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Benitez names his biggest Liverpool challenge that Klopp is yet to face

Tuesday, Dec 25 2018
The Spanish boss has highlighted the biggest test he was confronted with during his stint with the Reds.
Former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has labeled Jurgen Klopp as 'fortunate' after comparing the Reds' current team with the squad he had during his tenure at the club. The 58-year-old manager will lead Newcastle United to a crunch Premier League encounter...


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Rafa Benitez to become Spain's new head coach?

Saturday, Jul 7 2018
The odds have been slashed for the Newcastle manager to take over La Furia Roja.
Former Liverpool, Chelsea and Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez is reportedly on the Spanish FA's radar to take over the national team. The 2010 World Cup winners are looking to put their house in order after a rather disappointing spell at Russia 2018...


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GUESS WHO'S BACK?: Fans react as Newcastle returns to English Premier League

Monday, Apr 24 2017
The Magpies earned their spot in the English top flight only one year after being relegated. This is the fourth time such a feat has been accomplished.
Newcastle United will be back in the Premier League next season, as the Magpies have secured their spot among the best teams in England after 44 games.

The team led by Rafa Benitez secured their spot in the EPL after a 4-1 win against Preston North...


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Rafael Benitez makes huge announcement to Newcastle United fans

Sunday, May 15 2016
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has made a huge announcement to the club’s fans.
Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has revealed his plans to stay with the Magpies despite being relegated to the Championship. The ex-Real Madrid boss revealed that he held ‘positive’ talks with the club and is willing to stay as long as the...


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Mourinho aims dig at Rafa Benitez over Real Madrid woes

Friday, May 13 2016
Mourinho has taken his beef with Rafa Benitez to the next level.
Former Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho is back in the headlines and this time round, it is not about his much-talked about move to Man United as Louis Van Gaal’s replacement. Instead, the well-travelled Portuguese boss has indirectly aimed the...


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Fans mock Benitez as Sunderland's win confirms Newcastle's relegation

Wednesday, May 11 2016
The Spanish tactician wasn't able to save the Magpies. Their relegation was confirmed after Sunderland's 3-0 win against Everton.
Sunderland's 3-0 win confirmed all the teams that will be relegated to the SkyBet Championship category next season, and one of those is Rafa Benitez's Newcastle. Goals by Patrick Van Aanholt and a brace by Lamine Kone killed the only lifeline Newcastle...


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Barcelona vs Real Madrid: Will Zidane end El Clasico debut curse on April 2, 2016?

Wednesday, Mar 30 2016
Real Madrid's last few coaches have all struggled in their first clash against Barcelona. Will French boss Zinedine Zidane put an end to this 'El Clasico debut' curse?
Almost three months after taking over Real Madrid's coaching job, Zinedine Zidane will not only try to end Barcelona's long unbeaten streak, but he will also try to end Los Blaugranas' dominance over any Real Madrid boss making his debut in El Clásico.

The...


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Newcastle legend believes the Magpies are doomed despite Benitez's appointment

Monday, Mar 21 2016
Former English striker Alan Shearer fears his former team will not avoid relegation by the end of the season, even with the former Napoli coach at the helm.
Things are not looking too good for Newcastle even under new management, according to one of the club's legends.

Fomer striker Alan Shearer shared his thoughts after the Tyne-Wear derby yesterday in his column for The Sun, and even if he saw some...


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Leicester City vs Newcastle: Rafael Benitez prepares to hunt The Foxes in debut game

Monday, Mar 14 2016
Newly-appointed Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez is set to guide his new side against table-leaders Leicester City on Monday in their Premier League fixture.
The former Real Madrid boss faces a tough task of lifting the Premier League side out of the danger zone. And to achieve this and so much more, he has already laid out a five-point plan which include the restoration of unity, restoration of confidence...


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From Real Madrid to Newcastle: Twitter Reacts to Rafa Benitez’s appointment as Magpies manager [TWEETS]

Friday, Mar 11 2016
The news of Rafa Benitez's appointment as Newcastle manager sent Twitter into a frenzy.
On March 11, 2016, Newcastle United officially announced former Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez as their new manager on a three-year deal after parting ways with Steve McClaren. This announcement was met by mixed reactions on social media as some fans...


