Rafael Benítez Maudes, professionally known as Rafael Benítez, is a professional football manager who most recently managed Everton FC, a club in the Premier League, the top flight of English club football.

He has also managed both Real Madrid’s first and second teams, Real Valladolid CF, CA Osasuna, the now-defunct CF Extremadura, CD Tenerife, and Valencia CF, all in Spain; Liverpool and Newcastle United in England, Internazionale Milano and SSC Napoli in Italy, and Dalian Professional FC in China.

He also managed Chelsea FC, a club in the top flight of English club football, on an interim basis in the 2012/13 season.

Rafael Benítez teams coached

Rafael Benítez retired from active football early due to injury problems and joined Real Madrid’s coaching staff in 1986, at 26 years old. In a nine-year spell, he would go on to manage a number of youth sides and Real Madrid Castilla, the club’s B-team, before leaving to start his first team managerial career.

He has been a coach for 36 years and a first team manager for 27 years. He has enjoyed very famous successes and very famous failures in that long spell. Below is a list of teams coached by Rafa Benitez.

Real Valladolid CF

The first team Rafael Benítez coached was Real Valladolid from July 3, 1995 to January 25, 1996. After two wins, eight draws and 13 loses from 23 games, he was dismissed from the role.

CA Osasuna

Rafael Benítez managed Osasuna from July 1, 1996 to November 4, 1996. He was dismissed after managing only one win from nine games.

CF Extremadura

Rafael Benítez was the manager of Extremadura from July 1, 1997 to June 30, 1997. He was fairly successful at the club, leading them from the Segunda Division – Spanish club football’s second tier – to La Liga in his first season.

He only lasted one season in La Liga with the club as they were relegated to the Segunda Division in 1999. He quit after the season ended to study for one year before returning to management.

Benítez managed Extremadura for 92 total matches, winning 36, drawing 25 and losing 31.

CD Tenerife

Rafael Benítez was the manager of Tenerife between July 1, 2000 and June 30, 2001. In his one season at the club, he led them from the Segunda Division to La Liga.

He took charge of them for 45 matches in the 2000/01 season, winning 22 of them. Of the remaining 23, he drew 11 and lost 12 matches.

Valencia CF

Rafael Benítez managed Valencia from July 1, 2001 to June 30, 2004. He was appointed as the fourth choice option from among a pool of managers and the appointment turned out to be right on the money.

In his three seasons at the club, he won three trophies, one of which was their first La Liga title in 31 years. However, differences with the club’s sporting/football director over signings to be made led to him resigning from his role.

Benítez managed the club for 158 matches, winning 88, drawing 38 and losing 32. He won La Liga and the UEFA Cup (Europa League).

Liverpool FC

The biggest team coached by Rafa Benitez. Rafa managed Liverpool from July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2010. He was the first Spanish national to take charge of a Premier League side. He won the club over by first managing to convince club legend Steven Gerrard not to sign for Chelsea, before going on to win a number of trophies with Gerrard as his captain.

It was in his time as manager of the club that one of the moments of the Champions League, the Miracle of Istanbul, happened. Liverpool were three goals down to AC Milan at half time in the 2004/05 Champions League final but came back to equalize, send the game to penalties, and win 3 – 2 in the shootout.

The club was sold to new owners who did not get along with Benítez, which led to lots of issues off-field. On the pitch, his performances slightly dropped but he managed to reach another Champions League final before leaving in 2010.

Rafael Benítez managed Liverpool for 350 matches, winning 197, drawing 74 and losing 79. He won the FA Cup, the FA Community Shield, UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup.

Internazionale Milano

Rafael Benítez managed Inter Milan from July 1, 2010 to December 23, 2010. He had big shoes to fill after José Mourinho, who led the club to a treble in the previous season, left the club for Real Madrid.

However, poor performances in the Serie A led to him being dismissed by the club despite winning two titles in his six-month spell in charge of the club.

Rafael Benítez managed the club for 25 matches, winning 12, drawing six and losing seven. He won the Supercoppa Italiana and the FIFA Club World Cup in his time at the club.

Chelsea (Interim)

Rafael Benítez managed Chelsea from November 22, 2012 to June 30, 2013. He was appointed after the club dismissed Roberto Di Matteo to lead the club on an interim basis while they prepared for the next season.


He had a rocky relationship with the club’s fans due to his association with Liverpool but managed to lead them to a top four finish in the Premier League which guaranteed them Champions League football for the following season.

He also won the UEFA Europa League with them, making them the first English team to win all major European titles. This changed the fans’ perception of him as he was appreciated on the last day of his tenure as the club’s interim manager.

He managed the team for 48 matches, winning 28, drawing 10 and losing 10. He won the UEFA Europa League with the club.

SSC Napoli

Rafael Benítez managed Napoli from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2015 after signing on to manage the club on May 27, 2013.

He managed the team for 112 matches, winning 61, drawing 26 and losing 25. He won the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana with the club.

Real Madrid

Rafael Benítez managed Real Madrid’s first team, the club where he began his managerial career, from July 1, 2015 to January 4, 2016.

The club terminated his contract with reports citing unpopularity with supporters and the club’s senior players, as well as inability to get good results against top sides.

He managed the team for 25 matches, winning 17, drawing five and losing three.

Newcastle United

Rafael Benítez managed Newcastle United from March 11, 2016 to June 39, 2019. He was appointed to help them stave off relegation but he was unable to do so, despite a good run of form towards the end of the 2016/17 season.

He remained with the club in their EFL Championship season and led them back to the Premier League on the first time of asking by winning the league title.

He managed the team for 146 matches, winning 62, drawing 30 and losing 54. He won the EFL Championship with the club.

Dalian Professional FC

Rafael Benítez managed Dalian Pro from July 2, 2019 to January 3, 2021. He managed the Chinese team for 38 matches, winning 12, drawing eight and losing 18.

Everton FC

Rafael Benítez managed Everton from July 1, 2021 to January 16, 2022. He managed the team for 22 matches, winning seven, drawing four and losing 11.

Celta Vigo

Rafa Benitez was appointed manager of Celta Vigo on the 23rd of June 2023, marking his return to La Liga having left in 2004.

Rafael Benítez trophies won

During his career, Rafael Benítez has won 13 trophies. Here is a breakdown of the trophies he has won in his career.

TournamentTimes Won
La Liga2
FA Cup1
FA Community Shield1
Supercoppa Italiana2
Coppa Italia1
EFL Championship1
UEFA Europa League2
UEFA Champions League1
UEFA Super Cup1
FIFA Club World Cup1