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Latest Stories Jen Chang: Liverpool needs to rethink approachupdated: Sat May 19 2012 11:14:00

After a season in which Liverpool narrowly missed out on the English Premier League title, it seems astonishing that the Reds, following their 2-1 loss to Manchester United on Sunday, are all but finished in the race for the final Champions League spot.

Coach Benitez sacked by Inter Milanupdated: Thu Dec 23 2010 14:03:00

Rafael Benitez's reign as coach of Inter Milan has lasted only six months after the European champions terminated the Spaniard's contract on Thursday.

Inter Milan coach Benitez on the brink of dismissalupdated: Tue Dec 21 2010 05:41:00

The future of Rafa Benitez looks to be hanging by a thread after Inter Milan's owner refused to back the Spaniard in an increasingly tetchy war of words with his under-fire coach. Gabriele Marcotti: Benitez under pressure at Interupdated: Sat Dec 11 2010 09:01:00

Two quotes to reporters -- in the space of a few days -- from Inter president Massimo Moratti neatly sum up why the bad old days may be back.

Stankovic hat-trick provides 'penicillin' for Benitez's ailing Interupdated: Sun Nov 28 2010 17:25:00

Inter Milan manager Rafael Benitez was delighted after the Italian champions ended a morale-boosting week with a 5-2 victory at home to Parma on Sunday which halted a run of four Serie A games without a win.

Eto'o head-butt adds to Benitez's woesupdated: Sun Nov 21 2010 18:39:00

The pressure on Inter boss Rafa Benitez intensified on Sunday as his team crashed to a 2-1 defeat to Chievo in Serie A.

Benitez targets silverware to win over Inter faithfulupdated: Thu Nov 11 2010 05:50:00

Rafael Benitez is hungry for success in his first season at Inter Milan and wants to silence his critics by filling the trophy cabinet for the Nerazzurri

You ask, Rafa Benitez answersupdated: Thu Nov 11 2010 05:50:00

CNN's Pedro Pinto asks Inter Milan coach Rafael Benitez questions submitted on the World Sport blog. Sid Lowe: Inter's Benítez a polarizing figure from time at Liverpoolupdated: Tue Sep 07 2010 12:01:00

The final whistle had barely blown on Liverpool's desperately bad 3-0 defeat at Manchester City on Aug. 23 when the message flashed up. A challenge was thrown down, a point made. Rafael Benítez had finally gone; those who wanted to see the back of him had got what they wanted and Roy Hodgson had taken over. But there was no immediate sign of improvement. In fact, Liverpool was even worse.

Inter give Benitez winning start with Super Cup triumph over Romaupdated: Sat Aug 21 2010 17:47:00

Rafael Benitez made a winning start to his career as Inter Milan coach as the European champions beat last season's domestic rivals Roma 3-1 in the Italian Super Cup at the San Siro on Saturday. Jen Chang: Benitez settles at Inter, Adu's future uncertain and other musingsupdated: Tue Aug 03 2010 22:23:00

NEW YORK -- By the time Rafael Benitez's six-year tenure as manager at Liverpool drew to a close this summer, it was clear to longtime observers that he was a changed man from the once quietly confident Spaniard who had first walked through the doors at Anfield. Appearing visibly stressed at times, the constant political infighting with the club's board and the continuous criticism from sections of the English media seemed to have finally taken its toll. When he succeeded Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan in June, one wondered if he would have been best served taking a year off and recharging instead.

Inter confirm Benitez appointmentupdated: Thu Jun 10 2010 08:50:00

European champions Inter Milan have confirmed the appointment of Rafael Benitez as their new coach.

Inter to appoint Benitez as managerupdated: Tue Jun 08 2010 16:39:00

European champions Inter Milan have announced that former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has agreed to become their new manager.

Liverpool confirm Rafael Benitez exitupdated: Thu Jun 03 2010 11:24:00

Liverpool have confirmed that manager Rafael Benitez is leaving the club after six years in charge at Anfield.

Benitez: Liverpool need five signingsupdated: Fri Apr 30 2010 07:21:00

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has admitted he needs five quality signings to transform his team into contenders for silverware on the domestic and European stage.

Benitez bemoans 24-hour Madrid tripupdated: Tue Apr 20 2010 09:48:00

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez says Thursday's Europa League semifinal against Atletico Madrid should probably have been postponed because of the travel mayhem caused by the volcanic ash cloud over Europe.

