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Rafael Benítez

Published: Wednesday 1 July 2015, 17.57CET
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Rafael Benítez
Rafael Benítez took the reins at Napoli having just won the UEFA Europa League with Chelsea ©Getty Images
Published: Wednesday 1 July 2015, 17.57CET

Rafael Benítez

Real Madrid CF

Date of birth: 16 April 1960
Nationality: Spanish
Playing career: Real Madrid Castilla, CP Parla, CD Linares
Coaching career: Real Madrid Castilla, Real Valladolid CF, CA Osasuna, CF Extremadura, CD Tenerife, Valencia CF, Liverpool FC, FC Internazionale Milano, Chelsea FC, SSC Napoli, Real Madrid CF

• Although he played as a midfielder for Real Madrid's reserve team and two other lower ranking sides, injury prompted an early move into coaching. Having coached at youth and B-team level with Madrid, Benítez struck out on his own with Valladolid, Osasuna, Extremadura and Tenerife before getting his big break in 2001 at Valencia.

• Guided Valencia to a first league title for 31 years in 2002 and added a second championship two years later, when they also won the UEFA Cup.

• Joined Liverpool in June 2004, winning the UEFA Champions League in his first season, with the Reds beating AC Milan on penalties having come from 3-0 down in the final. Also won the 2006 FA Cup final on penalties after his side had come from 2-0 down to draw 3-3 with West Ham United FC.

• Left Anfield after six years in summer 2010, stepping into José Mourinho's shoes at Inter. Guided his new charges to victory in the Italian Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup but left following the latter competition in December 2010.

• Returned to management in November 2012 when he took over at Chelsea for the remainder of the season following Roberto Di Matteo's dismissal. In a short but successful stay he led Chelsea to victory in the UEFA Europa League final as well as third place in the Premier League. Took on a new challenge in late May 2013 at Napoli, where he won the Coppa Italia in 2014, leaving to take over at Real Madrid the following year.

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