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Latest revision as of 00:02, 13 October 2019

Raffaele De Vita
Raffa De Vita.jpg
Personal information
Full name Raffaele De Vita[1]
Date of birth (1987-09-23) 23 September 1987 (age 32)
Place of birth Rome, Italy
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Winger / Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Partick Thistle
(on loan from Livingston)
Number 23
Youth career
2004–2008 Blackburn Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Livingston 69 (22)
2011–2013 Swindon Town 74 (12)
2013–2014 Bradford City 20 (1)
2014 Cheltenham Town 10 (0)
2015–2016 Ross County 33 (3)
2016– Livingston 56 (6)
2019–Partick Thistle (loan) 7 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:01, 13 October 2019 (UTC)

Raffaele De Vita (born 23 September 1987) is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Partick Thistle in the Scottish Championship, on loan from Livingston. De Vita started his career with Blackburn Rovers, and has also played for Swindon Town, Bradford City, Cheltenham Town and Ross County.

Career[edit]

Born in Rome, Italy, De Vita grew up supporting Lazio and idolised Paolo Di Canio, who later coached him when he joined Swindon Town. De Vita began his career at the academy of Roma, (which was ironic, due to the fact De Vita supported Roma's rivals, Lazio) until he was scouted by Blackburn Rovers, which he said came "out of nowhere".[2]

De Vita began his career with Blackburn Rovers but did not make an appearance for the first team. He joined Scottish club Livingston in July 2008.[3] At one point, De Vita considered quitting Livingston, as a result of the club entering administration, but continued to play for the club, after Gary Bollan had come in as manager and he had regained his fitness.[4] At the end of the 2010–11 season, during which he helped the club win promotion to the Scottish First Division, De Vita was among seven players to be released by the club despite becoming a fan's favourite.[5][6] During his career at Livingston, he made 67 league appearances and scored 22 goals.

Swindon Town[edit]

In June 2011, he signed for Swindon Town on a two-year contract.[7]

He made his debut on 6 August, in a 3–0 win against Crewe Alexandra, ensuring new manager Paolo di Canio's first competitive game in charge of Swindon ended with a win.[8] He scored his first goal for the club on 24 August, in a 1–0 win against Championship side Bristol City in the League Cup.[9] He scored his first league goal for the club on 24 September, opening the scoring in a 4–0 win against Barnet.[10] He followed this up with goals against Hereford United,[11] Plymouth Argyle,[12] Huddersfield Town[13] and Morecambe[14] to finish his debut season with six goals,[15] and helped Swindon to win the League Two title.[16]

He made his first appearance of the 2012–13 season on 14 August in a 3–0 win against Brighton & Hove Albion in the League Cup.[17] He scored his first goal of the season a week later, with Swindon now in League One, in a 3–0 win against Crawley Town.[18] After scoring in a defeat to Preston North End,[19] he then scored in back-to-back games in October, in a 2–1 defeat to Crewe and a 4–0 victory against Stevenage.[20][21] In December 2012, he then scored twice in a 2–0 win against Oldham Athletic,[22] before scoring again in the following game, a 5–0 win against Tranmere Rovers.[23] He then scored his final goal of the season on 5 January 2013, in a 4–0 win against Carlisle United.[24] He helped Swindon to finish in the play-off positions, and played in the second leg of the semi-final against Brentford, which finished 3–3, leaving the tie 4–4 on aggregate, with Brentford then going on to win the penalty shoot-out 5–4.[25] He was then released by the club along with five other players, at the end of the season.[26]

Bradford City[edit]

After training with the club for over two weeks,[27] and scoring as a trialist in a 4–0 win in a pre-season game against Guiseley[28] De Vita signed for Bradford City on a one-year contract on 30 July 2013.[29]

He made his debut on 3 August on the opening day of the season in a 2–2 draw against Bristol City, and assisted Rory McArdle's later equaliser.[30] He scored his first goal for the club on 26 October, opening the scoring in a 2–1 defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers.[31] However, De Vita's first team opportunities were soon limited, due to a thigh injury that kept him out for months.[32] After months on the sidelined, De Vita made his first team return on 11 April 2014, coming on as a substitute for Matthew Dolan in the 77th minutes, in a 0–0 draw against Rotherham United.[33]