Benitez on the brink - a psychological profile of Liverpool's managerupdated: Wed Dec 23 2009 10:58:00

Festive cheer can be thin on the ground in the lead up to Christmas with an extra dose of stress heaped upon business managers already grappling with icy financial conditions and potentially bleak New Year prospects.

Mind games: Touchline psychologyupdated: Fri Dec 18 2009 05:05:00

The latest round of Champions League matches finds a string of top European managers on the verge of being dumped out of the competition - a failure that could cost them their job.

Torres backs Benitez to come goodupdated: Wed Dec 16 2009 09:22:00

Liverpool striker Fernando Torres has backed manager Rafael Benitez to turn the club's fortunes around and reiterated his desire to remain at Anfield for the foreseeable future.

Liverpool declare Benitez's job safeupdated: Wed Nov 25 2009 07:49:00

Liverpool chief executive Christian Purslow has declared Rafael Benitez's job as "under no threat" despite the club's European Champions League exit on Tuesday night.

Babel threatens to leave Liverpoolupdated: Tue Nov 24 2009 07:15:00

Dutch international Ryan Babel has threatened to leave English Premier League side Liverpool unless he is picked to play in more games by his manager Rafa Benitez.

Under-fire Benitez backed by Liverpool co-ownerupdated: Thu Oct 22 2009 12:21:00

Under-pressure Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has received the backing of the club's co-owner George Gillett amid speculation that the Spaniard is battling to keep his job.

Under-pressure Benitez rues Reds injury listupdated: Wed Oct 21 2009 12:41:00

Rafael Benitez believes Liverpool are facing the worst injury crisis of his tenure at Anfield ahead of their crucial English Premier League clash with bitter rivals Manchester United.

Benitez, guilty as a beach ballupdated: Wed Oct 21 2009 12:41:00

CNN's Uganda-based Liverpool fan iReporter Aldrine Nsubuga vents his spleen over his side's loss to Lyon in the Champions League.

Torres ruled out for crunch Lyon clashupdated: Mon Oct 19 2009 12:09:00

Liverpool will be without star striker Fernando Torres for the crucial Champions League visit of Olympique Lyon to Anfield on Tuesday.

Greek defender Kyrgiakos joins Liverpoolupdated: Fri Aug 21 2009 15:49:00

Greece international central defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos has completed his transfer to English Premier League side Liverpool after signing a two-year contract with the club.

Italy star Aquilani to have Liverpool medicalupdated: Thu Aug 06 2009 07:12:00

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez hopes that Alberto Aquilani will prove to be an adequate midfield replacement for Real Madrid-bound Xabi Alonso once he completes his move to the English club. The Limey: Liverpool learns high cost of Premiership businessupdated: Fri Jul 10 2009 17:59:00

Liverpool manager Rafael Benítez is not a happy man. In the past few seasons, he's had his own way in the transfer market, happily signing 3-4 big-name players each summer, spending an average of $70 million across the last four.

Benitez swipe at 'crazy' transfer marketupdated: Fri Jul 10 2009 11:13:00

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has hit out over 'crazy' transfer deals which are pricing his side out of the market.

Defender Johnson completes Liverpool moveupdated: Fri Jun 26 2009 14:42:00

Portsmouth's 24-year-old England international full-back Glen Johnson has completed his £17 million ($28 million) move to Premier League giants Liverpool on a four-year contract.

Off with his head! -- Football coaches under fire in 2008-09updated: Sat Jun 06 2009 12:24:00

Some of the world's top coaches had a torrid time this season.

Benitez 5 years onupdated: Fri May 15 2009 08:12:00

Liverpool Manager, Rafael Benitez talks to CNN about his first five years at the club, the Champions League and his plans for the future.

Rafael Benitez: Bidding for gloryupdated: Fri May 15 2009 08:12:00

If Rafael Benitez is a man who remembers his life by decades, it's likely he views the current decade as his greatest so far.

Ferguson launches stinging attack on Benitezupdated: Fri Apr 17 2009 13:10:00

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has launched a stinging attack on Rafael Benitez, branding his Liverpool counterpart as 'arrogant'.

Benitez targets Fergie ahead of Chelsea tieupdated: Tue Apr 07 2009 16:05:00

Rafael Benitez has accused Manchester United counterpart Alex Ferguson of being scared of his Liverpool side and talking "too much" about other teams.

