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Love him or hate him, you can’t deny that Jose Mourinho is one of the greatest managers of all time.
One of the most polarising figures in the history of management, Mourinho has won fans and made enemies across Europe, but his enormous trophy cabinet is proof of his pedigree.
After his unspectacular playing career came to an end, Mourinho found his way into management under the legendary Bobby Robson. The Englishman had taken charge of Sporting CP in 1992, and Mourinho was brought in as his interpreter.
It quickly became clear to Robson that Mourinho was more than just a walking dictionary. He had an intriguing football brain, and Robson often asked for opinions and tactical analysis from Mourinho.
The pair enjoyed successful spells with Sporting, Porto and Barcelona, before Mourinho was handed his first taste of management with Benfica.
His time in charge of the club was the perfect example of what we would come to expect from Mourinho. On the pitch, his team played a stunning brand of football, but his clashes with club officials ultimately saw him leave after just nine games.
He continued to build his reputation with Uniao de Lairia and caught the attention of Porto, and it was here that Mourinho propelled himself onto the global stage.
With Porto struggling before his arrival, Mourinho implemented his intelligent and scientific style on the team and quickly reversed their fortunes. By the time his first full season came around, his preference for quick, high-pressing football had swept the nation, and the trophies began flooding in.
|Primeira Liga (2002/03, 2003/04)|
|Taca de Portugal (2002/03)|
|Supertaca Candido de Oliveira (2003)|
|UEFA Champions League (2003/04, 2009/10)|
|Premier League (2004/05, 2005/06, 2014/15)|
|FA Cup (2006/07)|
|League Cup (2004/05, 2006/07, 2014/15, 2016/17)|
|Community Shield (2005, 2016)|
|Serie A (2008/09, 2009/10)|
|Coppa Italia (2009/10)|
|La Liga (2011/12)|
|Copa del Rey (2010/11)|
|Supercopa de Espana (2012)|
Success in both the Primeira Liga and UEFA Cup was great, but it was Porto’s Champions League victory in 2004 which dominated headlines. En route to the final, Mourinho became somewhat of a cult hero when he sprinted down the touchline to celebrate a win over Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United, which was the ultimate proof of his charisma.
This personality, coupled with his ability to mastermind impressive victory after impressive victory, made Mourinho a wanted man, and it was Chelsea who ultimately won the race for his signature in the summer of 2004.
During his first press conference (via BBC Sport), Mourinho uttered the now-iconic line: “
|Uniao de Leiria (2001-02)|
|Chelsea (2004-07, 2013-15)|
|Real Madrid (2010-13)|
|Manchester United (2016-18)|
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