Rafael Benitez

Born: April 16, 1960 (age 56)

Height: 5'8.5" (175cm)

Hometown: Madrid, Spain
Nationality: Spain Spanish

Position: Manager
Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez pictured in November 2015
Career History
Managerial1993-1995Real Madrid Castilla
1995-1996Real Valladolid
1996Osasuna
2000-2001Tenerife
2001-2004Valencia
2004-2010Liverpool
2010Inter Milan
2012-2013Chelsea
2013-2015Napoli
2015-2016Real Madrid
2016-Newcastle United
Sports Mole has 2,095 articles about Rafael Benitez. Articles 1 to 40:
Daryl Janmaat of Newcastle United celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Watford at St James' Park on September 19, 2015
Daryl Janmaat fit again for Newcastle United against Aston Villa
Rafael Benitez confirms that Daryl Janmaat is back after a month out to play for Newcastle United against Aston Villa on Saturday.
13:37
Zinedine Zidane appears prior to the game between Real Madrid and Deportivo La Coruna on January 9, 2016
Preview: Real Madrid vs. Valencia
Sports Mole previews Sunday's La Liga clash between Real Madrid and Valencia at the Bernabeu.
13:11
Newcastle's Jack Colback battles with Jordan Veretout of Aston Villa on December 19, 2015
Preview: Aston Villa vs. Newcastle United
Sports Mole previews the Premier League encounter between already-relegated Aston Villa and Newcastle United.
May 5, 18:34
Gareth Bale celebrates with Pepe during the game between Real Madrid and Deportivo La Coruna on January 9, 2016
Real Madrid defender Pepe reveals Rafael Benitez snub
Real Madrid centre-back Pepe reveals that former Los Blancos boss Rafael Benitez told the Portuguese that he was "third choice" centre-back at the Bernabeu.
May 5, 15:55
Andros Townsend celebrates scoring with his allegedly 'stunning' free kick during the Premier League game between Newcastle United and Crystal Palace on April 30, 2016
Report: West Ham United, Southampton ready to trigger Andros Townsend clause
Both West Ham United and Southampton are reportedly keen on triggering an £8m clause in Andros Townsend's contract if Newcastle United go down.
May 5, 12:03
James Milner reacts to the hosts' goal during the Europa League semi-final between Villarreal and Liverpool on April 28, 2016
Preview: Liverpool vs. Villarreal
Sports Mole previews Thursday's Europa League semi-final second leg between Liverpool and Villarreal at Anfield, with the visitors holding a 1-0 aggregate lead.
May 4, 14:04
Rafael 'show me the money' Benitez gestures during the Premier League game between Newcastle United and Sunderland on March 20, 2016
Rafael Benitez urges Newcastle United team to "avoid complacency"
Rafael Benitez warns his Newcastle United team against "complacency" as they try to seal safety in their final two Premier League games.
May 3, 14:58
Rafael Benitez gives instructions during the Premier League game between Leicester City and Newcastle United on March 14, 2016
Everton consider Rafael Benitez appointment?
Everton are reportedly considering an approach for Rafael Benitez, who won the Champions League with rivals Liverpool 11 years ago.
May 2, 21:29
Cristiano Ronaldo looks downbeat during the Champions League quarter-final between Wolfsburg and Real Madrid on April 6, 2016
Cristiano Ronaldo: 'Players feel more appreciated under Zinedine Zidane'
Cristiano Ronaldo claims that the Real Madrid team feel more "appreciated" playing under Zinedine Zidane.
May 2, 11:57
Big boy Mile Jedinak and Moussa Sissoko in action during the Premier League game between Newcastle United and Crystal Palace on April 30, 2016
Live Commentary: Newcastle United 1-0 Crystal Palace - as it happened
Relive Newcastle United's 1-0 win over Crystal Palace as Andros Townsend's stunning strike sends the Magpies out of the relegation zone.
Apr 30, 13:58
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez dreams of Istanbul ahead of his side's Premier League meeting with Manchester City on April 19, 2016
Rafael Benitez ignores "mind games" from Sam Allardyce
Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez brushes aside Sam Allardyce's suggestion that Crystal Palace could roll over at St James' Park on Saturday.
Apr 29, 15:52
Swansea City's English defender Kyle Bartley vies with Liverpool's English midfielder Adam Lallana (2nd R) during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Swansea City at the Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on Novem
Preview: Swansea City vs. Liverpool
Sports Mole previews Sunday's Premier League clash between Swansea and Liverpool at the Liberty Stadium.
