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Pepe Reina
Pepe Reina vs Bolton 2011 (cropped).jpg
Reina playing for Liverpool in 2011
Personal information
Full name José Manuel Reina Páez[1]
Date of birth (1982-08-31) 31 August 1982 (age 31)[2]
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Napoli
(on loan from Liverpool)
Number 25
Youth career
EF Madrid Oeste
1988–1999 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999 Barcelona C 3 (0)
1999–2000 Barcelona B 41 (0)
2000–2002 Barcelona 30 (0)
2002–2005 Villarreal 109 (0)
2005– Liverpool 285 (0)
2013– Napoli (loan) 25 (0)
National team
1998–1999 Spain U16 9 (0)
1999 Spain U17 2 (0)
2000 Spain U18 1 (0)
2000–2003 Spain U21 20 (0)
2005– Spain 30 (0)
2000 Catalonia 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 December 2013 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:00, 16 November 2013 (UTC)

José Manuel "Pepe" Reina Páez (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpepe ˈreina ˈpaeθ]; born 31 August 1982) is a Spanish footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Napoli on loan from Liverpool,[3] and the Spain national team.

The son of famed FC Barcelona and Atlético Madrid goalkeeper Miguel Reina, Reina began his career with the Barcelona youth team and made his La Liga debut in the 2000–01 season. He signed for Villarreal in 2002, winning the UEFA Intertoto Cup twice. However, he soon moved on to Liverpool and made his debut in the 2005 UEFA Super Cup, which Liverpool won. He instantly became first-choice goalkeeper and went on to win both the FA Cup – where he saved three out of four West Ham United penalties in the final – and the FA Community Shield. In 2007, he reached the Champions League Final with Liverpool, matching the feat achieved by his father in 1974, but they lost to A.C. Milan.

At international level, Reina played for Spain's youth team, winning the UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship in 1999. He made his senior debut in 2005, and has generally been selected as the second-choice keeper behind Iker Casillas. He was part of the Spain squad for the 2006 World Cup and made one appearance in their victorious 2008 European Championship campaign, earning him his first international honour. He was later part of the Spain squads that won their first ever World Cup in 2010 and their third European Championship in 2012.

Reina had been an ever-present fixture for Liverpool in the league since the start of the 2007–08 season. He is also the record holder for appearances by a Spanish player in the Premier League, with more than 200 appearances in just the first five seasons, 108 of the 219 appearances being clean sheets.[4] In the 2010–11 season, he kept his 100th Premier League clean sheet for Liverpool, in a 3–0 win against Aston Villa.

Reina is well known for his distribution, and ability to save penalties. Reina has set a number of goalkeeping records for Liverpool and won the Premier League Golden Glove award for clean sheets in his first three seasons at the club.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Son of the former FC Barcelona goalkeeper, Miguel Reina, José Manuel began his football career in the youth academy of Barcelona, La Masia. From 1997 he played as a first-choice goalkeeper for the Barcelona reserve side, which then competed in the third tier in the Spanish football pyramid. In 2000 Aged 18 he was called up for the Barcelona first-team, after the first and second choice goalkeepers, Richard Dutruel and Francesc Arnau, suffered injuries. According to the first-team coach Serra Ferrer, who had called up Reina, the keeper showed great promise, but after a couple of months Ferrer was himself fired and Reina demoted from first team action.[5] Two years later, in 2002, he was loaned out to Villarreal, becoming their first-choice goalkeeper. Following some good performances, he caught the attention of Liverpool .


Reina playing for Liverpool in 2007

2005–06 season[edit]

Reina was signed by Liverpool from Villarreal in July 2005, with manager Rafael Benítez hailing him as "the best goalkeeper in Spain". Reina made his Liverpool debut against Total Network Solutions, now known as The New Saints, in the first qualifying round for the 2005–06 UEFA Champions League.

For the 2005–06 season, Reina took over as Liverpool's first-choice goalkeeper, relegating 2005 Champions League hero Jerzy Dudek to the bench. At the start of the season on 17 August 2005, Reina made his international debut for Spain in a friendly against Uruguay. Spain won 2–0.

