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 25)[1]
Place of birth Plumpton, New South Wales, Australia
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)[2]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Brighton & Hove Albion
Number 1
Youth career
2002–2008 Marconi Stallions
2008–2009 Blacktown City
2009–2010 Central Coast Mariners
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Blacktown City 11 (0)
2010–2013 Central Coast Mariners 80 (0)
2013–2015 Club Brugge 77 (0)
2015–2017 Valencia 10 (0)
2017 Genk (loan) 17 (0)
2017– Brighton & Hove Albion 21 (0)
National team
2011–2012 Australia U23 6 (0)
2012– Australia 41 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 December 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:27, 9 December 2017 (UTC)

Mathew David Ryan (born 8 April 1992) is an Australian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion and the Australia national team.

Born in Sydney, Ryan played youth football for Marconi Stallions, Blacktown City and Central Coast Mariners. He made his senior debut for Blacktown before moving to the Mariners' senior squad in 2010. In 2013, Ryan moved to Club Brugge, where he played for two years before joining Valencia.

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.[3] 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[3] and attended Westfields Sports High School.[4] He took up football at the age of four[4] 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.[5]

Club 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.[6] Despite starting the 2010–11 A-League as the Mariners' substitute keeper, an anterior cruciate ligament injury to first-choice Jess Vanstrattan saw Ryan elevated into the starting eleven.[7] Ryan made his A-League debut for the Mariners on 28 August 2010 in a 1–1 draw against Sydney FC, but fumbled a cross which allowed Rhyan Grant to score Sydney's goal.[8] While coach Graham Arnold was happy with Ryan's debut, there was competition between Ryan and newly-signed Paul Henderson for the regular starting spot.[9] Over the next several months Ryan retained his spot in the starting lineup and earned significant plaudits, including the A-League Young Player of the Month award for December 2010.[10] The Mariners season ended with a penalty shootout loss to Brisbane Roar in the 2011 A-League Grand Final, however, Ryan was awarded the Joe Marston Medal for man of the match in that game.[11] He was also named A-League Young Footballer of the Year for 2010–11.[12]

In October 2011, Ryan was named 2011 Male U20 Player of the Year at the FFA Australian Football Awards.[13] He continued to put in a number of strong performances in the 2011–12 A-League, including a man of the match performance in a 1–0 win over Melbourne Heart on 17 January 2012 after pulling off a number of saves.[14] This contributed to Ryan being named A-League Young Player of the Month for January 2012.[15] The Mariners won the 2011–12 Premiership following a win over Wellington Phoenix in the final round of the regular season.[16] However, they were eliminated in the Preliminary Final against Perth Glory on penalties, despite Ryan scoring his penalty in the shootout.[17] In April 2012, Ryan was named A-League Young Footballer of the Year for the second successive season and A-League Goalkeeper of the Year.[18] He was also awarded the Mariners Medal for club player of the season,[19] and named in the PFA's A-League Team of the Season.[20] He was also awarded the Harry Kewell Medal for the outstanding Australian under-23 year old player in June 2012.[21]

Ryan was again central to the Mariners' 2012–13 A-League season. In November 2012, he was again awarded FFA Male U20 Player of the Year.[22] On 2 March 2012, Ryan took a penalty in a match against Western Sydney Wanderers which was saved by Ante Covic; the Wanderers won the match 1–0 to move above the Mariners on the A-League table. Coach Graham Arnold revealed after the game that Ryan had been practicing penalty-taking in the lead-up to that match following a number of missed penalties from other players in the side.[23] The Mariners were victorious in the 2013 A-League Grand Final over the Wanderers, their first win in their four A-League Grand Finals played, with Ryan dedicating the win to the three previous Mariners teams to have lost at that stage.[24]

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.[25][26] 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.[27][28] On 26 November 2014, it was announced that Ryan had agreed to terms with Club Brugge, to extend his contract until 2018.[29] 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.[30]

Valencia[edit]

On 21 July 2015, Ryan signed a six-year deal with La Liga side Valencia CF.[31] He was expected to assume the starting goalkeeper role, at least in the medium term, with regular starter Diego Alves out with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.[32] He made his unofficial debut in a friendly against PSV Eindhoven on 25 July 2015.[33] On 22 August 2015, Ryan made his La Liga debut in Valencia's opening game of the season, keeping a clean sheet in a scoreless draw with Rayo Vallecano.[34] His run in the starting side extended until September, when he sustained a meniscus tear in a draw with Deportivo La Coruña, forcing him to have surgery and miss over a month of football.[35] A series of good performances from his replacement, Jaume Domènech, led to suggestions that Ryan would not return to the starting side after his return from injury.[36] Indeed, it was not until late November that Ryan was re-promoted to the starting side for a game against Sevilla.[37] Ryan continued to be rotated with Jaume and the returning Alves for the remainder of the season, eventually making 21 appearances for Valencia in all competitions.[38]

