RAFAEL BENITEZ

  • DATE OF BIRTH

    16/04/1960

  • COUNTRY OF BIRTH

    SPAIN

  • STATUS

    -

  • CLUB

    -

  • PREMIER LEAGUE SEASONS

    7

Premier League Management Record
Matches W D L GF GA Pts Win %
254 141 61 52 422 209 484 56.0
Management Career
Premier League Clubs Liverpool, Chelsea
Champions -
Manager of the Year -
Manager of the Month

November 2005, December 2005, January 2007, October 2008, March 2009, April 2013

Other Honours

Extremadura
  Promotion to Primera Liga: 1997/98

Tenerife
  Promotion to Primera Liga: 2000/01

Valencia
  Primera Liga: 2001/02
  Primera Liga: 2003/04
  UEFA Cup: 2003/04

Liverpool
  UEFA Champions League: 2004/05
  UEFA Super Cup: 2005
  FA Cup: 2005/06
  Community Shield: 2006

Inter Milan
  FIFA Club World Cup: 2010
  Coppa Italia: 2010/11

Chelsea
  UEFA Europa League: 2012/13

Career Summary

Rafael Benitez was appointed as Interim First Team Manager of Chelsea in November 2012, until the end of the 2012/13 season, three years after parting company with Liverpool after a successful six-year spell at Anfield.

Spaniard Benitez learned his trade in his homeland and earned his first big managerial role with Valencia. He won the Spanish League title twice and the UEFA Cup during his time in charge, leading to him taking over at Liverpool in 2004.

His success in Europe continued as he guided his Liverpool side to victory in the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final, winning a thrilling penalty shoot-out victory against AC Milan after the match finished 3-3 after extra-time. Two years later Liverpool met Milan again in the Final, but the Italian side emerged victorious on that occasion.

Domestically, Benitez enjoyed great success in the Barclays Premier League, leading the Merseyside club to Top 5 finishes in his first five seasons in charge. Liverpool finished second in the 2008/09 campaign and ended the season just four points behind champions Manchester United. The Spaniard, who has picked up the Premier League’s Manager of the Month award on six occasions, also oversaw victory in the 2006 FA Cup Final.

After a brief spell at Inter Milan, Benitez returned to England as Chelsea's interim boss for the 2012/13 season and lifted the UEFA Europa League trophy, with an injury time header from Branislav Ivanovic securing a 2-1 victory over Benfica. He also guided Chelsea to a Top 4 finish in the Premier League and subsequent Champions League qualification.

From Chelsea, Benitez moved back to Italy to take over as the manager of Napoli.

Playing Career
Clubs

Real Madrid Castilla: 1974-81
Parla: 1981-85
Linares: 1985-86

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