Jose Mourinho Profile
|Short Name||The Special One|
|Born||Jan 26, 1963|
Jose Mourinho is the current Tottenham Hotspur manager and is the only coach in soccer history to have won league titles in the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A.
Jose Mourinho is the current Tottenham Hotspur manager and is regarded as one of the greatest soccer coaches of all-time. The Portuguese is one of the most decorated managers to have graced the game, having won domestic titles in England, Italy, Spain and Portugal, as well as two UEFA Champions League titles.
Mourinho first entered soccer as an interpreter for Bobby Robson during his time at Sporting Lisbon and Porto before becoming his assistant at Barcelona. He remained at the club following the departure of Robson and was Louis van Gaal's assistant coach. Mourinho worked alongside some of soccer's greatest players at Camp Nou, including Ronaldo, who he has repeatedly labelled as the best striker to have played the game. As manager, Mourinho had spells at Benfica and Uniao de Leiria before taking over at Porto in 2002, where he achieved unprecedented success domestically and in Europe.
Mourinho left Porto to join Chelsea in 2004 and won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and a League Cup. A move to San Siro was next for Mourinho, who led Inter Milan to a historic treble in 2009/10 [Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League]. At Real Madrid, Mourinho won La Liga and a Copa del Rey between 2010 and 2012. After returning to Chelsea, Mourinho then spent two-and-a-half years at Manchester United.
The Special One and Chelsea
Mourinho arrived at Stamford Bridge with one of the biggest reputations in Europe after guiding Porto to shock glory in the Champions League in 2004. During his time at Porto, Mourinho also won two league titles, a domestic trophy and a UEFA Cup. Mourinho branded himself 'Special One' upon his arrival at Chelsea. Speaking to reporters in 2004, he said: "We have top players and, sorry if I'm arrogant, we have a top manager... Please don't call me arrogant, but I'm European champion and I think I'm a special one."
Under the ownership of billionaire Roman Abramovich, Mourinho recruited Didier Drogba, Michael Essien, Ricardo Carvalho and Paulo Ferreira at an excess of £100million.
His first season was a huge success. He won his first trophy against Liverpool 3-2 in extra time to secure the League Cup, but Mourinho was sent off from the touchline for signaling a gesture to the Reds fans. His rivalry with Liverpool continued later that season with Rafa Benitez's side eliminating Chelsea in the semi-finals of the Champions League with a controversial goal. Chelsea ended the campaign as Premier League champions and, in doing so, won their first top flight title in 50 years with 95 points - a record tally at the time - and with the fewest goals conceded, 25.
Things went from strength to strength for Mourinho at Chelsea as they won another Premier League title in 2005/06. After being handed his winners' medal, Mourinho threw it into the crowd alongside his blazer before being awarded another medal, which he once again threw into the crowd.
Speculation began to mount over Mourinho's future during the 2006/07 campaign after rumours of a breakdown in trust between himself and Abramovich. The signing of Andriy Shevchenko by the chairman left Mourinho less than impressed, who despite being pressured into selecting the £32.5million striker, started him in just 14 games that season. Shevchenko returned an underwhelming four goals. Drogba, meanwhile, enjoyed his most prolific season since arriving from Marseille with 33 goals in all competitions. Chelsea would miss out on a third successive Premier League title - Mourinho's first season in five years without a league crown - but did win a domestic cup double, securing the League and FA Cups.
Mourinho parted ways with Chelsea in 2007/08 after a fallout with Abramovich. He would return in 2013/14, leading them to third position in his first season back. During the next campaign, he won his third Premier League title at Stamford Bridge and added another League Cup to his trophy haul. However, Mourinho left by mutual consent in December 2015 after a poor start to the 2015/16 season.
Moving to Madrid
Mourinho's tenure at Inter Milan grabbed the attention of Los Blancos after he delivered a historic treble in his second season. During his time at Inter [2008-10], Mourinho won two Serie A titles, a Coppa Italia and the Champions League.
Mourinho joined Madrid in 2010, replacing Manuel Pellegrini on a four-year deal. Mourinho got off to a rocky start, tasting the biggest defeat of his career in November 2010 as Real lost to Barcelona 5-0. Sporting director Jorge Valdano criticised the performance and questioned Mourinho while Florentino Perez said it was the worst result in Madrid's history. Despite missing out on La Liga glory in his first season, Mourinho did win the Copa del Rey, beating Barcelona in the final. He also took Madrid to their first Champions League semi-final since 2003.