The season turned out to be successful for Liverpool as they improved upon the previous year's league placing and won the FA Cup. It was also a huge success personally for Reina as he notched up Liverpool records. On 3 December 2005, Reina kept his sixth consecutive clean sheet against Wigan Athletic in the Premier League, to break the Liverpool club record for successive clean sheets in the Premiership era. He surpassed David James' record of five games, from the 1996–97 season. Reina's incredible run ended at eight league games, when Everton's James Beattie headed past him into the Liverpool net in Liverpool's 3–1 win over their Merseyside rivals, on 28 December 2005. Reina also broke Liverpool's consecutive clean-sheet record, with 11 between October and December 2005. Mineiro, of São Paulo, finally scored past him on 18 December 2005, during the FIFA Club World Cup Final.

A big talking point occurred on 5 February 2006, in a league game against Chelsea. Reina, having made a challenge on Eiður Guðjohnsen moments earlier, was controversially sent off for patting the face of Arjen Robben, who fell down theatrically,[6] described as "going down like he'd been sledgehammered" by pundit (and ex-Liverpool player) Alan Hansen. Liverpool ended up losing the game 2–0 and Reina was given a three match ban. On 16 April 2006, Reina celebrated his 50th appearance for Liverpool by keeping a clean sheet against Blackburn Rovers. As a result, he holds a Liverpool record for the fewest goals conceded by a keeper in their first 50 games. The previous record was set by Ray Clemence in 1970–71, when he conceded 32 goals. Reina conceded just 29. In May 2006, Reina was awarded the Premier League's Golden Glove award for keeping 20 clean sheets in the 2005–06 season.

In the final domestic game of the season – the FA Cup Final on 13 May 2006 – Reina made a number of errors to allow the Hammers to lead 3–2. Steven Gerrard saved Reina's blushes with a late equaliser, before the goalkeeper made a crucial save in extra time. The match ended 3–3 and went to penalties, where Reina saved three out of four penalties to gain the cup win.

2006–07 season[edit]

During the 2006–07 season, despite making early season blunders (most notably against Liverpool city rivals Everton in a 3–0 defeat), Reina's status as Liverpool's number-one keeper was further cemented by Dudek's conceding nine goals within a week in two cup ties against Arsenal. After the 2007 Champions League semi-final first-leg against Chelsea, Reina was awarded man of the match by Liverpool supporters thanks to a string of superb saves, including two stunning saves from England midfielder Frank Lampard. He repeated his good form in the second leg, keeping a clean sheet. The match went to a penalty shootout, where Reina reinforced his penalty-saving reputation, stopping two of the three Chelsea kicks as Liverpool won 4–1. On his return home from the match, he discovered his house in Woolton had been burgled. Three weeks later in Athens, Reina became only the third player to follow in his father's footsteps by appearing in a European Cup final. Reina signed a new deal with Liverpool – until 2012 – on 7 June 2007.[7]

In August 2007, Reina once again won the Premier League's Golden Glove Award for the second successive season, after keeping 19 clean sheets in the 2006–07 Premier League campaign.[8][9]

2007–08 season[edit]

Reina playing for Liverpool in 2009

On 2 February 2008, Reina became the quickest goalkeeper in Liverpool history to keep a half century of clean sheets. He hit the milestone during a 3–0 win against Sunderland, on his 92nd league outing, beating the previous record by three.[10] He then went on to tie with Petr Čech for the Barclays Golden Glove award for the season, but Čech was awarded the trophy with a better goals to game ratio. Reina signed a new contract with Liverpool, replacing his previous one. The contract keeps him at Anfield until 2016. About signing for such a long time he said "Why commit? Because I am happy here and I think the club is happy too. I see no reason to leave."[11]

2010–11 season[edit]

Reina got his 2010–11 season off to a mixed start, making some world class saves against Arsenal in Liverpool's opening Premier League fixture, before pushing Marouane Chamakh's effort into his own goal. Manager Roy Hodgson, club captain Steven Gerrard and vice-captain Jamie Carragher were all quick to get behind Reina and back him to not let the mistake affect his season. In the Europa League match against SSC Napoli, in the second half both Gerrard and Carragher were absent, so Reina once again captained the team to a credible 0–0 draw.[12][13][14]

It was announced by manager Roy Hodgson on 1 December 2010 that Reina would captain the Reds in their forthcoming match against Steaua in the Europa League. This was due to the absences of regular club captain Steven Gerrard and vice-captain Jamie Carragher. Reina captained Liverpool in the Premier League on 6 December 2010, in a 3–0 victory against Aston Villa.[15] This clean sheet gave him his 100th in 198 games, the fastest Liverpool keeper to reach this landmark. On 9 May 2011, Reina played his 150th consecutive league game for Liverpool. Reina was only one of two players to have played in all of Liverpool's league games for 2010–11 season. In June 2011, Reina had a double hernia operation.

