Ravelli in 2014
|Full name||Thomas Ravelli|
|Date of birth||13 August 1959|
|Place of birth||Vimmerby, Sweden|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|1998||Tampa Bay Mutiny||23||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
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 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.
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.
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). This feat led to him finishing second in the year's race for Goalkeeper of the Year, and he was also named by France Football as the seventh best player in Europe.
Style of play
Extroverted, experienced and highly competitive with a tall and slender frame, known for his leadership and vocal presence in goal in spite of his eccentric and temperamental personality, Ravelli was a traditional, consistent and efficient goalkeeper with solid all-round fundamentals, who was regarded in particular for his positional sense and ability to read the game and organise his defence; considered to be a world-class player in his position in his prime, as well as one of Sweden's greatest goalkeepers ever, he also possessed good elevation and shot-stopping abilities, which enabled him to produce acrobatic saves without having to resort to histrionics, and was known for his command of his area and speed when rushing off his line, as well as his ability to close down his opponents and get over the ball quickly. He also stood out for his longevity throughout his career; however, he also came into criticism at times from his managers over his poor work-rate in training.
Although Ravelli was not known to be a penalty-saving specialist, Ravelli drew attention to himself in the media when he stopped two penalties in Sweden's quarter-final penalty shoot-out victory over Romania at the 1994 World Cup.
Ravelli's twin brother, Andreas, was also a footballer. Their father was an Austrian immigrant of Italian descent who moved to Sweden in 1952, and the siblings played alongside each other at Öster and the national team.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Sweden||League||Svenska Cupen||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|USA||League||Open Cup||League Cup||North America||Total|
|1998||Tampa Bay Mutiny||Major League Soccer||23||0|
- Allsvenskan: 1978, 1980, 1981
- Guldbollen: 1981
- Swedish Goalkeeper of the Year: 1995, 1997
- IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper: Silver Ball 1994, Bronze Ball 1995
- Thomas Ravelli – Century of International Appearances; at RSSSF
- WORLD CUP USA '94 / Quarterfinals: There once was a man named Ravelli... : Sweden: Goalkeeper's performance against Romanian penalty kicks seems like the stuff of legends.; Los Angeles Times, 11 July 1994
- IFFHS' World's Best Goalkeeper of the Year 1994; at RSSSF
- European Footballer of the Year ("Ballon d'Or") 1994; at RSSSF
- Phil Hersh (12 July 1994). "A wild and crazy goalie". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
- "Lindahl brings award back to Cobham". Chelsea F.C. 30 November 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
- Richard Hall (25 March 2016). "OPINION: Buffon may never be bettered... but Italy can replace him!". Calcio Mercato. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
- "Happy birthday to you!". FIFA. 12 August 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
- Rob Hughes (8 February 1995). "Peter Shilton's despond". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
- Grahame L. Jones (12 July 1994). "WORLD CUP USA '94: Semifinals: The nut in the nets: Sweden's Ravelli seems like a normal fellow, but the truth cuts holes in that scenario". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
- Christopher Clarey (11 July 1994). "WORLD CUP '94; A would-be salesman buys dream for Sweden". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
- Steven Goff (2 July 1994). "Round of 16". The Washington Post. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
- Johnette Howard (11 June 1994). "Save the world, a shot at a time". The Washington Post. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
- Rob Hughes (13 July 1994). "Chance of a lifetime is in their hands". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
- "World Cup team capsules". The Washington Post. 17 June 1994. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
- Thomas Ravellis släkthistoria stolen (Thomas Ravelli's family history stolen) Archived 5 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine.; Aftonbladet, 10 June 2000 (in Swedish)
- Thomas Ravelli; UEFA, 10 July 2003
- Jimmy Fredriksson (4 May 2014). "Ravelli: "Jag var rädd för att göra bort mig"" [Ravelli: "I was afraid to get rid of me"] (in Swedish). Expressen. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
- "Thomas Ravelli". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 6 October 2015.
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- IFFHS' World's Best Goalkeeper of the Year 1995; at RSSSF