Raphael Benitez

Raphael Benitez was born in Madrid on April 16, 1960.

He played football throughout his youth and joined the Real Madrid academy. He mixed his university studies with his football career at the lower division of Spanish teams.

He retired as an active player after a knee injury to begin coaching in the Real Madrid at the age of 26, as the under 19 and reserve team coach, and assistant manager for the senior team.

Raphael coached Real Madrid B, Valladolid, Osasuna, Extremadura and Tenerife. He was later appointed the coach of Valencia in 2001.

In the 2001/2002 league he led Valencia to their first league title in his first season as the coach; the club won La Liga in 2004 and beat Olympique Marseille 2-0 in the UEFA Cup final, being their first domestic and European double.

In 2004 after Liverpool confirmed his appointment, Raphael Benitez won for the club, the match against AC Milan at the Champion’s League final.

Liverpool under Benitez management beat West Ham in FA Cup final in 2005, played the final match at the Champions League at Athens in 2007 but lose to AC Milan.

He left Liverpool on June 3 2010 and was employed by Inter Milan and left Milan barely six months after until he was appointed Interim manager for Chelsea in November 2012 after Robert Di Matteo was sacked.

Some quotes credit to Benitez

"I have been in charge in football for 26 years, I won the Champions League, I won the Fifa Club World Cup, the FA Cup, the Italian Super Cup, the Spanish league twice, nine trophies - all the trophies you can win at club level," said Benitez after a comfortable victory at the Riverside.

"The manager is the manager. One month, three months, seven months - it doesn't matter.

"I think the reason why the group of fans is not happy is because I was Liverpool manager, we played in the Champions League, massive games, that's it."


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