Răzvan Raț in 2014
|Full name||Răzvan Dincă Raț|
|Date of birth||26 May 1981|
|Place of birth||Piatra-Olt, Romania|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Left back|
|1996||Cetatea Târgu Neamț|
|2000–2001||→ FCM Bacău (loan)||39||(2)|
|2013–2014||West Ham United||15||(0)|
|* 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
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.
Born in Piatra-Olt, Raț began his football career when he joined the local team Rapid Piatra-Olt aged seven in a team trained by his father. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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. He later rejoined Sporting Pitești.
In May or June 1998, Mircea Lucescu noticed Raț, and he signed his first professional contract with Rapid București on 26 June. 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.
West Ham United
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. 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.
Rayo Vallecano / PAOK
On 13 February 2014, Raț joined Spanish La Liga side Rayo Vallecano until the end of the 2013–14 season. 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.
On 20 August 2015, Raț returned to Rayo Vallecano after agreeing to a two-year deal.
On 8 February 2002, Raț was called up to the Romanian national team for the first time. Five days later, he made the starting lineup in his full debut in a Friendly against reigning world and European champions France. Raț played his first official match on 12 October, in a Euro 2004 qualifier match against Norway, playing as a left midfielder. 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. 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.
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.
|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
- Rapid București
- Shakhtar Donetsk
- Ukrainian Premier League: 2004-05, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13
- Ukrainian Cup: 2003–04, 2007–08, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13
- Ukrainian Super Cup: 2005, 2008, 2010
- UEFA Cup: 2008–09
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