The more you say about him the less it is, he is the special one, the only one and as he is at home, he sure is the happy one too.
He with his brief stint at Uniao de Leiria carried them to their highest ever league finish. After that he returned to Porto in early 2002 as head coach, winning the Primeira Liga, Taca de Portugal, and UEFA Cup in 2003. In the following season, Mourinho guided the team to victory in the Supertaca Candido de Oliveira, to the top of the league for a second time, and won the highest honour in European club football, the UEFA Champions League.
He was then appointed Chelsea’s new manager under a new owner and began a new era, the beginning of the rise of the newest super power in European football. Jose Mourinho became the manager who ended a 50 year long wait to bring the Premier League Trophy to Stamford Bridge, and then went on to win successive Premier League titles, in the 2006-07 season he won us the League Cup and FA Cup double. But alas, the love story was too good to be true, it needed a sad twist and fate provided it, September 2007 Jose left Chelsea with reports claiming a rift with owner Roman Abramovic.
After making history and leaving his mark in Portugal and England, his next destination was Italy. Italy famous for style and art was about to get her newest artist, Jose took over Internazionale and within 3 months of his appointment he guided Inter to their first trophy and ended the season by winning Serie A. In 2009-10 Internazionale became the first Italian team to win the treble. Winning the UCL with Inter made him one of only five coaches to have won the European Cup with two different teams. He won the first ever FIFA Ballon d’Or Best Coach Award in 2010.
He had won everything in Italy and maybe bored of eating pasta he moved on in search of a new challenge, and his search ended when one of the biggest club in European football in the form of Real Madrid came calling. In his first season he guided Real to the Copa del Rey. The following year, he won the La Liga and became the fourth coach, after Tomislav Ivic, Ernst Happel, and Giovanni Trapattoni, to have won league titles in at least four different countries. He left Madrid on mutual terms.
And like every love story is incomplete without a happy ending, this story also would seem incomplete, but fate had other plans, the paths met again, Jose had achieved the highest of honours in England, but he couldn’t deliver the coveted Champions League, and in the summer of 2013 the home-coming of the Special One happened, for he swapped the Spanish capital in favour of the English capital. Jose had come home, where he belongs. He made the team stronger as the season progressed, but failed to land any trophy.
As the season of 2014-15 is midway, Jose’s Chelsea look the favourite to win the Premier League and maybe make him the first Manager to win Champions League with 3 different teams. 95 points accumulated in a season in England, even a certain undefeated team couldn’t acquire that many points. First team to accumulate 100 points in Spain. He has won trophies wherever he has managed, but his story with Chelsea is a romantic affair. He is one of us.
Happy Birthday Jose. Hope you win us the league again.
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Edited By: Ankur Bhatt