Jose Mourinho started his coaching career at Portugal's Benfica in year 2000 at the age of 37. This was after working as assistant manager under top managers like Bobby Robson and Louis Van Gaal.
He has now spent 21 years as head coach in various clubs in England, Italy, and Spain. Mourinho has coached at nine clubs namely Benfica, Uniao de Leiria, Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Tottenham, and AS Roma.
In 2004 when Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich employed Jose Mourinho as the new manager, he told reporters in his first press conference that he sees himself as the "special one". Since then, the Portuguese coach has not desisted from stating and proving himself qualified to bear that title.
Mourinho is more concerned about winning games and trophies than entertaining football fans. Hence, his style of play is defensive and counter attacking football, especially when playing against top sides. There are three profound records that makes Jose Mourinho stand out among his fellow managers:
The last manager to win the Champions League with a team outside the top 5 European Leagues.
While at Porto, Mourinho led the Portuguese club to a Champions League title win in 2004. Porto defeated Monaco 3-0 in the final to win the trophy. Since then, no club outside the top 5 leagues in Europe have won the UEFA Champions League trophy. The top 5 leagues in Europe are in England, Spain, Italy, France, and Germany.
Lowest amount of goals conceded in an English Premier League season
In Mourinho's first season as coach in England at Chelsea, he led the club to Premier League trophy win. At the end of the season in 2005, Chelsea had only conceded 15 goals in 38 games played. In the history of the English Premier League, no club has conceded that low in a season.
The longest unbeaten home run in both England and Italy.
After setting the longest unbeaten home record in England with 77 straight home games without a loss. The 58-year-old AS Roma head coach as now replicated the same feat in Italy. Mourinho has gone 42 home games without losing in Italy, dating back to his time as Inter Milan's manager.
The special one indeed
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