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Liverpool Football ClubPast Manager - Rafa Benitez

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Rafael Benitez Maudes, born on April 16, 1960 in Madrid in a middle-class family, is a Spanish footballer. He obtained a degree in Physical Education in 1982 from the Instituto Nacional de Educación Física (INEF), University of Politécnica de Madrid. His father, Francisco Benitez, was an hotelier, and his mother, Rosario Maudes, was a big Real Madrid football club fan. He has an elder brother and younger sister who studied veterinary science. Rafael Benitez is married to Maria de Montserrat, a doctorate in law and has two daughters, Claudia and Agata.

Rafael Benitez stepped into the international arena in 1979 in the World Student Games in Mexico for the Spain Universities XI. In the opening game against Cuba, he scored a penalty, and the team went on to win the match 4-0.

As a youth, Rafael Benitez played for various school teams, and Ricardo Gallego, a former Spanish veteran footballer, was his team mate.

He joined the Real Madrid youth club at the age of twelve, and steadily moved up the ranks, playing as a midfielder for the reserve team of the Castilla CF, and scored 73 goals in the 247 matches.

In 1981, Rafael Benitez joined the Parla, becoming instrumental in the promotion of the club to the Spanish Segunda B, where he made 28 goals in 124 matches.

In 1985, he made a move to Linares, another club in the same division, and under the guidance of Enrique Mateos, he served both as a player as well as a coach, playing 34 games and striking 17 goals.

A whole season of injury forced Rafael Benitez to retire from playing in 1986.

Rafael Benitez soon started his career in coaching the juniors of Real Madrid and steadily worked his way up to the Under-19.

Under his guidance, the B- team achieved the seventh place in the Spanish Second Division in 1994, and he ended the season as an assistant to the first team coach.

Rafael Benitez has also acted as the head coach for the Valladolid FC in 1995 and then Osasuna FC in 1997.

As a coach for Extre Extremadura, he was instrumental in getting the club promoted from the Second Division by winning 23 out of 42 games.

After a year-long break for studying the art of coaching, he took charge of Tenerife and successfully led them to promotion.

In 2001, Rafael Benitez joined Valencia and the club marched to the Primera Liga title, the first in 31 years of the club’s history.

During his presence as a coach, the club brought another League Championship in 2004 and the United European Football Association (UEFA) Cup.

Year 2004 saw him move to Liverpool, and the club lifted the trophy at the Champions League after beating AC Milan in the finals.

The next season saw them conquering the Football Association Cup and finishing at the runners-up position in the UEFA 2006-07 season. Rafael Benitez even drove the team to reach the final of the 2006-07 Champions League after beating Chelsea and Barcelona.

Rafael Benitez has been honored with the FA Premier League Manager of the Month award twice in November and December 2006 and the UEFA Champions League Manager of the Year for two consecutive seasons, 2003-04 and 2004-05.

 Played  Won  Draw  Lost  For  Against
 Premier League Matches  228  126  55  47  371  183

