Daniel González Benítez
|Full name||Daniel González Benítez|
|Date of birth||7 April 1987|
|Place of birth||Palma, Spain|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Current club||Granada (on loan from Udinese)|
|2007–2008||→ Pontevedra (loan)||33||(1)|
|2008–2009||→ Elche (loan)||29||(1)|
|2009–||→ Granada (loan)||106||(17)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 November 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Palma, Majorca, Benítez began his career in the youth ranks of RCD Mallorca, but never appeared for the first team officially. In 2007–08 he was loaned to Pontevedra CF in Segunda División B, moving to Elche CF in the same predicament in the following season, in Segunda División, and being released by the Balearic Islands outfit afterwards.
In the summer of 2009 Benítez signed for Udinese Calcio in Italy, being immediately transferred to Granada CF with seven other players, after the two sides' partnership agreement. In his second season he scored a career-best ten goals in 36 games as the Andalusians achieved a second consecutive promotion, returning to La Liga after 35 years; his volatile character led to his receiving 13 yellow cards and two ejections.
Benítez failed to find the net during the 2011–12 season, starting in 26 of his 30 league appearances. On 5 May 2012, after the home game against Real Madrid ended (1–2 home loss), he threw a bottle at referee Carlos Clos Gómez which hit him in the face, eventually being suspended for three months.
- Le caen 3 partidos a Dani Benitez (Dani Benitez hit with three-match suspension); Granada official website, 5 January 2011 (Spanish)
- Dani Benítez, corazón rebelde (Dani Benítez, rebel heart); Marca, 15 June 2011 (Spanish)
- Real nick fiery clash; ESPN Soccernet, 5 May 2012
- El acta de Clos Gómez del Granada-Real Madrid (Clos Gómez's Granada-Real Madrid match report); Marca, 6 May 2012 (Spanish)
- Sanción ejemplar a Benítez (Exemplary saction on Benítez); Marca, 7 May 2012 (Spanish)
- Tres meses de sanción para Dani Benítez (Three-month ban for Dani Benítez); Marca, 9 May 2012 (Spanish)
- Granada official profile (Spanish)
- BDFutbol profile
- Futbolme profile (Spanish)
- Transfermarkt profile
- WorldFootball profile