Jose Mourinho (The Special One)
Why is Mourinho the special one?
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He is regarded by some as cocky and loud, by others as a genius. Whatever you think about the man, you cannot take away the fact that over the last 10 years, he has been the best manager in the world, by a million miles.
In the last decade, Mourinho has gone from strength to strength, from an assistant to world stardom, the manager everyone wants. He has had success in Portugal, England, Italy and on the European stage (on more than one occasion). He has also not lost a home league game since he was manager of Porto, over 8 years ago.
Therefore it is no wonder that he is one of the highest paid managers in the world, and the reason Real Madrid have spent so much money luring him to the Bernabeau.
Jose Mourinho started out his managerial career at Benfica, managing them for 11 games, before moving to Leiria where he spent just over a year winning around 55% of his games. Although he was not setting the world alight, he was starting to sew the seed in his managerial career.
In January 2002 he moved to Porto, who were on downfall, and quickly guided them to third place, after a 15 game unbeaten run. The 2003 season saw Mourinho pick up his first managerial trophy, the Portuguese League title, by a record of 86 points. His Porto side also won the Portuguese Cup and the Uefa Cup. 2004 also belonged to Mourinho’s men, who won the League title, with a perfect home record. They however lost the Cup final, but better things were to come, as Porto picked up the Uefa Champions League, with a 3-0 win over AS Monaco.
In June 2004, Mourinho moved to Chelsea, and immediately brought them success, winning the League Cup and the Premiership (Chelsea’s first in 50 years) in his first season. In the 2006 season, his Chelsea team retained the Premiership, but did not win anything else. 2007 can be seen as some as a disappointment in the career of Mourinho as for the first time he did not win the league title. He however did win the FA Cup and the League Cup, meaning in 3 years, Mourinho had won every major trophy in the English game. He however did not win the Champions League with Chelsea, coming close in all 3 seasons. He was sacked on the 20 Septemeber 2007, a decision which Chelsea fans had lived to regret.
At the end of the 2008 season, he agreed a contract with Inter. This was Mourinho’s third country of management and like the others; he took to it like a duck to water. Although his methods are not universally liked in Italy, he has won back to back Serie A titles, the Italian Cup and in 2010 won Inter their first champions league title. This treble is the second for Mourinho, but the other one did not include the Champions league, but the Uefa Cup instead, and has made him the hottest property around.
In total, including one-off cup games, Mourinho has won 17 trophies in just over 9 years.
It is clear to see why Real Madrid have the splashed the cash on this man, his record something which even the great Sir Alex Ferguson cannot beat over the same period. Even if Sir Alex had recorded the same amount of success, with it being at only one team, many would still argue that Mourinho is the better manager.
The future looks bright for Mourinho, and Real Madrid must be delighted to finally have their man.
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