• Following spells at Real Valladolid, Osasuna, Extremadura and Tenerife with mixed success, Benitez was appointed Valencia manager in 2001.
  • Immediate success followed, Valencia won La Liga in 2001/02 season. Benitez picked up Manager of the Year from Don Balon and El Pais.
  • A rich vein of form continues in 2004, another league title is added plus a European trophy in the form of the UEFA Cup.
  • Lack of investment caused friction between Rafa and Valencia's club director so in June 2004 Benitez joined Liverpool.
  • It doesn't take him long to sprinkle his magic dust on the Reds, with the 2005 UEFA Champions League secured in dramatic fashion.
  • The Kop takes quickly to their Spanish coach, Benitez soon embraced as an honorary Scouser.
  • Benitez's reputation continues to rise as he helps guide Liverpool to the 2006 FA Cup, beating West Ham on penalties after drawing 3-3 in normal time.
  • European heartache for Benitez and co in 2007 as they come unstuck against AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League final.
  • Benitez convinces his countryman Fernando Torres to join him on Merseyside, the striker proves to be a huge success.
  • Not all of Benitez's transfer dealings prove so successful, Robbie Keane among those to struggle at Anfield.
  • Liverpool come agonisingly close to landing the Holy Grail in 2008/09, but the Premier League title eludes Benitez once again.
  • The beginning of the end for Benitez as the 2009/10 campaign sees Liverpool stumble to a seventh-placed finish.
  • Some supporters refuse to give up on their boss, confident Benitez remains the ideal candidate for the job.
  • Benitez waves goodbye in June 2010 after six years at the Anfield helm, opening the door to a new chapter in Liverpool's history.
  • A few days after leaving Liverpool, Rafael Benitez is appointed the new head coach of Serie A and Champions League champions Inter Milan.
  • In August 2010 a 3-1 victory over AS Roma in the Italian Super Cup lands Benitez his first silverware at the club.
  • Disappointment follows in the UEFA Super Cup, Inter lose 2-0 to Europa League champions Atletico Madrid.
  • The Spanish manager's position at the San Siro was under threat by the time Tottenham Hotspur beat his side in the Champions League.
  • Winning the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi is too little too late and the Spaniard is axed two days before Christmas.
  • Appointed as interim Chelsea manager following the departure of Roberto di Matteo
  • The appointment of Benitez proves to be unpopular with the Stamford Bridge faithful.
  • Benitez misses out on another Club World Cup winners medal when Chelsea are beaten by Corinthians in the final in Yokohama.
  • Despite a third place finish in the Premier League and winning the Europa League with a 2-1 win over Benfica, Benitez remained unpopular at Chelsea.

Rafael Benitez

Following spells at Real Valladolid, Osasuna, Extremadura and Tenerife with mixed success, Benitez was appointed Valencia manager in 2001.