Thomas Ravelli is a former football goalkeeper from Sweden. He was born on August 13, 1959 in the Swedish city, Vimmerby. He has a twin brother, Andreas Ravelli, who is also a footballer and plays center back. He played alongside his twin in many club and country matches.
Ravelli began his youth career playing for the Swedish Östers IF in Värendsvallen, Växjö. He began his senior career at the age of 20, continuing to play for Östers IF with his twin brother, where he stayed for a decade from 1978 to 1988. In 1989, he transferred to IFK Göteborg, another professional football club based in Gothenburg, Sweden, winning a total of 9 leagues with his twin, Andreas.
Ravelli joined the US Major League Soccer in 1998 by playing for Tampa Bay Mutiny which was based in Tampa, Florida. The following year, at the age of 39, he went back to Sweden to play for the last time for his first club, Östers IF, and then in that same year, he retired.
This Swiss’ international career began in 1981 and continued for almost two decades thereafter, having participated in many international matches including the 1994 World Cup, where he is well-remembered for saving two goals for Sweden earning him the second spot for the Goalkeeper of the Year award.
With a total of 143 caps, Ravelli is Sweden’s all-time leader in caps and one of the most capped players in the world. He made his first cap on February 15, 1981 at the age of 21 while his last cap was on October 11, 1997 when he was 38 years old. He shares the top 14 spot for the world’s most capped player with two other players, Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed Al-Khilaiwi and Estonia’s Marko Kristal.