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Name Rafael Benitez
Gender Male
Ethnic Spanish
Job Spanish Football Coach
Desc There are few managers over the past 35 years who have been able to break Barcelona and Real Madrid’s stranglehold of La Liga. Radomir Antic, Diego Simeone and Javier Irureta each achieved the feat once, but only one man has had the guile, wisdom and tactical knowledge to defeat Spain’s heavyweight duo twice in that time - the grossly underappreciated Rafa Benitez. A future Champions League winner for Liverpool, the Spaniard is famous for his methodical and pragmatic approach to management, as well as the ability to raise the games of all those who play under his stewardship


Club as Coach Dalian Yifang
  Newcastle United
  Real Madrid
  Liverpool FC

2005 07 06 Retrieve

[Gerrard prepared to surrender captaincy] Steven is our captain and I want him to stay as captain.

2005 08 13 Retrieve

[Middlesbrough 0-0 Liverpool. Liverpool were unable to find a way past 10-man Middlesbrough despite the best efforts of captain Steven Gerrard] I am a little bit frustrated. I think we played the last 15 minutes in their half. We controlled the game. We showed we could create chances and Steven Gerrard had four clear opportunities. It’s a pity. We controlled the game in the first half. Steven Gerrard could have had three or four goals. You know he has quality and pace and can score.

2009 08 10 Retrieve

[Liverpool Manager Rafael Benitez Offer His Condolences After Death Of Espanyol Captain Daniel Jarque] This is a very sad day and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Daniel Jarque and everyone at Espanyol

2014 11 01 Retrieve

[Rafael Benitez on Gonzalo Higuain before the striker hit a hat-trick against Verona] He’s a hungry lion in a cage and he must go out and eat something

2015 03 13 Retrieve

[Rafa Benitez on whether he’d prefer to win the Coppa Italia or UEFA Europa League] That is like asking if you love your mother or father more!

2015 10 17 Retrieve

[Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez after Allardyce claimed Liverpool’s 2006 UEFA Champions League win ‘was nowt to do with’ the Spaniard] Do you know who Sam Allardyce is? Do you know how many trophies he has won? Well that’s my answer. It is what happens when someone has a book to sell. His opinion does not have a lot of value

2016 03 24 Retrieve

[Rafael Benítez, Spanish football manager, in Farewell to a Legend: R.I.P. Johan Cruyff,] He [Cruyff] has been inspirational to me along my career. When I was giving my first steps as a footballer he was a myth, an icon to follow. Afterwards, when I became a football manager, Cruyff was one of my references

2016 11 26 Retrieve

[Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez praises Steven Gerrard and his career] We are talking about one of the big names in football and one of the best players I have ever had. He was a player who could play in different positions, he could score goals, he could pass, he could assist, he could tackle, he could be an inspiration for the rest of the team like in Istanbul. Thanks to him we won the Champions League in Istanbul. Everything I can say about Stevie has to be positive. And because he was worried about the way that I was pushing him, I will say, ‘Well done, Steve’

2018 03 12 Retrieve

[Newcastle United 1-2 Arsenal] We did really well in the first half. The feeling was we could get something, then we conceded an early goal - two moments of quality and it is difficult for us. The first half we were creating and pushing but you have to take your chances

That’s what happens when you have quality like they do, it is difficult for anyone. To react against a good team, you have to attack and push higher and you are more exposed.

It is a pity, still we are scoring and having chances. We knew it could be like that, it is tough. Where we are, we have to keep the belief the same way we did last season.

2019 05 13 Retrieve

[Rafael Benitez channels his inner Corporal Jones] We have to stay calm, don’t panic - like Dad’s Army - don’t panic and carry on doing your job because it’s a long, long season

2019 05 21 Retrieve

[What was the Miracle of Istanbul? Liverpool’s 2005 Champions League final comeback explained] My problem is that I don’t have words to express the things that I feel at this moment

2019 07 03 Tweet

[Former Newcastle United Manager Rafael Benitez on his move to Dalian Yifang] After a long path… We start a new challenge! I’m happy to begin this new project with Dalian Yifang