Vitaliy Reva, born 19th November 1974 in Dnipropetrovsk, is a Ukrainian Goalkeeper. He is known for his penalty saving abilities.
Reva began his footballing education at Dnipro-75 he moved and began his pro-career by signing for PFC Oleksandria in 1992. He stayed with the club for three years and established himself as the number one keeper with the club making 88 appearances for the side before he left in 1995. Reva then had an opportunity at a higher level in the Ukrainian Premier Leaguie and moved to Kyiv, but not to giants Dynamo, but to the army men, CSKA.
Reva had a good spell with CSKA, being undisputed number one for the six seasons he remained at the club. He made over 150 for the side and was part of the CSKA side which reached the final of the 1998 and 2001 Ukrainian Cup. His form then attracted the attention of Dynamo Kyiv. In 2001, legendary Ukrainian goalkeeper Olexandr Shovkovskyi suffered a serious injury which would keep him out of the Dynamo side and the Ukraine side for an extended period of time. Dynamo turned to Reva as Sasho’s replacement and he signed in 2001.
Reva continued his good form at Dynamo immediately establishing himself in the first team. He won the personal accolades of Ukrainian Goalkeeper of the Year in both 2001 and 2002. He also debuted for the Ukrainian National Team, and went on to make 9 appearances in the blue and yellow of Ukraine.
After the initial impact at Dynamo, the return of Shovkovskyi hindered his playing time. Over the next few years, Reva lost his position as number one and had to be content with a position as an understudy to Shovkovskyi. He did however contribute to successes Dynamo achieved during his time. He won his first gold medals at Dynamo contributing to the double winning side in 2003. Another league title followed in 2004 and further cup success in 2005. Despite this success, first team football was becoming extremely limited and in the second half of the 2005/06 season, Reva moved on loan to Tavriya Simferopol. At the end of this season, a further personal accolade followed for Reva as he was awarded a medal for “Work and Achievements”.
After his spell at Tavriya, Reva returned to Dynamo but only featured for the 2nd side and a move away from the giants followed at the end of the 2007 season. He moved to another Kyiv side Arsenal. A season in the first league followed but Arsenal soon found themselves back in the Ukrainian Premier League as Reva was part of the promotion winning side. Reva enjoyed 3 more years with Arsenal in the top flight. Two years as Arsenal’s number one but in his final season with the club Reva did not hold down the first team spot.
He eventually left the Gunners at the start of the 2011-12 season, moving to his fourth Kyiv club joining the Brewers Obolon. Aftre 10 games for Obolon, Reva moved to Krvybas in 2014 but failed to make an impact. He returned to Arsenal in 2013 for a swansong as he made 6 appearances before hanging up his gloves.
In a career spanning over 20 years, Reva is a member of the the Olexandr Chyzevskyi club, for players who have made over 300 appearance in the Ukrainian League and has kept over 100 clean sheets.
Vitaliy Reva, welcome to the Viktor Leonenko Hall of Fame.
Profile by Peter Chymera. Peter is a committee member of the UK Ukrainian Sports Supporters Club and a founding member of the Viktor Leonenko Hall of Fame. Follow Peter on twitter – @PMChymera89