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José Mourinho

José Mourinho is a Portuguese professional football manager and former player who is the current manager of Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur.

He is widely considered to be one of the greatest managers of all time, and he is one of the most decorated managers of all time.

  • Full name: José Mário dos Santos Mourinho Félix, GOIH,
  • Profession: Portuguese football manager
  • Born: 26 January 1963 (age 57 years), Setúbal, Portugal
  • Height: 1.74 m
  • Position: Midfielder
  • Spouse: Matilde Faria (m. 1989)
  • Teams coached: Tottenham Hotspur F.C. (Association football manager, since 2019)

About Jose Mourinho

Mourinho was born in 26 January 1963 to a large middle-class family in Setúbal (a suburb of the Lisbon metropolitan area), Portugal.

He is the son of José Manuel Mourinho Félix, who was known by the name Félix Mourinho, and wife Maria Júlia Carrajola dos Santos.

His father played football professionally for Os Belenenses and Vitória de Setúbal, earning one cap for Portugal in the course of his career.

His mother was a primary school teacher from an affluent background; her uncle funded the construction of the Vitória de Setúbal football stadium.

The fall of António de Oliveira Salazar’s Estado Novo regime in April 1974, however, led to the family losing all but a single property in nearby Palmela.

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Mourinho wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and joined the Belenenses youth team. Graduating to the senior level, he played at Rio Ave (where his father was coach), Belenenses, and Sesimbra.

He lacked the requisite pace and power to become a professional and chose to focus on becoming a football coach instead.

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His mother enrolled him in a business school, but Mourinho dropped out on his first day, deciding he would rather focus on sport, and chose to attend the Instituto Superior de Educação Física (ISEF), Technical University of Lisbon, to study sports science.

After attending coaching courses held by the English and Scottish Football Associations, former Scotland manager Andy Roxburgh took note of the young Portuguese’s drive and attention to detail.

Mourinho sought to redefine the role of coach in football by mixing coaching theory with motivational and psychological techniques.

Career

Following an uneventful career as a midfielder across Portugal’s football pyramid, Mourinho first entered the sphere of management as an interpreter for Sir Bobby Robson at Sporting CP and Porto, before gaining success as an assistant at Barcelona under both Robson and his successor, Louis van Gaal.

After impressing with brief managerial stints at Benfica and União de Leiria, Mourinho returned to Porto as manager in 2002, where he won the Primeira Liga twice, a Taça de Portugal, the UEFA Cup, and the UEFA Champions League; the latter being Porto’s first European Cup title since 1987.

That success earned him a move to England with Chelsea in 2004, where he won two Premier League titles, a FA Cup, and two League Cups in his three seasons at the club, before he departed in 2007 amid reports of disagreements with club owner Roman Abramovich.

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In 2008, Mourinho joined Italian club Inter Milan, where he won the Serie A title in his first season. In 2010, he led Inter Milan to a European treble of Serie A, Coppa Italia, and the UEFA Champions League; the first time an Italian club has achieved this.

This made him one of five coaches to have won the European Cup with two different clubs, and later that year, earned him the first FIFA World Coach of the Year award.

Mourinho then signed with Real Madrid, where he won La Liga with a record points tally, becoming the fifth coach to have won league titles in four countries. He also won a Copa del Rey and a Supercopa de Espana.

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Mourinho left Real Madrid in 2013 to rejoin Chelsea, where he won another league title and League Cup, but was dismissed in 2015 after a poor run of results.

Under a year later, Mourinho was appointed at rival club Manchester United, where he won the UEFA Europa League, League Cup and FA Community Shield in his first season, before being dismissed in 2018. In 2019, he signed with Tottenham Hotspur.

He was named Portuguese Coach of the Century by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) in 2015, and was the first coach to spend more than £1 billion on transfers.

Due to his tactical knowledge, charismatic and controversial personality, and what his opponents regard as an emphasis on getting results over playing beautiful football, he has drawn comparisons, by both admirers and critics, with Argentine manager Helenio Herrera.