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Jose Mourinho


José Mourinho, GOIH (full name: José Mário dos Santos Mourinho Félix) (born January 26th, 1963 in Setúbal) is a Portuguese football manager and the current manager of Premier League club Chelsea. He is the son of Félix Mourinho, a former Portuguese international goalkeeper.

Mourinho is considered to be one of the best coaches in Europe, having won four consecutive league titles (two at Porto and two at Chelsea) and also the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Cup with Porto. For two consecutive years (2004 and 2005), Mourinho was named the world's best football coach by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS). He is well-known for his self-belief and has at times been a controversial figure.

Mourinho moved from F.C. Porto to Chelsea in June 2004, becoming one of the highest paid managers in football with a salary of £4.2 million a year, subsequently raised in 2005 to £5.2 million. In a press conference on joining the English side, Mourinho said, "Please don't call me arrogant, but I'm European champion and I think I'm a special one.", which resulted in the media dubbing him "The Special One".

Under Mourinho, Chelsea built on the potential developed in the previous season. By early December, they were at the top of the Premiership table and reached the knock-out stages of the Champions League. On 27 February 2005, Mourinho led Chelsea to the League Cup trophy in Cardiff, Wales, beating Liverpool 3-2 after extra time. Towards the end of the match, Mourinho was escorted from the touchline for allegedly inciting Liverpool fans following Chelsea's equaliser. On 30 April 2005, Chelsea secured the club's first top-flight domestic title in 50 years with a 2-0 victory against Bolton. However, he failed to achieve back-to-back Champions League successes when Chelsea were knocked out of the competition, by a controversial goal, three days later in the semi-finals by eventual winners Liverpool.

After topping the Premier League for most of the 2005-2006 season, Chelsea beat rivals Manchester United 3-0 on April 29 to win their second consecutive Premiership title and Mourinho's fourth domestic title in a row. After the presentation of his championship medal, Mourinho went to the Matthew Harding end of Stamford Bridge and threw his medal and blazer into the crowd. He was awarded a second medal within minutes and he threw that into the crowd, too. He stated that because the medal was exactly the same as the one he had received a year earlier, he did not need another and wanted to reward the crowd for their support. The items were promptly listed on eBay.

On 13 January 2006, The Straits Times reported that Mourinho intended to leave Chelsea at the end of the 2006-7 season, due to disappointment with the team's performance and a power struggle with Frank Arnesen. Mourinho recently cleared all doubts regarding his future at Stamford Bridge, stating that there would only be two ways for him to leave Chelsea: if Chelsea do not offer him a new contract in June 2010, and if Chelsea sacks him.

Mourinho won the Carling Cup with Chelsea in February 2007 after defeating Arsenal F.C. in the Football League Cup Final 2007 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Despite losing the Premiership title to Manchester United, Mourinho had his players line up in a guard of honour to applaud United's triumph during their next fixture at Stamford Bridge, returning the favour which Old Trafford had given to Chelsea back in 2005. On May 19, 2007, Mourinho also led Chelsea to their fourth FA Cup victory after defeating Manchester United in the 2007 FA Cup Final, the first to be played at the new Wembley. Mourinho is currently the most successful manager in Chelsea's history after Gianluca Vialli having won 6 trophies for Chelsea in three years.

Mourinho has publicly stated that he wishes to run the Portuguese national team at some point in his career. At the match that gave him his second title with Chelsea, Mourinho wore a Portugal scarf and at the press conference said: "It means I am Portuguese. I wouldn't put on the scarf of another country. I can smell, feel in my country, there are still a few rats waiting to celebrate my mistakes. But when I think of the other 10.5 million Portuguese working all over the world I know what I mean to them. I know they are proud of what I am doing."

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