Raffaele De Vita
Raffaele De Vita
Raffaele De Vita
● Raffaele De Vita, 2017 (DR)

born in Italy

Raffaele De Vita was born on Wednesday, 23rd September, 1987, in Rome.

The 5' 11 (12st 2lbs) midfielder temporarily transferred to Gary Caldwell's Thistle on Thursday, 18th July, 2019, from his parent club, Livingston.

Aged 31, he made his debut appearance on Saturday, 20th July, 2019, in a 2-2 draw away to Hamilton Academical in the League Cup.

Raffaele scored his first goal for Thistle on Friday, 23rd August, 2019, in a 3-2 defeat away to Greenock Morton in the SPFL Championship.

He scored the last of his 2 goals on Saturday, 12th October, 2019, in a 2-0 win at home to Connah's Quay Nomads in the Challenge Cup.

He played his last game for the club on Saturday, 16th November, 2019, in a 4-1 win away to Stenhousemuir in the Challenge Cup, having appeared as a Jag on 16 occasions.

At August, 2022, Raffaele's club-list included Livingston, Swindon Town, Bradford City, Cheltenham Town, Ross County, Partick Thistle, Falkirk, Edinburgh City, Frascati and Anagni.

Bio Extra

Born in Rome, De Vita grew up supporting Lazio and idolised Paolo Di Canio, who later coached him when he joined Swindon Town. De Vita began his footballing journey at a boys academy in his home city, before moving to the UK to become part of the Blackburn Rovers set-up. From there he joined Livingston for the first time in 2008, spending three seasons with the Lions, winning the Scottish Third and Second Divisions in that stint, before moving on to join Swindon Town in 2011. While with the Robins he added another promotion to his CV as the County Ground side won the English League Two title during the 2011/12 season. Short stays at Bradford and Cheltenham followed before he returned to Scotland, signing with Ross County in January 2015 where he played 39 times, scoring five goals.

Then, five years after leaving Livi initially, De Vita came back to the Lions to aid their League One promotion push and, after achieving promotion to the Championship, he then helped them get to the Premiership as David Hopkin’s side went up through the play-offs. He missed the majority of 2018-19 through injury but after playing a number of reserve games and three senior games at the end of the campaign, he was loaned to Gary Caldwell's Thistle in the close season of 2019, initially announced as a season-long deal. He flattered to deceive at Firhill though, and Thistle fans were rather glad to see the back of him in the January transfer window. Livingston recalled him from his loan spell on New Year's Day 2020 and, on the same day, Falkirk announced they had signed him on loan until the end of the season, a season which ended early due to the covid-19 pandemic. Another loan deal was arranged with Edinburgh City in October 2020. De vita was released by Livingston at the end of the 2020-21 season, where-after he returned home to Italy to continue his football journey in the Serie D.

(PTFC/WS)



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