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Born on the 26th day of January 1963,is a genuine coaching legend in the Portuguese José Mário dos Santos Mourinho Félix, popularly called Jose Mourinho or Mou for short. He is very well travelled and very well accomplished obviously.


After working as an assistant coach and sometimes interpreter since he was 27 years(exceptional young age for a coach) starting with CF Estrela, finally Mou moved from here to Barcelona where he assisted/interpreted for the English great Bob Robson and later the Dutch legend Loius Van Gaal,to become his own man coaching a senior side.
He began in his home country until in 2002 he was snapped up by FC Porto, where he began to create his trophy winning legendary status. In Porto he won six trophies, which includes two league titles and the prestigious Champions league trophy(was a shock that a Portuguese team won it,a trophy usually won by the big 5 European leagues(Portuguese league not being one). He has gone on to win several very top honors.


Chelsea could not resist his brilliance and they hired him from Porto at a time they had tried and failed severally to be a truly top club. They signed top players with decent coaches,all to no avail. Mou came in and he was an instant hit, he won three Premier League titles,three League Cups, one FA Cup, and one Community Shield. He moved to Inter Milan and his genius continued,where he won five titles, notable was the prestigious Champions League title(his second), the Serie A title and others.
Real Madrid were ofcourse interested(by nature they love the best) and they signed him. He didn't disappoint and delivered to them the La Liga crown,a Copa del Rey crown and the Spanish Super Cup. He would have done more, but high level politics in a super club like Real put paid to his stay there.
It will be remembered that a certain Pep Guardiola of Barcelona(their sworn rivals) was heavily dominating Spain and much of Europe before Mou came(and it was such a huge worry for Real). Mou came in and changed the narrative such that in his time Pep became less motivated and left for Manchester City.



This is a little story from his time at Tottenham from where he signed for AS Roma, his current employment. It was a penalty incident against Spurs,that was controversial because,it felt as if the opponent Raheem Sterling of Manchester City, took a dive to con the refree(a thing Sterling had a reputation for then). The penalty was given and well saved by the Tottenham goal tender and captain, Hugo Lloris. Soon after there was a check and it was discovered that it was never a penalty in the first place to the delight of Mou and the man by him(his assistant). Just then the assistant remembered and whispered to Mou that Sterling ought to be given a yellow card for diving(that would have sent Sterling off, since he was already on a yellow). Mou in almost an instant changed from joy to fury. Hahaha, that's just him,he has that spiky edge about him too. That is classic Mou, so much drama around him and things like this make English fans to miss him a lot. There's no one close to him in the drama he brings.

Someone responded to that video clip above saying: "That assistant will put him in big troubles one day, he's like that kid who suggest an idea not knowing whether it's dumb or smart and wait to see the reaction of his father to go for it. LMAO"

Another said, "Give me a 👍🏾if you watched this more than one"

Did you notice he kept the bottle in the hole perfectly eventhough he was raging? First hydrate and attack,is it? 😃
By the way,he and his assistant were right as per the substance of their complaint. Interesting guy Mou is however, you can say no dull moment with him.




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I remember reading up on him as there is so much he did that others didn't do. From translating and learning to taking over Barca's second team he moved quickly. He learned everything under Bobby Robson.

Ah Good greetings sir,please don't leave me for this long again.[smiles]

Exactly he has an enviable record as a coach and then such a

Well when you say "everything" I know it's not like you are being absolute, even so I think we should now open up a little of his story.

Mou's Dad was a coach after a brief career as a goalkeeper. Mou played football too and once was a player in the team his father coached, then began working actively with his Dad in coaching matters. In his early twenties he had already started scouting players for his Dad eventhough he was a footballer. Still in his early twenties he retired from football and took his coaching badges in the UK.

He didn't play so long as a footballer because he always knew he will be a coach,his Dad knew too. So coaching was "in his blood" as we say in my country, meaning it is his God given talent.

All the above were before he met Sir Robson. Infact 1987 following he had coached some clubs in Portugal(though U17 and U19) and was assistant coach in a senior team years before he began his work with Robson in Portugal(Sporting Lisbon).
In Sporting Lisbon a publication called "These Football Times" quoted Robson: "Robson utilised Mourinho as a sounding board, a confidante, leaning on the Portuguese’s expertise to help prepare for upcoming matches. “He’d come back and hand me a dossier that was absolutely first class,” Robson said, speaking in 2005. “[They were] As good as anything I’d received. Here he was, in his early-30s, never been a player or a coach to speak of, giving me reports as good as anything I ever got.”

You see even Robson downplays his background somewhat. That he wasn't a popular player or a world renowned coach before they both met doesn't mean he wasn't top notch. Infact by this time Mou had long finished his coaching badges put together by the England and Scottish FA'S,where he studied alongside the likes of former Scotland and Manchester United player Gordon Strachan. He had also coached teams exceptionally.

Van Gaal said of Mou when Mou assisted him as Barca manager(having taking over from Sir Robson)—"[He was] An arrogant young man, who didn’t respect authority that much, but I did like that of him. He was not submissive – he used to contradict me when I was in the wrong. Finally, I wanted to hear what he had to say and ended up listening to him more than the rest of the assistants."

Please I do not mean to say Sir Robson didn't teach Mou a lot,he sure did. Even Mou confirms this– "..He helped me to work in two clubs here and took me to one of the biggest clubs in the world. We are very different but I got from him the idea of what it is to be a top coach.”

So I just felt it necessary to unveil the big picture, just for information purposes.

If José Mourinho sees the post, I think he would smile.

Man, it feels so good to finally see you get the big OCD vote. You are a great example of what is good about this community and platform as a whole. Lots of hard work and determination to improve and show yourself to the world.

The article is great, but I am really happy for you personally and want to say how much you deserve this.

Oh my,I'm just full of smiles to see your message sir.
I can not forget the time and effort you put into encouraging me and improving(plus answering my often lengthy questions).

You are an example of a selfless man,seeking the best in others. Your kind of people are rare to find really. Once again,thank you so much.

Well I keep seeking ways to improve,I think there is much more I can do. My questions would soon begin hitting your desk again sir.[smiles]

Sincerely I'm delighted to see you. Are you back from community service now?