 Date  Opponents  Venue  Result  Score
 2004-08-14  Tottenham Hotspur  Away  D  1-1
 2004-08-21  Manchester City  Home  W  2-1
 2004-08-29  Bolton Wanderers  Away  L  0-1
 2004-09-11  West Bromwich Albion  Home  W  3-0
 2004-09-20  Manchester United  Away  L  1-2
 2004-09-25  Norwich City  Home  W  3-0
 2004-10-03  Chelsea  Away  L  0-1
 2004-10-16  Fulham  Away  W  4-2
 2004-10-23  Charlton Athletic  Home  W  2-0
 2004-10-30  Blackburn Rovers  Away  D  2-2
 2004-11-06  Birmingham City  Home  L  0-1
 2004-11-13  Crystal Palace  Home  W  3-2
 2004-11-20  Middlesbrough  Away  L  0-2
 2004-11-28  Arsenal  Home  W  2-1
 2004-12-04  Aston Villa  Away  D  1-1
 2004-12-11  Everton  Away  L  0-1
 2004-12-14  Portsmouth  Home  D  1-1
 2004-12-19  Newcastle United  Home  W  3-1
 2004-12-26  West Bromwich Albion  Away  W  5-0
 2004-12-28  Southampton  Home  W  1-0
 2005-01-01  Chelsea  Home  L  0-1
 2005-01-03  Norwich City  Away  W  2-1
 2005-01-15  Manchester United  Home  L  0-1
 2005-01-22  Southampton  Away  L  0-2
 2005-02-01  Charlton Athletic  Away  W  2-1
 2005-02-05  Fulham  Home  W  3-1
 2005-02-12  Birmingham City  Away  L  0-2
 2005-03-05  Newcastle United  Away  L  0-1
 2005-03-16  Blackburn Rovers  Home  D  0-0
 2005-03-20  Everton  Home  W  2-1
 2005-04-02  Bolton Wanderers  Home  W  1-0
 2005-04-09  Manchester City  Away  L  0-1
 2005-04-16  Tottenham Hotspur  Home  D  2-2
 2005-04-20  Portsmouth  Away  W  2-1
 2005-04-23  Crystal Palace  Away  L  0-1
 2005-04-30  Middlesbrough  Home  D  1-1
 2005-05-08  Arsenal  Away  L  1-3
 2005-05-15  Aston Villa  Home  W  2-1
 2005-08-13  Middlesbrough  Away  D  0-0
 2005-08-20  Sunderland  Home  W  1-0
 2005-09-10  Tottenham Hotspur  Away  D  0-0
 2005-09-18  Manchester United  Home  D  0-0
 2005-09-24  Birmingham City  Away  D  2-2
 2005-10-02  Chelsea  Home  L  1-4
 2005-10-15  Blackburn Rovers  Home  W  1-0
 2005-10-22  Fulham  Away  L  0-2
 2005-10-29  West Ham United  Home  W  2-0
 2005-11-05  Aston Villa  Away  W  2-0
 2005-11-19  Portsmouth  Home  W  3-0
 2005-11-26  Manchester City  Away  W  1-0
 2005-11-30  Sunderland  Away  W  2-0
 2005-12-03  Wigan Athletic  Home  W  3-0
 2005-12-10  Middlesbrough  Home  W  2-0
 2005-12-26  Newcastle United  Home  W  2-0
 2005-12-28  Everton  Away  W  3-1
 2005-12-31  West Bromwich Albion  Home  W  1-0
 2006-01-02  Bolton Wanderers  Away  D  2-2
 2006-01-14  Tottenham Hotspur  Home  W  1-0
 2006-01-22  Manchester United  Away  L  0-1
 2006-02-01  Birmingham City  Home  D  1-1
 2006-02-05  Chelsea  Away  L  0-2
 2006-02-08  Charlton Athletic  Away  L  0-2
 2006-02-11  Wigan Athletic  Away  W  1-0
 2006-02-14  Arsenal  Home  W  1-0
 2006-02-26  Manchester City  Home  W  1-0
 2006-03-04  Charlton Athletic  Home  D  0-0
 2006-03-12  Arsenal  Away  L  1-2
 2006-03-15  Fulham  Home  W  5-1
 2006-03-19  Newcastle United  Away  W  3-1
 2006-03-25  Everton  Home  W  3-1
 2006-04-01  West Bromwich Albion  Away  W  2-0
 2006-04-09  Bolton Wanderers  Home  W  1-0
 2006-04-16  Blackburn Rovers  Away  W  1-0
 2006-04-26  West Ham United  Away  W  2-1