Apr 29, 14:35
Crystal Palace's English manager Alan Pardew watches his players during the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Newcastle United at Selhurst Park in south London on November 28, 2015
Preview: Newcastle United vs. Crystal Palace
Sports Mole looks ahead to Saturday's Premier League encounter between Newcastle United and Crystal Palace at St James' Park.
Apr 29, 13:41
Karim Benzema celebrates scoring with Cristiano Ronaldo during the La Liga game between Real Madrid and Villarreal on April 20, 2016
Preview: Real Sociedad vs. Real Madrid
Sports Mole previews Saturday's La Liga clash between Real Sociedad and Real Madrid at the Anoeta.
Apr 28, 22:40
Jurgen Norbert Klopp knows where his loyalties lie during the Europa League quarter-final between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund on April 14, 2016
Preview: Villarreal vs. Liverpool
Sports Mole previews Thursday's Europa League semi-final first leg between Villarreal and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal.
Apr 27, 11:51
Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City scores his team's third and hat trick goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Leicester City at Liberty Stadium on December 5, 2015
Preview: Leicester City vs. Swansea City
Sports Mole picks apart Sunday's Premier League match as leaders Leicester City try to close in on the title by defeating Swansea City.
Apr 23, 17:42
Jurgen Klopp greets Rafael Benitez during the Premier League game between Liverpool and Newcastle United on April 23, 2016
Result: Rafael Benitez guides comeback as Newcastle restrict Liverpool to a draw
Rafael Benitez guides Newcastle United to a comeback 2-2 draw against his former club Liverpool at Anfield.
Apr 23, 16:52
Daniel 'damn, back at it again with the white vans' Sturridge scores the third during the Premier League game between Liverpool and Everton on April 20, 2016
Team News: Daniel Sturridge leads Liverpool line
Daniel Sturridge will lead the line for Liverpool as they welcome an unchanged Newcastle United to Anfield.
Apr 23, 14:04
Jurgen Klopp greets Rafael Benitez during the Premier League game between Liverpool and Newcastle United on April 23, 2016
Live Commentary: Liverpool 2-2 Newcastle United - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live text commentary of the Premier League draw between Liverpool and Newcastle United at Anfield.
Apr 23, 14:00
Moussa Sissoko of Newcastle United in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal at St James' Park on August 29, 2015 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.
Report: AC Milan want Moussa Sissoko
AC Milan want to sign Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko at the end of the season, according to a report.
Apr 22, 20:25
Rafael Benitez during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Swansea City on April 16, 2016
Rafael Benitez: Newcastle United "will fight until the end"
Rafael Benitez tells his Newcastle United players to "believe" in themselves as they prepare for another vital match in their push for survival against Liverpool.
Apr 22, 18:38
Rafael Benitez the Liverpool manager shouts instructions to his players during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on May 2, 2010
Jurgen Klopp ready to welcome Rafael Benitez with open arms
Jurgen Klopp says that Liverpool supporters are "very welcome" to greet former manager Rafael Benitez when he returns to Anfield with Newcastle United on Saturday.
Apr 22, 18:09
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez dreams of Istanbul ahead of his side's Premier League meeting with Manchester City on April 19, 2016
Rafael Benitez: 'Newcastle United must improve away from home'
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez says that his players have shown that they have the confidence to improve their results on their travels.
Apr 22, 15:15
Jose Mourinho, Manager of Chelsea makes a point during the UEFA Champions League Group G match between Chelsea FC and FC Porto at Stamford Bridge on December 9, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.
Jerzy Dudek: 'Steven Gerrard wanted Jose Mourinho at Liverpool'
Steven Gerrard felt that it would have been "great" if Jose Mourinho joined Liverpool during his time at the club, according to former Reds goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek.
Apr 22, 12:53
Karim Benzema celebrates scoring with Cristiano Ronaldo during the La Liga game between Real Madrid and Villarreal on April 20, 2016
Preview: Rayo Vallecano vs. Real Madrid
Sports Mole previews Saturday afternoon's La Liga clash between Rayo Vallecano and Real Madrid in the Spanish capital.
Apr 21, 18:44
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez dreams of Istanbul ahead of his side's Premier League meeting with Manchester City on April 19, 2016
Report: Newcastle United desperate for Rafael Benitez stay if relegated
Newcastle United will reportedly plead with Rafael Benitez to remain as manager, even if they are relegated to the Championship.
Apr 21, 10:56
Marko Arnautovic of Stoke City celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Manchester City at Britannia Stadium on December 5, 2015
Preview: Manchester City vs. Stoke City
Sports Mole previews the Premier League match between Manchester City and Stoke City at the Etihad Stadium.
