Mauro Ravnić

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Mauro Ravnić
Personal information
Date of birth (1959-11-29) 29 November 1959 (age 57)
Place of birth Rijeka, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1988 Rijeka 403 (0)
1988–1992 Valladolid 96 (0)
1992–1994 Lleida 75 (0)
Total 574 (0)
National team
1986–1987 Yugoslavia 6 (0)
Teams managed
2009–2010 Benavent
2010–2011 Ascó
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Mauro Ravnić (born 29 November 1959) is a Croatian retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

He spent his 17-year professional career with Rijeka in his homeland, and Valladolid and Lleida in Spain. Subsequently, he worked as a goalkeeper coach and manager in the latter country.

Club career[edit]

Born in Rijeka, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Ravnić started playing with hometown's NK Rijeka, making his professional debuts at the age of 18 and eventually appearing in over 400 official games. In 1988 he moved abroad, signing with La Liga club Real Valladolid at the same time as compatriot Janko Janković – his teammate at Rijeka – and was an essential offensive element in his first year, as the Castile and León team finished sixth and reached the final of the Copa del Rey.

In the following seasons, Ravnić alternated between the bench and the posts, notably competing with René Higuita in the 1991–92 campaign, which ended in relegation. Aged 32, he signed with UE Lleida in the second division, helping it return to the top level after a 43-year absence whilst winning the Ricardo Zamora Trophy (only 20 goals conceded in all 38 matches).

After the Catalans were immediately relegated back, Ravnić chose to retire, later working with Valladolid as a goalkeeper coach and returning to Lleida as a youth coordinator. His first head coaching experience would arrive in the following decade, with amateurs AE Prat and FC Benavent.

In 2010, Ravnić was appointed manager at newly formed FC Ascó, who competed in the Spanish fourth division.

International career[edit]

During roughly one year, Ravnić gained six caps for the Yugoslavian national team. His debut came on 29 October 1986, in a 4–0 win against Turkey for the UEFA Euro 1988 qualifiers.

Ravnić last international appearance was on 11 November 1987, for the same competition: he allowed four goals before half-time against England, being replaced by Vladan Radača in an eventual 1–4 loss.[1]


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