A persistent knee injury has put an end to Tomas Ujfalusi’s long career, as the Czech defender today announced his retirement on Twitter.
The 35-year old, who injured his knee playing for Galatasaray last season, signed a contract with Sparta Prague this season but ended his career on Monday without playing a game for his new team. He’s opted not to undergo surgery to repair his knee after consulting with several specialists.
From 2008 till 2011 Ujfa made 92 appearances for Atlético, with his proudest moments being the 2010 Europa League and UEFA Super Cup wins under Quique Sánchez Flores.
Before joining Galatasaray, Ujfalusi also played for Sigma Olomouc, Hamburger SV and Fiorentina. The man, who perhaps most proudly represented the Indios nickname despite being from Eastern Europe, started his career in 1996.
In an interview Ujfalusi looked back to his days at Atlético with joy.
“The days playing for Atlético were the best in my career. That’s where I won my biggest trophies”, the retiring Czech told Marca.
Among many Atleti faithful was Filipe Luís who was quick to thank Ujfa for his contribution at the Vicente Calderón.
@TomasUjfa gracias por tu futbol, por tu amistad. Eres un grande!
— Filipe Luís (@FilipeLuis03) December 2, 2013
What is your fondest memory of Ujfa?