José Mourinho

Jose Mourinho is a Portuguese manager for the Premier League team Manchester United. He used to play football and now leads the team. He has been the manager of Porto, Chelsea, Internazionale, and Real Madrid in the past. Each of those teams won a lot of important titles under his watch. Many players, rival coaches, and commentators think he is one of the best and most successful managers in the world. He is widely respected for his tactical knowledge, adaptability, and his thirst for perfection, all of which combined makes his team management unique and adds to his unparalleled success. 

José Mourinho

He thinks that having the best midfielders is important for winning games and is known for playing with three or more center midfielders. Even though he was successful on the field, he has been in a lot of trouble off the field because of how charming and sure of himself he is as a manager. For example, the English media called him “The Special One” because of something he said in the past. He has also been in fights on the field. The most famous one was when he poked Barcelona’s assistant coach Tito Vilanova in the eye.

Facts

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You may also know him as José Mário Dos Santos or Jose Mourinho. Mourinho Felix

Age: 

60 years old

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The family:

Matilde Faria, ex-spouse

José Manuel Mourinho Félix is the father.

Maria Júlia Carrajola Dos Santos is her mother.

Jose Mario Mourinho Jr. and Matilde Mourinho are their children.

Growing up and early life

On January 26, 1963, Jose Mourinho was born in Setúbal, Portugal. He grew up in a middle-class family. His father was a professional football player named José Manuel Mourinho Félix, and his mother was a primary school teacher named Maria Júlia Carrajola dos Santos.

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He played for Os Belenenses, Vitória de Setúbal, and the Portuguese national team in one game. His father was also known as Félix Mourinho. He has a sister named Teresa.

He went with his dad to games and practices on the weekends, which helped him learn the rules of the game. Jose Mourinho joined his dad’s Belenenses youth team so he could play football professionally, but when he saw how weak and slow he was, he changed his mind and chose to become a coach instead.

He quit the private business school that his mother had signed him up for and decided to study sports science at the Technical University of Lisbon instead. After getting his high school diploma, he worked for five years as a physical education teacher in schools.

Career

In the early 1990s, Jose Mourinho moved back to his hometown and became the school team coach at Vitória de Setúbal. He then had short stints as the assistant manager at Estrela da Amadora and the scout at Ovarense. During the year 1992, he had the chance to work as a translator for the famous British coach Bobby Robson at Sporting Club Portugal.

They got along well at work, and in December 1993, he followed Robson to FC Porto and became his assistant. The team made it to the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League in 1993–94 and won the Taça de Portugal that same year. They also won the Portuguese title in 1994–95 and 1995–96, as well as the Portuguese Super Cup three times in a row.

When Robson moved to Barcelona in 1996, he went with him again. There, he was in charge of organizing practice sessions and giving the players tactical tips. They helped Barcelona win the European Cup Winners’ Cup at the end of another good season.

The next season, Robson went to a new club, but Mourinho stayed with the team. He helped new head coach Louis van Gaal win two La Liga titles as an assistant coach. Later, Van Gaal hired him to coach Barcelona B and let him lead the first team in the 2000 Copa Catalunya, which he won.

José Mourinho

In September 2000, he became the manager of Benfica. Within a week, Robson offered him the job of assistant manager at Newcastle United, but he turned it down. After playing for Benfica for a short time, he moved on to Uniao de Leira in 2001 and helped the team move up the league table.

He took over a Porto team that wasn’t doing well on January 23, 2002, and by the end of the season, they had won 11 of their 15 games. He won his first Primeira Liga with a record 86 points in 2003. That same year, he also won the Taça de Portugal and the UEFA Cup.

Porto won the Portuguese Super Cup, the Primeira Liga, and the UEFA Champions League the next year. Beating Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United team was the best moment of the season. It made it possible for him to join Chelsea on June 2, 2004.

He got most of his support staff from Porto and paid a lot of money to get skilled players. He was the highest-paid boss at Chelsea and failed to win the European Champions League. However, he did win two Premier League Cups, two Football League Cups, and an FA Cup for the team.

He suddenly quit Chelsea on September 20, 2007, after a fight with owner Roman Abramovich. José Mourinhowas the club’s most successful boss ever. He signed a three-year deal with Internazionale, which is also known as Inter Milan, on June 2, 2008.

The first year he played for Inter Milan, they won the Supercoppa Italiana and came in first place in Serie A. The next year, he helped the team win Serie A, the Coppa Italia, and the UEFA Champions League.

On May 28, 2010, he went from Inter Milan to Real Madrid with a transfer fee that broke the world record. Even though his first season wasn’t great, he led the team to the La Liga title the next year.

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He went back to Chelsea in June 2013, and by the end of the 2013–14 season, they were in third place in the Premier League, four points behind winners Manchester City. The next year, he won the Premier League and the Football League Cup for the third time as the team’s boss.

Even though he signed a four-year deal with Chelsea on August 7, 2015, he left later that same year after they lost nine of their sixteen games. He signed a three-year deal with Manchester United on May 27, 2016, and won the EFL Cup and the Europa League in his first season as manager, making him the first United boss to do so.

Important Works

Jose Mourinho has won a lot of titles. The UEFA Champions League titles for Porto and Internazionale stand out. Chelsea has won three Premier League titles and three Football League Cups, and Real Madrid has won La Liga. Another thing is that he has won league wins in Portugal, England, Italy, and Spain.

Achievements and Awards

In 2015, the Portuguese Football Federation named Jose Mourinho the “Portuguese Coach of the Century.” In 2017, UEFA named him one of the ten best coaches the organization has had since it began in 1954.

Private Life and Legacy

Jose Mourinho married Matilde “Tami” Faria, the girl he fell in love with when they were teenagers, in 1989. They met in Setúbal, Portugal. Matilde, a daughter, was born in 1996, and José Mário, Jr., a boy, in 2000. His son plays football for Fulham’s young team.

He works with a number of causes and has been a Global Ambassador for the UN’s World Food Program since 2014. As part of a project for young people, he helped bring Israeli and Palestinian kids together through football. He then gave his “lucky” jacket to Tsunami Relief.

Fun facts

In May 2007, Jose Mourinho was arrested for blocking animal care workers from quarantining his dog. He got a ticket for blocking police. But the problem went away when the dog was sent back to his wife in Portugal.

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