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Atletico vs Real Madrid: Simeone's chances of ending Rafa's unbeaten run

With zero losses to his name, Benitez will lead Los Blancos to the Vicente Calderon in Sunday’s Madrid derby. Does his first defeat await?
 When Real Madrid appointed Rafael Benitez as Carlo Ancelotti’s successor back in June, fans of the Liga BBVA giants were skeptical as to how their favorite team would fare under the reign of the Spanish manager.

However, the former Napoli manager, despite a shaky start in the International Champions Cup 2015, has proved he’s got what it takes to lead Les Merengues, as the club...

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Malmo vs Real Madrid: “Ronaldo guarantees us goals,” says Benitez

The Blancos boss threw his full support behind the Portuguese star, ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash, despite drawing blanks against Malaga.
Despite being merely one man in a 11-man team, whenever Real Madrid fail to score in a fixture, all blame is shouldered upon Cristiano Ronaldo, and last Saturday’s 0-0 draw to Malaga was no exception.

The Portuguese superstar failed to find the back of the net in their Santiago Bernabeu clash, as the goalless draw saw Los Blancos lose their grip on the lead to Villarreal, whom they now...

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Mourinho responds with scathing attack on Fat Rafa and his wife

From Benitez’s weight to Montserrat Seara’s inability to control her husband’s weight, nothing was off the table for The Special One.
Knowing Jose Mourinho and the type of character the Portuguese boss possess, none expected him to remain silent in the face of Montserrat Seara scathing attack.

Seara, wife to Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez, blasted the Special One and his coaching disasters, saying in an interview with Spanish newspaper La Region: "Real Madrid are the third of Mourinho's old teams Rafa has coached....

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BIG BLOW: Facebook post ends speculation Benzema is in London

An Instagram pic of Benzema in what appeared to be a private jet sparked rumors of an Arsenal switch. That all appears to be over now, however.
Despite being Real Madrid’s main and only senior striker, rumors continue to link French goalscorer Karim Benzema with a move to Arsenal, in similar fashion to the transfer that saw Mesut Ozil arrive at the Emirates two seasons back.

The attacker is yet to receive assurance from new manager Rafael Benitez over his role in the squad, with reports claiming the Spanish manager may shift Cristiano...

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Benitez loses his 1st game as Real Madrid boss, Twitter calls for his sacking

Many were not happy to see Los Blancos succumb to defeat at the hands of Roma in the International Champions Cup.
The managerial job at Real Madrid is no joke. A below par season, even a single loss can cost you your job. Just ask the previous manager Carlo Ancelotti.

So when Rafael Benitez was brought in to replace the Italian manager at the helms of the Bernabeu, much to the disliking of the fans and several players, everyone knew Rafa had to either deliver or risk suffering the same fate as Ancelotti.


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VIDEO: Pepe floors Ronaldo in training ahead of Roma vs Real Madrid

The team is in Melbourne, Australia for the International Champions Cup. Ronaldo had to get help from Varane to get up from the ground.
Real Madrid players started training in Melbourne for their International Champions Cup games in Australia. With all their stars getting ready for the 2015 season, they still find some time to fool around during training. 

During their practice in the land Down Under, Ronaldo pushed Pepe while they were setting up to play "Piggy in the Middle." It then seemed as if Pepe would...

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Ramos “untransferable” but still keen on a Real exit, reports MARCA

According to the Spanish news outlet, selling the Spanish defender and next-in-line captain is out of the question after Casillas’ exit.
Sergio Ramos, alongside fellow La Furia Roja team-mate David de Gea, have been dominating the summer transfer window rumors, with both players tipped to switch club and head in the opposite direction.

However, a recent report by Spanish media news outlet MARCA looks to smash all rumors of an exit for the Real Madrid defender, with the journal reporting that the player is “untransferable”.