 2006-04-29  Aston Villa  Home  W  3-1
 2006-05-07  Portsmouth  Away  W  3-1
 2006-08-19  Sheffield United  Away  D  1-1
 2006-08-26  West Ham United  Home  W  2-1
 2006-09-09  Everton  Away  L  0-3
 2006-09-17  Chelsea  Away  L  0-1
 2006-09-20  Newcastle United  Home  W  2-0
 2006-09-23  Tottenham Hotspur  Home  W  3-0
 2006-09-30  Bolton Wanderers  Away  L  0-2
 2006-10-14  Blackburn Rovers  Home  D  1-1
 2006-10-22  Manchester United  Away  L  0-2
 2006-10-28  Aston Villa  Home  W  3-1
 2006-11-04  Reading  Home  W  2-0
 2006-11-12  Arsenal  Away  L  0-3
 2006-11-18  Middlesbrough  Away  D  0-0
 2006-11-25  Manchester City  Home  W  1-0
 2006-11-29  Portsmouth  Home  D  0-0
 2006-12-02  Wigan Athletic  Away  W  4-0
 2006-12-09  Fulham  Home  W  4-0
 2006-12-16  Charlton Athletic  Away  W  3-0
 2006-12-23  Watford  Home  W  2-0
 2006-12-26  Blackburn Rovers  Away  L  0-1
 2006-12-30  Tottenham Hotspur  Away  W  1-0
 2007-01-01  Bolton Wanderers  Home  W  3-0
 2007-01-13  Watford  Away  W  3-0
 2007-01-20  Chelsea  Home  W  2-0
 2007-01-30  West Ham United  Away  W  2-1
 2007-02-03  Everton  Home  D  0-0
 2007-02-10  Newcastle United  Away  L  1-2
 2007-02-24  Sheffield United  Home  W  4-0
 2007-03-03  Manchester United  Home  L  0-1
 2007-03-18  Aston Villa  Away  D  0-0
 2007-03-31  Arsenal  Home  W  4-1
 2007-04-07  Reading  Away  W  2-1
 2007-04-14  Manchester City  Away  D  0-0
 2007-04-18  Middlesbrough  Home  W  2-0
 2007-04-21  Wigan Athletic  Home  W  2-0
 2007-04-28  Portsmouth  Away  L  1-2
 2007-05-05  Fulham  Away  L  0-1
 2007-05-13  Charlton Athletic  Home  D  2-2
 2007-08-11  Aston Villa  Away  W  2-1
 2007-08-19  Chelsea  Home  D  1-1
 2007-08-25  Sunderland  Away  W  2-0
 2007-09-01  Derby County  Home  W  6-0
 2007-09-15  Portsmouth  Away  D  0-0
 2007-09-22  Birmingham City  Home  D  0-0
 2007-09-29  Wigan Athletic  Away  W  1-0
 2007-10-07  Tottenham Hotspur  Home  D  2-2
 2007-10-20  Everton  Away  W  2-1
 2007-10-28  Arsenal  Home  D  1-1
 2007-11-03  Blackburn Rovers  Away  D  0-0
 2007-11-10  Fulham  Home  W  2-0
 2007-11-24  Newcastle United  Away  W  3-0
 2007-12-02  Bolton Wanderers  Home  W  4-0
 2007-12-08  Reading  Away  L  1-3
 2007-12-16  Manchester United  Home  L  0-1
 2007-12-22  Portsmouth  Home  W  4-1
 2007-12-26  Derby County  Away  W  2-1
 2007-12-30  Manchester City  Away  D  0-0
 2008-01-02  Wigan Athletic  Home  D  1-1
 2008-01-12  Middlesbrough  Away  D  1-1
 2008-01-21  Aston Villa  Home  D  2-2
 2008-01-30  West Ham United  Away  L  0-1
 2008-02-02  Sunderland  Home  W  3-0
 2008-02-10  Chelsea  Away  D  0-0
 2008-02-23  Middlesbrough  Home  W  3-2
 2008-03-02  Bolton Wanderers  Away  W  3-1
 2008-03-05  West Ham United  Home  W  4-0
 2008-03-08  Newcastle United  Home  W  3-0
 2008-03-15  Reading  Home  W  2-1
 2008-03-23  Manchester United  Away  L  0-3
 2008-03-30  Everton  Home  W  1-0
 2008-04-05  Arsenal  Away  D  1-1
 2008-04-13  Blackburn Rovers  Home  W  3-1
 2008-04-19  Fulham  Away  W  2-0
 2008-04-26  Birmingham City  Away  D  2-2
 2008-05-04  Manchester City  Home  W  1-0
