Pepe Reina

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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 team
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)
2013–2014 Napoli (loan) 29 (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 33 (0)
2000 Catalonia 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 June 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 June 2014

José Manuel "Pepe" Reina Páez (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpepe ˈreina ˈpaeθ]; born 31 August 1982) is a Spanish footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for English club Liverpool, 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.

Following eight consecutive seasons as Liverpool's first-choice keeper, Reina spent the 2013-14 season on loan at Napoli, where he was reunited with Rafa Benítez, the coach who signed him to play for Liverpool in 2005. During his loan tenure at the Italian club, Reina was part of the side that won the 2014 Italian Cup and finished third in the domestic league.

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, as well as playing at the 2014 World Cup.

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.[3] 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]

Barcelona[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, At the age of 18, he was called up for the Barcelona first-team, after the first and second choice goalkeepers, Richard Dutruel and Francesc Arnau, suffered injuries. He made his debut as a substitute for Durtruel in a 3–3 draw with Celta de Vigo on 2 December 2000.[4] He made 19 appearances in the remainder of the 2000–01 La Liga season and appeared seven times in the 2000–01 UEFA Cup,[4] where Barça lost to Reina's future team Liverpool at the semi-final stage.[5]

Reina made 16 appearances for the club during the 2001–02 season, serving as understudy to Roberto Bonano.[4] On 31 October 2001, he made his UEFA Champions League debut in Barcelona's 1–0 group stage win against Fenerbahçe at Camp Nou.[6]

After signing the German goalkeeper Robert Enke, Barcelona told Reina he was free to leave the club.[7]

Villarreal[edit]

In July 2002, he joined Villarreal CF and went on to spend three seasons with the Valencian club.[8] In 2004, Villarreal reached the semi-final of the UEFA Cup and, in Reina's final season at the club, he helped El Submarino Amarillo to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in its history.[4]

Liverpool[edit]

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 Final 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 made 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 Premier League. He surpassed David James' record of five games, from the 1996–97 season. Reina's run ended at eight league games, when James Beattie scored for Everton in Liverpool's 3–1 Merseyside derby win on 28 December 2005. Reina also broke Liverpool's clean sheet record in all competitions, with 11 between October and December 2005. Mineiro, of São Paulo, finally scored past him on 18 December 2005, during the 2005 FIFA Club World Cup final.

On 5 February 2006, in a league game against Chelsea. Reina, having made a challenge on Eiður Guðjohnsen moments earlier, was sent off for violent conduct against Arjen Robben, who fell to the floor,[9] described as "going down like he'd been sledgehammered" by pundit Alan Hansen. Liverpool ended up losing the game 2–0 and Reina was given a three match suspension. 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 goalkeeper in his 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 2006 FA Cup Final on 13 May 2006 – Reina made a number of errors to allow West Ham United to lead 3–2. Steven Gerrard took the match to extra time with a late equaliser. 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 errors (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 saves from 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. Liverpool failed to win the trophy for a sixth time, losing 2–1 to A.C. Milan. Reina signed a new five year contract Liverpool on 7 June 2007.[10]

In August 2007, Reina 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.[11][12]

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.[13]

He played all 38 Premier League matches for Liverpool and won his third consecutive Golden Glove award with 18 clean sheets.[14]

2008–09 season[edit]

Reina played every minute of Liverpool's 2008–09 Premier League season, keeping 20 clean sheets,[14] as the team finished as league runners-up with 80 points.[15] On 22 March 2009, Reina kept his 100th clean sheet for Liverpool in a Premier League match against Aston Villa.[16] During the match, he assisted a goal for Albert Riera with a long pass in Liverpool's 5–0 win.[17]

2009–10 season[edit]

Reina again played all 38 matches during the 2009–10 Premier League season, keeping 17 clean sheets.[18] He tied with Petr Čech for the Golden Glove award for the season, but Čech was awarded the trophy with a better goals to game ratio. He was named as Liverpool's Player of the Season for 2009–10 with 75% of the vote.[18]

On 17 October 2009, Liverpool were beaten 1–0 by Sunderland with a goal from Darren Bent, which was deflected past Reina via a beach ball thrown from the crowd.[19]

In April 2010, Reina signed a new six-year contract with Liverpool.[20]

2010–11 season[edit]

Reina got his 2010–11 season off to a poor start, with a late own goal to give Arsenal a 1–1 draw in Liverpool's opening Premier League fixture. 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.[21][22][23]

Reina captained the team in Europa League matches against Napoli and FC Steaua București due to the absences of Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher. On 6 December 2010, Reina captained Liverpool in the Premier League in a 3–0 victory against Aston Villa.[24] This clean sheet gave him his 100th in 198 league matches, the fastest Liverpool keeper to reach this landmark.[25]

On 9 May 2011, Reina played his 150th consecutive league game for Liverpool.[26] He was one of only two players to have played in all of Liverpool's league games for 2010–11 season.[15] In June 2011, Reina underwent double hernia surgery.[27]

2011–12 season[edit]

