Rafael González Robles
|Full name||Rafael González Robles|
|Date of birth||25 October 1970|
|Place of birth||Avilés, Spain|
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Born in Avilés, Asturias, Rafa started his career at Real Avilés Industrial in Segunda División. After the side's 1992 relegation, he moved to one of the biggest clubs in the region, Real Oviedo, but spent five seasons there (always in La Liga) without making more than three league appearances.
In the summer of 1997, Rafa joined Málaga CF, again meeting the same fate. However, he did appear in 31 games in his second year as the Andalusians promoted from Segunda División B to the top flight in only two years.
Rafa retired from football in 2007, after having played one season each for Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa, Sporting de Gijón, Oviedo (the club was now in Tercera División) and England's Coventry City. Previously, in the 2005 summer, he had an unsuccessful trial with Walsall, before securing a four-month contract at the Football League Championship team.
Following his retirement, Robles was immediately hired by another team in the country of his last club, joining Aston Villa as its goalkeeping coach in August 2007. He remained with the side until 2012, working with both the first team and academy's goalkeepers.