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October 7, 2019


Mathew David Ryan (born 8 April 1992) is an
Australian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Brighton
& Hove Albion and the Australia national team. Born in Sydney, Ryan played youth football
for Marconi Stallions, Blacktown City and Central Coast Mariners. He made his senior debut for Blacktown before
moving to the Mariners’ senior squad in 2010. In 2013, Ryan moved to Club Brugge, where
he played for two years before joining Valencia. He made his senior international debut in
2012, and has since established himself as Australia’s first-choice goalkeeper, effectively
succeeding his childhood idol Mark Schwarzer. He played at the 2014 and 2018 World Cups
as well as the 2015 and 2019 Asian Cups, winning the Best Goalkeeper award at the 2015 tournament
which his country won on home soil.==Early life==
Ryan was born in Plumpton, New South Wales and attended Westfields Sports High School. He took up football at the age of four and
played youth football for Blacktown City and Central Coast Mariners before making his senior
debut with Blacktown City. After moving to Central Coast Mariners in
2010, Ryan moved to Club Brugge in 2013. In addition to holding an Australian passport,
Ryan also has a UK passport.==Club career=====Central Coast Mariners===Ryan played for the Central Coast Mariners
youth team in the 2009–10 season, and after several call-ups to the senior team, he was
given a 3-year senior contract. Despite starting the 2010–11 A-League as
the Mariners’ substitute keeper, an anterior cruciate ligament injury to first-choice Jess
Vanstrattan saw Ryan elevated into the starting eleven. Ryan made his A-League debut for the Mariners
on 28 August 2010 in a 1–1 draw against Sydney FC, but fumbled a cross which allowed
Rhyan Grant to score Sydney’s goal. While coach Graham Arnold was happy with Ryan’s
debut, there was competition between Ryan and newly-signed Paul Henderson for the regular
starting spot. Over the next several months Ryan retained
his spot in the starting lineup and earned significant plaudits, including the A-League
Young Player of the Month award for December 2010. The Mariners season ended with a penalty shootout
loss to Brisbane Roar in the 2011 A-League Grand Final, however, Ryan was awarded the
Joe Marston Medal for man of the match in that game. He was also named A-League Young Footballer
of the Year for 2010–11.In October 2011, Ryan was named 2011 Male U20 Player of the
Year at the FFA Australian Football Awards. He continued to put in a number of strong
performances in the 2011–12 A-League, including a man of the match performance in a 1–0
win over Melbourne Heart on 17 January 2012 after pulling off a number of saves. This contributed to Ryan being named A-League
Young Player of the Month for January 2012. The Mariners won the 2011–12 Premiership
following a win over Wellington Phoenix in the final round of the regular season. However, they were eliminated in the Preliminary
Final against Perth Glory on penalties, despite Ryan scoring his penalty in the shootout. In April 2012, Ryan was named A-League Young
Footballer of the Year for the second successive season and A-League Goalkeeper of the Year. He was also awarded the Mariners Medal for
club player of the season, and named in the PFA’s A-League Team of the Season. He was also awarded the Harry Kewell Medal
for the outstanding Australian under-23-year-old player in June 2012.Ryan was again central
to the Mariners’ 2012–13 A-League season. In November 2012, he was again awarded FFA
Male U20 Player of the Year. On 2 March 2012, Ryan took a penalty in a
match against Western Sydney Wanderers which was saved by Ante Covic; the Wanderers won
the match 1–0 to move above the Mariners on the A-League table. Coach Graham Arnold revealed after the game
that Ryan had been practicing penalty-taking in the lead-up to that match following a number
of missed penalties from other players in the side. The Mariners were victorious in the 2013 A-League
Grand Final over the Wanderers, their first win in their four A-League Grand Finals played,
with Ryan dedicating the win to the three previous Mariners teams to have lost at that
stage.===Club Brugge===It was confirmed on 30 May 2013 that Ryan
had completed a move to Belgian Pro League side Club Brugge for an undisclosed fee, despite
his contract at Central Coast Mariners expiring the following day. On 27 July 2013 Ryan made his debut for Brugge
in the first game of the season at home to Sporting Charleroi and kept a clean sheet
in a 2–0 win. In a match against K.A.A. Gent on 23 December 2013 Ryan saved a penalty
in the 67th minute that would have resulted in game being level at 2–2. Brugge went on to win the game 3–1 and reports
after the match confirmed that Ryan had been offered a new lucrative deal with the club
involving a substantial pay increase and contract extension. On 26 November 2014, it was announced that
Ryan had agreed to terms with Club Brugge, to extend his contract until 2018. After a string of fantastic performances,
it was reported that European giants Liverpool had sent scouts to the 2015 AFC Asian Cup
to watch the goalkeeper.===Valencia===
On 21 July 2015, Ryan signed a six-year deal with La Liga side Valencia CF. He was expected to assume the starting goalkeeper
role, at least in the medium term, with regular starter Diego Alves out with an anterior cruciate
ligament injury. He made his unofficial debut in a friendly
against PSV Eindhoven on 25 July 2015. On 22 August 2015, Ryan made his La Liga debut
in Valencia’s opening game of the season, keeping a clean sheet in a scoreless draw
with Rayo Vallecano. His run in the starting side extended until
