Rafael Benitez

Born: April 16, 1960 (age 57)

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 2,438 articles about Rafael Benitez. Articles 1 to 40:
Joey Barton in action for QPR on August 30, 2014
Joey Barton: 'Rafael Benitez should stop moaning about lack of funds'
Joey Barton believes Rafael Benitez should stop "moaning" about the lack of funds available at Newcastle United and get on with his job of coaching the team.
12:19
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 unsure if Newcastle United are ready for Premier League
Rafael Benitez admits that he is unsure whether Newcastle United are ready for the Premier League after a poor start to the season.
09:44
Graeme Souness during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Hull City at Stamford Bridge on August 18, 2013
Graeme Souness slams Newcastle United defending in loss to Huddersfield Town
Graeme Souness describes Newcastle United midfielder Mikel Merino's defending for Huddersfield Town's winner on Sunday as being like "kids' football".
20:59
Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez pictured in November 2015
Rafael Benitez: 'I do not see an easy transfer window'
Rafael Benitez is not optimistic of Newcastle United's transfer market hopes this summer, saying he does not "see an easy window yet".
20:05
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 players to cut out mistakes
Rafael Benitez admits that Newcastle United must improve both defensively and in attack after losing their opening two Premier League matches.
Aug 20, 16:47
Aaron Mooy in action during the Premier League game between Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United on August 20, 2017
Result: Aaron Mooy goal helps Huddersfield Town to win over Newcastle United
A second-half goal from Aaron Mooy earns Huddersfield Town a 1-0 win over Newcastle United in their first Premier League game at the John Smith's Stadium.
Aug 20, 15:24
Jamaal Lascelles of Newcastle United in action during the Capital One Cup Second Round between Newcastle United and Northampton Town at St James' Park on August 25, 2015
Team News: Newcastle United make three changes for Huddersfield Town trip
Rafael Benitez makes three changes to Newcastle United's starting XI to face Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium, while the hosts bring in Rajiv van La Parra.
Aug 20, 12:34
Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner is unimpressed on October 16, 2016
Live Commentary: Huddersfield Town 1-0 Newcastle United - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live coverage of Huddersfield Town's 1-0 victory over Newcastle United in the Premier League.
Aug 20, 12:30
Andy 'The Gazelle' Carroll leaps forward during the Premier League game between West Ham United and Manchester United on May 10, 2016
Report: Newcastle United eyeing shock Andy Carroll reunion
West Ham United striker Andy Carroll is reportedly wanted by former side Newcastle United, six years after leaving his boyhood club.
Aug 20, 09:20
Joselu celebrates scoring during the Premier League match between Watford and Stoke City on March 19, 2016
Rafael Benitez looking to get the best out of new Newcastle United signing Joselu
Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez admits that he will be using his Spanish to get the best out of new signing Joselu following the frontman's move from Stoke City.
Aug 19, 13:39
Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez pictured in November 2015
Rafael Benitez: 'I cannot change our transfer situation'
Rafael Benitez appears to concede defeat with regards to Newcastle United's transfer approach this summer, admitting that he "cannot change anything".
Aug 19, 10:02
Jack Colback is smoulderingly defiant after taking a yellow during the Premier League game between Newcastle United and Sunderland on March 20, 2016
Report: Aston Villa interested in Newcastle United midfielder Jack Colback
Steve Bruce is reportedly attempting to bring out-of-favour Newcastle United midfielder Jack Colback to Aston Villa.
Aug 18, 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
Rafael Benitez: 'Newcastle United must sell players to make new signings'
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez says that he must sell some of his current players if the club are to make further signings before the transfer deadline.
Aug 18, 19:15
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 tips Joselu for successful season
Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez backs summer arrival Joselu to make his mark for the Magpies during the 2017-18 season.
Aug 18, 15:58
Joselu celebrates scoring during the game between Stoke and Norwich on January 13, 2016
Newcastle United complete signing of Joselu from Stoke City
Newcastle United complete the signing of Joselu from Stoke City on a three-year deal.
Aug 16, 09:05
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez dreams of Istanbul ahead of his side's Premier League meeting with Manchester City on April 19, 2016
Report: Rafael Benitez wants five more new signings at Newcastle United
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez is reportedly looking at bringing in five more signings before the transfer window closes.
Aug 15, 19:49
Paul Dummett in action for Newcastle on December 13, 2014
Newcastle United pair Florian Lejeune, Paul Dummett out for "number of weeks"
Newcastle United confirm that Florian Lejeune and Paul Dummett will be out for a "number of weeks" after suffering injuries against Tottenham Hotspur.
Aug 15, 11:17
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez dreams of Istanbul ahead of his side's Premier League meeting with Manchester City on April 19, 2016
Joey Barton: 'I can't see Rafael Benitez staying at Newcastle United'
Joey Barton believes that Rafael Benitez will leave Newcastle United before Christmas.
Aug 15, 11:06
Paul Dummett in action for Newcastle on December 13, 2014
Rafael Benitez: 'Paul Dummett could be out for next fortnight'
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez believes that centre-back Paul Dummett could be out of action for the next two weeks.
Aug 13, 17:50
Real Madrid's Spanish coach Rafael Benitez shouts instructions to his players during the UEFA Champions League football match Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) vs Real Madrid, on October 21, 2015 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris.
Rafael Benitez: 'Jonjo Shelvey has apologised for sending-off'
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez says Jonjo Shelvey has apologised to his teammates after his sending-off for stamping on Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli.
