José Mourinho

José Mourinho (1963 - )

José Mourinho


José Mourinho

Voted one of the sexiest men in the world by a UK Women’s magazine, the present coach of Chealsea, José Mourinho is regarded as the best and the highest paid coach in Europe.

Born in 1963 in Setúbal as a son of a Portuguese goalkeeper Félix Mourinho, José Mourinho never pursued a career as a player. Although he had a few unsuccessful attempts in small football clubs, he was rather talented for his organizational and management skills. From an early age, he prepared match reports and dossiers for his father's teams, meanwhile completing his studies in Sports, specializing in Sports Methodology.

After having worked at Estrela da Amadora and his hometown club Vitória de Setúbal in the early 1990s, Mourinho started working as a translator of Sir Bobby Robson first at Sporting Lisbon and then at FC Porto and earned the nickname Tradutor (translator). He soon became a coach in the Portuguese capital and followed the former England manager to Barcelona in 1996, now officially an assistant coach. After Robson left in 1997, Mourinho remained with the Catalan club and served a further three years under Dutch coach Louis van Gaal.

His first head coach's job was something of a false start, though, as Mourinho resigned from Benfica (Lisbon) just nine matches into the 2000 season after falling out with the board. The following January, he took the reins at little-known União de Leiria and was quickly back into his stride, guiding them to the top five by the midpoint of the 2001-02 season. He jumped ship when Porto came calling in January 2002, and the team finished the season in third place despite a poor start.

Following somewhat of a false start in Benfica, the next two seasons at Porto were the most successful in the club's history and Mourinho was always likely to attract the attention of Europe's big clubs. Chelsea revealed their interest in seeking a manager with excellent skills and soon Mourinho was heading for West London before the European Cup had even completed its journey to Portugal.