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JOSÉ MOURINHO

Jose Mourinho

José Mourinho, is a Portuguese professional football coach and former football player who is the manager of Premier League club Manchester United.

Following an uneventful career as a player across Portugal’s football pyramid, Mourinho studied sports science at the Technical University of Lisbon, and attended coaching courses in Britain. In Lisbon, he worked as a physical education teacher and had spells working as a youth team coach, a scout, and an assistant manager. In the early 1990s, he initially worked as an interpreter for Sir Bobby Robson at Sporting CP and Porto, before gaining success as his assistant at Barcelona. He remained at the Catalan club working with Robson’s successor, Louis van Gaal.

Mourinho impressed with brief managerial periods at Benfica and União de Leiria, taking the latter to their highest ever league finish. He then returned to Porto in early 2002 as head coach, winning the Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal, and UEFA Cup in his first season. In the next season, Mourinho guided the team to the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira, a second league title, and the UEFA Champions League. Mourinho moved to Chelsea the following year, and won the Premier League title and the League Cup in his first season. In his second year, Chelsea retained the Premier League, and he guided the club to a FA Cup and League Cup double in his final season, before departing amidst reports of a rift with club owner Roman Abramovich.

In 2008, Mourinho moved to Serie A club Inter Milan. Within three months he had won his first Italian honour, the Supercoppa Italiana, and completed the season by winning the Serie A title. In his second season, Inter became the first Italian club to win the treble of Serie A, Coppa Italia and the Champions League, and he became one of five coaches to have won the European Cup with two different teams. He was also the recipient of the first ever FIFA World Coach of the Year award in 2010. He then signed with Real Madrid, winning the Copa del Rey in his first season. The following year, he won La Liga, and became the fifth coach to have won league titles in four countries. He left Madrid in 2013 and returned to Chelsea, where he won another league championship and League Cup, but was fired in 2015 after a poor run of results. He was then appointed at Manchester United in 2016, where he won the FA Community Shield, League Cup and the UEFA Europa League in his first season.

As a manager, Mourinho has won 25 major honours, making him one of the most successful managers of all time. He was named Portuguese Coach of the Century by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) in 2015, and holds the distinction of being the first coach to have spent more than £1 billion on transfers. Due to his tactical knowledge, charismatic—but also very controversial—personality, and what his opponents regard as emphasis on getting results over playing beautiful football, he has drawn comparisons, by both admirers and critics, with Argentine manager Helenio Herrera. He is also widely regarded by many in the sport to be one of the greatest managers of all time.