Fabrizio Ravanelli

Fabrizio Ravanelli (Italian pronunciation: [faˈbrittsjo ravaˈnɛlli];[1][2] born 11 December 1968) is an Italian football manager and former international player.

Fabrizio Ravanelli
Ravanelli in May 2012.
Personal information
Full name Fabrizio Ravanelli
Date of birth (1968-12-11) 11 December 1968 (age 52)
Place of birth Perugia, Italy
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1989 Perugia 90 (41)
1989 Avellino 7 (0)
1989–1990 Casertana 27 (12)
1990–1992 Reggiana 66 (24)
1992–1996 Juventus 111 (41)
1996–1997 Middlesbrough 35 (17)
1998–2000 Marseille 64 (28)
2000–2001 Lazio 27 (4)
2001–2003 Derby County 50 (14)
2003–2004 Dundee 5 (0)
2004–2005 Perugia 39 (9)
Total 521 (190)
National team
1995–1999 Italy 22 (8)
Teams managed
2011–2013 Juventus (youth)
2013 Ajaccio
2018 Arsenal Kyiv
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

A former striker, Ravanelli started and ended his playing career at hometown club Perugia Calcio, and also played for Middlesbrough, Juventus and Marseille. He won five titles with Juventus, including a Serie A championship in 1995 and a Champions League title in 1996 where he scored in the final. In all, during his career he played with twelve clubs from four countries; his native Italy, England, France and Scotland. Nicknamed 'The White Feather', he earned 22 caps for the Italian national team, scoring 8 goals, and was a member of the Italian squad that took part at UEFA Euro 1996.[3]

Club career

Early career in Italy

Ravanelli began his club career with his hometown club Perugia Calcio in 1986, where he remained until 1989. He had a spell with Avellino later that year, and subsequently played with Casertana for a season. In 1990, he moved to Reggiana, where he remained for two seasons.[3]


After joining Juventus in 1992, he formed a formidable offensive line alongside players such as Roberto Baggio, Gianluca Vialli, Paolo Di Canio, Pierluigi Casiraghi, Andreas Möller, and Alessandro Del Piero.[3] Affectionately known as the "White Feather" (in Italian: Penna Bianca) in recognition of his prematurely white hair (a nickname which had also previously belonged to former Juventus legend Roberto Bettega),[4][5][6] he was one of Europe's top goalscorers in the mid-1990s. After initially struggling to obtain a starting spot under Giovanni Trapattoni, due to competition from several other strikers, he eventually managed to break into the starting line-up. During the 1994–95 season, under Marcello Lippi, he played a key role as the club claimed a domestic double, playing in an attacking trident, alongside Vialli, and either Baggio or Del Piero. With the Turin club, Ravanelli won one Serie A title (1994–95), one Coppa Italia (1994–95), one Supercoppa Italiana (1995), one Champions League (1995–96), where he scored in the final against Ajax, and one UEFA Cup (1992–93).[3] On 27 September 1994, he memorably scored all five goals for Juventus against CSKA Sofia in a 5–1 win.[7] In the 1996 UEFA Champions League Final, he put Juventus 1–0 up at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.[8] Ajax subsequently equalised, but Juventus still won the game through a penalty shootout.[3][8]


Ravanelli made an immediate positive impact on moving to the Premier League with Bryan Robson's Middlesbrough on a £7 million transfer in 1996,[9] where his success was sustained. He scored a hat-trick on his league debut against Liverpool on the opening day of the 1996–97 season.[10] Despite being one of the league's top scorers, Middlesbrough were relegated in the year that he joined.[11] He did, however, help them to the final of both domestic cup competitions that season. He started both finals, as Middlesbrough lost 2–0 against Chelsea in the FA Cup Final,[12] and Leicester City 1–0 in the replay of the League Cup Final. Against Leicester, he scored the first goal in the final of the first meeting,[13] only for Emile Heskey to equalise and send the game to a replay, which Leicester subsequently won.[13] He alienated himself from teammates and fans, with his constant complaints and criticisms of the club's training regime and facilities, as well as the town itself, despite being the highest paid footballer in the Premiership at the time.[14] Whilst at the club, he resided in the local small North Yorkshire village of Hutton Rudby,[15] where Middlesbrough football associates, such as Paul Merson, Gordon McQueen and several other notable individuals have had residences.

Olympique de Marseille

After Middlesbrough's relegation, Ravanelli moved to Olympique de Marseille.[16] In the 1998–99 season, Marseille finished in second place in the French Division 1, one point behind Girondins de Bordeaux. The following season l'OM competed in the 1999–2000 UEFA Champions League, with Ravanelli scoring once against Sturm Graz at the Stade Vélodrome.


In January 2000, Ravanelli returned to Italy to sign for Lazio. Ravanelli won his second Scudetto as Lazio ended the 1999–2000 season as champions, also winning the Coppa Italia, and the Supercoppa Italiana.[16]

Derby County

In July 2001, Ravanelli joined Derby County on a free transfer,[17] signing a two-year deal,[18] but could not save the club from relegation in 2002.[19] Due to Derby's financial problems, they had to defer his wage payments which they paid for several years.[17]


He then joined Dundee,[20] following the end of his Derby contract, but was sacked after the club released all of their top earners.[21] The only game in which Ravanelli scored for Dundee was against Clyde in a League Cup match, when he scored a hat-trick.[22]


After the experience in Scotland, he returned to Italy to finish his career with his hometown club Perugia, with whom he had also started his professional career,[23] with the aim of trying to save the club from relegation.

