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Benitez confirmed as Napoli manager

ESPN staff
May 27, 2013

Rafael Benitez has been confirmed as the new manager of Serie A side Napoli, the club's president has announced.

Benitez, whose final match as interim manager of Chelsea was Sunday's friendly against Manchester City at New York's Yankee Stadium, takes over at the Stadio San Paolo following the departure of Walter Mazzari after the club finished second in the Italian league.

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis wrote on Twitter: "Rafa Benitez is the new trainer of Napoli. A man with great international experience. A leader."

Former Liverpool and Valencia boss Benitez will be hoping his second stint in Italy is more successful than his first. After taking over at Inter Milan the summer after Jose Mourinho led the Nerazzurri to a league, cup and Champions League Treble, the Spaniard was fired before the year was out.

However, after spending time out of the game, the Spaniard rebuilt his reputation at Stamford Bridge. He came in on a temporary basis last November in the wake of Roberto Di Matteo's sacking and - despite vehement opposition from sections of the club's fans - led the Blues to automatic qualification for the Champions League as well as the Europa League title.

That trophy added to the 53-year-old's haul of trophies, which also includes two La Liga titles from his time at Valencia and one Champions League and FA cup each at Liverpool.

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