Ryan was back in Valencia's starting lineup for the opening matches of the 2016–17 La Liga, with Alves rumored to be seeking an overseas move.[39] However, Alves stayed at Valencia and Ryan subsequently lost his starting position.[40] By January 2017, a number of clubs were interested in Ryan.[41]

Loan to Racing Genk[edit]

On 30 January 2017, Ryan returned to Belgium after he was loaned to Racing Genk.[42] He entered the starting squad straight away, playing his first match in a 1–0 loss to Oostende in the Belgian Cup on 31 January 2017.[43] Ryan stated in April 2017 that he was not planning to stay in Belgium after the season and would instead return to Valencia.[44] Ryan played a number of games for Genk in multiple competitions, with the side reaching the quarterfinals of the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League,[45] and the final of the Belgian Europa League playoff.[46]

Brighton & Hove Albion[edit]

On 16 June 2017, it was announced that Ryan would sign for newly-promoted Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion on 1 July 2017 on a five-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[47] He cited the prospect of playing in the Premier League as a main reason for the transfer.[48] Ryan made his debut for Brighton & Hove Albion on 12 August 2017 against Manchester City.[49]

International career[edit]

Youth[edit]

Despite not having featured for the side previously, Ryan's strong form in the 2010–11 A-League led to suggestions he would be called up for the Australian under-20 team for the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in mid-2011.[50] However, he missed the tournament after suffering a serious knee injury.[51]

Ryan was first called up for the Australian under-23 side in November 2011.[52] He made his debut for the side in a scoreless draw with Iraq on 22 November 2011.[53] The Olyroos failed to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics.[54]

Senior[edit]

Ryan received his first call-up to the Socceroos squad for a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Saudi Arabia in February 2012.[55] Later that year, he was selected in the squad for the second preliminary round of the 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup.[56] He made his senior international debut in a 1–1 draw with North Korea on 5 December 2012.[57]

In November 2013, longtime Australian goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer announced his international retirement following the appointment of new coach Ange Postecoglou, leaving Ryan as one of the contenders to be the new first-choice keeper.[58] Postecoglou identified Ryan and fellow young keeper Mitch Langerak as two of the main candidates for the role.[59]

Ryan was selected in May 2014 in the Australian squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[60] He played in all three of Australia's games as they were eliminated in the group stage after losses to the Netherlands, Chile and Spain. Ryan's own performances in the tournament were mixed, and he described the matches as a "massive learning curve" for himself.[61]

Months later, Ryan was selected for the Australian 2015 AFC Asian Cup squad, to be played in Australia in early 2015.[62] He put in a number of strong performances throughout the tournament as Australia conceded just two goals in reaching the Final against South Korea.[63] Australia claimed their first AFC Asian Cup title after winning 2–1 in extra time.[64] Ryan was named the official Best Goalkeeper for the tournament.[65]

Style of play[edit]

Standing just over 183 cm tall (6ft), Ryan is not regarded as being particularly tall for a goalkeeper, but he is confident, well-built and agile. Ryan is a strong and assured goalkeeper who makes up for his relative lack of height with a muscular build that ensures that he fills his goal. 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.[3]

Career statistics[edit]

Ryan playing for the Central Coast Mariners in 2010

Club[edit]

As of match played 9 December 2017[66]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Blacktown City 2009 NSW Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010 11 0 4 0 15 0
Blacktown City total 11 0 4 0 15 0
Central Coast Mariners 2009–10 A-League 0 0 0 0
2010–11 31 0 31 0
2011–12 24 0 6[a] 0 30 0
2012–13 25 0 8[a] 0 33 0
Mariners total 80 0 14 0 94 0
Club Brugge 2013–14 Belgian Pro League 40 0 2 0 2[b] 0 44 0
2014–15 37 0 5 0 16[b] 0 58 0
Club Brugge total 77 0 7 0 18 0 102 0
Valencia 2015–16 La Liga 8 0 7 0 6[c] 0 21 0
2016–17 2 0 0 0 2 0
Valencia total 10 0 7 0 6 0 23 0
Genk (loan) 2016–17 Belgian First Division A 17 0 1 0 6[b] 0 24 0
Brighton & Hove Albion 2017–18 Premier League 16 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
Career total 211 0 19 0 0 0 44 0 274 0
  1. ^ a b Appearances in the Asian Champions League
  2. ^ a b c Appearances in the Europa League
  3. ^ Two appearances in the Champions League and four in the Europa League

International[edit]

As of match played 15 November 2017[67]
Australia national team
Year Apps Goals
2012 2 0
2013 2 0
2014 9 0
2015 8 0
2016 9 0
2017 11 0
Total 41 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Central Coast Mariners
Club Brugge

International[edit]

Australia

Individual[edit]

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