Benitez reveals he almost quit Liverpoolupdated: Thu Apr 02 2009 08:15:00

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has admitted he almost quit Anfield before signing a new five-year deal last month.

Liverpool's backroom staff follow Benitezupdated: Fri Mar 27 2009 15:07:00

Five members of Liverpool's backroom staff have followed manager Rafael Benitez in committing their long-term futures to the Premier League title challengers.

Liverpool manager Benitez signs new dealupdated: Wed Mar 18 2009 18:02:00

Liverpool's Spanish manager Rafael Benitez has signed a new deal to keep him with the Premier League club until 2014.

Benitez in dilemma over risking Torresupdated: Fri Feb 06 2009 13:45:00

Rafael Benitez is facing a "big decision" over whether to risk star striker Fernando Torres for Liverpool's trip to Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday.

Benitez 'rejects' new Liverpool dealupdated: Fri Jan 16 2009 09:11:00

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has rejected the terms of a new contract at the Premier League leaders, according to a report.

Ferguson blasts 'ridiculous' Benitezupdated: Sun Jan 11 2009 15:43:00

Alex Ferguson poured scorn on controversial remarks about him by Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez as he celebrated Manchester United's 3-0 win over Chelsea which boosted his side's title challenge.

'Emotional' Benitez in Ferguson outburstupdated: Fri Jan 09 2009 11:52:00

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has launched an astonishing attack on his Manchester United counterpart Sir Alex Ferguson.

Benitez gives support to captain Gerrardupdated: Wed Dec 31 2008 12:06:00

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has given his full support to his captain Steven Gerrard in the wake of the midfielder being charged with assault and affray following an incident in a bar earlier this week.

Benitez to discuss new Liverpool contractupdated: Fri Nov 07 2008 10:08:00

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is to meet with the club's owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks in the next week to discuss a contract extension.

English Premier League Previewupdated: Thu Aug 07 2008 14:05:00's Football Fan Zone looks ahead to the new season in the English Premier League, which kicks off August 16. Jonah Freedman: Euro champs Man. United lock their claws on No. 1updated: Thu May 29 2008 14:07:00

A year ago in this space, we dropped the hammer on Liverpool, which had inexplicably defied the odds and advanced to its second Champions League final in three years. But seeing as the Reds lost out to AC Milan, managed only another fourth-place finish in the English Premier League and finished the season without a single trophy, it was a tough call to leave them on the Rankings. Not even another Rafa Benítez miracle could save them.

Alonso linked with move to Juventusupdated: Wed May 21 2008 11:36:00

Liverpool's Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso could be on the brink of a $24 million move to Italians giants Juventus.

Lee given coaching lifeline by Liverpoolupdated: Fri May 16 2008 09:41:00

Liverpool legend Sammy Lee has bounced back from his management disappointment by sealing a return to the club he helped dominate English football in the 1980s.

Drogba slams Benitez ahead of semifinalupdated: Wed Apr 30 2008 12:39:00

Didier Drogba stepped up the war of words ahead of Wednesday night's Champions League semifinal second leg by saying he had lost respect for Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez.

Benitez demands answers over futureupdated: Mon Apr 14 2008 11:32:00

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has reportedly held trans-Atlantic discussions with the club's American co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett over his future at Anfield.

Arsenal urged to show 'spirit of Milan' updated: Tue Apr 08 2008 11:30:00

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has called on his players to recapture the "spirit of Milan" as they bid to reach the Champions League last-four with a win over Liverpool. World Soccer: Liverpool's Babel reflects on Ajax, Benítez, ice bathsupdated: Wed Apr 02 2008 12:01:00

World Soccer's Gordon McKerrow catches up with Liverpool's 21-year-old Dutch winger Ryan Babel, who is enduring a whirlwind first season at Anfield.

Torres can match Ronaldo says Benitezupdated: Fri Mar 21 2008 17:21:00

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez believes that striker Fernando Torres can have as much influence on the outcome of Sunday's Premier League match at Manchester United as Cristiano Ronaldo.

Reds on a roll after cup humiliationupdated: Thu Feb 21 2008 09:37:00

"Rotation" has been the mantra at Anfield this season as Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has shuffled players from match to match like a nervous croupier.

