Jose Mourinho, also know as ‘The Special One,’ is a Portuguese professional football manager and the current manager of Premier League side Manchester United. Mourinho is regarded by a number of players, coaches and commentators as one of the most successful managers in the world. In 2015, Mourinho was named the best Portuguese Coach of the Century by the Portuguese Football Federation.
Mourinho began his involvement in professional football as a player in the Portuguese Second Division as well as studying Sports Science at the Technical University of Lisbon while attending coaching courses in the UK.
In Lisbon, Mourinho worked as a physical education teacher and had spells working as a youth team coach, scout and an assistant manager. In the early 1990’s, Mourinho became an interpreter for Sir Bobby Robson at Sporting CP and Porto in Portugal before continuing this role at Barcelona in Spain. He remained at the Catalonian club working with Robson’s successor, Louis Van Gaal.
Mourinho impressed with brief but successful managerial periods at Benfica and Uniao De Leiria, taking the latter to their highest ever league finish.
These successes did not go unnoticed as Mourinho then returned to Porto in early 2002 as head coach, winning the Primeira Liga, Taca De Portugal and UEFA Cup in 2003. In the following season, Mourinho guided the team to victory in the Supertaca Candido de Oliveira, to the top of the league for a second time, and won the highest honour in European club football, the UEFA Champions League, an achievement he recognises as his greatest in football and his best moment as a manager, all of which he eloquently discusses as a football speaker.
Mourinho moved to Chelsea the following year and immediately made an impact winning the Premier Leaguetitle with a record 95 points, the club’s first league title in 50 years, and the League Cup in his first season. In Mourinho’s second year, Chelsea retained the Premier League and then later, in the 2006/07 season, Mourinho took the club to an FA Cup and League Cup double as he began to build a dynasty at the club.
Jose Mourinho eventually left Chelsea in September of 2007 and in 2008, Mourinho had moved to Serie AClub, Inter Milan. Within the first three months he was there, Mourinho had won his first Italian honour, the Supercoppa Italiana, and completed the successful season by winning the Serie A title. In the 2009/10 season, Inter Milan became the first Italian club to win the treble of Serie A, Coppa Italia and the UEFA Champions League; this was also the first time that Inter had won the latter competition since 1965. This made Mourinho one of only five coaches to have won the European Cup with two different teams. He then won the first ever FIFA World Coach of the Year award in 2010.
Jose Mourinho then signed with world-famous Spanish team Real Madrid in 2010, winning the Copa del Ray in his first season. The following year, Mourinho won the La Liga and became the fifth coach to have won league titles in at least four different countries; Portugal, England, Italy and Spain.
After leaving Real Madrid in June of 2013, Mourinho returned to England and began his second spell at Chelsea, during which they won another league championship. Mourinho then left Chelsea and had several months out of the game.
However, more recently, Mourinho was appointed as manager of Manchester United in May 2016 where both his tactical knowledge and charismatic personality can be utilised and in just his first season the club was the EFL League Cup and the UEFA Europa League.
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