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
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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 2,693 articles about Rafael Benitez. Articles 1 to 40:
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez reacts during his side's Premier League clash with Liverpool at St James' Park on October 1, 2017
Report: Rafael Benitez looking to sign striker Mattia Destro
Newcastle United will reportedly attempt to sign Matteo Destro from Bologna at the end of the season, although they could face competition from Watford.
Feb 16, 17:54
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez reacts during his side's Premier League clash with Liverpool at St James' Park on October 1, 2017
Paul Dummett pens long-term Newcastle United deal
Newcastle United announce that defender Paul Dummett has penned a new long-term contract at St James' Park.
Feb 15, 13:02
Dwight Gayle celebrates with Mohamed Diame after scoring during the Premier League game between Chelsea and Newcastle United on December 2, 2017
Dwight Gayle: 'Victory over Manchester United has lifted Newcastle United'
Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle says that the club's win over Manchester United last weekend has "lifted the place".
Feb 14, 16:34
Rafael Benitez watches on during the Premier League game between Newcastle United and Manchester City on December 27, 2017
Newcastle to make Martin Dubravka loan deal permanent?
Newcastle United are reportedly keen to make goalkeeper Martin Dubravka's loan deal at St James' Park permanent.
Feb 14, 15:33
Rafael Benitez watches on during the Premier League game between Newcastle United and Manchester City on December 27, 2017
Rafael Benitez hails "amazing effort" to beat Manchester United
Rafael Benitez praises his Newcastle United players for the effort and commitment shown to beat Manchester United 1-0 at St James' Park.
Feb 11, 17:09
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez reacts during his side's Premier League clash with Liverpool at St James' Park on October 1, 2017
Result: Matt Ritchie goal earns Newcastle United win over Manchester United
Newcastle United move out of the Premier League relegation zone with a 1-0 win over Manchester United in Sunday's clash at St James' Park.
Feb 11, 16:10
Paul Pogba in action during the Premier League game between Manchester United and Leicester City on August 26, 2017
Team News: Paul Pogba starts for Manchester United at Newcastle United
Paul Pogba returns to Manchester United's starting XI for Sunday's Premier League clash at Newcastle United.
Feb 11, 13:19
Jose Mourinho waves after the Premier League game between Manchester United and Crystal Palace on May 21, 2017
Live Commentary: Newcastle United 1-0 Manchester United - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live coverage as Newcastle United record a 1-0 win over Manchester United in Sunday's encounter at St James' Park.
Feb 11, 13:15
Leicester City forward Islam Slimani in action during his side's Premier League clash with West Bromwich Albion at the King Power Stadium on November 6, 2016
Islam Slimani: 'Newcastle United a great club'
Islam Slimani reveals that he turned down "a lot of clubs" to join Newcastle United on loan last month.
Feb 9, 19:12
Rafael Benitez gives instructions during the Premier League game between Arsenal and Newcastle United on December 16, 2017
Rafael Benitez not afraid to go defensive against Manchester United
Rafael Benitez insists that he is not afraid to use the same style of tactics deployed against Manchester City when Newcastle United face Manchester United this weekend.
Feb 9, 18:29
Islam Slimani is caught on camera during the Premier League game between Leicester City and Chelsea on September 9, 2017
Rafael Benitez to make late call on Islam Slimani fitness
Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez is unwilling to rush back Islam Slimani from a thigh injury and will make a late decision on whether the striker can play on Sunday.
Feb 9, 18:00
Joselu celebrates scoring during the Premier League game between Newcastle United and Swansea City on January 13, 2018
Jose Mourinho: 'No way Newcastle United will go down'
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho believes that Rafael Benitez has the know-how to keep Newcastle United above the dotted line in the battle to avoid relegation.
Feb 9, 16:22
Alexis Sanchez of Manchester United prepares to take a corner during the Premier League match against Huddersfield Town on February 3, 2018
Preview: Newcastle United vs. Manchester United - prediction, team news, lineups
Sports Mole provides the team news, lineups and a full preview of Sunday's Premier League clash between Newcastle United and Manchester United.
