Răzvan Raț

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Răzvan Raț
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Răzvan Raț in 2014
Personal information
Full name Răzvan Dincă Raț
Date of birth (1981-05-26) 26 May 1981 (age 35)
Place of birth Piatra-Olt,[1] Romania
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Rayo Vallecano
Number 15
Youth career
1988–1994 Rapid Piatra-Olt
1994 Universitatea Craiova
1995 Constructorul Craiova
1996 Sporting Pitești
1996 Cetatea Târgu Neamț
1996–1998 Sporting Pitești
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2003 Rapid București 82 (4)
2000–2001 FCM Bacău (loan) 39 (2)
2003–2013 Shakhtar Donetsk 174 (6)
2013–2014 West Ham United 15 (0)
2014 Rayo Vallecano 10 (0)
2014–2015 PAOK 30 (3)
2015– Rayo Vallecano 8 (0)
National team
1999–2002 Romania U-21 16 (0)
2002–[2] Romania 113 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:24, 7 November 2015 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 June 2016

Răzvan Dincă Raț (Romanian pronunciation: [rəzˈvan rat͡s]; born 26 May 1981) is a Romanian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Rayo Vallecano as a left back.

Raț's honours include eight league titles (two with Rapid București and six with Shakhtar Donetsk), one Romanian Cup, four Ukrainian Cups, one UEFA Cup, one Romanian Super Cup and three Ukrainian Super Cups. In 2009, Raț came second in voting for the Romanian Footballer of the Year.

Raț is also the captain of the Romania national team. He made his international debut in 2002 and has represented Romania at UEFA Euro 2008. Raț first captained his country in 2005, in a friendly match against Nigeria, in the absence of regular captain Cristian Chivu, and was appointed captain on 2 September 2011. He is the fourth-most capped Romanian international of all time, earning his 100th cap on 14 October 2014.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Piatra-Olt,[1] Raț began his football career when he joined the local team Rapid Piatra-Olt aged seven in a team trained by his father.[3] In the summer of 1994, Raț went on a trial with Universitatea Craiova. He impressed coach Anghel Mităchescu and joined the club's youth system at age 13.[4] When Mităchescu found out that he was going to be released from his duties by club president Rodion Cămătaru, he transferred the entire junior squad at the Divizia B side Constructorul Craiova. Raț's career for Constructorul, however, ended shortly after due to the club's financial problems, in 1995.[4] In the winter of that year, Raț was noticed by Tudorel Stoica, who attended a futsall tournament held in Balș. Stoica wanted Raț to join Steaua București's youth system. Despite both Stoica and youth coach Bujor Hălmăgean being impressed by the young player, Raț never joined Steaua because according to his father, the club refused to pay the youth, Raț being forced to support himself in Bucharest.[4] Taking advice from his former coach Mităchescu, Raț joined Sporting Pitești, the team trained by former international player Nicolae Dobrin. In his first match, Raț was substituted for the last 10–15 minutes of the game after he had scored five or six goals.[4]

On 2 September 1996, after being noticed by Silviu Stănescu, Raț joined Divizia B side Cetatea Târgu Neamț. Despite being only 15 years old, Raț trained with the senior squad. On 19 November, the arrest of Cetatea's main sponsor led to the dissolution of Cetatea Târgu Neamț. Raț getting the chance to play only two matches for the juniors of Cetatea.[4] He later rejoined Sporting Pitești.[5]

Raţ with the FC Shakhtar Donetsk in 2011

In May or June 1998, Mircea Lucescu noticed Raț, and he signed his first professional contract with Rapid București on 26 June.[4] Raț started his professional career with Romanian Premier League side Rapid București in 1998. In 2003, he was signed by Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk, where he became a key player. He played the whole game as Donetsk won the 2009 UEFA Cup Final.[6]

West Ham United[edit]

On 21 May 2013, Raț signed for English Premier League club West Ham United on a free transfer on a one-year contract, with the option to extend it.[7] His West Ham debut came on 27 August 2013 in a League Cup game against Cheltenham Town in which West Ham won the game 2-1.[8]

On 31 January 2014, Raț was released from his contract with West Ham by mutual consent.[9] He had played 20 games in all competitions without scoring.[10]

Rayo Vallecano / PAOK[edit]

On 13 February 2014, Raț joined Spanish La Liga side Rayo Vallecano until the end of the 2013–14 season.[11] On 15 June 2014, PAOK announced they had made a verbal agreement with Raț, who signed a two-year contract at the Superleague Greece club.[12]

On 20 August 2015, Raț returned to Rayo Vallecano after agreeing to a two-year deal.[13]

International career[edit]

Răzvan Raț during a friendly game against Austria on 5 June 2012.

On 8 February 2002, Raț was called up to the Romanian national team for the first time.[14] Five days later, he made the starting lineup in his full debut in a Friendly against reigning world and European champions France.[15] Raț played his first official match on 12 October, in a Euro 2004 qualifier match against Norway, playing as a left midfielder.[16] Following the rise of Cristian Chivu in becoming first-choice in central defence, Raț became the first-choice left back for Romania. On 28 April 2004, Raț scored his first goal for the national squad in a 5–1 win against Germany in the worst away defeat for Germany in the past 65 years.[17] On 31 May 2014, Raț scored only his second goal for Romania, but it was the winning goal in a 1-0 victory against Albania in a match played in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland.[18]

In 2008, Raț made the squad for the UEFA Euro 2008 tournament. He helped Romania to a 0–0 draw against previous FIFA World Cup finalists France and a 1–1 draw against world champions Italy in the so-called "group of death". Romania, however, were eliminated after a 2–0 loss to the Netherlands.

Raț earned his 100th cap for Romania on 14 October 2014 in a 2–0 victory away to Finland in UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying.[19][20][21]

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 28 April 2004 Stadionul Giulești-Valentin Stănescu, Bucharest, Romania  Germany 2–0 5–1 Friendly
2. 31 May 2014 Stade Municipal (Yverdon), Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland  Albania 1–0 1–0 Friendly

Statistics for Shakhtar Donetsk[edit]

Club Season League Cup Europe Super Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Shakhtar Donetsk 2003–04 27 1 6 0 6 0 - - 39 1
2004–05 20 2 5 0 10 0 1 0 36 2
2005–06 18 0 2 0 10 0 1 0 31 0
2006–07 14 0 3 0 9 0 1 0 27 0
2007–08 20 2 4 1 10 0 1 0 34 3
2008–09 17 0 2 1 13 0 1 0 33 1
2009–10 18 1 2 0 11 0 - - 31 1
2010–11 17 0 1 0 9 1 1 1 28 2
2011–12 8 0 3 0 4 0 - - 15 0
2012–13 16 0 1 0 8 0 1 0 26 0
Total 174 6 29 2 90 1 7 1 300 10

Honours[edit]

Clubs[edit]

Rapid București
Shakhtar Donetsk

References[edit]

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