During his second season, Mourinho received backlash for his involvement in the Supercopa de Espana final, where he poked the eye of Tito Vilanova - assistant to Guardiola and future successor at Barca - during a brawl in August 2011, Mourinho enjoyed a successful season on the pitch though as Madrid won La Liga with a record points tally  and the most goals scored .
Mourinho signed a new four-year deal in 2012 but his third campaign would be his final one at Madrid after friction between him and the players escalated. Mourinho was criticized for his behaviour towards club legend Iker Casillas, whom he refused to pick for first-team duties. Mourinho also fell out with Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo, questioning the latter's attitude after sarcastically stating how his compatriot "thinks that he knows everything and that the coach cannot improve him anymore." Controversy continued to follow with Mourinho questioning UEFA's relationship with major rivals Barcelona. Mourinho's last game as coach at the club was a defeat to fierce rivals Atletico Madrid in the 2013 Copa del Rey final.
Taking to the dugout at Old Trafford
After being fired by Chelsea, Mourinho replaced Van Gaal as Man United boss in 2016 on a four-year deal. His first move in the transfer market was to sign Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic - the former being a world-record fee at the time of £89.3million. Mourinho won the Community Shield in his first game as manager and paid tribute to Van Gaal's contribution after their victory over Leicester City. Despite finishing in sixth position in his first campaign, Man United won the League Cup and Europa League, which qualified them for the subsequent season's Champions League.
His next campaign saw the team finish second to Guardiola's Man City and runners-up in the FA Cup after losing 1-0 to Antonio Conte's Chelsea. He described finishing second in the league as his "greatest achievement." Unable to sign a defender during the summer transfer window in 2018, Mourinho expressed his dissatisfaction regarding United's inactivity to improve the squad. A poor start to the season and a fractured relationship with executive vice chairman Ed Woodward resulted in Mourinho being fired in December 2018.
Moving to Tottenham Hotspur
Appointed as Mauricio Pochettino's successor in November 2019, Mourinho guided Spurs to a top-six finish. The 2019/20 season was documented on Amazon Prime in a nine-part series. It follows Mourinho and the team through the season, highlighting the highs, the lows, and his relationship with players and chairman Daniel Levy. A heated discussion with defender Danny Rose in his office sparked a huge talking point amongst viewers and went viral on social media. Pochettino also features in the opening episode.
Mourinho's Spurs defeated Manchester United 6-1 in the 2020/21 season and the club later announced the arrival of former player Gareth Bale on loan from Real Madrid.
Mourinho's spouse is Matilde Faria. They got married in 1989. Together they have two children: Matilde and Jose Mario Jr. The latter was an academy player at Fulham but was released in 2017.
Mourinho has worked for various charity projects, including his current role for the United Nations World Food Programme, which aims to prevent children and families from hunger and starvation. He is the Global Ambassador for the project.
Mourinho is a Roman Catholic. Speaking about his faith in an interview with the Telegraph in 2015, he said: "Every day I pray, every day I speak with Him. I don't go to the church every day, not even every week. I go when I feel I need to. And when I'm in Portugal, I always go. But I can say the reality is I never go to the church to speak with Him about football. Never!"
Mourinho is worth a reported £100million. It is believed his first two years at Man United saw him earn around an estimated $30million in addition to his £20million compensation for being fired. At Spurs, Mourinho is paid £15.5million per year. Mourinho reportedly got paid over £1.5million to appear on Russian broadcasting channel RT as an analyst for four days of work during the 2018 World Cup. He has also received lucrative payments to feature on beIN Sports alongside Richard Keys and Andy Gray.
His endorsement deals include work with Mastercard, TV adverts with betting firm Paddy Power, Samsung, Heineken, EA Sports, Hublot and many more.
In 2019, Mourinho was forced to pay more than £2.5million for tax fraud. In doing so, he avoided a 12-month jail sentence. Mourinho was accused of using offshore companies in New Zealand, the British Virgin Islands and Ireland whilst working for Madrid. Speaking about the ordeal, Mourinho said: "I left Spain in 2013 with the information and the conviction that my tax situation was perfectly legal.
"A couple of years later I was informed that an investigation had been opened. They told me that to regularise my situation I had to pay X amount. I didn't answer, I didn't argue, I paid, I signed the papers with the state that show my conformity and that everything is definitively closed."
In 2020, Mourinho returned to Instagram. This has proven popular amongst soccer fans, with more than one million people following his account. In a tongue-and-cheek response about his return to social media, he revealed it was because he was pressurized to promote his sponsors.
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