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1) Which Real Madrid manager did Rafa Benitez assist in 1994?
Vicente Del Bosque.

2) Name two of the four clubs he managed in Spain before Valencia.
Real Valladolid, Osasuna, Extremadura and Tenerife.

3) What's the name of the fitness coach he met at one of those clubs who would become his assistant at Liverpool?
Pako Ayestarán.

4) Which Argentine did Benitez replace as Valencia boss in 2001?
Hector Cuper.

5) "I was hoping for a sofa and they've brought me a..." What was the end of that sentence in Rafa's criticism of the Valencia director of football?
Lamp.

6) Which future Champions League winner with Liverpool did Benitez have on loan at Tenerife?
Luis Garcia.

7) Who did Valencia beat in the UEFA Cup final of 2004?
Marseille.

8) Which defender was his first signing at Liverpool?
Josemi.

9) From where did Benitez buy Xabi Alonso for £10.5m that summer?
Real Sociedad..

10) Name two of the three players who came off the bench for Liverpool in the 2005 Champions League final.
Vladimir Smicer, Didi Hamann and Djibril Cisse.

11) Which underwhelming Benitez signing arrived at the club a year after he was actually signed after work permit complications?
Mark Gonzalez.

12) Which 2005 signing played for PSG in the Champions League this week?
Momo Sissoko.

13) Who was Arsenal's unlikely hat-trick hero when Liverpool suffered a 6-3 home defeat in the League Cup in January 2007?
Julio Baptista.

14) Who did Benitez sign in January 2007 who then started the Champions League final in May?
Javier Mascherano.

15) Which manager was famously offered the job of Liverpool boss by new owners during the 2007/08 season?
Jurgen Klinsmann.

16) What part did Brian Howard play in a poor 2007/08 season?
He scored Barnsley's winner in the FA Cup at Anfield.

17) Which player was signed by Liverpool for big money in the summer of 2008 when Benitez wanted Gareth Barry?
Robbie Keane.

18) Who scored the Everton goal that was missed by ITV that put Liverpool out of the FA Cup in February 2009?
Dan Gosling.

19) Which £1.7m signing - still at the club - was Benitez's last at Liverpool?
Jonjo Shelvey.

20) Which two Inter managers bookended Benitez's short reign at the club?
Jose Mourinho and Leonardo.

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