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.
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
- Thomas Ravellis släkthistoria stolen (Thomas Ravelli's family history stolen); Aftonbladet, 10 June 2000 (in Swedish)
- Thomas Ravelli; UEFA.com, 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.
- "Thomas RAVELLI" (in Japanese). Level K. Retrieved 13 July 2008.
- IFFHS' World's Best Goalkeeper of the Year 1995; at RSSSF