Rafael Benítez Biography
Rafael Benítez, born Rafael Benítez Maudes is a professional football coach from Spain. He is the current manager of the Premier League club, Newcastle United.
He is billed as the only manager to have won the UEFA Europa League, UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Champions League, and the FIFA Club World Cup. He began as a football player, playing in a defender’s position. He gave up playing and took up coaching instead. To date, he has coached 13 different teams.
Rafael Benítez Age
He was born on the 16th of April in 1960. He was 58 years old as of 2018.
Rafael Benítez Family|Wife|Kids
He was born to Francisco and Rosario Maudes. His father was a hotelier. He passed on in 2005 while Rafael was in Japan for the FIFA Club World Championship. He attributes his love of football to his parents. His father was an Atlético Madrid fan. His mother was an ardent Real Madrid fan.
He married his wife, Maria Montserrat. Together, the couple has two children, both daughters. His first daughter is Claudia. She was born in 1999, in Madrid. His last born is Ágata. She was born in Valencia in 2002.
Rafael Benítez Football Career|Coaching Career
Rafael Benítez as a player
He began playing as a midfielder. He played in this position for both Real Madrid Aficionados and Castilla CF.
He was called up to play for Spain Under 19 side. This was in 1979 at the World Student Games in Mexico. He scored a penalty in the opening game and his team won 10-0 in a match against Cuba. He picked up an injury through a hard tackle in the next game against Canada. The game ended in a 0-0 draw. The injury left him on the bench for a year. This put a dent in his chances of becoming a major player in the sport.
He joined the team Parla in 1981. He initially joined them on loan but he was signed permanently. He helped the club gain promotion to Spain’s third tier football division, Segunda División B. He played three games with the Spain Universities XI. He was signed by Linares, a club in the Segunda División B. Here he served the roles of both player and coach. For most of the 1985-86 season, he was plagued by injury. This subsequently led to his retirement as a player from the sport.
He returned to Real Madrid in 1986 to join the club’s coaching staff. He was 26 years old at the time. He was appointed coach of Castilla B at the start of the 1986-87 season. During his time there, the club won two league titles. This was in 1987 and in 1989. His third league title came in 1990 with the Real Madrid Youth B team. He became coach of the Real Madrid under-19 club halfway during the 1993-94 season. During his time here, he won Spain Under 19s Cup in 1991 and in 1993. He defeated rivals Barcelona in both finals.
Rafael Benítez as a coach
He gained his coaching certificate in 1989.
His first coaching years away from Real Madrid were not spectacular. He was fired from Real Valladolid after a dismal two wins in twenty-three matches. This was during the 1995-96 season.
He went on to be dismissed from Osasuna after recording one win from nine games in the 1996-97 season.
He led Segunda División side, Extremadura, to promotion in 1997. The team was relegated the following season. This led him to quit as manager.
He took a year off to study in England and Italy. In addition, he worked as a commentator/analyst for Marca, El Mundo, Eurosport, and local Madrid TV.
He went back to coaching in 2000, joining Segunda División team, Tenerife. He led them to promotion to the La Liga after finishing third in the league table.
He was appointed manager to Spanish side, Valencia. Here he brought a more attacking style of play that won the fans over. He led Valencia to their first league title in 31 years in 2002. He won the title again in the 2003-04 season. He also beat French side Marseille in the UEFA Cup final. He resigned on the 1st of June in 2004 following a fall out with the club’s director of football.
Liverpool Football Club
He became the first manager from Spain to manage a club in the Premier League. This was after his appointment as Liverpool manager on the 16th of June in 2004. His first season was somewhat successful. Having failed to win the Premier League, his side won the UEFA Champions League in a match lauded as one of the greatest cup finals. His Liverpool side came from a whopping 3-0 first half and ended the match at 3-3. They won 3-2 on penalties at the end of extra time. The match gained the name ‘Miracle of Istanbul’. He became the third manager in footballing history to win the UEFA Cup and UEFA Champions League in successive seasons. He became the 2nd manager in Liverpool history to win the UEFA Champions League in his first season. He went on to win the FA Cup against West Ham United in a similar fashion. His side came from 2-0 down and end of regulation time found the game at 3-3. They won the cup on penalties. He led Liverpool to another UEFA Champions League final in the 2006-07 season. It was a replay of the same match that gave them the silverware the first time, some even called it a grudge match. Unfortunately, they lost 2-1 to AC Milan. After a spate of poor performances and strained relationships with the club’s new owners, he left ‘by mutual consent’. This was on the 3rd of June in 2010. Reportedly, he was sent home with a £6 million pay-off.
He joined Inter Milan only 7 days after leaving Liverpool. This was on the 10th of June in 2010. He joined the Italian giants on a two-year deal. He won his first cup, the Italian Super Cup on the 21st of August in 2010. His first league win was against Udinese at home on the 11th of September in 2010. The game ended 2-1. He led Inter to win the FIFA Club World Cup in December 2010. However, he was dismissed just 13 days later, on the 23rd of December in 2010. This was following poor performances in the league.
He was appointed interim Chelsea manager and was unveiled in London on the 22nd of November in 2012. He recorded his first win, after a dismal start, on the 5th of December in 2012. This was in a Champions League match at home against Nordsjælland, his team winning 6-1. His first league win was against Sunderland in an away game where Chelsea won 3-1. He reached the FIFA Club World Cup final in December of 2012, but his team was beaten by Brazilian side, Corinthians. He won the UEFA Europa League cup in a final against Benfica. This was on the 15th of May in 2013. He became the second manager to win the UEFA Cup/Europa League with two different teams. The team credited his tactics and half-time talks as a major reason in winning the cup.
It was announced on the 27th of May in 2013 that he had signed for Napoli. He led the club to lift the Coppa Italia in his first season in charge. His side bested Fiorentina in the final, winning 3-1. At the end of the 2014-15 season, he announced his resignation from the club. In his final match, Napoli suffered a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Lazio.
He signed a three-year deal and was announced Real Madrid manager on the 3rd of June in 2015. Less than a year later, on the 4th of January in 2016, his contract was terminated. Reasons cited were that he was unpopular among the supporters, he was displeased with his players and failure to land good results against top side teams.
He was appointed Newcastle United manager on the 11th of March in 2016. He signed a three-year deal in a bid to help the relegation-threatened Newcastle. His first game on the 14th of March was a loss to eventual champions Leicester City. His first win came on the 16th of April, his team beat Swansea City 3-0. The team ended the season with a 6 game unbeaten run but were disqualified nevertheless. Newcastle won the 2016-15 EFL championship in May of 2017. This secured their return to the Premier League.
He has developed a reputation in England as a hard manager to please. He has been praised for being a tactically apt manager, often encouraging the exploitation of opposition weaknesses. He often deploys a 4-2-3-1 formation in his squads.
Rafael Benítez Managerial statistics
These are the managerial statistic from all the teams he
Real Madrid B
1 June 2004
16 June 2004
3 June 2010
10 June 2010
23 December 2010
21 November 2012
27 May 2013
27 May 2013
3 June 2015
3 June 2015
4 January 2016
11 March 2016