Tomas Ujfalusi announces retirement

Czech defender forced to retire after knee injury

Tomas Ujfalusi at Atletico Madrid

Tomas Ujfalusi

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.

What is your fondest memory of Ujfa?

  • Dircil

    I salute u in respect and wish u all the best in ur post-football career. Atletico will always welcome u at anytime.

  • pantic#10

    Good Luck Tomas,
    I remember him playing under Prandelli with Fiorentina. strong defender!

  • Atletico9

    Thanks for everything Ujfa!
    A great defender and person who really loved Atletico.

    Always welcome.

    Good luck!

  • Jeronamo

    May you enjoy your reitirement Ujfa!
    Atliti loves and respects you

  • Shai

    The Original “Beast”… Thanks for everything Tomas

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    I’m sorry .. but I never liked him
    the day he left the club was one of my best days as an Atleti fan
    for me, he will stay one of Atleti’s worst signings

    However, he was a part of the team who won 2010 Europa League & UEFA Super Cup
    and for that I must say thank you,
    although I believe he is the one who should thank the club and his teammates for putting these 2 glorious titles in his CV !

  • LosColchonero

    I like all our players – even our bad ones.