Reina announced on 3 September 2011 that he wanted to stay at Liverpool for another five or six years.[28]

On 29 November 2011, Reina broke the club record for most clean sheets in a 2–0 Football League Cup quarter-final win over Chelsea. The record had previously been held by Ray Clemence and Bruce Grobelaar.[29]

On 26 February 2012, Reina won his second major honour with Liverpool, beating Cardiff City on penalties in the 2012 Football League Cup Final.[30]

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.[31] Reina's suspension ended his streak of 183 consecutive Premier League appearances which had begun in August 2007.[32] He missed Premier League matches against Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers, as well as the FA Cup semi-final against Everton on 14 April.[33]

On 5 May, he started for Liverpool in their 2–1 2012 FA Cup Final defeat to Chelsea.[34]

2012–13 season[edit]

On 30 August 2013, Reina made a mistake in a 1–1 draw against Heart of Midlothian in the Europa League to give the Edinburgh club the lead at Anfield.[35] He made another error against Manchester City at the City of Manchester Stadium, allowing Sergio Agüero to score a late equaliser in a 2–2 draw on 3 February 2013.[36]

Towards the end of the 2012–13 season, rumours suggested that Víctor Valdés was to leave Barcelona for Monaco and Reina was to be his replacement. According to his father, an agreement had been reached for Reina to sign, but when Valdés chose to stay at Barcelona for another season, no move took place.[37] In anticipation of Reina's departure, Liverpool had signed Belgian international keeper Simon Mignolet from Sunderland.[38] As a result, on 29 July 2013, Reina completed a loan move to Serie A side Napoli, a move that reunited him with his former Liverpool manager Rafael Benítez.[39]

Napoli[edit]

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

During a 2–1 win over A.C. Milan on 22 September 2013, Reina saved a Mario Balotelli penalty, the first goalkeeper ever to do so in a competitive match.[40]

On 28 September, Reina declared that his Liverpool career was 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.[41]

On 3 May 2014, Reina won the Coppa Italia with Napoli in a 3-1 win against Fiorentina.[42]

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.

With Spain's elimination already confirmed, Reina was selected to start in Spain's final group match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, keeping a clean sheet against Australia in a 3–0 win.[43]

Personal life[edit]

Reina married longtime girlfriend Yolanda Ruiz in Córdoba on 19 May 2006,[44] 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.[citation needed] When he was at Liverpool, he was neighbours with teammate Luis Suárez.[citation needed] He also used to live next door to Maxi Rodríguez before Maxi returned to Argentina.[citation needed]

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,[45][46] and famously acting as a crowd-pleasing master of ceremonies at Spain's official victory celebrations following the 2008 European Championship,[47] the 2010 World Cup[48] and the 2012 European Championship.

Reina is a very close friend of his Spanish international teammate David Villa.[49] They can often be seen spending time together or celebrating victories.[50][51]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 8 April 2014.[52]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcelona 2000–01 La Liga 19 0 7 0 0 0 7 0 33 0
2001–02 La Liga 11 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 16 0
Total 30 0 8 0 0 0 11 0 49 0
Villarreal 2002–03 La Liga 33 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 37 0
2003–04 La Liga 38 0 0 0 0 0 12 0 50 0
2004–05 La Liga 38 0 0 0 0 0 11 0 49 0
Total 109 0 0 0 0 0 27 0 136 0
Liverpool 2005–06 Premier League 32 0 5 0 2 0 13 0 53 0
2006–07 Premier League 35 0 0 0 1 0 14 0 51 0
2007–08 Premier League 38 0 0 0 0 0 14 0 52 0
2008–09 Premier League 38 0 2 0 0 0 11 0 51 0
2009–10 Premier League 38 0 1 0 0 0 13 0 52 0
2010–11 Premier League 38 0 1 0 0 0 11 0 50 0
2011–12 Premier League 34 0 5 0 7 0 2 0 46 0
2012–13 Premier League 31 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 39 0
Total 284 0 14 0 8 0 84 0 394 0
Napoli (loan) 2013–14 Serie A 29 0 3 0 0 0 9 0 41 0
Career total 448 0 25 0 8 0 131 0 621 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Villarreal
Liverpool
Napoli

International[edit]

Spain
Spain U-16

Individual[edit]

Decorations[edit]

References[edit]

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  44. ^ www.bendykopsit.com – May 2006
  45. ^ Reina celebrates on the plane after winning the European Cup, 2008
  46. ^ Reina sings to Iker Casillas and his girlfriend after winning the 2010 World Cup
  47. ^ Video: José Manuel Reina MC's Spain's 2008 European Championship victory celebration
  48. ^ Video: José Manuel Reina MC's Spain's 2010 World Cup victory celebration
  49. ^ v=T8DSb0cjHz0 Video: Pictures of Pepe Reina and David Villa
  50. ^ Video: Pepe Reina and David Villa with their faimilies at the beach
  51. ^ Video: Pepe Reina and David Villa singing to Iker Casillas
  52. ^ Pepe Reina career stats at Soccerbase
  53. ^ "Royal Order of Sporting Merit 2011". 

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