Tomáš Řepka

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Tomáš Řepka
Personal information
Full name Tomáš Řepka
Date of birth (1974-01-02) 2 January 1974 (age 45)
Place of birth Slavičín, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
1979–1989 Sokol Brumov
1989–1991 TJ Gottwaldov
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1995 Baník Ostrava 77 (3)
1995–1998 Sparta Prague 82 (6)
1998–2001 Fiorentina 89 (0)
2001–2006 West Ham United 167 (0)
2006–2011 Sparta Prague 130 (2)
2011–2012 České Budějovice 24 (1)
2013-2014 Hvozdnice 1 (0)
National team
1996 Czech Republic U21 2 (0)
1993 Czechoslovakia 1 (0)
1994–2001 Czech Republic 46 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 April 2013.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 May 2010

Tomáš Řepka (born 2 January 1974) is a Czech retired professional football defender. He has played for Baník Ostrava, Sparta Prague, Fiorentina, West Ham United and České Budějovice.


Club career

Řepka started his career at Baník Ostrava, where he played from 1990 to 1995. He then joined Sparta Prague, where he spent almost three years, before moving to Fiorentina in Italy. He joined English Premiership club West Ham United early in Glenn Roeder's tenure as manager, for a club record fee of £5,500,000, in September 2001.[1]

He was sent off on his debut for West Ham for two bookable offences,[2] missed a match through suspension, and was sent off again in the third game he played for the club.[3] He went on to form a central defensive partnership with Christian Dailly before the club's relegation to the Football League Championship, although he gained a reputation for his disciplinary record, and received 10 yellow cards that first season. After relegation at the end of the 2002-03 season, the appointment of Alan Pardew as manager saw Řepka move to right back. In the summer of 2005, after the club had regained their Premiership status, he was re-signed by Pardew on a two-year contract, albeit on reduced terms, but left the club on 23 January 2006 to return to the Czech Republic to be with his family. He played his final game for them on the previous night against Fulham in what was an emotional swansong for the Czech hardman; To chants of "Super Tom" from the West Ham faithful, he left the field in tears.[4]

In 2006 he returned to Sparta Prague. In 2009 he won the Personality of the League award at the Czech Footballer of the Year awards.[5]

In December 2011, Řepka left Sparta Prague following a mutually agreed early termination of his contract.[6]

After the termination of his contract with Sparta Prague, he signed with SK Dynamo České Budějovice, becoming a stable member of the first team and helped his team to avoid relegation in the 2011-12 season. However, his contract was terminated by his team in November 2012. After negotiations with 1. FK Příbram had broken down, he accepted a non-player role with FK Baník Most.[7] But it takes only three months and Řepka quit his manager role due to disagree with new club leaders.[8]

International career

After making his international debut for Czechoslovakia in June 1993 against the Faroe Islands, Řepka played 45 times for the Czech Republic between 1994 and 2001. He missed Euro 1996 because of two match suspension for a red card.[9] However, he played for his country at Euro 2000.




West Ham United

Disciplinary problems

Řepka is notorious for his lack of self-control and disciplinary problems.[10] During his professional career, he has received twenty[11] red cards (see table below). One scandal included attacking game officials and a TV cameraman in September 2007.[12][13]

Team Red cards
Baník Ostrava 2
Sparta Prague 4
České Budějovice 1
AC Fiorentina 6
West Ham United 4
Czech Republic national football team 2
Czech Republic national football team U-21 1

Personal life

Řepka was married 16 years with Renáta Řepková with whom he has a daughter Veronika and a son Tomasso. In May 2012, they divorced.[14] In December 2011, he became engaged to a model Vlaďka Erbová.[15] Their son Markus was born on 19 May 2012.[16] The pair married in July 2013.[17]


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  2. "Boro make Hammers pay". BBC Sport. 2001-09-15. Retrieved 2008-03-29.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Blackburn thrash West Ham". BBC Sport. 2001-10-14. Retrieved 2008-03-29.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Bad man Repka aims to give the Gunners a shock". 2007-08-15. Retrieved 2010-11-08.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. (Czech) Historie ankety Fotbalista roku at ČMFS website
  6. "Football: Defender Tomáš Řepka quits Sparta Prague". Czech Radio. 20 December 2011. Retrieved 13 December 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Konec? Manažer Řepka bude zachraňovat druhou ligu v Mostě" (in Czech). 14 March 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2013. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Tomáš Řepka končí jako sportovní ředitel Mostu. Měl rozdílné názory" (in Czech). 14 June 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2013. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Bouc, Frantisek (9 October 1996). "Czech soccer players make a pitch for World Cup '98". Prague Post. Retrieved 31 March 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Roundup". The Prague Post. 2006-03-01. Retrieved 2008-05-30.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Unikátní jubileum krále blikanců aneb Řepkova červená "dvacítka" (Řepka's red "twenty")". (in Czech). 2012-10-12. Retrieved 2016-05-05.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "Bad boys". The Prague Post. 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2008-05-30.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "Raging Czech football star attacks a cameraman". aktuálně.cz. 2007-09-17. Retrieved 2008-05-30.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "Rozvod Tomáše Řepky! Renáta ho ponižovala, tvrdí soudkyně!". (in Czech). 2012-05-18. Retrieved 2012-05-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. "DÁREK: Diamantové zasnoubení Řepky a Erbové". (in Czech). 2011-12-25. Retrieved 2012-12-26.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. "VÍME PRVNÍ: Erbová porodila syna Markuse! Řepka nebyl u porodu". (in Czech). 2012-03-19. Retrieved 2013-07-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. "Vlaďka Erbová si vzala Tomáše Řepku, nechá si příjmení po exmanželovi". (in Czech). 2013-07-22. Retrieved 2013-07-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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