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Jose Mourinho

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José Mário dos Santos Mourinho Félix, commonly known as José Mourinho, GOIH (pron. IPA /'u'zɛ mo'ɾiɲu/) (born 26 January 1963 in Setúbal) is a Portuguese football manager. Currently he is not managing any club after leaving Chelsea on 20 September 2007.

Mourinho 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 has at times been a controversial figure.

His entry into the ISEF - Instituto Superior de Educação Física (a physical education school at Lisbon which is today's Faculdade de Motricidade Humana of the Technical University of Lisbon), was delayed by an altercation with his mathematics teacher during the last year of his secondary education. He left the school but returned soon after to pass the mathematics examination and complete his 12th grade. During the delay, his mother, who wanted him to study management instead of physical education, enrolled him in a private management school, but Mourinho didn't like what he saw there and dropped out after the first day. He then joined his father in Vila do Conde where Félix Mourinho was the head coach of Rio Ave F.C.. The following year Mourinho enrolled in the ISEF, and five years later was awarded a degree in physical education with good grades, specialising in sports methodology.

He went to Scotland to do the UEFA football coach course before returning to Portugal to work as a high school coach.

Under Mourinho, Chelsea built on the potential developed in the previous season. By early December, they were sat top of the Premiership table and had reached the knock-out stages of the Champions League. He quickly scooped his first trophy, winning the League Cup, after beating Liverpool 3-2 (AET) in Cardiff. Towards the end of the match, Mourinho was escorted from the touchline for allegedly inciting Liverpool fans following Chelsea's equaliser.

The club added more silverware as they secured their first top-flight domestic title in 50 years, setting a string of Premier League records in the process. However, he failed to achieve back-to-back Champions League successes when Chelsea were knocked out of the competition by a controversial goal in the semi-finals by eventual winners Liverpool.

He unexpectedly left Chelsea on September 20, 2007 'by mutual consent' after the Chelsea board held an emergency meeting and decided it was time to part with their manager. Many Chelsea fans were distraught at Mourinho's departure. Later that day Chelsea confirmed that Avram Grant would take over as manager of the team, with Steve Clarke as his assistant.



 


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