Owners complete Liverpool refinancingupdated: Fri Jan 25 2008 12:36:00

Liverpool's American owners have finalized a £350 million ($692.7 million) refinancing package and insisted that manager Rafael Benitez has their full support.

Crouch salvages draw for Liverpoolupdated: Mon Jan 21 2008 17:47:00

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard admitted problems off the pitch are affecting the players after his side snatched a 2-2 Premier League draw at home to Aston Villa on Monday.

Gerrard hat-trick lifts Liverpoolupdated: Tue Jan 15 2008 17:41:00

Steven Gerrard fired a hat-trick as Liverpool thrashed crisis club Luton 5-0 at Anfield to book their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Liverpool 'admit Klinsmann talks'updated: Mon Jan 14 2008 10:30:00

Liverpool co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett targeted Jurgen Klinsmann about possibly becoming the Premier League club's next manager, according to a British newspaper.

Benitez defiant as Liverpool heldupdated: Sun Jan 06 2008 15:17:00

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez poured scorn on reports that he fears being sacked after his side had scrambled to a 1-1 FA Cup draw at third-flight Luton on Sunday.

Liverpool set for 'final' assaultupdated: Mon Dec 10 2007 16:09:00

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez says Tuesday's Champions League clash against Marseille will be like a final -- with only victory guaranteeing the Reds a place in the last 16.

Torres return boosts Liverpool bidupdated: Mon Nov 05 2007 16:50:00

Spanish striker Fernando Torres gave Liverpool a major boost when he returned to full training on the eve of Tuesday's must-win Champions League clash against Besiktas at Anfield.

Liverpool announce title ambitionupdated: Wed Sep 05 2007 22:50:00

Liverpool's 6-0 win over Derby on Saturday marked the first time the club had topped the English Premier League in five years.

Liverpool pair miss Toulouse matchupdated: Mon Aug 27 2007 00:37:00

Liverpool will be without injured captain Steven Gerrard and defender Jamie Carragher for their Champions League clash with Toulouse on Tuesday at Anfield.

Torres delights Benitez with goalupdated: Sat Aug 04 2007 07:39:00

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez praised record-signing Fernando Torres who scored his first goal for the Merseysiders in the 2-0 friendly win over Chinese side Shanghai in Rotterdam on Friday.

Benitez looks to strengthen squadupdated: Thu May 24 2007 07:50:00

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is ready to splash out in the summer transfer market to bolster his squad after their 2-1 defeat to AC Milan in the Champions League final in Athens on Wednesday.

Liverpool triumph in clash of culturesupdated: Thu May 03 2007 08:09:00

Tuesday's Champions League semifinal second leg between Liverpool and Chelsea was billed as a personal duel between the club's respective coaches, Rafa Benitez and Jose Mourinho. But the all-English showdown was also a clash of cultures.

Benitez scoffs at Real Madrid moveupdated: Thu Mar 22 2007 08:01:00

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has told their fans that he is "going nowhere" amid reports that he will be leaving Anfield to take over at Spanish giants Real Madrid.

O'Shea hits late winner for Unitedupdated: Sat Mar 03 2007 10:07:00

Substitute John O'Shea grabbed a stoppage time winner as 10-man Manchester United beat Liverpool 1-0 at Anfield to take a huge step towards securing the Premiership title on Saturday.

Heavy fog cancels Liverpool matchupdated: Tue Dec 19 2006 14:10:00

Liverpool's English League Cup quarterfinal against Arsenal was postponed on Tuesday because of heavy fog.

Benitez confident of Bellamy dealupdated: Tue Jun 20 2006 13:56:00

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has voiced confidence that Craig Bellamy will joing the club after being granted permission to talk to the Blackburn striker.

Manager Benitez signs new contractupdated: Fri Jun 02 2006 08:09:00

Liverpool have confirmed that manager Rafael Benitez has signed a new four-year contract to remain in charge of the club.

Benitez happy to stay at Liverpoolupdated: Thu Mar 16 2006 06:43:00

Rafael Benitez committed his future to Liverpool on Thursday even though he has yet to sign a new contract.

Benitez delight at Sissoko returnupdated: Sat Mar 11 2006 11:01:00

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has expressed his delight that injured Mali midfielder Mohamed Sissoko has returned to training.

