Czech Superliga

Czech goalkeeper Tomas Kafka quits playing

Kafka during WFC 2016 (Image: IFF)

Tomas Kafka, goalkeeper from Tatran Střešovice and the Czech national team, has decided to stop playing. 

The 39-years-old has already played his first WFC in 2000. After his last WFC (2016 in Riga), he made it to fifty WFC games in total during the years. He gained silver once and bronze twice and became the best goalkeeper of the world in 2006.

Kafka played 23 seasons in the Czech national league. He won the title thirteen times with Tatran Střešovice and became goalkeeper of the season ten times.

Kafka played an impressive number of 520 games in the Czech Superliga. He has won the Czech title thirteen times with Tatran Střešovice and was elected as the best Czech goalkeeper 10 times. In 2010, Kafka even played 14 games for Balrog – do you remember them? – in the SSL.

“The first days after the decision were rough and I almost couldn’t sleep, but now all is ok”

“The first days after the decision were rough and I almost couldn’t sleep, but now all is ok”, says Kafka.”I’m turning forty in a couple of months and it’s time to devote myself to my wife and my family.”

The impressive career has come to an end. Here’s a short overview of Kafka’s biggest achievements:

  • Silver (2004) and bronze (2010, 2014) at WFCs
  • Nine WFCs played with fifty games in total
  • Thirteen times Czech champions with Tatran Střešovice
  • Ten times Goalie of the Season in the Czech Superliga
  • World’s best goalkeeper in 2006

Source: Tatran Střešovice

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