2011–12 season[edit]

Reina announced on 3 September 2011 that he wanted to stay at Liverpool for another five or six years, because he and his family had settled in so well, and the people were so nice to him.[16]

On 26 February 2012, Reina won his second major honour with Liverpool, beating Cardiff City on penalties in the Football League Cup final.[17]

On 1 April 2012, Reina received a red card in a 2–0 defeat against Newcastle United due to violent conduct on Newcastle player, James Perch.[18] Reina hadn't missed a Liverpool league match for over five years.[citation needed] This resulted in Doni playing the next two games, against Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers (during the latter of which Doni was also sent off), meaning Doni became the first goalkeeper except Reina to play a league game since Daniele Padelli against Charlton Athletic on 13 May 2007. Reina also missed the FA Cup semi-final on 14 April, as did Doni as a result Liverpool's 3rd choice goalkeeper Brad Jones featured in their 2-1 win against Everton after goals from Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll


Towards the end of the 2012-13 season, rumours linked Reina with a move to FC Barcelona, to replace the rumoured departing Víctor Valdés whom it was suggested would sign for AS Monaco. However, although Reina had a deal in place to join Barcelona,[19] after Valdés decide to stay at Barcelona for another season, Liverpool in preparation had signed Belgian international keeper Simon Mignolet from Sunderland.[20] As a result, on 26 July 2013 Reina completed a loan move to the Serie A side S.S.C. Napoli, a move that reunited him with his former Liverpool manager Rafael Benítez.[21]

On 3 August 2013, he saved a penalty from Lukas Podolski against Arsenal during a game in the Emirates Cup.

During a 2-1 win over AC Milan on 22 September 2013, Reina became the first goalkeeper ever to save a Mario Balotelli penalty in a competitive match.[22]

On the 28th of September, the former Villareal keeper declared that his Liverpool days were over, he continued, At the moment it's difficult to think about being a Liverpool player next year. They have a young goalkeeper in Simon Mignolet and the manager prefers him to me. That's the reason why I'm here and he will be at the club next year as well. There's no reason to think I'll be a Liverpool player from now on but we'll see where the future takes us. It's been a good move so far and I don't regret what happened. I would have preferred to say goodbye in a different way. [23]

International career[edit]

Reina with Spain national team celebrates winning the UEFA Euro 2012

Reina has been a regular in the Spain national team since 2005, mostly as second-choice keeper after Iker Casillas. He was part of the team that won the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2008 and 2012 European Championships.

In October 2008, he and Casillas together broke the national record for the longest time spent without conceding a goal. The pair went unbeaten for 710 minutes, longer than the legendary Andoni Zubizarreta and Francisco Buyo. Wesley Sonck of Belgium ended their goalless streak when he scored against Spain in a World Cup qualifying match in 2010.

Personal life[edit]

Reina married longtime girlfriend Yolanda Ruiz in Córdoba on 19 May 2006,[24] before joining up with the Spanish national squad for the 2006 World Cup. The couple have four children, Grecia (born 25 February 2007), Alma (born 30 July 2008), Luca (born 26 May 2011) and Thiago (born 23 March 2013). Reina was the former next door neighbour of Chelsea F.C. striker and Spanish international teammate Fernando Torres. When he was at Liverpool, he was neighbours with teammate Luis Suárez. He also used to live next door to Maxi Rodríguez before Maxi returned to Argentina.

His father Miguel Reina was in goal for Atlético Madrid in the 1974 European Cup Final which they lost to FC Bayern Munich 4–0 in a replay after the first match finished 1–1.

