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Antonio Benítez
Spanish football player

Antonio Benítez

Antonio Benítez
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Quick Facts

Intro Spanish football player
Was Athlete Football player Association football player
From Spain
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 2 June 1951, Jerez de la Frontera
Death 19 February 2014, Jerez de la Frontera (aged 62 years)
The details (from wikipedia)

Biography

Antonio Benítez Fernández (2 June 1951 – 19 February 2014) was a Spanish footballer who played as a left back.

Club career

Born in Jerez de la Frontera, Province of Cádiz, Benítez started his career with local Xerez CD in the third division. In 1970 he joined Andalusia neighbours Real Betis, immediately achieving promotion to La Liga as champions.

Benítez made his debut in the top level on 3 October 1971 in a 0–2 away loss against Valencia CF, and finished the season with 28 games and one goal as the Verdiblancos ranked in 13th position, being relegated the following campaign. Late into the decade, he would win the 1977 Copa del Rey, suffer another top flight relegation with his main club in 1978 and achieve immediate promotion back; during his early seasons, he played as a left winger.

Benítez retired from football in June 1984 at the age of 33, after only one game in two seasons combined with Betis. He appeared in more than 300 official matches for the club, and later worked in its youth system.

International career

Benítez gained three caps for Spain in as many years, courtesy of manager László Kubala. His debut occurred on 12 October 1974 in a 1–1 friendly with Argentina, in Buenos Aires.

Death

On 19 February 2014, Benítez died in his hometown. He was 62 yeard old.

Honours

Betis
  • Copa del Rey: 1976–77
  • Segunda División: 1970–71

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