Full Name: Tomas Ujfalusi
Left Atlético in: 2011
Currently playing for: Galatasaray
Squad Number: 17
DoB: 24 March 1978
Position: Right back
Previous Clubs: Sigma Olomouc (1997-2000), HSV (2001-2004), Fiorentina (2004-2008)
Tomas Ujfalusi debuted as an eighteen-year old for Sigma Olomouc, playing 82 matches for a team that bounced up and down between the Czech top divisions. During the 2000-2001 season Ujfalusi was signed by HSV. The defender played 105 games in Hamburg and lifted the German Cup with HSV in 2003.
After four seasons in the Bundesliga, Ujfalusi made a move to Italy, to newly promoted Fiorentina. He would play 123 games for la Viola, in which he scored two goals, but didn’t win any silverware. Ujfalusi was keen on a move to Spain and decided not to extend his contract in Florence so that he could leave as a free agent in 2008.
Ujfalusi looked set to join Sevilla, but with only a verbal agreement in place, Atlético swooped for the right-back before he could put pen to paper in Seville.
In Ujfalusi’s first season in Madrid, the team qualified for the Champions League, with Ujfalusi as an undisputed starter in the heart of defence. In his second season, Ujfalusi was often shifted to rightback, like in his Fiorentina days, but still featured in all of Atlético’s crucial matches. The defender started in all but one of Atleti’s Europa League games, the competition the team would go on to win in May 2010.
In the following season the popular but ageing right back seemed more vulnerable against the left wingers he faced in la Liga and when Atleti received a €2m offer in from Galatasaray in the summer of 2011 the defender was let go.
In 2009, Ujfalusi resigned as captain of the Czech Republic’s national football team. The defender felt that the Czech FA had not supported him and his teammates enough after a story was leaked alleging that the Czech team had a wild night out after suffering a defeat to Slovakia in the World Cup qualifiers.
Tomas subsequently retired from international football, having earned 78 caps for his country.