Officially, Rafa Benitez is the new Everton coach. The Spanish expert signed a three-year contract and made one of the most controversial moves in English football. In the previous days, such a move by the management of the club from Liverpool was announced, which, as expected, met with a negative reaction from Reds fans.
The Spanish expert worked at Anfield from 2004 to 2010 and won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005. A couple of days ago, a banner appeared near his house, on which was a warning: "We know where you live, don't sign."
Still, he signed. He was introduced at Goodison Park as the successor of Carlo Ancelotti, who returned to Real Madrid. It is interesting that he defeated the Italian expert with Liverpool in the famous Istanbul final of the Champions League in 2005.
Ancelotti had a three-goal advantage with Milan at halftime, in the second half, Benitez's team equalized and finally celebrated after a better penalty shootout. The experienced Spaniard will start working in the new club on July 5, when the first gathering of the team is scheduled before the start of preparations.
Benitez started his career leading the reserve team of Real Madrid, then he worked in Valladolid, Osasuna, Extremadura, Tenerife, and Valencia, with which he won two titles in the Primera and a trophy in the Uefa Cup.
After that, he went to Anfield, where he won the title in the Champions League in the first season. With the Reds, he won another trophy in the FA Cup, the Comunity Shield, and the UEFA Super Cup, and he played another final of the elite competition (defeated by Milan in 2007).
He worked at Inter, Chelsea, Napoli, Real Madrid, and Newcastle, before going to China in July 2019 and taking over Dalian. At the beginning of the year, he was left without a club, but he aimed to return to the Premier League.
He succeeded but he still took over the bench of the biggest rival of his former club. He pointed out that he was very pleased to get a job at Goodison. "I am delighted to come to Everton. I was impressed by the ambition of the most important people in the club and their desire to make a success with this historic team.
I think good things are being done here. I am determined to play a big role in achieving the ambitions of this club." Of course, this caused great astonishment in the world of sports, and Liverpool fans will certainly not forget this thing. It is certain that we will have interesting duels between Liverpool and Everton next season, especially at Anfield.