Rafael Benitez

Benitez, Best Manager in Europe?


Name:Rafael Benítez Maudes
Date and Place of Birth: 16 April 1960, Madrid Spain
Nationality: Spain

Playing career position: midfielder

Playing career:

  • Castilla CF (1974-1981)
  • AD Parla (1981-1985)
  • CD Linares (1985-1986)

Coaching career:

  • Castilla Youth B (1986-1989)
  • Real Madrid Youth B (1989-1991)
  • Real Madrid U-19 (1991-1993)
  • Real Madrid B (1993-1995)
  • Valladolid (1995-1996)
  • Osasuna (1996-1997)
  • Extremadura (1997-1999)
  • Tenerife (2000-2001)
  • Valencia (2001-2004)
  • Liverpool FC (2004 – 2010)
  • Inter (2010)
  • Chelsea (2012-2013)
  • Napoli (2013-2015)
  • Real Madrid (2015-Now)

Honors:

  • Spain U-19 League: Real Madrid U-19s (1993)
  • Spain U-19 Cup: Real Madrid U-19s (1991, 1993)
  • Spanish La Liga: Valencia (2001-02, 2003-04)
  • Uefa Cup: Valencia (2003-04)
  • FA Cup: Liverpool (2006)
  • FA Community Shield: Liverpool (2006)
  • Champions League: Liverpool (2004-05)
  • European Super Cup: (2005)
  • Italian Super Cup (2010)
  • Fifa Clubs World Cup (2010)
  • Europa League (2013)
  • Italian Cup (2013-2014)
  • Italian Super Cup (2014)

About Rafa:

The Spanish man is a football nerd, his live based about football representing a passionate man about his work and treat it like a hobby too; despite his close relation with Real Madrid, Rafa introduce him self as a top class manager with Valencia as he guide them toward their first La Liga trophy since 31 years in 2001-02 season beating the Galacticos team Real Madrid, then he won two European titles Uefa Cup with Valencia 2004 and The Champions League with Liverpool 2005 after sensational comeback against AC Milan from 0-3 down.

One thing people can criticize Rafa that he didn’t manage to capture the English Premier League yet, only in season 2008-09 Liverpool looked like a descent title challenger. last February Rafa sign his new contract with Liverpool to end months of speculations that he is heading toward The Anfield exit door, eventually the power struggle between Rafa and Rick Parry ended as the CEO left Liverpool by the end of  2008-09 season.

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