Jose Felix Mourinho Profile
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He was born Jose Felix Mourinho on the 26th of January 1963. Mourinho grew up in a middle class area of Setubal which is a beautiful coastal city situated just south of the Portuguese capital Lisbon. The City is steeped in religious history as is the 15th century Church of Jesus which lies in the city centre At the beginning of the 20th century it was renowned for it’s fishing ports and is now infamous for it’s modern high quality golf courses
Mourinho was born in to a large middle class family, son of Felix and Maria Mourinho. His father played professional football for Portuguese sides Belenenses and Vitoria de Setubal as well as earning a solitary cap for the Portuguese national team and His mother was a primary school teacher from a wealthy background. Unsurprisingly, Jose was an extremely smart and competitive child and was very popular amongst his classmates
As an adolescent he became increasingly interested in football and would sometimes attend his fathers training sessions to study tactics. He went on to join the Belenenses youth team, however he found that despite having a good football brain he was lacking the pace and power needed for a career as a professional footballer.. Mourinho was reluctantly enrolled at Business school, but decided to drop out on his very first day. Mourinho was keen to become a football coach and so decided to attend the Technical University of Lisbon where he studied Sports Science. He became a physical Education teacher and taught at several different schools until he gained his diploma after 5 years of study..
Mourinho left University determined to become a football manager and returned to his native Setubal where he became a youth coach for his father’s old team Vitoria de Setubal. In 1992 Mourinho was given a golden opportunity which would prove to be the making of him, he was appointed as Bobby Robson’s interpreter at Sporting Club De Portugal and Mourinho was educated about tactics and coaching by the former England manager. It was a mutually respectful friendship and Mourinho still credits Robson for his knowledge of the game to this very day. Robson was sacked by Sporting and moved to Porto FC where they stayed for two years before moving as a team again to manage Spanish giants FC Barcelona.
Mourinho began to gain a reputation at Barca for his tactical mind and confidence and when Robson left Barcelona, Mourinho stayed behind and worked with new boss Louis Van Gaal enjoying major success with two consecutive La Liga titles. Despite his achievements as an assistant at Barcelona, the ambitious Mourinho was yearning to become a head coach and so he returned to Portugal in 2000 to manage Benfica. His mentor Bobby Robson was the new manager at Newcastle United and he wanted his old friend to join him in England , promising that once he stepped down as boss, Mourinho could take the reigns.
Mourinho was enjoying life as a manager too much though and respectfully declined his mentors offer. He was keen for a contract extension at Benfica, but the President of the club had other ideas as he was planning to install Benficas legendary midfielder Toni as Mourinho’s successor. Mourinho left Benfica after just 9 games in charge. In January 2002 he was appointed as head coach of Porto FC where he would begin to gain international recognition as a top manager, at the end of the 2001/2002 season Porto finished 3rd after an impressive run of form coinciding with Mourinho’s arrival. This was followed with his first League title as a manager in 2003 and he was turning Porto in to one of European football’s most dangerous sides. the acquisition of defender Ricardo Carvalho, midfield magician Deco and Jorge Costinha would transform Porto’s fortunes. the 2003/2004 Champions League campaign would see Jose Mourinho become a big name in European club football,
The incident which initially got him noticed by the English media was his infamous run down the touchline when Porto scored the goal to knockout English champions Manchester United. His Porto side defied all the odds by making that year’s final and he would go on to achieve his greatest accolade in football when his Porto side defeated Monaco 3-0 in the 2004 Champions League final and his place in history was assured.. Before and after this momentous game there was much speculation that Mourinho had been approached by English Premier League club Chelsea to succeed Claudio Ranieri as manager.
In June 2004 he announced himself in the English game at a memorable press conference. Mourinho said:” Please don’t call me arrogant, but I am European champion and I think im the special one’ such confidence and character had been missing from the English game since Brian Clough’s departure and Mourinho was a managerial breathe of fresh air. With his film star good looks, Mediterranean dress sense and arrogant swagger, Mourinho was the polar opposite of the majority of Premiership managers.