Benitez is optimistic over Sissokoupdated: Fri Feb 24 2006 07:47:00

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has given an upbeat assessment on the progress of Momo Sissoko after the horrific eye injury sustained by the Mali midfielder against Benfica in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Luisao rattles holders Liverpool updated: Tue Feb 21 2006 16:25:00

Brazilian defender Luisao scored six minutes from the end Tuesday to give Benfica a 1-0 home win over holders Liverpool in their first-leg Champions League game.

Benitez stays despite bereavementupdated: Fri Dec 16 2005 10:13:00

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez will remain in Japan for Sunday's Club World Championship final despite the death of his father.

Hamann out after Essien challengeupdated: Fri Dec 09 2005 11:08:00

Dietmar Hamann has been ruled out of Liverpool's Premier League match against Middlesbrough on Saturday as he struggles to recover from a horrific tackle by Chelsea's Michael Essien in midweek.

Liverpool weighing up Baros offersupdated: Fri Aug 19 2005 12:21:00

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has confirmed that the club are weighing up bids from Aston Villa and Lyon for Czech striker Milan Baros.

Gonzalez refusal shocks Liverpoolupdated: Fri Aug 05 2005 15:43:00

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has admitted that he is stunned by the failure to secure a work permit for his new Chilean winger Mark Gonzalez.

Liverpool go cold on Figo transferupdated: Mon Jul 11 2005 12:52:00

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has cooled his interest in Portuguese star Luis Figo after Real Madrid insisted on a fee for the 32-year-old 'galacticos'.

Hungry Reds can make meal of Milanupdated: Tue May 24 2005 14:26:00

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez believes the hunger of his players to lift the trophy for the first time in 21 years could tip the balance against AC Milan in the Champions League final.

Benitez wants Liverpool to believeupdated: Tue Apr 26 2005 14:05:00

Manager Rafael Benitez says Liverpool must not develop a mental block about playing Chelsea when the sides meet in the Champions League semifinals.

Benitez dreaming of European finalupdated: Thu Apr 14 2005 06:20:00

Liverpool coach Rafael Benitez believes that his side can finally overcome English rivals Chelsea when they meet in the Champions League semifinals, after guiding the Anfield team to an outstanding quarterfinal triumph over Juventus.

Liverpool ready to call on Cisseupdated: Tue Apr 12 2005 05:16:00

French international striker Djibril Cisse could return to the Liverpool team during their Champions League quarterfinal against Juventus in Turin, even though he may be less than 70 percent fit.

Juan joins Leverkusen injured listupdated: Mon Mar 07 2005 13:09:00

Bayer Leverkusen's Brazilian defender Juan will miss the second leg of the Champions League clash with Liverpool on Wednesday because of an ankle injury.

Liverpool manager Rafa gets tough updated: Wed Feb 16 2005 10:01:00

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has warned his players that unless they start working harder and producing results they have no future at Anfield.

Liverpool set Morientes a deadlineupdated: Mon Jan 10 2005 14:39:00

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has warned he is unwilling to let protracted talks with Real Madrid striker Fernando Morientes over a possible move drag on.

Benitez must buy after Alonso blowupdated: Sun Jan 02 2005 08:50:00

Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso is ruled out for up to two months with the broken ankle he sustained in the 1-0 defeat to Chelsea on New Year's Day.

Xabi poised for Liverpool transferupdated: Wed Aug 18 2004 13:25:00

Liverpool hope to complete the signing of Real Sociedad midfielder Xabi Alonso by the weekend, manager Rafael Benitez has said.

Cisse must fight for starting slotupdated: Tue Jul 20 2004 06:33:00

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez plans to rotate his four strikers, Michael Owen, Djibril Cisse, Milan Baros and Florent Sinama-Pongolle, next season.

Valencia to sue ex-manager Benitezupdated: Tue Jun 29 2004 14:42:00

Valencia are to sue former coach Rafael Benitez for breach of contract after he quit the Spanish champions to manage English Premiership side Liverpool.

Benitez is named Liverpool managerupdated: Wed Jun 16 2004 10:28:00

Liverpool named Spaniard Rafa Benitez as their new manager on a five-year contract on Wednesday, ending weeks of speculation about his appointment.

Benitez quits as Valencia's coachupdated: Tue Jun 01 2004 06:29:00

Valencia's double-winning coach Rafa Benitez quit the Spanish champions on Tuesday and appeared set to join English side Liverpool.

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