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Jose Mourinho's Biography

Jose Mourinho was born on 26 January 1963 in Setubal, Portugal. His father, Felix Mourinho kept goal for Portugal.

Although Jose Mourinho wanted to be a footballer, it became clear to him that he did not have sufficient talent and at 23, at the prompting of his mother, he signed up for business school. Mourinho attended for just one day, and, instead, joined a physical education college.

It proved a critical decision on Mourinho's path to being a top flight football manager.

On 2 June 2008, it was announced that Jose Mourinho had been appointed manager of Serie A side Inter Milan.

Back in September 2007 it was confirmed that Jose Mourinho had left Chelsea by mutual consent and he was replaced by Avram Grant.

Although the announcement of Mourinho's departure from Chelsea came as a shock, for some time the media had highlighted a split between Mourinho and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

From 1990 to 1992 Jose Mourinho was a fitness trainer at various clubs and assistant coach at Estrela Amadora. He then got what proved a big breakthrough when he was appointed Bobby Robson's translator at Sporting Lisbon. Robson's respect for Mourinho meant that Robson took Mourinho with him on his moves to Porto, where they won two league titles in three years; and Barcelona, where Mourinho took the role of assistant coach.

When Bobby Robson left Barcelona, Jose Mourinho stayed on under Louis van Gaal. Mourinho has written that that while Robson taught him how to motivate players, it was Van Gaal that taught him the importance of preparation and organised defence.

In 2000, Jose Mourinho became coach at Benfica but only stayed nine months before joining Uniao de Leiria, where he took them into the top five.

In January 2002 Jose Mourinho joined Porto where he enjoyed incredible success.

In their first season, 2002/2003, under Mourinho's leadership, Porto won the triple of domestic League and Cup and Uefa Cup titles. The following year he went one better: not just winning the Portuguese League but also the coveted Champions League.

Immediately after that, on 2 June 2004, Jose Mourinho joined Chelsea on a three-year contract, just two days after Claudio Ranieri's dismissal from Chelsea.

In an early press conference, it became clear that Mourinho was not an ordinary coach. He told the media:

"We have top players, and I'm sorry I'm a bit arrogant, we have a top manager.

"I am the European champion. I think I am special."

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