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José Manuel Reina Páez (born 31 August 1982), commonly known as Pepe Reina, is a Spanishmarker footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for the English Premier League club Liverpool F.C. and the Spain national team.

The son of famed FC Barcelona and Atlético Madrid goalkeeper Miguel Reina, José Reina began his career with the FC Barcelona youth team and made his La Liga debut in the 2000–01 season. He signed for Villarreal in 2004. However, he soon moved on to Merseyside club Liverpool, making his debut in 2005 and instantly becoming first-choice goalkeeper. Reina won his first major honour in 2006, saving three out of four penalties in the final to help win the FA Cup. In 2007, he reached the Champions League Final, matching the feat achieved by his father in 1974, but the team lost to A.C. Milan. Reina has set a number of goalkeeping records for Liverpool and he won the Premier League Golden Glove award for clean sheets in his first three seasons at the club.

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 Euro 2008 campaign, earning him his first international honour.

Club career

Early career

Although Reina is from Madridmarker, he began his football career with Catalan giants FC Barcelona. He does, however, remain a professed Atlético Madrid supporter. Reina was sent on loan to Villareal CF in 2002, becoming their first-choice goalkeeper. After two years of first team experience with Barcelona, he signed for Villareal to gain further first-team experience. Following some good performances, he caught the attention of Liverpool and became the third Spaniard signed by coach Rafael Benítez after Xabi Alonso and Luis García.

Liverpool F.C.

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 F.C., 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 same season, on 17 August 2005, Reina made his international debut for Spain in a friendly match against Uruguay. Spain won 2–0.

The season turned out to be a successful one 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 various new Liverpool records. On 3 December 2005, Reina kept his sixth consecutive clean sheet, against Wigan Athletic F.C. 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 F.C.'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 FC'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 in the season 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., 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 ban.

On 16 April 2006, Reina celebrated his 50th appearance for Liverpool by keeping a clean sheet against Blackburn Roversmarker. 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.

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 Wooltonmarker 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.

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 Barclays Premier League campaign.

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.

During 2008, Reina also won his third consecutive Barclays Golden Gloves, after keeping eighteen clean sheets during the season.

On 22 March 2009, Reina became the quickest goalkeeper in Liverpool history to keep 100 clean sheets in all competitions. He hit that milestone during a 5-0 win against Aston Villa on his 197th appearance for Liverpool in all competitions.

On 2nd Nov 2009, it was reported on Liverpool's official site that Reina was about to sign an extension of contract. He told, "Rafa Benitez is building something special here. He proved that when he came here - the club was one thing and now it's something totally different. We have grown up and we can still grow up a little bit more."

The new contract will see that he get an additional £35,000 over his current salary of £60,000 per week.

International career

Reina has been a regular in the Spain squad, mostly as the second choice keeper after Iker Casillas. He was part of the team that won the Euro 2008. He played a full game against Greece which Spain won 2–1.

In October 2008, he and Casillas broke the national record for the longest time spent without conceding a goal. They 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 them in a 2010 World Cup qualifying match.

Personal life

Reina married longtime girlfriend Yolanda Ruiz in Córdobamarker on 19 May 2006, before joining up with the Spanish national squad for the 2006 World Cup. The couple have two daughters, Grecia (born February 25 2007) and Alma (born July 30 2008). He is also the next door neighbour of Liverpool striker and Spanish international Fernando Torres.

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.


  • Correct as of 30 November 2009
(Cl.S. = Clean sheets)

Club Performance
Club Season Premiership FA Cup League Cup Europe Others Total
App Cl.S. App Cl.S. App Cl.S. App Cl.S. App Cl.S. App Cl.S.
Liverpool FC 2009–10 14 4 0 0 0 0 5 2 0 0 19 6
2008–09 38 20 2 0 0 0 11 5 0 0 51 25
2007–08 38 18 0 0 0 0 14 6 0 0 52 24
2006–07 35 19 0 0 1 0 14 7 1 0 51 26
2005–06 33 20 5 2 0 0 13 7 2 1 53 30
Liverpool Total 157 80 7 2 1 0 57 27 3 1 225 110
Club Season La Liga Spanish Cup - Europe Others Total
App Cl.S. App Cl.S. App Cl.S. App Cl.S. App Cl.S. App Cl.S.
Villarreal 2004–05 38 ? 0 0 - - 19 ? 0 0 57 ?
2003–04 38 ? 0 0 - - 15 ? 0 0 53 ?
2002–03 33 ? 0 0 - - 4 ? 0 0 37 ?
Villarreal Total 109 ? 0 0 - - 38 ? 0 0 147 ?
FC Barcelona 2001–02 11 ? 1 ? - - 4 ? 0 0 16 ?
2000–01 19 ? 7 ? - - 7 ? 0 0 33 ?
FC Barcelona B 2000–01 11 ? - - - - - - 0 0 11 ?
1999–00 30 ? - - - - - - 0 0 30 ?
Barcelona Total 71 ? 8 ? - - 11 ? 0 0 90 ?
Overall Total 337 ? 15 ? 1 0 106 ? 3 1 462 ?







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