Thomas Ravelli

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Thomas Ravelli
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Ravelli in 2009
Personal information
Full name Thomas Ravelli
Date of birth (1959-08-13) 13 August 1959 (age 56)
Place of birth Vimmerby, Sweden
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Öster
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1988 Öster 219 (0)
1989–1997 IFK Göteborg 211 (0)
1998 Tampa Bay Mutiny 23 (0)
1999 Öster 8 (0)
Total 461 (0)
National team
1981–1997 Sweden 143 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Thomas Ravelli (pronounced [ˈtuːmas raˈvɛlːɪ]; born 13 August 1959) is a retired Swedish footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

His 21-year professional career was almost exclusively associated with Öster and Göteborg, for whom he appeared in 430 Allsvenskan games combined.

The most-capped player for the Swedish national team for several years, Ravelli represented the nation at two World Cups and one European Championship.

Club career[edit]

Ravelli was born in Vimmerby. At the club level he played for Östers IF and IFK Göteborg, winning three Allsvenskan championships during his ten-year tenure with the former team before signing for the latter in 1989, at the age of 29.

With Göteborg, Ravelli conquered a further six leagues and his only Swedish Cup. In 1998, already 39, he joined the Tampa Bay Mutiny of the Major League Soccer, closing out his career the following year with his first club; in total, he played in nearly 600 official matches as a professional.

International career[edit]

Ravelli's international career spanned almost two decades, starting in 1981. He played in the 1990 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 1992, and the 1994 World Cup, with Sweden finishing third in the latter tournament, and appeared in a total of 143 games.[1]

He is well known for saving two penalties during the shootout against Romania in 1994 World Cup's quarter-final clash, including one in the "sudden death" by Miodrag Belodedici (5–4 win).[2] This feat led to him finishing second in the year's race for Goalkeeper of the Year.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Ravelli's twin brother, Andreas, was also a footballer. The sons of an Austrian immigrant of Italian descent,[4][5] the siblings played alongside each other at Öster and the national team.

Club statistics[edit]

[6][7]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sweden League Svenska Cupen League Cup Europe Total
1978 Öster Allsvenskan 0 0
1979 13 0
1980 26 0
1981 26 0
1982 24 0
1983 28 0
1984 17 0
1985 19 0
1986 20 0
1987 24 0
1988 22 0
1989 Göteborg Allsvenskan 22 0
1990 26 0
1991 28 0
1992 24 0
1993 26 0
1994 25 0
1995 20 0
1996 17 0
1997 23 0
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
1998 Tampa Bay Mutiny Major League Soccer 23 0
Total Sweden 430 0
USA 23 0
Career total 453 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

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