Pepe Reina is a Spanish goalkeeper who plays for Bayern Munich and the Spain national football team. Born on the 30th of August 1982 it is fair to say that shot stopping was Reina's blood from the start with his father a former Barcelona and Atletico Madrid goalkeeper. Growing up in Madrid, Reina received great coaching whilst being involved with the youth academy at Barcelona. In 2000 aged just 18, Reina was called up to the senior squad after injuries to the first and second choice goalkeepers.
Pepe appeared 30 times for the Catalans but after a change of management he could not secure further game time. Loaned to Villarreal in 2002 he made 109 appearances before Rafael Benitez signed who he regarded as the best goalkeeper in Spain to Liverpool in July 2005. Reina immediately claimed the number one goalkeeping spot on arrival, replacing Jerzy Dudek. This was no small feat considering Dudek was instrumental in Liverpool's UEFA Champions league success the year before, stopping 2 penalties in the final. Reina established himself as the Liverpool number one for several season before moving to Napoli on loan in the 2013-14 season where he was re-united with Rafa Benitez.
Reina signed for German champions Bayern Munich for the 2014-15 season. Reina was given the number 23 shirt at the club which is the same number he wears for the Spain national football team. Reina was named player of the season for Liverpool's 2009/10 campaign. He has contributed to Spain's success in winning the U-16 UEFA Championships in 1999, Euro 2008, 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.