Mathew Ryan

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Mathew Ryan
Mathew Ryan, Asian Cup 2015.jpg
Ryan playing for Australia at the 2015 AFC Asian Cup
Personal information
Full name Mathew David Ryan[1]
Date of birth (1992-04-08) 8 April 1992 (age 23)
Place of birth Plumpton, New South Wales, Australia
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)[2][3]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Club Brugge
Number 1
Youth career
2002–2008 Marconi Stallions
2008–2009 Blacktown City
2009–2010 Central Coast Mariners
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010 Blacktown City 11 (0)
2010–2013 Central Coast Mariners 80 (0)
2013– Club Brugge 77 (0)
National team
2011–2012 Australia U23 6 (0)
2012– Australia 20 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 May 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 March 2015

Mathew David "Mat" Ryan (born 8 April 1992) is an Australian association footballer who plays for Club Brugge in the Belgian Pro League and the Australia national team as a goalkeeper.

Making his senior international debut in 2012, he has since established himself as Australia's first-choice goalkeeper, effectively succeeding his childhood idol Mark Schwarzer.[4] He represented the nation at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, winning the Best Goalkeeper award at the latter tournament which his country won on home soil.

Early life[edit]

Ryan was born in Plumpton, New South Wales[4] and attended Westfields Sports High School.[5] He took up football at the age of four[5] and played youth football for Blacktown City and Central Coast Mariners before making his senior debut with Blacktown City. After moving to Central Coast Mariners in 2010, Ryan moved to Club Brugge in 2013.

In addition to holding an Australian passport, Ryan also has a UK passport.[6]

Playing career[edit]

Central Coast Mariners[edit]

Ryan played for the Central Coast Mariners youth team in the 2009–10 season, and after several call-ups to the senior team, he was given a 3-year senior contract.[7] Ryan was signed as the reserve goalkeeper for the Mariners, with the intention of learning under their experienced custodian Jess Vanstrattan, but was picked as goalkeeper after regular starter Vanstrattan was ruled out for the remainder of the year with an injury. [8] he kept a record 12 clean sheets in his debut season, with some tipping him to achieve higher honours[9] or even become a future Socceroos keeper[10] due to his high level of talent and composure for his age, with Mariners manager Graham Arnold stating that he has 'plenty of character'[11] and is 'an exceptional young talent'.[12] The culmination of Ryan's success in the 2010–11 season saw him named the NAB Young soccer player of the Month for December 2010.[13]

Club Brugge[edit]

Ryan training with Club Brugge in 2014

It was confirmed on 30 May 2013 that Ryan had completed a move to Belgian Pro League side Club Brugge for an undisclosed fee, despite his contract at Central Coast Mariners expiring the following day.[14][15] On 27 July 2013 Ryan made his debut for Brugge in the first game of the season at home to Sporting Charleroi and kept a clean sheet in a 2–0 win. In a match against K.A.A. Gent on 23 December 2013 Ryan saved a penalty in the 67th minute that would have resulted in game being level at 2–2. Brugge went on to win the game 3–1 and reports after the match confirmed that Ryan had been offered a new lucrative deal with the club involving a substantial pay increase and contract extension.[16][17] On 26 November 2014, it was announced that Ryan had agreed to terms with Club Brugge, to extend his contract until 2018.[18] After a string of fantastic performances, it was reported that European giants Liverpool had sent scouts to the 2015 AFC Asian Cup to watch the goalkeeper.[19]

International career[edit]

On 21 February 2012 Ryan was selected by Holger Osieck to play against Saudi Arabia in a World Cup qualification match,[20] but did not make an appearance. Ryan would finally make his full debut on December 5 in an East Asian Cup qualifier against North Korea played at Hong Kong Stadium.[21]

In October 2013, Ange Postecoglou replaced Osieck as Socceroos coach after embarrassing losses to Brazil and France, and Ryan became his first-choice goalkeeper, edging out more experienced rivals Eugene Galekovic and Mitch Langerak.[22]

Ryan played as goalkeeper for the entirety of Australia's 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign, conceding nine goals as they were eliminated in the group stages.

Ryan was selected as part of the 23-man squad that won the 2015 AFC Asian Cup on home soil. He played in all games and minutes for Australia and was named goalkeeper of the tournament at the conclusion of the tournament.

Style of play[edit]

Standing just over 180 cm tall, Ryan is not regarded tall for a goalkeeper, but he is confident, well-built and agile. Ryan is positionally sound, but also not afraid to come off his line and communicates well with the defenders. Ryan's biggest asset is his accurate ball distribution by hand and foot over a range of distances.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

Mathew Ryan playing for the Central Coast Mariners in 2010.