September, when he sustained a meniscus tear in a draw with Deportivo La Coruña, forcing
him to have surgery and miss over a month of football. A series of good performances from his replacement,
Jaume Domènech, led to suggestions that Ryan would not return to the starting side after
his return from injury. Indeed, it was not until late November that
Ryan was re-promoted to the starting side for a game against Sevilla. Ryan continued to be rotated with Jaume and
the returning Alves for the remainder of the season, eventually making 21 appearances for
Valencia in all competitions.Ryan was back in Valencia’s starting lineup for the opening
matches of the 2016–17 La Liga, with Alves rumored to be seeking an overseas move. However, Alves stayed at Valencia and Ryan
subsequently lost his starting position. By January 2017, a number of clubs were interested
in Ryan.====Loan to Racing Genk====
On 30 January 2017, Ryan returned to Belgium after he was loaned to Racing Genk. He entered the starting squad straight away,
playing his first match in a 1–0 loss to Oostende in the Belgian Cup on 31 January
2017. Ryan stated in April 2017 that he was not
planning to stay in Belgium after the season and would instead return to Valencia. Ryan played a number of games for Genk in
multiple competitions, with the side reaching the quarterfinals of the 2016–17 UEFA Europa
League, and the final of the Belgian Europa League playoff.===Brighton & Hove Albion===
On 16 June 2017, it was announced that Ryan would sign for newly-promoted Premier League
club Brighton & Hove Albion on 1 July 2017 on a five-year contract for an undisclosed
fee. He cited the prospect of playing in the Premier
League as a main reason for the transfer. Ryan made his debut for Brighton & Hove Albion
on 12 August 2017 against Manchester City in a 2–0 defeat. Ryan was in goal for Brighton’s first ever
Premier League win which came at home against West Brom on 9 September 2017. Ryan played in every single minute of the
league in the 2017–18 season keeping 10 clean sheets, one of which coming in a 1–0
home win over Manchester United on 4 May 2018 in which secured Premier League status for
the Sussex club.Ryan kept his first clean sheet of the 2018–19 season in a 1–0 home
win over West Ham on the 8th league game of the season. He made two more clean sheets in the next
two games. One in a 1–0 away win against Newcastle
United and the other in a 1–0 home win against Wolves. In late December and the best part of January
Ryan left Brighton for international duty representing Australia in the Asian Cup. His first game back came in a 4–2 away defeat
to Fulham on the 29 January. He made his FA Cup debut in an eventful match
away to Millwall on 17 March. It finished 2–2 with Brighton winning 5–4
on penalties.Ryan kept a clean sheet on 5 October 2019 in a 3–0 home stunning of Tottenham
which was The Albions first home win of the 2019–20 campaign.==International career=====Youth===
Despite not having featured for the side previously, Ryan’s strong form in the 2010–11 A-League
led to suggestions he would be called up for the Australian under-20 team for the 2011
FIFA U-20 World Cup in mid-2011. However, he missed the tournament after suffering
a serious knee injury.Ryan was first called up for the Australian under-23 side in November
2011. He made his debut for the side in a scoreless
draw with Iraq on 22 November 2011. The Olyroos failed to qualify for the 2012
Summer Olympics.===Senior===Ryan received his first call-up to the Socceroos
squad for a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Saudi Arabia in February 2012. Later that year, he was selected in the squad
for the second preliminary round of the 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup. He made his senior international debut in
a 1–1 draw with North Korea on 5 December 2012.In November 2013, longtime Australian
goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer announced his international retirement following the appointment of new
coach Ange Postecoglou, leaving Ryan as one of the contenders to be the new first-choice
keeper. Postecoglou identified Ryan and fellow young
keeper Mitch Langerak as two of the main candidates for the role.Ryan was selected in May 2014
in the Australian squad for the 2014 FIFA World
Cup. He played
in all three of Australia’s games as they were eliminated in the group stage after losses to the Netherlands, Chile and Spain. Ryan’s own performances in the tournament
were mixed, and he described the matches as a “massive learning curve” for himself.Months
later, Ryan was selected for the Australian 2015 AFC Asian Cup squad, to
be played in Australia in early 2015. He put in a number of strong performances
throughout the tournament as Australia conceded just two goals in reaching the Final against
South Korea. Australia claimed their first AFC Asian Cup
title after winning 2–1 in extra time. Ryan was named the official Best Goalkeeper
for the tournament.In May 2018 he was named in
Australia’s 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.==Career statistics=====Club===
As of 5 October 2019===International===
As of match played 10 September 2019==Honours==
Central Coast Mariners A-League Premiership: 2011–12
A-League Championship: 2013Club Brugge Belgian Cup: 2014–15Australia AFC Asian Cup: 2015Individual A-League Young Footballer of the Year: 2010–11,
2011–12 Joe Marston Medal: 2011
A-League Goalkeeper of the Year: 2011–12 FFA U20 Male Player of the Year: 2011, 2012
PFA Harry Kewell Medal: 2011–12, 2013–14, 2014–15
PFA A-League Team of the Season: 2011–12 Mariners Medal: 2011–12
Belgium Pro League Goalkeeper of the Year: 2013–14, 2014–15
AFC Asian Cup Golden Glove: 2015 AFC Asian Cup Dream Team: 2015
PFA Footballer of the Year: 2014–15

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