Rafael Benítez

  • Date of birth : 16/04/1960
  • Position : Coach
  • Country : Spain Spain
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Rafael Benítez

SSC Napoli
Rafael Benítez
Rafael Benítez took the reins at Napoli having just won the UEFA Europa League with Chelsea ©Getty Images

Rafael Benítez

SSC Napoli

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

• 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 when accepting Napoli's offer to take over from Walter Mazzarri, signing a two-year contract.

Last updated: 22/11/13 15.31CET

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General info

  • Name: Rafael Benítez
  • Date of birth: 16/04/1960
  • Country: Spain
  • Club: Napoli ( ITA)

  • Current campaign
  • UEFA Champions League 2013/14

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Europa League (First round)
    19/09/01: Chernomorets 0-1 Valencia

Career statistics

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
ClubPWDL
Liverpool76421717
Napoli8413
Internazionale6312
Valencia14842
Chelsea1100
Total105582324
UEFA Super Cup
ClubPWDL
Internazionale1001
Liverpool1100
Total2101
UEFA Europa League
ClubPWDL
Liverpool8503
Napoli7322
Valencia231553
Chelsea9612
Total4729810
Last updated: 24/10/2014 01:35 CET
 
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