Aug 13, 17:37
Jonjo Shelvey for Newcastle United during the Premier League match with Everton at Goodison Park on February 3, 2016
Graeme Souness: 'Jonjo Shelvey has gone from captain to clown'
Graeme Souness believes that Jonjo Shelvey went "from captain to clown in 10 seconds" after he was sent off in Newcastle United's 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.
Aug 13, 17:05
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: 'Harry Kane tackle worse than Jonjo Shelvey stamp'
Rafael Benitez believes that Harry Kane's tackle on Florian Lejeune in Newcastle United's 2-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur was worse than Jonjo Shelvey's stamp on Dele Alli.
Aug 13, 16:33
Dele Alli applauds during the Premier League game between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur on August 13, 2017
Dele Alli: 'Important for Tottenham Hotspur to stay professional'
Dele Alli hails Tottenham Hotspur for remaining professional in their 2-0 win at Newcastle United - who finished the match with 10 men - on Sunday.
Aug 13, 16:16
Moussa Sissoko in action for Tottenham Hotspur on September 17, 2016
Team News: Moussa Sissoko handed Tottenham Hotspur start
French midfielder Moussa Sissoko starts for Tottenham Hotspur against his former club Newcastle United in Sunday's Premier League clash.
Aug 13, 12:33
Ben Davies and Ayoze Perez in action during the Premier League game between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur on August 13, 2017
Live Commentary: Newcastle United 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's coverage as Tottenham Hotspur beat 10-man Newcastle United 2-0 at St James' Park in the Premier League.
Aug 13, 12:30
Arsenal forward Lucas Perez in action during the EFL Cup clash with Reading at the Emirates Stadium on October 25, 2016
Arsenal 'demanding £20m for Lucas Perez'
Arsenal reportedly slap a £20m asking price on the head of Spanish outcast Lucas Perez.
Aug 13, 09:39
Jack Wilshere sits with his leg in a protective brace ahead of the Premier League game between Bournemouth and Stoke City on May 6, 2017
Newcastle United 'step up Jack Wilshere pursuit'
Newcastle United reportedly step up their attempts to sign Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere before the end of the transfer window.
Aug 13, 09:26
Joey Barton in action for QPR on August 30, 2014
Joey Barton worried about "power struggle" at Newcastle United
Joey Barton is worried that the "power struggle" between Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley and head coach Rafael Benitez could culminate in the latter leaving the club.
Aug 11, 21:33
Newcastle United's English owner Mike Ashley gestures before the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Newcastle United at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton on September 13, 2014
Mike Ashley: 'I cannot compete financially with Premier League big guns'
Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley admits that he is unable to compete financially with the Premier League's big guns and adds that Rafael Benitez is aware of this.
Aug 11, 20:49
Jack Colback in action for Newcastle United against West Ham on May 24, 2015
Report: Jack Colback exiled after Newcastle United training ground bust-up
Jack Colback is reportedly out of Rafael Benitez's plans at Newcastle United for good after a training ground bust-up.
Aug 11, 19:45
Rafael Benitez during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Swansea City on April 16, 2016
Rafael Benitez: "My commitment is 100%"
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez pledges his '100% commitment' to the club despite reservations over their transfer policy.
Aug 11, 14:50
Chelsea's Kenedy during the Premier League match against Watford on May 15, 2017
Newcastle United to take Chelsea's Kenedy on loan?
Newcastle United reportedly close in on an agreement to take Chelsea outcast Kenedy on loan for the season.
Aug 10, 13:09
Jack Colback of Newcastle United in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Southampton at St James Park on August 9, 2015 in Newcastle, England.
Rafael Benitez to ditch Jack Colback?
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez is reportedly planning to leave Jack Colback out of his Premier League squad this season.
Aug 9, 18:19
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 'told to trim Newcastle United squad'
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez is reportedly told to offload players before he can bring in new faces.
Aug 9, 17:59
Arsenal forward Lucas Perez in action during the EFL Cup clash with Reading at the Emirates Stadium on October 25, 2016
Rafael Benitez discusses Lucas Perez move with Arsene Wenger
Rafael Benitez has asked Arsene Wenger about the availability of Lucas Perez, but hints that he is only interested in a loan move for the Spanish striker.
Aug 9, 14:43
Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez pictured in November 2015
Rafael Benitez "not happy" with Newcastle United's transfer activity
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez admits that he is "not happy" with the club's transfer activity this summer.
Aug 9, 09:59
Rafael Benitez during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Swansea City on April 16, 2016
Mauricio Pellegrino: 'Rafael Benitez is best coach'
New Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino describes Newcastle United counterpart Rafael Benitez as "the best coach" he has worked with.
Aug 7, 18:20
Arsenal forward Lucas Perez in action during the EFL Cup clash with Reading at the Emirates Stadium on October 25, 2016
Rafael Benitez confirms interest in Arsenal outcast Lucas Perez
Rafael Benitez talks up the qualities of Arsenal striker Lucas Perez and suggests that he is keen to bring him to Newcastle United ahead of the new season.
Aug 7, 13:52
Real Madrid's Spanish coach Rafael Benitez reacts during the UEFA Champions League group A football match between Shakhtar Donetsk and Real Madrid in Lviv on November 25, 2015
Rafael Benitez: 'Newcastle United moving in different directions at same time'
Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez claims the newly-promoted Premier League club is moving "in different directions at the same time" in a bid to recruit new players.
Aug 7, 11:20
Joselu celebrates scoring during the game between Stoke and Norwich on January 13, 2016
Newcastle United show interest in Stoke City striker Joselu?
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez reportedly shows an interest in signing Stoke City striker Joselu.
Aug 4, 16:41



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