Thomas Ravelli

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Thomas Ravelli
Thomas Ravelli.jpg
Ravelli in 2009
Personal information
Full name Thomas Ravelli
Date of birth (1959-08-13) 13 August 1959 (age 55)
Place of birth Vimmerby, Sweden
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
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 in Vimmerby) 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 amassed Allsvenskan totals of 430 games.

Ravelli is the Swedish national team's second most capped player, with 143 caps (also one of best in the world), representing the nation at two World Cups and one European Championship.

Club career[edit]

At the club level, Ravelli played for Östers IF and IFK Göteborg, winning three national championships in ten seasons with the former, before signing for the latter in 1989 at the age of 29.

With Göteborg, he won a further six leagues and his only Swedish Cup. In 1998, already 39, Ravelli left for the Tampa Bay Mutiny of the Major League Soccer, before closing out his career the following year with his first club; in total, he appeared 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 gained a total of 143 caps.

He is especially well known for saving two penalties during the shootout that ended the quarterfinal match between Sweden and Romania, in the 1994 World Cup in the United States, including one in the "sudden death" by Miodrag Belodedici (5–4 win); this feat led to him finishing second in the year's race for Goalkeeper of the Year.[1]


Club statistics[edit]


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 IFK 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


Ravelli is the twin brother of another footballer, defender Andreas. The sons of an Austrian immigrant of Italian descent,[5][6] the siblings played alongside each other at Öster and the national team.

Other ventures[edit]

Ravelli was featured as a playable character in the FIFA 10, as a member of the Classic XI team, where he could play alongside such greats as Zico, Eric Cantona, Hugo Sanchez, and Franz Beckenbauer; he could also be selected for the Sweden national team in the game.

He also appeared in FIFA Street 2, with legends like Paul Gascoigne, Hans Krankl, Abedi Pelé and Carlos Alberto, FIFA 08, FIFA 09 and FIFA Street 3 (in the "Classic XI" for the first two, and the "Classics" in the latter).

He appeared in FIFA 08 for DC United, as the best goalkeeper.

He also appeared in FIFA 11, being the best goalkeeper.


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