In his first year as Chelsea boss they would lift the Carling Cup and win Chelsea’s first league title in 50 years with a record tally of 97 points. The Blues became an efficient machine and Players such as a young John Terry and Frank Lampard would begin to flourish under his management. He brought in the likes of Carvalho from former club Porto and signed Ivorian striker Didier Drogba from Marseille for 25 million pounds. Billionaire Russian owner Roman Abramovich gave ‘The Special one’ all the money he needed to build a special team and they went on to retain their Premier League title in 2006. Things began to get sour however and there began to be discontent over Mourinho’s efficient style of play as Abramovich was looking to rebrandish the club’s name with a more attacking style of football. The politics in the boardroom became too much and after an emergency meeting in September 2007 he parted ways with Chelsea football club.
He had established himself as an icon in the English game after an extremely successful and compelling 3 year tenure in South West london. Mourinho found himself the subject of speculation at the end of 2007 when it was rumoured that he was being pursued for the England job, he seemed uninterested in the post though as he was enjoying the time he had with his family. The 47 year-old finally returned to top level management when he was revealed as Italian side Inter Milan’s new boss. In his first full season he would go on to win the Italian League comfortably but was unable to overcome Inter’s European jinx as he was knocked out by his former rival Alex Ferguson in Milan’s second round Champions League dismissal at the hands of Manchester United. Mourinho guided Inter to their first Champions League trophy in 45 years with a 2-0 victory over Bayern Munich in the 2010 final and became only the third manager ever to win the trophy with two separate clubs.
Constant scrutiny from the Italian media and public resulted in the Portuguese being hounded out of Italy and taking the much coveted Real Madrid hot seat in June 2010. Real president Florentino Perez is desperate for the club to return to European glory after 7 years in the wilderness and felt that Mourinho had the credentials to end the clubs heartache. Mourinho has endured a turbulent first season in charge at the Bernabeau which has seem him land in severe trouble with UEFA after Madrid’s controversial semi-final exit out of the Champions League at the hands of their bitter adversaries Barcelona. Mourinho hurled allegations of bias and corruption against Barcelona and even went as far as to question their humanitarian Sponsors Unicef’s reputation. The Portuguese was consequently handed a 5 match touchline ban for his actions by UEFA.
The Los Blancos boss has had a torrid relationship with the Spanish media ever since his arrival in Madrid which has influenced his thinking over a possible reappearance in English football. Mourinho has strongly hinted that a return to the Premiership in the near future is on the cards after stating that his most enjoyable time in football management was at Chelsea. Madrid’s sole piece of silverware in the 2010-2011 campaign was the Copa Del Rey trophy which was achieved with a dogged 1-0 win over Barcelona at the Mestailla.
Controversy has followed the outspoken Mourinho wherever he’s gone, in 2004 he was quoted as calling Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger ‘a voyeur’ but later apologised for his comments. He evoked more controversy when he was critical of Inter Midfielder Sulley Muntari for being too weak after he fasted for a Muslim holy festival. During Chelsea’s European clash with Barcelona in 2005 he accused Barca manager Frank Rijkard and match official Anders Frisk of having a half-time talk which arguably lead to the premature retirement of Frisk. In 2007 the notorious family man saw his private life invaded when an alleged affair between himself and a young Blonde model was uncovered. The affair was meant to have taken place between 2001 and 2003, his marriage would survive the alleged affair though.
He has made several appearances in advertisements for companies such as Samsung, Addidas and American Express earning millions of pounds in the process. One part of his life which has failed to gain much publicity is his devoted charity work including a work that brings Israeli and Palestinian Children together through a love of football,and he also donated his jacket to Tsunami relief raising £22, 000 in the process. He has been married to his wife since 1989 and has two children, a teenage girl named Matilde and Jose Junior who was born in the year 2000. Mourinho says that he sees family as ‘The centre of his life’ and that even football is trivial in comparison to that. Known for his outbursts at press conferences and his strong personality.
Amongst his most famous comments whilst at Chelsea were:
How do you say cheating in Catalan?” – after defeat to Barcelona in Champions League
There is no pressure at the top. The pressure’s being second or third
If Roman Abramovich helped me out in training we would be bottom of the league and if I had to work in his world of big business, we would be bankrupt!
Jose Mourinho has already left his mark on the World of football and at just 47 years old, I’m sure we will have the pleasure of several more memorable quotes from him.
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