Jose Mourinho's Biography
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 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."
Jose Mourinho continued airing his forthright views later in the season when he challenged the media:
"I have read I have to prove a lot in English football. Sir Alex Ferguson is the only European champion in this country, nobody else, so I have to prove what?"
On 30th April 2005, after Chelsea beat Bolton they secured the Premiership title. Most pundits put Chelsea's success not just down to the money the owner, Roman Abramovich, had pumped into the club, but also to Jose Mourinho's confidence, team-building and tactics.
After the victory Jose Mourinho said:
"I want to stay with Chelsea the maximum time I can, so maybe I have to stay for longer than my current contract."
Indeed, on 4 May 2005, just a day after Chelsea lost out to Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals, it was announced that Jose Mourinho had signed a new contract with Chelsea, pledging to stay until 2010.
On 1 June 2005, Jose Mourinho, Chelsea, and Ashley Cole were all found guilty in what became known as the Premier League's 'tapping-up' affair, where Cole without permission from Arsenal appeared to have been negotiating a contract with Chelsea.
In 2004/2005 and 2005/2006, not only did Chelsea win the Premiership but Mourinho was voted Premiership manager of the year in both years.
In 2006/2007, Mourinho and Chelsea won the Carling Cup and the F.A. Cup but failed to gain the Premiership and in the early stages of the 2007/8 season Mourinho left Chelsea 'by mutual consent'.
Jose Mourinho is married to Tami, and has two children, Matilde and José Jr.
Mourinho won coach of the year in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards, 2005.
After leaving Chelsea, Jose Mourinho remained popular in England and although he was many people's favourite to take over from Steve McClaren as England coach, nevertheless it emerged on 10 December 2007 that he had ruled himself out and in June 2008 he was appointed manager of Inter Milan.
In May 2009, Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan won the Serie A crown with three games to play.
On 29 April 2010, Jose Mourinho described Inter Milan's Champions League semi-final victory over Barcelona 3-2 on aggregate as "the greatest moment of my career".
On 22 May 2010 Inter Milan became the first Italian side to win the treble, when they beat Bayern Munich 2-0 in the final of the Champions League.
The victory also meant that Mourinho became only the third man in history to win the Champions League with two different clubs.
On 31 May 2010, Jose Mourinho was appointed coach of Real Madrid after signing a four-year deal.
After Real Madrid lost 2-0 to Barcelona at the Bernabeu stadium in the first leg of the semi-final of the Champions league, Jose Mourinho made controversial remarks that led to charges from Uefa.
On 20 May 2013, it was announced that Mourinho was leaving Real Madrid at the end of the season, by mutual consent.
On 3 June 2013, it was announced that Jose Mourinho was returning to Chelsea as their manager on a four-year deal.
In 2014/15 Chelsea won The Premier League and the League Cup.
However, in December 2015, with Chelsea languishing just one point above the relegation zone, having lost nine of their 16 Premiership games, Jose Mourinho was sacked.
On 27 May 2016, Jose Mourinho was confirmed as Manchester United manager replacing Louis van Van Gaal.
On 26 February 2017, Manchester United won the League Cup. It was Morinho's 19th trophy as a coach.
This figure does not include one-off matches between the previous season's domestic league and cup winners, such as the Community Shield.
On 18 December 2018, Jose Mourinho was sacked as manager of Manchester United.
Afterwards he was a pundit on Sky Sports and on 20 November 2019, he was appointed manager of Spurs taking over from Mauricio Pochettino, who was fired.
In April 2020, Mourinho himself was sacked by Spurs.
One month later, however, Jose Mourinho was appointed Roma manager from the start of the next season.
On 16 January 2024, Mourinho was sacked by Roma with the club standing ninth in Serie A.
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