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HE'S BACK: Rafa Benitez set to become Newcastle's next boss

Thursday, Mar 10 2016
The former Real Madrid manager has reportedly agreed to sign a three-year deal with The Magpies, who will sack Steve McClaren in the next few hours.
Just two months after being sacked by Real Madrid, Rafa Benitez seems to have secured himself a new job.

Reports from the Daily Mail and Spanish outlet As suggest that the former Liverpool boss will take over as Newcastle's new manager, hoping...


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Florentino Perez fires Benitez and appoints Zinedine Zidane as new Real Madrid boss

Monday, Jan 4 2016
The legendary French player will substitute Rafa Benitez as Los Blancos' manager, following a string of unsatisfying results and controversy on and off the pitch.
After days of rumors about who would be coaching Los Blancos for the rest of the season, Florentino Perez has surrendered and decided to sack Rafa Benitez as Real Madrid's head coach. 

In a brief press conference, the team's president revealed...


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Fans destroy Benitez's tactics as Real Madrid can't hold on to one-goal lead twice

Sunday, Jan 3 2015
Los Blancos seemed to be on the right track to win the game after Bale's header, but Paco Alcacer equalized just a minute later for the hosts.
Rafa Benitez's credit with Real Madrid fans is long gone. The Spanish tactician was heavily criticized as his team lost the chance to fight toe-to-toe for La Liga with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. With their 2-2 draw against Valencia, Los Merengues...


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Former Galáctico reveals Zidane 'dreams about coaching Real Madrid'

Saturday, Dec 26 2015
One of Zizou's team-mates during the Galácticos era believes the former playmaker could be the one to take over Rafa Benitez's position as coach.
Luis Figo backed up Zinedine Zidane's options about becoming Real Madrid's new coach. According to Figo, Zidane's appointment as the first team's manager is only a matter of time, considering he's always pictured himself as Los Blancos' boss.

"It's...


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Which top club coaches could be next in line after Mourinho's sacking?

Thursday, Dec 17 2015
Rafa Benitez and Louis Van Gaal seem to be the top choices for under-fire coaches in line to lose their jobs. Here's a detailed analysis.
José Mourinho's second term as Chelsea's manager was cut short today, and as disappointing as it may seem, fans and experts were expecting other coaches to be sacked first.

After Mourinho's dismissal as the Blues' coach, there are some other...


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'Florentino Perez usually lacks a bit of patience' -- Carlo Ancelotti

Wednesday, Dec 9 2015
The Italian coach did not talk about the rumors that link him with Bayern Munich, but he indeed claimed to be interested in coaching an EPL side.
Carlo Ancelotti discussed a couple of topics regarding his former team, Real Madrid. The Italian manager, currently out of a job revealed that Florentino Perez's personality used to get in the way of his decisions, mostly because he wants his coaches...


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Fans blast Benitez during Real Madrid's win against Getafe [VIDEO]

Saturday, Dec 5 2015
The Spanish coach was booed after his name was announced at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium
After yet another complicated week for Real Madrid under Rafa Benítez, the Spanish boss took the blame as Los Blancos' supporters jeered once his name was announced.

The under-fire coach has not been able to give fans the team they want...


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James Rodriguez could leave Real Madrid after growing frustrations by Rafa Benitez

Tuesday, Dec 1 2015
The Colombia international believes he has not showcased his full potential under Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez.
According to Spanish newspaper Marca, the talented forward, who was substituted for the umpteenth time against Eibar at the Ipurua, is probably seeking for greener pastures away from the Santiago Bernabeu.

The 24-year-old is reportedly frustrated...


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Ronaldo shines again as Madrid lets four goal lead slip vs Shakhtar

Wednesday, Nov 25 2015
The Portuguese striker was involved in all of Los Blancos' goals today, but the team's defense made it tight for them during the last minutes of the game.
Cristiano Ronaldo's performance became more relevant as Real Madrid's defense seemed to be thinking about something else. Today, the Portuguese ace ended his goal scoring drought to lead Los Blancos to what seemed to be a comfortable 4-0 win, but the...


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'Everyone in the team should put in a little more effort' -- Madrid keeper Keylor Navas

Tuesday, Nov 24 2015
The Costa Rican goalkeeper dismissed any rumors about a complicated relationship between the players and coach Rafa Benitez
Perhaps Real Madrid's slump is all about attitude. According to shot stopper Keylor Navas, not everyone contributes as they should when they are on the pitch, making it harder to provide the results their fans want. Speaking during the pre-match press...


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