Thomas Ravelli

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Thomas Ravelli
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Ravelli at the Swedish Sports Awards inside the Stockholm Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden in 2014
Personal information
Full name Thomas Ravelli
Date of birth (1959-08-13) 13 August 1959 (age 62)
Place of birth Västervik, Sweden
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Youth career
Öster
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1976–1988 Öster 219 (0)
1989–1997 IFK Göteborg 211 (0)
1998 Tampa Bay Mutiny 23 (0)
1999 Öster 8 (0)
Total461(0)
National team
1977 Sweden U18 9 (0)
1979–1981 Sweden U21 10 (0)
1981–1997 Sweden 143 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Thomas Ravelli (Swedish:  [ˈtʊ̌mːas raˈvɛ̌lːɪ] ; born 13 August 1959) is a Swedish former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. His 21-year professional career was almost exclusively associated with Öster and Göteborg, for whom he appeared in a combined 416 Allsvenskan games. [1] The most-capped player for the Sweden national team for several years, Ravelli represented the nation at the 1990 and 1994 FIFA World Cups, and UEFA Euro 1992.

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Club career

Ravelli was born in Västervik, but grew up in Vimmerby where he lived his first five years of life. [2] At the club level he played for Östers IF and IFK Göteborg, winning three Allsvenskan championships during his ten-year tenure with the former team before signing for the latter in 1989, at the age of 29.

With Göteborg, Ravelli conquered a further six leagues and his only Swedish Cup. In 1998, already 39, he joined the Tampa Bay Mutiny of Major League Soccer, closing out his career the following year with his first club; in total, he played in nearly 600 official matches as a professional.

International career

Ravelli's international career spanned almost two decades, starting in 1981. He played in the 1990 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 1992, and the 1994 World Cup, with Sweden finishing third in the latter tournament, and appeared in a total of 143 games. [3]

He is well known for saving two penalties during the shootout against Romania in 1994 World Cup's quarter-final clash, including one in the "sudden death" by Miodrag Belodedici (5–4 win). [4] This feat led to him finishing second in the year's race for Goalkeeper of the Year, [5] and he was also named by France Football as the seventh best player in Europe. [6]

Style of play

Extroverted, experienced and highly competitive with a tall and slender frame, known for his leadership and vocal presence in goal in spite of his eccentric and temperamental personality, Ravelli was a traditional, consistent and efficient goalkeeper with solid all-round fundamentals, who was regarded in particular for his positional sense and ability to read the game and organise his defence; considered to be a world-class player in his position in his prime, as well as one of Sweden's greatest goalkeepers ever, he also possessed good elevation and shot-stopping abilities, which enabled him to produce acrobatic saves without having to resort to histrionics, and was known for his command of his area and speed when rushing off his line, as well as his ability to close down his opponents and get over the ball quickly. He also stood out for his longevity throughout his career; however, he also came into criticism at times from his managers over his poor work-rate in training.

Although Ravelli was not known to be a penalty-saving specialist, Ravelli drew attention to himself in the media when he stopped two penalties in Sweden's quarter-final penalty shoot-out victory over Romania at the 1994 World Cup. [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17]

Personal life

Ravelli's twin brother, Andreas, is also a former footballer. Their father was an Austrian immigrant of Italian descent who moved to Sweden in 1952, [18] [19] [20] and the siblings played alongside each other at Öster and the national team.

Ravelli participated as a celebrity dancer in Let's Dance 2019, broadcast on TV4. [21] [22]

Career statistics

Club

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition [23] [24] [25]
ClubSeasonLeagueCupContinentalTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Östers IF 1976 Allsvenskan 001 [26] 0
1977 Allsvenskan00
1978 Allsvenskan00
1979 Allsvenskan130
1980 Allsvenskan260
1981 Allsvenskan260
1982 Allsvenskan240
1983 Allsvenskan280
1984 Allsvenskan170
1985 Allsvenskan190
1986 Allsvenskan200
1987 Allsvenskan240
1988 Allsvenskan220
Total2190
IFK Göteborg 1989 Allsvenskan2205020290
1990 Allsvenskan26020280
1991 Allsvenskan2806040380
1992 Allsvenskan2401040290
1993 Allsvenskan2603040330
1994 Allsvenskan2501080340
1995 Allsvenskan2006030290
1996 Allsvenskan1705080300
1997 Allsvenskan2301070310
Total21103004002810
Tampa Bay Mutiny 1998 Major League Soccer 230
Östers IF 1999 Division 1 Södra 80
Career total4610

Honours

Östers IF

IFK Göteborg

Sweden

Individual

See also

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