After making twenty-three appearance and scoring once in all competitions by the end of the 2013–14 season, De Vita's contract with the club expired and he was invited back for pre-season training in the hope of earning a new deal.[34] However, it was made clear that De Vita would not return to Bradford City following the conclusion of the club's pre-season friendly matches.[35]

Cheltenham Town[edit]

De Vita joined Cheltenham Town on a three-month contract on 25 September 2014.[36] De Vita made his Cheltenham Town debut two days later, coming on as a substitute for John Marquis in the 83rd minutes, in a 1–0 loss against Burton Albion on 27 September 2014.[37]

After making thirteen appearances for the club during the first half of the season, De Vita was released by the club after the expiry of his contract in late-December.[38]

Ross County[edit]

On 30 January 2015, De Vita signed for Scottish Premiership club Ross County.[39] On his debut for the club, he scored the winning goal in a 3–2 victory over Motherwell on 14 February 2015.[40] Seven days later he scored again, this time against Partick Thistle at Firhill, as the Staggies secured a 3–1 away victory.[41] On 12 April 2015, De Vita was named as SPFL Player of the Month for March 2015.[42]

With his impressive displays helping Ross County avoid relegation, De Vita signed a new contract in May 2015, keeping him at the club until 2017.[43] He scored his first goal of the 2016–17 season in a League Cup match, as Ross County thrashed Falkirk 7–0 on 22 September 2015.[44] On 30 June 2016, De Vita was released by Ross County, despite his contract still having a year left.[45]

Livingston return[edit]

After being without a club for four months, De Vita signed on for his second spell with Scottish League One side Livingston in October 2016.[46]

Partick Thistle (Loan)[edit]

De Vita joined Scottish Championship club Partick Thistle on a season long Loan for the 2019/20 season. De Vita scored his first goal for Thistle in a 3-2 league defeat away to Morton.[47] De Vita scored his second goal for the Jags in a 2-0 win at home to Welsh side Connah Quay Nomands in the Scottish Challenge Cup.[48]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 18 May 2019 [49]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Livingston 2008–09[50] Scottish First Division 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
2009–10[51] Scottish Third Division 29 9 4[i] 2 0 0 0 0 33 11
2010–11[52] Scottish Second Division 33 12 1 0 1 0 1[a] 0 36 12
Total 69 22 5 2 1 0 1 0 76 24
Swindon Town 2011–12[53] Football League Two 38 4 4 1 1 1 3[b] 0 46 6
2012–13[54] Football League One 36 8 1 0 2 0 2[c] 0 41 8
Total 74 12 5 1 3 1 5 0 87 14
Bradford City 2013–14[55] Football League One 20 1 1 0 1 0 1[b] 0 23 1
2014–15[56] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 20 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 23 1
Cheltenham Town 2014–15[56] Football League Two 10 0 2 0 0 0 1[b] 0 13 0
Ross County 2014–15[56] Scottish Premiership 14 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 3
2015–16[57] 19 0 4 1 2 1 0 0 25 2
Total 33 3 4 1 2 1 0 0 39 5
Livingston 2016–17[58] Scottish League One 23 3 2 0 0 0 2[a] 1 27 4
2017–18[59] Scottish Championship 30 3 0 0 6 2 4[d] 1 40 6
2018–19[60] Scottish Premiership 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 56 6 2 0 6 2 6 2 70 10
Career total 262 44 19 4 13 4 14 2 308 54
  1. ^ a b Appearances in the Scottish Challenge Cup
  2. ^ a b c Appearances in the Football League Trophy
  3. ^ One appearance in the Football League Trophy and one in the EFL League One play-offs
  4. ^ Two appearances in the Scottish Challenge Cup and two appearances and one goal in the Scottish Premiership play-offs
  1. ^ Includes 1 appearance not recorded on Soccerbase or Soccerway. "Queen's Park 1–3 Livingston". BBC Sport. 24 October 2009. Retrieved 14 February 2015.

Honours[edit]

Livingston
Swindon Town
Ross County
Individual

References[edit]

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