Club[edit]

As of 28 May 2015[23]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Blacktown City 2010 NSW Premier League 11 0 4 0 0 0 15 0
Central Coast Mariners 2010–11 A-League 31 0 0 0 0 0 31 0
2011–12 24 0 0 0 6 0 30 0
2012–13 25 0 0 0 8 0 33 0
Mariners total 80 0 0 0 14 0 94 0
Club Brugge 2013–14 Belgian Pro League 40 0 2 0 2 0 44 0
2014–15 37 0 5 0 14 0 56 0
Club Brugge total 77 0 7 0 16 0 100 0
Career total 168 0 11 0 30 0 209 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Central Coast Mariners
Club Brugge

International[edit]

Australia

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 3. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Maty Ryan". fifa.com. FIFA. Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Squadlists" (PDF). fifa.com. FIFA. Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Dorrington, Nick (31 January 2015). "Liverpool target Mathew Ryan ready to progress to the next level". ESPN FC. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Lipman, Ryan (14 January 2014). "Former Mariners star Mathew Ryan finding form with Belgian giants Club Brugge". Mt Druitt-St Marys Standard. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  6. ^ Davutovic, David (17 February 2015). "Socceroos rankings rise leads young stars to English Premier League". The Australian (News Corp Australia). Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Ryan playing for keeps". goalweekly.com. 11 February 2010. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "Mariners in Seventh Heaven". FourFourTwo Australia. 18 June 2010. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  9. ^ "Ten clean sheets and an official rap give Ryan Cup leg-up". Sydney Morning Herald. 11 January 2011. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  10. ^ "Ryan Waiting for 'God' at the SFS". A-League. 29 October 2010. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  11. ^ "Central Coast Mariners beat Wellington Phoenix in A-League". Herald Sun. 10 January 2011. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  12. ^ "Young kids building Coast momentum". Sports Australia. 9 January 2011. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  13. ^ "NAB Young Footballer of the Year – December nominee". A-League. 11 January 2011. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  14. ^ http://www.footballaustralia.com.au/centralcoastmariners/news-display/Ryans-Brugge-move-complete/68242
  15. ^ "Mathew Ryan is Club's third summer signing". Club Brugge. 30 May 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  16. ^ http://osaussies.com/page/3/
  17. ^ http://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/brugge-offer-ryan-lucrative-new-deal-3998154?utm_source=main_feed#.UrrWWhZpu8o
  18. ^ Lane, Daniel (26 November 2014). "Mat Ryan signs new deal with Club Brugge". The Age. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  19. ^ "Socceroo Mat Ryan named Belgium Pro League goalkeeper of year and is being watched by Liverpool". Fox Sports. 15 January 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  20. ^ http://www.footballaustralia.com.au/news-display/Osieck-names-stars-to-take-on-Saudi-Arabia/45540
  21. ^ "Socceroo 2012 Matches". Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  22. ^ Greco, John (3 September 2014). "Ryan: Ange wants Socceroos to buy-in". Goal.com. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  23. ^ Soccerway profile
  24. ^ "Mariners Take Points And Plate In Wellington". Football Federation Australia. 25 March 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  25. ^ "Mariners finally break A-League hoodoo". ESPN FC. 21 April 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  26. ^ http://www.foxsports.com.au/football/a-league/central-coast-mariners-keeper-mat-ryan-secures-move-to-club-brugge-for-a-sizeable-transfer-fee/story-e6frf4gl-1226654385226
  27. ^ https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/sport/soccer/a/9002971/roar-win-unforgettable-grand-final/
  28. ^ http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11714/8250948/hull-city-have-lodged-an-offer-for-australian-goalkeeper-matthew-ryan
  29. ^ http://www.footballaustralia.com.au/news-display/2012-australian-football-awards-winners-revealed/53491
  30. ^ http://www.pfa.net.au/index.php?id=209
  31. ^ "Jedinak and Ryan Honoured as PFA Major Award Winners". Professional Footballers Australia. 15 January 2014. 
  32. ^ http://www.pfa.net.au/index.php?id=206
  33. ^ "Player Profile: Club Brugge’s latest capture Mat Ryan". The Belgian Waffle. 30 May 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  34. ^ http://www.goal.com/en-au/news/4024/aussies-abroad/2014/05/14/4817780/mat-ryan-voted-belgiums-best-goalkeeper
  35. ^ http://www.uefa.com/memberassociations/association=bel/news/newsid=2203011.html

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