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Răzvan Raț
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Raț with Romania in 2014
Personal information
Full name Răzvan Dincă Raț
Date of birth (1981-05-26) 26 May 1981 (age 41)
Place of birth Piatra-Olt, Romania[1]
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Left-back
Youth career
1988–1994 Rapid Piatra-Olt
1994 FC U 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 83 (4)
2000–2001FCM Bacău (loan) 14 (2)
2003–2013 Shakhtar Donetsk 174 (6)
2013–2014 West Ham United 15 (0)
2014 Rayo Vallecano 10 (0)
2014–2015 PAOK 30 (34)
2015–2018 Rayo Vallecano 26 (0)
2018 ACS Poli Timișoara 10 (0)
Total 362 (15)
National team
1999–2002 Romania U21 16 (0)
2002–2016[2] Romania 113 (2)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Răzvan Dincă Raț (Romanian pronunciation: [rəzˈvan ˈrat͡s]; born 26 May 1981) is a Romanian former footballer who mainly played as a left-back.

He made a name for himself in Romania at Rapid București, with which he won two national titles, one national cup and one supercup between 1998 and 2003. The latter year, Raț moved to Shakhtar Donetsk of Ukraine, collecting 15 domestic trophies and one UEFA Cup over the course of ten seasons. In 2009, he came second in voting for the Romanian Footballer of the Year award. He also represented West Ham United, Rayo Vallecano, PAOK and ACS Poli Timișoara before retiring in 2018.

Raț made his full debut for Romania in 2002. He participated with the country in two European Championships and was appointed captain in September 2011. Raț is the fourth-most capped Romanian international of all time, earning his 100th match in 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]

In 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.

Shakhtar Donetsk[edit]

Raț with the Shakhtar Donetsk in 2011.

In 2003, Raț 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]

Late career[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] On 31 January 2018, after making no appearances during the campaign, he cut ties with the club.[14] On 22 March 2018, Raț returned to Romania with ACS Poli Timișoara,[15] totalling ten games before retiring.

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.[16] Five days later, he made the starting lineup in his full debut in a Friendly against reigning world and European champions France.[17] Raț played his first official match on 12 October, in a Euro 2004 qualifier match against Norway, playing as a left midfielder.[18] 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.[19] 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.[20]

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.[21]

He is a bronze medalist Cyprus International Football Tournament 2011.[22] Raț earned his 100th cap for Romania on 14 October 2014 in a 2–0 victory away to Finland in UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying.[23][24]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Other Total Ref.
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Rapid București 1998–99 Divizia A 3 0 0 0 3 0 [25]
1999–2000 20 1 0 0 20 1 [25]
2000–01 5 0 1 0 6 0 [25][26]
2001–02 27 1 3 0 30 1 [25][26]
2002–03 28 2 1 0 4 0 33 2 [25][26][27]
Total 83 4 1 0 8 0 92 4
FCM Bacău (loan) 2000–01 Divizia A 14 2 14 2 [25]
Shakhtar Donetsk 2003–04 Ukrainian Premier League 27 1 6 0 6 0 39 1 [25]
2004–05 20 2 5 0 10 0 1 0 36 2 [25]
2005–06 18 0 2 0 10 0 1 0 31 0 [25]
2006–07 14 0 3 0 9 0 1 0 27 0 [25]
2007–08 20 2 4 1 10 0 1 0 34 3 [25]
2008–09 17 0 2 1 13 0 1 0 33 1 [25]
2009–10 18 1 2 0 11 0 31 1 [28]
2010–11 17 0 1 0 9 1 1 1 28 2 [28]
2011–12 8 0 3 0 4 0 15 0 [28]
2012–13 16 0 1 0 8 0 1 0 26 0 [28]
Total 174 6 29 2 0 0 90 1 7 1 300 10
West Ham United 2013–14 Premier League 15 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 20 0 [29]
Rayo Vallecano 2013–14 La Liga 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 [30]
PAOK 2014–15 Super League Greece 30 3 2 0 9 0 41 3 [28]
Rayo Vallecano 2015–16 La Liga 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 [30]
2016–17 Segunda División 16 0 0 0 0 0 16 0 [30]
2017–18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 [30]
Total 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 0
Poli Timișoara 2017–18 Liga I 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 [28]
Career total 362 15 32 2 5 0 107 1 7 1 513 19

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Romania's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Raț goal.[21]
List of international goals scored by Răzvan Raț
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

Honours[edit]

Rapid București

Shakhtar Donetsk

Individual

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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