Feb 9, 15:10
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez reacts during his side's Premier League clash with Liverpool at St James' Park on October 1, 2017
Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez happy with congested Premier League table
Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez says that his side can benefit from being involved in a relegation battle which involves half of the teams in the Premier League.
Feb 8, 11:56
DeAndre Yedlin in action for Newcastle United during their Premier League clash with Brighton & Hove Albion
DeAndre Yedlin: 'Rafael Benitez has improved my game'
DeAndre Yedlin talks up the coaching ability of Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez, who he believes has managed to get the best out of him at St James' Park.
Feb 7, 17:32
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez reacts during his side's Premier League clash with Liverpool at St James' Park on October 1, 2017
Report: Newcastle United to make summer move for Nicolai Jorgensen
Newcastle United are set to revive their interest in Feyenoord and Denmark striker Nicolai Jorgensen in the summer, according to reports.
Feb 6, 21:15
Leicester City forward Islam Slimani in action during his side's Premier League clash with West Bromwich Albion at the King Power Stadium on November 6, 2016
Islam Slimani could make Newcastle United debut against Manchester United
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez says that Islam Slimani could make his debut against Manchester United this Sunday.
Feb 5, 21:11
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.
Jack Colback slams Rafael Benitez for 'showing lack of respect'
Jack Colback claims that he has "been treated like a number more than a human being" by Newcastle United this season.
Feb 5, 16:21
Rafael Benitez gives instructions during the Premier League game between Arsenal and Newcastle United on December 16, 2017
Rafael Benitez bemoans awarding of "soft" Crystal Palace penalty
Rafael Benitez claims that referee Andre Marriner was wrong to award Crystal Palace a penalty in Sunday's 1-1 draw with Newcastle United.
Feb 4, 18:09
Rafael Benitez watches on during the Premier League game between Newcastle United and Manchester City on December 27, 2017
Team News: Newcastle United missing Islam Slimani in trip to Crystal Palace
New loan signing Islam Slimani fails to make Newcastle United's squad for Sunday's Premier League match at Crystal Palace due to a thigh complaint.
Feb 4, 13:18
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez reacts during his side's Premier League clash with Liverpool at St James' Park on October 1, 2017
Live Commentary: Crystal Palace 1-1 Newcastle United - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's coverage as Crystal Palace fight back to earn a 1-1 draw with Newcastle United in Sunday's Premier League game at Selhurst Park.
Feb 4, 13:15
Rafael Benitez watches on during the Premier League game between Newcastle United and Manchester City on December 27, 2017
Rafael Benitez: 'I could stay in football until the age of 70'
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez says that he is not thinking about retiring from football, adding that he could stay in management until the age of 70.
Feb 4, 11:31
Rafael Benitez squats and barks during the Premier League game between Manchester United and Newcastle United on November 18, 2017
Rafael Benitez disappointed with Newcastle United's draw with Burnley
Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez admits that he was disappointed to see his side only draw 1-1 with Burnley on Wednesday night.
Feb 1, 12:48
Rafael Benitez gives instructions during the Premier League game between Arsenal and Newcastle United on December 16, 2017
Newcastle United sign Martin Dubravka on loan
Newcastle United complete the signing of goalkeeper Martin Dubravka on loan from Sparta Prague until the end of the season.
Jan 31, 23:56
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.
Jack Colback joins Nottingham Forest on loan
Nottingham Forest secure the loan signing of Newcastle United midfielder until the end of the season.
Jan 31, 23:53
Islam Slimani is caught on camera during the Premier League game between Leicester City and Chelsea on September 9, 2017
Newcastle United confirm Islam Slimani loan deal
Newcastle United confirm the signing of Islam Slimani on loan from Leicester City until the end of the season.