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DONE DEAL: Casillas will leave Real Madrid to sign with FC Porto

After 25 years with Los Blancos, the legendary shot-stopper will say goodbye to the Bernabeu this Friday, where he will be joined by former team-mates Raúl and Guti.
Iker Casillas will finally end his stint as a Real Madrid player. After 25 years playing in La Casa Blanca's different categories, the shot-stopper is set to leave the club and join FC Porto after a deal was reached between the two teams. Sources in Spain indicate that the goalkeeper from Móstoles will be saying goodbye to fans and media on Friday evening, in a ceremony held at Santiago Bernabeu...

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REPORT: Casillas sets to leave Real Madrid after meeting with Benitez

Reports from the Spanish capital suggest the shot-stopper agreed to leave Los Blancos this summer, given David De Gea's signing is 'a matter of days'.
After much controversy surrounding his legendary status with Real Madrid, it seems like Iker Casillas has decided to leave the during the upcoming transfer window. Diario As, TVE, Cadena Ser and other sources have reported the shot-stopper held a meeting with Rafael Benitez, recently appointed as Los Blancos' new coach, in which he requested him to "ease" his departure from La Casa Blanca...

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Benitez in tears as Real Madrid announce the Spaniard as new coach

Wednesday, Jun 3 2015

Tags: Rafael Benitez, Florentino Perez, Real Madrid, La Liga

Los Blancos released an official statement on Wednesday, in which they revealed Benitez will be the new first-team manager.
It’s finally official. After weeks of speculation over who would be Carlo Ancelotti’s successor as Real Madrid boss, the club officially announced that they have signed Rafael Benitez as their new first-team manager.

BREAKING: Rafael Benitez appointed Real Madrid head coach on three year contract #SSNHQ

— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ...

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Iker Casillas will hold meeting with Benitez to decide his future

Tuesday, Jun 2 2015

Tags: La Liga, Real Madrid, Iker Casillas, Rafael Benítez

Even though Real Madrid's execs told the shot-stopper they would like him to stay, the Spanish international wants to speak with Los Blancos' new coach to decide if he stays or if he listens to other offers.
After one of his most controversial seasons as Real Madrid's goalkeeper, Iker Casillas' future with the club is still uncertain. Last week, Jose Angel Sanchez, one of the team's execs, told the shot-stopper from Móstoles that Los Blancos wanted him back for next season, despite their interest in signing David De Gea. With that in mind, Casillas decided to meet with Rafael Benítez, who...

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Benitez “happy” and in Madrid to complete Real deal

Monday, Jun 1 2015

Tags: Rafael Benitez, Real Madrid, La Liga

Discontent over Los Blancos' decision to choose the Spanish manager as Carlo Ancelotti's successor continues to grow among the fans, however.
It’s not officially official, but Spanish coach Rafael Benitez will be announced as Real Madrid manager, that is after the remaining terms yet to be discussed are smoothed over.

The former Napoli boss, having coached Partenopei’s last game in Sunday’s 4-2 loss to Lazio, which saw the Serie A side finish fifth and miss out on Champions League football, has arrived in Madrid...

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MADRID BOUND? Benitez announces he will only be Napoli's manager for one more game

His departure from the Italian club matches with the time that Real plans to announce its next manager. Benitez has decided not to extend his contract that expires this season.
Rafael Benitez has one last game to coach with Napoli before his contract expires and he has decided that an extension is not an option. After two years with the Italian side, his game against Lazio will be his last one and the move to become the next manager of Real Madrid seems inevitable.

Los Merengues plan to announce who their next coach will be next week. By then, Benitez will have finished...

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ALMOST OFFICIAL: Ancelotti's agent claims Benitez is 99% certain to become Real's manager

Florentino said that the next coach will be presented next week. Benitez' current team, Napoli, will end their season this weekend.
The speculation of who could be the next coach of Real Madrid began even before Florentino Perez announced that Carlo Ancelotti would not continue as the manager for Los Merengues. This Tuesday, his agent Ernesto Bronzetti talked to RAI Sport about the chances for Rafael Benitez to become the next coach of Real Madrid.

