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Thomas Ravelli
Personal information
Full name Thomas Ravelli
Date of birth 13 August 1959 (1959-08-13) (age 50)
Place of birth    Vimmerby, Sweden
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Östers
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1978–1988
1989–1997
1998–1999
1999
Östers
IFK Göteborg
Tampa Bay Mutiny
Östers
219 (0)
430 (0)
23 (0)
8 (0)   
National team
1981–1997 Sweden 143 (0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Thomas Ravelli (born 13 August 1959 in Vimmerby) is a retired Swedish footballer, who played as a goalkeeper.

The twin brother of another footballer, Andreas, he played alongside him in both club and country, being ranked as the national side's all-time leader in caps, at 143 (also one of best in the world).

Contents

Club career

At the club level, Ravelli, the son of an Austrian immigrant and also of Italian descent,[1][2] played for Östers IF and IFK Göteborg, playing extensively in the former and two seasons in the latter with his sibling Andreas, winning a total of nine leagues.

In 1998, already 39, he left for the Tampa Bay Mutiny of Major League Soccer, closing out his career the following year with his first club.

International career

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, when Sweden finished third. He gained a total of 143 caps.

He is especially well known for saving two goals during the penalty 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.[3]

Honours

Club statistics

[4][5]

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 Östers 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 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup League Cup North America Total
1998 Tampa Bay Mutiny Major League Soccer 23 0
Total Sweden 450 0
USA 23 0
Career Total 473 0

Other ventures

Ravelli was featured as a playable character in the FIFA 07 video game, as a member of the Classic XI team, where he could play alongside such greats as Zico, Eric Cantona 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).

References

External links

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Thomas Ravelli
File:Thomas
Personal information
Full nameThomas Ravelli
Date of birth13 August 1959 (1959-08-13) (age 51)
Place of birthVimmerby, Sweden
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing positionGoalkeeper
Youth career
Öster
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1978–1988Öster219(0)
1989–1997IFK Göteborg211(0)
1998–1999Tampa Bay Mutiny23(0)
1999Öster8(0)
Total461(0)
National team
1981–1997Sweden143(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Thomas Ravelli (born 13 August 1959 in Vimmerby) is a retired Swedish footballer, who played as a goalkeeper.

The twin brother of another footballer, Andreas, he played alongside him in both club and country, being ranked as the national side's all-time leader in caps, at 143 (also one of best in the world).

Contents

Club career

At the club level, Ravelli, the son of an Austrian immigrant and also of Italian descent,[1][2] played for Östers IF and IFK Göteborg, playing extensively in the former and two seasons in the latter with his sibling Andreas, winning a total of nine league titles.

In 1998, already 39, he left for the Tampa Bay Mutiny of Major League Soccer, closing out his career the following year with his first club; in total, he appeared in 461 matches as a professional.

International career

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, when Sweden finished third. He gained a total of 143 caps.

He is especially well known for saving two goals during the penalty 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.[3]

Honours

Club statistics

[4][5]

Club performance League Cup League CupContinental Total
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoalsAppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals
Sweden

LeagueSvenska Cupen League Cup Europe Total
1978ÖstersAllsvenskan00
1979130
1980260
1981260
1982240
1983280
1984170
1985190
1986200
1987240
1988220
1989GöteborgAllsvenskan220
1990260
1991280
1992240
1993260
1994250
1995200
1996170
1997230
USA

LeagueLamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup League Cup North America Total
1998Tampa Bay MutinyMajor League Soccer230
TotalSweden 4500
USA 230
Career Total 4730

Other ventures

Ravelli was featured as a playable character in the FIFA 10 video game, as a member of the Classic XI team, where he could play alongside such greats as Zico, Eric Cantona 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).

References

External links


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