Goalkeeper Mat Ryan
- Height 184cm
- Weight 82kg
- D.O.B. 8/4/92
- Born Plumpton
Debut: 05/12/2012 v North Korea
Socceroos Cap Number: 555
Major tournaments: FIFA World Cup 2014 & 2018, AFC Asian Cup 2015 & 2019, FIFA Confederations Cup 2017
Current Club: Arsenal FC
Previous clubs: Blacktown City, Central Coast Mariners, Club Brugge, Valencia, Genk, Brighton & Hove Albion
Beginning his career with the Central Coast Mariners in 2010, Ryan spent three years with the club winning significant plaudits including the Joe Marston Medal in a losing Grand Final and A-League Young Footballer of the Year for the 2010/11 and 2011/12 seasons. Ryan was also a vital member of the Mariners 2013 Grand Final victory.
Ryan moved to Belgium to join Club Brugge where he once again starred and was named Belgian Pro League Goalkeeper of the Year in his two seasons at the club.
Ryan signed a six-year deal with Spanish club Valencia in 2015, however would only make 10 La Liga appearances over the next two years before securing a move back to the Belgian Pro League with Genk in search of regular first-time football.
Ryan’s form in the Belgian top flight saw him earn a move to English Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion ahead of the 2017/18 season.
He went on to start all 38 league games for the Seagulls that campaign and his consistent performances saw him voted Brighton's player of the season by one of the club's supporters group.
The Sydney born shot stopper backed up his first season in the Premier League with another World Cup for the Socceroos. He was in between the sticks for all three of the Socceroos matches in Russia and enjoyed a standout 2019/20 campaign for Brighton, featuring for every single minute of Premier League action for the south coast club as they secured their highest points tally in the EPL.
In January 2021 he secured a dream loan move to Arsenal FC, the club he grew up supporting.
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Since the retirement of Socceroo legend Mark Schwarzer in 2013, Ryan has been a mainstay in the Socceroos starting line-up. Ryan played all six matches for Australia at the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cup, all six matches during Australia’s victorious 2015 Asian Cup and has started most of Australia’s World Cup qualifying campaigns.
Ryan’s performances during the 2015 Asian Cup saw him win the Golden Glove as best goalkeeper of the tournament.
Ryan began his career at Central Coast Mariners making 80 A-League appearances. Ryan was a star for the club winning the PFA Harry Kewell Medal, 2012/13 A-League Championship, Joe Marston Medal for man of the match in the losing 2010/11 Grand Final and twice being named A-League Young Footballer of the Year.
Qualifying World Cup 2022
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Aussies Abroad: Mat Ryan keeps first Arsenal clean sheet
Mat Ryan enjoyed a first clean sheet and maiden victory in an Arsenal shirt as he started and impressed during the Gunners' 2-0 victory over Newcastle United. Read about that - and more - in your one-stop-shop for Socceroos Aussies Abroad updates! The Socceroos goal
Aussies Abroad: Ryan sets up dramatic late equaliser on Arsenal home debut
MatRyan made his first home league start for Arsenal overnight and played a remarkable role setting up their late equaliser. The Socceroos goalkeeper started between the sticks in the Gunners' Premier League clash with Fulham but was powerless in denying Josh Maja's emphatic
Watch: Rapid fire questions with Mat Ryan and Lydia Williams
Watch here as Arsenal FC's pair of Australian goalkeepers Mat Ryan and Lydia Williams caught up to participate in an entertaining round of rapid fire questions! The Socceroos and Westfield Matildas shotstoppers put each other on the spot with a wide range of topics, from initi
Milos Degenek and Mat Ryan set for 'massive' Europa League match-ups
Socceroos duo Milos Degenek and Mat Ryan are preparing to test themselves on the continental stage in a couple of huge Europa League Round of 32 clashes on Friday morning (AEDT). Degenek's Red Star Belgrade will host AC Milan, while Ryan is in strong contention for his second
The Arsenal legend that inspired Mat Ryan to support the Gunners
It has been well shared over the last few weeks how Mat Ryan's move to his boyhood club Arsenal is a dream come true. However in an interesting chat with Arsenal.com, the Socceroos goalkeeper recalled the story of the moment that converted him into a Gunners fan for life.
Aussies Abroad: In-form Socceroos eye more goals, Ryan's Arsenal selection wait
Martin Boyle, Tom Rogic and Awer Mabil will be eyeing more goals as a number of Socceroos prepare for some standout fixtures across the globe this weekend. In the Scottish Premiership, Boyle and Jackson Irvine's Hibernian have a meeting with Ross County on Saturday. Boyle h
Socceroos Podcast | Maty Ryan: Boyhood Arsenal dream come true
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'It's still a bit surreal': The Tim Cahill call that sparked Maty Ryan's Arsenal move
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