Rafa gave a wide-ranging interview last week with Spanish journalist Guillem Balague, and he talked about several different things.
Rafa is married with two daughters, and he talked about how he is passionate about the game of football and cannot really help himself.
He told the story of when his daughter Claudia was born in the late 1990s, and he fed her during the night at three-hour intervals to give his wife a break.
And at the time he was the manager of Extremadura (1997-1999) and Rafa was able to watch some football videos on upcoming opponents while he fed baby Claudia.
Rafa Benitez talks to Guillem Balague in his Benton office
Here is what Rafa said to Balague, which has bee transcribed by the Chronicle:
“When I was at Extremadura and Claudia my daughter had just been born, my wife was very tired, so I was preparing the bottle, feeding her the bottle.”
“And at the same time watching the videos.”
“Then at 1:00am I was watching the videos, giving her the bottle, taking notes – then I did it again at the next feed at 4:00am or whenever.”
“My wife knows I am quite busy and that I like football.”
“Sometimes when we are getting together for a while, she knows what I am like, my daughters know what I am like.”
“I want to watch a game, and that’s it.”
“The difference is when I was a kid and my Dad wanted to watch the TV, I had to go to another room to watch the game.”
“And I have the same now, but because my daughters want to watch something instead!”
The actions of a fan who is passionate about football.
Newcastle fans can watch the video on Rafa, which took place in his office at Benton last week.
Here’s the YouTube video which lasts 53 minutes.
Jack Farish is currently studying for a Master’s degree in sport and exercise psychology at Northumbria University.
His thesis project looks at Premier League fans’ team identification – how well they support and identify with their team.
Jack has put together a relatively short questionnaire of team identification and satisfaction with life; it should take no longer than 10 minutes.
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