 2008-05-11  Tottenham Hotspur  Away  W  2-0
 2008-08-16  Sunderland  Away  W  1-0
 2008-08-23  Middlesbrough  Home  W  2-1
 2008-08-31  Aston Villa  Away  D  0-0
 2008-09-13  Manchester United  Home  W  2-1
 2008-09-20  Stoke City  Home  D  0-0
 2008-09-27  Everton  Away  W  2-0
 2008-10-05  Manchester City  Away  W  3-2
 2008-10-18  Wigan Athletic  Home  W  3-2
 2008-10-26  Chelsea  Away  W  1-0
 2008-10-29  Portsmouth  Home  W  1-0
 2008-11-01  Tottenham Hotspur  Away  L  1-2
 2008-11-08  West Bromwich Albion  Home  W  3-0
 2008-11-15  Bolton Wanderers  Away  W  2-0
 2008-11-22  Fulham  Home  D  0-0
 2008-12-01  West Ham United  Home  D  0-0
 2008-12-06  Blackburn Rovers  Away  W  3-1
 2008-12-13  Hull City  Home  D  2-2
 2008-12-21  Arsenal  Away  D  1-1
 2008-12-26  Bolton Wanderers  Home  W  3-0
 2008-12-28  Newcastle United  Away  W  5-1
 2009-01-10  Stoke City  Away  D  0-0
 2009-01-19  Everton  Home  D  1-1
 2009-01-28  Wigan Athletic  Away  D  1-1
 2009-02-01  Chelsea  Home  W  2-0
 2009-02-07  Portsmouth  Away  W  3-2
 2009-02-22  Manchester City  Home  D  1-1
 2009-02-28  Middlesbrough  Away  L  0-2
 2009-03-03  Sunderland  Home  W  2-0
 2009-03-14  Manchester United  Away  W  4-1
 2009-03-22  Aston Villa  Home  W  5-0
 2009-04-04  Fulham  Away  W  1-0
 2009-04-11  Blackburn Rovers  Home  W  4-0
 2009-04-21  Arsenal  Home  D  4-4
 2009-04-25  Hull City  Away  W  3-1
 2009-05-03  Newcastle United  Home  W  3-0
 2009-05-09  West Ham United  Away  W  3-0
 2009-05-17  West Bromwich Albion  Away  W  2-0
 2009-05-24  Tottenham Hotspur  Home  W  3-1
 2009-08-16  Tottenham Hotspur  Away  L  1-2
 2009-08-19  Stoke City  Home  W  4-0
 2009-08-24  Aston Villa  Home  L  1-3
 2009-08-29  Bolton Wanderers  Away  W  3-2
 2009-09-12  Burnley  Home  W  4-0
 2009-09-19  West Ham United  Away  W  3-2
 2009-09-26  Hull City  Home  W  6-1
 2009-10-04  Chelsea  Away  L  0-2
 2009-10-17  Sunderland  Away  L  0-1
 2009-10-25  Manchester United  Home  W  2-0
 2009-10-31  Fulham  Away  L  1-3
 2009-11-09  Birmingham City  Home  D  2-2
 2009-11-21  Manchester City  Home  D  2-2
 2009-11-29  Everton  Away  W  2-0
 2009-12-05  Blackburn Rovers  Away  D  0-0
 2009-12-13  Arsenal  Home  L  1-2
 2009-12-16  Wigan Athletic  Home  W  2-1
 2009-12-19  Portsmouth  Away  L  0-2
 2009-12-26  Wolverhampton Wanderers  Home  W  2-0
 2009-12-29  Aston Villa  Away  W  1-0
 2010-01-16  Stoke City  Away  D  1-1
 2010-01-20  Tottenham Hotspur  Home  W  2-0
 2010-01-26  Wolverhampton Wanderers  Away  D  0-0
 2010-01-30  Bolton Wanderers  Home  W  2-0
 2010-02-06  Everton  Home  W  1-0
 2010-02-10  Arsenal  Away  L  0-1
 2010-02-21  Manchester City  Away  D  0-0
 2010-02-28  Blackburn Rovers  Home  W  2-1
 2010-03-08  Wigan Athletic  Away  L  0-1
 2010-03-15  Portsmouth  Home  W  4-1
 2010-03-21  Manchester United  Away  L  1-2
 2010-03-28  Sunderland  Home  W  3-0
 2010-04-04  Birmingham City  Away  D  1-1
 2010-04-11  Fulham  Home  D  0-0
 2010-04-19  West Ham United  Home  W  3-0
 2010-04-25  Burnley  Away  W  4-0
 2010-05-02  Chelsea  Home  L  0-2
 2010-05-09  Hull City  Away  D  0-0