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Football Manager, Chelsea

José Mourinho: Biography at a Glance

  • Widely regarded as one of the greatest and most successful football managers in the world
  • Manager of Manchester United
  • Former two-time manager of Chelsea
  • Former manager for FC Porto, FC Inter Milan and Real Madrid CF
  • Named the world's best football manager by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics a record four times
  • Led his teams to eight first place finishes 
Football Manager, Chelsea

The son of Portuguese goalkeeper Félix, Mourinho started out as a player but he was unsatisfied with his career and switched to management. After spells working as an assistant manager and a youth team coach in the early 1990s, he became an interpreter for Bobby Robson. Mourinho learned much from the veteran coach and worked with him at top Portuguese teams Sporting CP and Porto, and at Spanish giants Barcelona.

Mourinho then began focusing on coaching and impressed with brief but successful managerial periods at Benfica and União de Leiria. He returned to Porto in 2002, this time as head coach, and soon became a force to be reckoned with, winning the Portuguese Liga, Cup of Portugal and UEFA Cup in 2003. Greater success followed in 2004 as Mourinho guided the team to the top of the league for a second time and won the highest honor in European club football, the UEFA Champions League.

Mourinho moved to Chelsea the following year and won two consecutive Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006, among other domestic honors. He often courted controversy for his outspokenness but his victories at Chelsea and Porto established him as one of the top football managers; well regarded by both his peers and the press.

Mourinho was named the world’s best football manager by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) for the 2004–05, 2005–06, 2010-11 and 2012-13 seasons. In June 2008, he signed a three-year deal to manage Inter Milan, making him the highest paid manger in the world. Within three months he had won his first Italian honor, the Italian Supercup.

In 2013, Mourinho signed a four-year contract to return to Chelsea. In the 2014 – 2015 season, Chelsea were crowned Premier League Champions and Mourinho was subsequently named as Premier League Manager of the Season.

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