José Mourinho

José Mourinho biography
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José Mourinho biography

José Mourinho (January 26, 1963) soccer Coach. He was born in Setúbal, Portugal. His father, José Manuel Félix Mourinho, who was a goalkeeper in his youth and later became a football coach. His mother, María Julia, worked as a teacher in Portugal. From his childhood José bequeathed a great soccer tradition, he learned the love for football of his father and also of his grandfather, who was president of the soccer club Vitória de Setúbal. From a young age, José showed the aptitude for the management and organization of a soccer team, this was developed increasingly when his father delegated him the task of making reports and records for the games he would direct.

He studied at a physical education school in Lisbon known as the ISEF (Higher Institute of Physical Education). Before that, it was a while without studying due to a conflict with a math teacher, during the period when José did not attend school, his mother enrolled him in a private school. However, José desisted to continue in this race. He began to occupy his time helping his father while serving as coach of Rio Ave. The following year Mourinho managed to enter the ISEF. Now, after obtaining his degree as a physical educator he specialized in Sports Methodology.

Then, with all intentions clear, Mourinho decided to take the UEFA course for technical director of football in Scotland. At its culmination, he returned to Portugal to work as a coach in a secondary school. But, when he received a job offer with trainer Manuel Fernandez in Estrela de Amadora decided to resign. In the 90s, he was an assistant at Vitória de Setúbal. Later he worked next to Sir. Bobby Robson first at Sporting Lisbon and then at Porto. When Robson joined Barcelona in 1996, he urged him to accompany him.

He then served as assistant coach during the 1996/97 season, his work was key for the Spanish team which ended up conquering the Cup and Supercopa of Spain and the Recopa de Europa. Then, his friend was relieved by Louis van Gaal, but Mourinho managed to win a position in the coaching staff of the new coach, so his task was to make reports on the rival teams. This was his task for two years, until, in November 1999, with the departure of Ronald Koeman, the Portuguese took his place as the second coach of the Catalan team.

After a period of instability, Lorenzo Serra Ferrer took over the management of the team and dispensed with José Mourinho, who invalidated his contract with Barcelona in July 2000. Later, he was Benfica’s first coach, replaced Heynckes; then he was at Uniao Leiria, who finished fourth in the league; again the Benfica, and finally, in January 2002, the Porto, which thanks to Mourinho would reap its first triumphs, after a period of crisis. In his first season at Porto, he managed to win the League, Cup, and UEFA Cup. In the season  2003-04, won the Portuguese League and as if the Champions League was not enough.

As his popularity began to grow rumors also, the first rumors about his departure to the English team Chelsea were unleashed. And indeed, Roman Abramovich signed him for Chelsea and has made him the highest paid coach in the world. In his first season, 2004-2005, he has won the English League and the Super Cup of England. In 2004 he won recognition as the best coach of 2004, his successes are not exempt from controversy. Several players have claimed that he is an arrogant person. However, his qualities are greater.

It stands out, without doubt, his ability to lift the teams and always keep them at a good football level. For the Portuguese director, it is very important the rapport and the group conscience before the brilliant individual of the players. He has argued that trophies are won by teams, not by players. So, they are all important chips. He has exploited great soccer promises such as Deco, Lampard or Joe Cole. He is recognized as a follower of Robson in his savoir-faire when dealing with players, and of Van Gaal, in his strategy and tactics.

What makes him a great technical director is really his ability to analyze his own game and the tactics of the opponent, a question he learned thanks to his father. After a while he said goodbye to Chelsea, to relate to clubs like Real Madrid, F.C. Barcelona, ​​Valencia, and Inter Milan. It was the latter who, since June 2008, signed him for three seasons at a rate of 9 million euros each season. However, at the beginning of 2010, with a great performance, he confirmed his inclination for Real Madrid. On May 28, Florentino Pérez confirmed the services of Mourinho.

The director’s performance was very good, in the second leg of the sixteenth round of the Spanish cup against the Alcoyano, Mourinho reached the 400 official victories in his sports career. After several years with the Madrid team and exceptional performance, the coach returns to Chelsea F. C in 2013. Two years later managed to put the team in box 16, classifying them in the Premier League. At that time, he makes the decision to withdraw from the team. He quickly signed for two seasons with Manchester United F. C. with this team managed to emerge victorious from the UEFA Europa League, after winning 2-0 in Solna at Ajax and thus seal their qualification for the next edition of the Champions League.

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