Apr 21, 09:00
The Liverpool Football Club emblem is displayed on the gates of Anfield Stadium on September 17, 2012
Preview: Liverpool vs. Newcastle United
Sports Mole previews Saturday's Premier League match between Liverpool and Newcastle United at Anfield.
Apr 21, 09:00
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez dreams of Istanbul ahead of his side's Premier League meeting with Manchester City on April 19, 2016
Newcastle United 'to plead for long-term Rafael Benitez stay'
A report claims that Newcastle United will offer Rafael Benitez a series of promises in an attempt to stop him leaving St James' Park at the end of the season.
Apr 20, 19:48
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez dreams of Istanbul ahead of his side's Premier League meeting with Manchester City on April 19, 2016
Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez "pleased" with a point
Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez praises his players for coming from behind to draw with Manchester City in Tuesday night's Premier League clash at St James' Park.
Apr 19, 22:01
Vurnon Anita beats Joe Hart to equalise for Newcastle United against Manchester City in the Premier League on April 19, 2016
Result: Newcastle United, Manchester City share the points
Vurnon Anita cancels out a strike from Sergio Aguero as Newcastle United come from behind to draw 1-1 with Manchester City in the Premier League.
Apr 19, 21:37
Vincent Kompany directs his troops during the Premier League game between Norwich City and Manchester City on March 12, 2016
Team News: Vincent Kompany returns to Man City XI for clash against Newcastle United
Vincent Kompany returns to Manchester City's starting lineup for their Premier League match against Newcastle United.
Apr 19, 18:50
Sergio Aguero scores from the spot for his hat-trick during the Premier League game between Chelsea and Manchester City on April 16, 2016
Rafael Benitez: 'Sergio Aguero was offered to Liverpool during my time at club'
Rafael Benitez reveals that Sergio Aguero was offered to Liverpool during the Spaniard's time in charge of the Merseyside outfit.
Apr 19, 17:44
Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates scoring his team's first goal with his team mates during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Newcastle United at Etihad Stadium on October 3, 2015
Preview: Newcastle United vs. Manchester City
Sports Mole looks ahead to Manchester City's trip to relegation-threatened Newcastle United for a Premier League encounter.
Apr 18, 23:58
Rafael 'show me the money' Benitez gestures during the Premier League game between Newcastle United and Sunderland on March 20, 2016
Rafael Benitez: 'Manchester City have one eye on CL semis against Real Madrid'
Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez says that Manchester City's Champions League semi-final could distract them in tomorrow's game at St James' Park.
Apr 18, 15:15
Rafael Benitez during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Swansea City on April 16, 2016
Rafael Benitez: 'Newcastle United players believe in survival'
Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez insists that his side believe they will escape the drop zone and avoid relegation from the Premier League this season.
Apr 16, 19:39
Rafael Benitez during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Swansea City on April 16, 2016
Newcastle United's Rafael Benitez praises his team's "passion and commitment"
Rafael Benitez praises his Newcastle United players following their 3-0 win over Swansea City.
Apr 16, 17:54
Jamaal Lascelles celebrates scoring during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Swansea City on April 16, 2016
Newcastle United's Andros Townsend: 'Victory has been a long time coming'
Newcastle United winger Andros Townsend says that the side's 3-0 win over Swansea City was a "long time coming".
Apr 16, 17:27
Jamaal Lascelles celebrates scoring during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Swansea City on April 16, 2016
Result: Newcastle United close in on safety with impressive win over Swansea City
Newcastle United beat Swansea City 3-0 at St James' Park to pick up their first win under the watch of Rafael Benitez.
Apr 16, 16:53
Jack Colback and Gylfi Sigurdsson during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Swansea City on April 16, 2016
Live Commentary: Newcastle United 3-0 Swansea City - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live text coverage of Newcastle United's 3-0 win over Swansea City, as the Magpies picked up a first victory under Rafael Benitez.
Apr 16, 13:59
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CLeicester CityLeicester362211364343077
2Tottenham HotspurSpurs361913467283970
3Arsenal361910759342567
4Manchester CityMan City361971068383064
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd35179943311260
6West Ham UnitedWest Ham351514660431759
7Southampton361691153391457
8Liverpool3515101059481155
9Chelsea351212115548748
10Stoke CityStoke36139143852-1448
11Everton351014115549644
12Watford35128153642-644
13Swansea CitySwansea361110153750-1343
14West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom361011153246-1441
15Bournemouth36118174363-2041
16Crystal Palace36109173646-1039
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3689193964-2533
18Sunderland35711174058-1832
19Norwich CityNorwich3587203561-2631
RAston Villa3637262772-4516