Rafael BenítezFri 13 Jul
Rafael Benitez is the current manager of Newcastle United, having previously taken charge of Liverpool and Chelsea in the Premier League.
Having been on Real Madrid’s books as a player, Benitez was troubled with a knee injury before playing in the Spanish lower leagues.
The Spaniard returned to Real Madrid at the age of 26 to take up numerous coaching roles in their youth system before becoming assistant manager.
In 1995, the Madrid-born coach took charge of Real Valladolid and then Osasuna before leading Extremadura to promotion in 1997.
Tenerife was Benitez’s next destination and he guided the club to promotion in 2001, catching the eye of LaLiga side Valencia.
In his three years at the Mestalla, Benitez won LaLiga twice and the UEFA Europa League in his final season.
More silverware would come the way of the Spaniard as he made his first mark in English football in 2004/05.
Liverpool and Benitez would claim a remarkable UEFA Champions League final win over AC Milan in 2005, before lifting the FA Cup the following year. click here for more
Coach of – Newcastle
Height – 1.75m
Age – 58
Nationality – Spanish
Premier league titles won – none
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