Top 3 teams Jose Mourinho Has Managed!

Jose Mourinho is a former player turned manager, he is one of the most decorated managers in the history of football. He was born in Setúbal, Portugal on 26th January 1963. In the initial years of his career, he wanted to be a professional football player but was mostly used in reserves. He retired from professional football at the age of 24 after playing midfielder in Portugal’s leagues. “In the seventies and eighties, everybody wanted to be a player. I understood that my talent was on the other side of the game” he says about his early retirement decision.

He is well renowned for his strategic planning and skill in identifying important players. He has won 25 senior trophies during his time in charge of FC Porto, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester United. He is the third manager to win Champions League titles with two different clubs and the only manager under whom an Italian team won a treble. He was named Portuguese Coach of the Century by the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) in 2015. All these are just a few achievements from his long list as he has earned great glory in his career.

Mourinho is known in the football world as a charismatic, confident, and controversial manager. His reputation is well-deserved, backed by his proven track record of results. He knows his job well and does it very effectively. 

Jose Mourinho is a wise man who is not shy to share his views and has given us some of the best quotes to remember him for. The career he had is marvellous and something no other can pull off. Here we’ll have a look at the top 3 teams Jose Mourinho has managed.

1: Porto (2002 – 2004)

Jose Mourinho’s transformative journey started with FC Porto in 2002. When he replaced previous manager Octavio, at that time Porto was in last place in their UEFA Champions League second group stage, eliminated from the Taca de Portugal, a team in crisis. He guided the team in their worst and quickly identified key players to build a new team. Porto was in third place that year and Jose Mourinho set out to make his perfect Porto team. He had his best performance, measured by points per game while managing Porto. His second season with the club was nothing short of a miracle. Porto retained their league title with a 100 per cent home record. 

The miracles at Porto laid the foundation for Mourinho’s successful career, as he went on to achieve greatness with Chelsea, Real Madrid, and beyond. This period was marked by his iconic trench coat and memorable moments like celebrating at Old Trafford. He outshone the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson in the Champions League.

At Porto, Mourinho quickly gained recognition with two consecutive Primeira Liga titles and winning European trophies in back-to-back seasons, including the Champions League in 2003-04. The story of Mourinho’s time at Porto shows how a carefully thought-out strategy, strong belief, and small changes can make a significant impact.

Titles Won:
2x Primeira Liga
1x Taça de Portugal
1x Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
1x UEFA Champions League
1x UEFA Cup

2: Chelsea FC (2004 – 2007)

Mourinho left his mark at Chelsea, winning two Premier League titles in three years. He joined in the summer of 2003 confidently claiming the club had the best players and now the best manager. The team secured their first trophy against Liverpool in the League Cup but was defeated by them in the semi-finals of the Champions League. The team topped the Premier League from the start of the 2005-2006 season, also defeating Arsenal to win the 2005 FA Community Shield. The next season was full of media reports and speculations of Jose leaving the club due to his bad relations with the owner. While he denied them publicly he departed from the club the very next year by mutual consent.

He called himself the “Special One” in a press conference and went on to claim three Premier League crowns, one FA Cup, and three League Cups during five years at the club.

Mourinho returned to Chelsea in June 2013 for his second time as a manager. Although he left on bad terms he expressed his love for the club. His second term with the club was filled with ups and downs. In 2015 Mourinho was named Premier League Manager of the Season after Chelsea won the Premier League. They also won the League Cup in 2015. In his second term, the team won a few important titles but lost many. After a series of losses and departure from League Cup in 2015, he left the club. Mourinho fondly remembers Chelsea, a club closest to his heart.

Titles Won:
3x Premier League
1x FA Cup
3x Football League Cup
1x FA Community Shield

3: Inter Milan (2008-2010)

Mourinho’s arrival in Milan marked the club’s dominant era in Italian football. His strategic planning and ability to bring out the best in key players lead to their supremacy in Serie A. When Jose joined Inter Milan in the summer of 2008 he had already established himself as the most successful manager in the west London club’s history. Milan already had three consecutive Serie A titles but no Champions League Cup. Mourinho’s goal was set, and Milan had an incredibly successful next season. In his guidance, Inter Milan’s collection of trophies was not limited to only domestic cups but also sparkled with European titles. 

The opening of the 2009-2010 season was rough, the departure of Adriano, retirement, and transfer of important players left the club weak. There were many new signing deals and one expensive swap deal of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in exchange for Barcelona’s Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto’o. All of it was worth it. He led the team to win the Serie A title, the Coppa Italia, and the much-desired Champions League trophy in 2010. It was a historic win, no Italian team had ever bagged those three titles together. This record still stands as no Italian team has won the Champions League since 2010. 

Mourinho became the first manager to take three different teams to the Champions League. The day after their victory Mourinho announced his willing departure from the club. He reportedly said “If you don’t coach Real Madrid then you will always have a gap in your career” After several days of negotiations, a world-record-breaking compensation package was finalised on May 28, 2010, followed by Mourinho’s release from Inter Milan.

Titles Won:
2x Serie A
1x Coppa Italia
1x Supercoppa Italiana
1x UEFA Champions League

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