International career

Ravanelli earned 22 caps for the Italian national team between 1995 and 1999, under managers Arrigo Sacchi, Cesare Maldini, and Dino Zoff, scoring eight goals.[24] He made his international debut under Sacchi on 25 March 1995, in a 4–1 home victory over Estonia, in an UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying fixture in Salerno, also scoring his first international goal during the match.[16][24][25] He was a member of the Italian squad that took part at UEFA Euro 1996,[26] and made two appearances throughout the tournament, which came in Italy's opening two group matches, a 2–1 win over Russia,[27] and a 2–1 loss against the Czech Republic,[28] as Italy were eliminated in the first round.[29] He missed out on a spot at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, however, as striker Enrico Chiesa was selected by Maldini in his place.[30]

Player profile

Style of play

Ravanelli was a quick, dynamic, physically strong, and hardworking left-footed striker, with notable temperament, who was known for his eye for goal, as well as his energy and defensive contribution off the ball, which often saw him drop back into deeper positions in order to help his team win back possession. Although he was initially not the most naturally talented or skilful player, he was able to improve his technique and movement significantly during his time with Juventus, where he established himself as a top striker.

A prolific goalscorer, who was good in the air, and who possessed a powerful and accurate shot, in addition to his ability to score goals, Ravanelli was also capable of playing off his teammates, due to his link-up play, which, combined with his other skills, made him a complete forward. This also enabled him to play in a supporting role, as a second striker or even as a winger, positions in which he often utilised his ability in the air to get on the end of high balls and create chances for other strikers by providing them with headed assists from knockdowns.[3][16][31][32]

Goal celebrations

Ravanelli's signature goal celebration involved him pulling his shirt over his head and running around the field.[33] He was therefore a strong opposer of the new FIFA regulation, which impeded players from removing their shirts during post goal-celebrations, and which punished any violators with a yellow card.[34]

Managerial career


Ravanelli started his coaching career with the Juventus youth team. He joined the club's coaching staff in July 2011 and remained there until 2013.[35][36]

AC Ajaccio

On 8 June 2013, Ravanelli signed a two-year contract as the new head coach of Ligue 1 club AC Ajaccio. On 2 November 2013, he was sacked from his post after his club had suffered its fifth consecutive Ligue 1 defeat (this time losing 3–1 at home against Valenciennes FC) on the same day that left them in 19th (second from bottom) position (1 win, 4 draws and 7 defeats in 12 Ligue 1 matches) in the Ligue 1 standings. "It is not an easy decision (to sack Ravanelli) for a number of reasons. I really appreciated Fabrizio Ravanelli, I really wanted it to work. I do not remember seeing a staff work that much, from morning till night without stopping. You know what football is like. If things are not going well, the only solution is to change the staff," said Alain Orsoni, the president of AC Ajaccio.[37][38]

Arsenal Kyiv

On 22 June 2018, Ravanelli signed contract with Ukrainian Premier League club Arsenal Kyiv.[39] On 22 September 2018, Ravanelli resigned after the string of unsuccessful results.[40]

Media career

Following his retirement, Ravanelli also worked as a football pundit for Sky Italia, Fox Sports, and Mediaset.[41]

Personal life

It has been mistakenly reported in some sources that Luca Ravanelli, a defender, is Fabrizio's son. According to Luca, he is not.[42]

Career statistics


Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Perugia 1986–87 Serie C2 265??265
1987–88 3223??3223
1988–89 Serie B 3213??3213
Total 90410000009041
Avellino 1989–90Serie B 70??70
Casertana 1989–90 Serie C1 2712??2712
Reggiana 1990–91 Serie B 3416??3416
1991–92 328??328
Total 66240000006624
Juventus 1992–93 Serie A 2253183339
1993–94 30920633812
1994–95 331596001195330
1995–96 261221753618
Total 111411680032200015969
Middlesbrough 1996–97 Premier League 331676894831
1997–98 First Division 21000021
Total 3517768900005032
Marseille 1997–98Ligue 1 2191030259
1998–99 29131110713815
1999–00 146000041187
Total 64282140112008131
Lazio 1999–00 Serie A 162520000214
2000–01 112420062216
Total 274940062004210
Derby County 2001–02 Premier League 31911213411
2002–03 First Division 1950000195
Total 5014112100005316
Dundee 2003–04 Scottish Premier League 50001363
Perugia 2003–04 Serie A 1562010186
2004–05 Serie B 243000030273
Total 39920001030429
Career total 52119037201513502430626247


Italy national team

International goals

Scores and goals list Italy's goal tally first.[44]
1.25 March 1995Stadio Arechi, Salerno Estonia4–14–1Euro 1996 qualifier
2.6 September 1995Stadio Friuli, Udine Slovenia1–01–0Euro 1996 qualifier
3.11 November 1995Stadio San Nicola, Bari Ukraine1–13–1Euro 1996 qualifier
5.24 January 1996Stadio Libero Liberati, Terni Wales2–03–0Friendly
6.5 October 1996Stadionul Republican, Chişinău Moldova1–03–11998 World Cup qualifier
8.9 October 1996Stadio Renato Curi, Perugia Georgia1–01–01998 World Cup qualifier


As of 22 September 2018.
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Ajaccio 8 June 2013 2 November 2013 13 1 4 8 8 19 −11 007.69
Arsenal Kyiv 22 June 2018 22 September 2018 9 1 1 7 5 19 −14 011.11
Total 22 2 5 15 13 38 −25 009.09







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