Jan 31, 23:34
Sean Dyche applauds after the Premier League game between Burnley and Crystal Palace on September 10, 2017
Result: Burnley strike late to claim draw at Newcastle United
Burnley hold Newcastle United to a 1-1 draw in Wednesday night's Premier League encounter at St James' Park.
Jan 31, 21:39
Aleksandar Mitrovic in action for Newcastle United on November 18, 2017
Report: Aleksandar Mitrovic staying at Newcastle United
Aleksandar Mitrovic is expected to remain at Newcastle United for the rest of the season after the collapse of his proposed loan return to Belgian club Anderlecht.
Jan 31, 19:35
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Newcastle United loan Jamie Sterry to Crewe Alexandra
Newcastle United send out young right-back Jamie Sterry on loan to Crewe Alexandra until the end of the season.
Jan 31, 18:57
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Rolando Aarons 'rejects Hull City loan move'
Newcastle United winger Rolando Aarons reportedly rejects the chance to join Championship strugglers Hull City on loan in favour of a move to Hellas Verona.
Jan 31, 13:35
Rafael Benitez watches on during the Premier League game between Newcastle United and Manchester City on December 27, 2017
Newcastle United 'agree deal for Martin Dubravka'
Newcastle United reportedly agree terms over a loan deal to sign goalkeeper Martin Dubravka on loan until the end of the season.
Jan 31, 12:42
Islam Slimani is caught on camera during the Premier League game between Leicester City and Chelsea on September 9, 2017
Newcastle United 'agree deal to sign Leicester City's Islam Slimani on loan'
Newcastle United reportedly agree a loan deal with Leicester City for Islam Slimani.
Jan 31, 11:35
Rafael Benitez gives instructions during the Premier League game between Arsenal and Newcastle United on December 16, 2017
Rafael Benitez "hopeful" of one more deal
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez says that he is "hopeful" of concluding one more transfer deal before the window shuts.
Jan 31, 08:11
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez reacts during his side's Premier League clash with Liverpool at St James' Park on October 1, 2017
Newcastle United to miss out on signing Feyenoord striker Nicolai Jorgensen?
Newcastle United reportedly fail in their pursuit of Feyenoord striker Nicolai Jorgensen.
Jan 29, 20:43
Rafael Benitez watches on during the Premier League game between Newcastle United and Manchester City on December 27, 2017
Rafael Benitez: 'Still time for Newcastle United to do business'
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez admits that the club have not done as much January business as he would have liked, but insists that there is still time.
Jan 28, 19:28
Rafael Benitez gives instructions during the Premier League game between Arsenal and Newcastle United on December 16, 2017
Rafael Benitez disappointed with FA Cup loss at Chelsea
Rafael Benitez is disappointed to see Newcastle United out of the FA Cup after losing 3-0 at Chelsea in the fourth round and will now concentrate on Premier League survival.
Jan 28, 16:13
Luan in action for Brazil at the Olympics in August 2016
Newcastle United to beat Liverpool to Luan signature?
Newcastle United reportedly enter the race for Gremio striker Luan, and are allegedly the frontrunners for his signature.
Jan 28, 13:42
Antonio Conte gives instructions during the Premier League game between Liverpool and Chelsea on November 25, 2017
Team News: Four changes for Chelsea against Newcastle United
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte makes four changes as the Blues take on Newcastle United in the FA Cup.
Jan 28, 12:33
Antonio Conte watches on intently during the Premier League game between Crystal Palace and Chelsea on October 14, 2017
Live Commentary: Chelsea 3-0 Newcastle United - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live coverage as Chelsea ease past Newcastle United in Sunday's FA Cup fixture at Stamford Bridge.
Jan 28, 12:30
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez reacts during his side's Premier League clash with Liverpool at St James' Park on October 1, 2017
Rafael Benitez hints at Newcastle United contract extension
Rafael Benitez insists that he is happy at Newcastle United and hints towards penning a new deal should he get the backing to keep the club in the Premier League.
Jan 28, 10:13

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