"Yes, it's 99 per-cent sure it will be him," Bronzetti said when...

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Rafa Benitez believes Reina will go back to Liverpool as Napoli “can’t afford him”

Friday, Jun 13 2014

Tags: Serie A, Napoli, Rafael Benitez, Pepe Reina

Due to his very high salary, outside the means of Napoli, Pepe Reina will go back to Liverpool this Summer, says Benitez.
In a recent interview by Rafa Benitez to the English radio ‘Team Talk’, Napoli’s coach talked about the future of his Spanish keeper, on loan from Liverpool. Napoli had a rather disappointing season, finishing third, 7 points behind Roma and 24 points from Juventus, despite De Laurentiis spending over €100M to build a competitive team.

Aurelio De Laurentiis presenting...

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FC Porto vs Napoli LIVE streaming: March 13, 2014 Europa League match

Porto's new manager is confident that his side can get another positive result in his second match in charge. Napoli may have other thoughts, so you will not want to miss this match live on Fox Sports 2 USA.
Preview: Luis Castro goes for his second victory as Porto's manager

The 2013/14 campaign has not gone according to plan, or at least how Porto and their fans would have expected. They are currently third in the Portuguese League, two points behind Sporting CP, and nine behind league leaders Benfica.

After a lot of speculation and mixed opinions, Paulo Fonseca was sacked from the club...

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Arsenal vs Napoli live: Watch Higuain vs Ozil in Champions League match - Oct 1, 2013

After having met in this summer's Emirates Cup, Arsenal and Napoli will lock horns in what should be an exciting UEFA Champions League match.
Preview: Great match guaranteed at the Emirates with two high-flying teams

When these two sides last met, there were a number of uncertainties in the Arsenal squad. Who was going to come into the squad ahead of the transfer window closing? Was Arsene Wenger going to be able to get rid of the players who have failed to impress?

Now that we are into October and the transfer window has come...

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What Rafa’s Cup Finals record says about Chelsea’s Europa League title

Wednesday, May 15 2013

Tags: Rafael Benitez, Chelsea

Regardless of how much he is disliked at Stamford Bridge, Rafael Benitez boasts an excellent record when it comes to Cup finals especially those in Europe.
Ever since he replaced Roberto Di Matteo as the manager of Chelsea, Rafael Benitez has faced the ire of the club’s supporters largely due to his past love affair with Liverpool and his rivalry with Chelsea favourite Jose Mourinho.

However, with the Europa League final drawing closer, Chelsea fans should be hopeful of some silverware at the end of the season as in the Spaniard, they have...

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Man United vs Chelsea : The history of the long running rivalry between Ferguson and Benitez

Premier League fans will witness yet another episode of the fierce rivalry between two of Premier League’s finest tacticians, as Ferguson’s United take on Benitez’s Chelsea at Old Trafford.
The duo will clash on Sunday night, when Chelsea enter Old Trafford hoping for a victory which will put them one point above Arsenal in third place. A victory will surely put the Blues in the driving seat for the Champions League spot and they will be eager to avoid the embarrassment of having to play in the Europa League next season.

The Red Devils will however have stern instructions from...

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Should Liverpool replace Brendan Rodgers with Benitez at the end of the season?

Friday, Apr 19 2013

Tags: Rafael Benitez, Chelsea, Liverpool

Rafael Benitez is set to leave his position as the interim manager of Chelsea at the end of the season which has led to speculation that the Spaniard could consider a return to Anfield.
As things stand in the Barclays Premier League, Liverpool are set to miss out on Champions League football yet again. This is indeed heart-breaking for the fans of a club that is the most successful side in England in terms of European silverware.

The last time the Reds won a European trophy was back in the 2004-2005 season when they beat AC Milan on penalties in what many people consider as...

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