On 20 June 2011, aged 33, Ujfaluši signed for Süper Lig powerhouse Galatasaray SK,[8][9] for a 2 million transfer fee.[10] 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.[11]

Ujfaluši left Galatasaray at the end of the 2012–13 campaign, after a lengthy injury.[12] 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, it was announced that Ujfaluši will be the director of football at Galatasaray.[13]

International career[edit]

Ujfaluši with the Czech Republic national team

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[14]) 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,[15] 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.[16]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Hamburg
Atlético Madrid
Galatasaray

Individual[edit]

Playing style[edit]

A resolute central defender renowned for his ability to shoot powerfully from distance,

Ujfaluši is a versatile player who last started began his career as a second striker for Sigma Olomouc, then as an attacking or defensive midfielder before settling right-sided central or right defender.

Statistics[edit]

As of 15 July 2014.[18][19]

Club[edit]

Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sigma Olomouc 1996–97 18 1 - - - - - - 18 1
1997–98 11 2 - - - - - - 11 2
1998–99 28 1 - - - - - - 28 1
1999–00 29 0 - - - - - - 29 0
2000–01 14 0 - - - - - - 14 0
Total 100 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 100 4
Hamburger SV 2000–01 19 0 - - - - - 19 0
2001–02 29 0 - - - - - 29 0
2002–03 31 2 - - - - - 31 2
2003–04 26 1 - - - - - - 26 1
Total 105 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 105 3
Fiorentina 2004–05 28 0 - - - - - 28 0
2005–06 36 1 - - - - - 36 1
2006–07 31 1 - - - - - 31 1
2007–08 28 0 - - - - 11 0 39 0
Total 123 2 0 0 0 0 11 0 134 2
Atlético Madrid 2008–09 33 0 0 0 - 7 0 40 0
2009–10 27 0 9 1 - 14 0 50 1
2010–11 32 0 5 0 - 4 0 41 0
Total 92 0 14 1 - 25 0 131 1
Galatasaray 2011–12 39 1 1 0 0 0 - 40 1
2012–13 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 41 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 42 1
Sparta Prague 2013–14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 461 10 15 1 0 0 36 0 512 11

International[edit]

Czech Republic national team
Year Apps Goals
2001 6 0
2002 8 2
2003 8 0
2004 12 0
2005 11 0
2006 11 0
2007 8 0
2008 12 0
2009 2 0
Total 78 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Palmer, Kevin (16 September 2012). "Champions League 2012–13, Group H". ESPN FC. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Tomas Ujfalusi – International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Boháč Tomáš Ujfaluši: Chci si koupit bugatti! (P.S.: sporťák za 36 milionů Kč) A taky vrtulník!" (in Czech). Aha Online. 16 June 2009. Retrieved 10 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "El Atlético ficha al checo Tomas Ujfalusi por tres temporadas" [Atlético signs Czech Tomas Ujfalusi for three seasons] (in Spanish). 20 Minutos. 1 July 2008. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Lionel Messi suffers ankle injury in win over Atletico". BBC Sport. 19 September 2010. Retrieved 20 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "Una victoria dolorosa" [A painful victory] (in Spanish). El País. 19 September 2010. Retrieved 20 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "Ujfalusi banned for 2 games for tackle on Messi". Yahoo! Sports. 21 September 2010. Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  8. ^ "Tomáš Ujfaluši joins Galatasaray". Galatasaray SK. 21 June 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "Gala sign Ujfalusi". FIFA.com. 20 June 2011. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  10. ^ "Tomas Ujfalusi'nin Transfer Sözleşmesi" (in Turkish). Turkish Public Disclosure System (KAP). 20 June 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
  11. ^ "Galatasaray crowned Turkish champions". ESPN Soccernet. 12 May 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "Galatasaray signs Chedjou from French Lille". Business Standard. 31 May 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "Tomas Ujfalusi Futbol İdari Koordinatörü Oldu" (in Turkish). Galatasaray. 18 December 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  14. ^ Tomáš UjfalušiFIFA competition record
  15. ^ "Ujfalusi backing Czechs to shine". BBC Sport. 7 June 2008. Retrieved 7 June 2008. 
  16. ^ "Ujfalusi quits international football". BBC Sport. 8 April 2009. Retrieved 8 April 2009. 
  17. ^ "Yılın yeteneği Semih Kaya..." (in Turkish). Fanatik. 15 May 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  18. ^ "Tomáš Ujfaluši". Turkish Football Federation. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  19. ^ "Tomas Ujfalusi" (in Turkish). Mackolik. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Nico-Jan Hoogma
Hamburg captain
2004
Succeeded by
Daniel Van Buyten
Preceded by
Tomáš Rosický
Czech Republic captain
2008-2009
Succeeded by
Tomáš Rosický