Although a steely and serious figure as goalkeeper, Reina is known for his exuberant, jester-like character off the pitch, often entertaining his teammates with jokes and songs,[25][26] and famously acting as a crowd-pleasing master of ceremonies at Spain's official victory celebrations following the 2008 European Championship,[27] the 2010 World Cup[28] and the 2012 European Championship.

Reina is a very close friend of his Spanish international teammate David Villa.[29] They can often be seen spending time together or celebrating victories.[30][31]

Club appearances[edit]

As of 8 April 2014.[32]
Club Season League1 Cup2 League Cup UEFA3 Total
Apps Goals Cl.S. Apps Goals Cl.S. Apps Goals Cl.S. Apps Goals Cl.S. Apps Goals Cl.S.
Barcelona 2000–01 19 0 5 7 0 4 0 0 0 7 0 3 33 0 12
2001–02 11 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 2 16 0 6
Villarreal 2002–03 33 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 37 0 9
2003–04 38 0 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0 6 50 0 17
2004–05 38 0 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0 6 49 0 20
Spain Total 139 0 43 8 0 4 0 0 0 38 0 17 185 0 64
Liverpool 2005–06 32 0 20 5 0 2 0 0 0 13 0 7 534 0 30
2006–07 35 0 19 0 0 0 1 0 0 14 0 7 515 0 26
2007–08 38 0 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0 6 52 0 24
2008–09 38 0 20 2 0 0 0 0 0 11 0 5 51 0 25
2009–10 38 0 17 1 0 0 0 0 0 13 0 4 52 0 21
2010–11 38 0 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 11 0 5 50 0 19
2011–12 34 0 12 5 0 0 7 0 2 0 0 0 46 0 14
2012–13 31 0 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 3 39 0 17
England Total 284 0 134 14 0 2 8 0 2 84 0 37 394 0 176
Napoli 2013–14 25 0 8 3 0 2 0 0 0 9 0 0 32 0 8
Italy Total 25 0 8 3 0 2 0 0 0 9 0 0 32 0 8
Total 448 0 186 25 0 8 8 0 2 131 0 54 621 0 252
1Including La Liga, Premier League and Serie A.
2Including Copa del Rey and FA Cup.
3Including UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.
4Includes two Club World Championship appearances.
5Includes one Community Shield appearance.

Cl.S. – Clean sheets.





Spain U-16




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  11. ^é Manuel-reina-signs-new-six-year-deal-at-liverpool-fc-92534-26197801/
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  13. ^ "Stevie: Reina will make up for it – Liverpool FC". 16 August 2010. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  14. ^ Manuel-will-bounce-back
  15. ^ "Reina to skipper Reds – Liverpool FC". 1 December 2010. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  16. ^ "Kenny Dalglish upbeat over fitness of Gerrard and Reina". BBC Sport. 11 July 2011. Retrieved 12 July 2011. 
  17. ^ "Reds win Carling Cup on penalties". ESPN Soccernet. 26 February 2012. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  18. ^ "Liverpool take an April fall". ESPN Soccernet. 1 April 2012. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  19. ^ "'Pepe Reina had Barcelona agreement before joining Napoli'". inside World Soccer. 10 November 2013. 
  20. ^ Sky Sports |url= missing title (help). 
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  22. ^ "Pepe Reina ends Mario Balotelli's successful penalty streak". inside World Soccer. 23 September 2013. 
  23. ^
  24. ^ – May 2006
  25. ^ Reina celebrates on the plane after winning the European Cup, 2008
  26. ^ Reina sings to Iker Casillas and his girlfriend after winning the 2010 World Cup
  27. ^ Video: José Manuel Reina MC's Spain's 2008 European Championship victory celebration
  28. ^ Video: José Manuel Reina MC's Spain's 2010 World Cup victory celebration
  29. ^ v=T8DSb0cjHz0 Video: Pictures of Pepe Reina and David Villa
  30. ^ Video: Pepe Reina and David Villa with their faimilies at the beach
  31. ^ Video: Pepe Reina and David Villa singing to Iker Casillas
  32. ^ "Games played by Pepe Reina". SoccerBase. 18 November 2013. 
  33. ^ "Royal Order of Sporting Merit 2011". 

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