10 Facts You Probably Don’t Know About Jose Mourinho

10 Facts You Probably Don’t Know About Jose Mourinho

The enigmatic Portuguese, Jose Mourinho was sacked by Manchester United on Tuesday after a 3-1 defeat against arch-rivals, Liverpool over the weekend which seemed to be the final nail in the coffin.

In order to understand the brilliance simmering within the man, here are 10 facts you probably don’t know about Jose Mourinho:

Mourinho once made it to the cover of Rolling Stone magazine

At the end of 2011, Jose Mourinho was named ‘Rockstar of the Year’ by the Spanish edition of Rolling Stone magazine and featured on the front cover of their December edition.

The magazine talks about his defiance, impertinent wit and above all the provocative attitude on the bench and press conferences.

It also features extensive reports about the Portuguese manager featuring interviews with old colleagues, journalists and close friends.

Mourinho has won Manager of the Year awards in Portugal, England and Italy. He also won the inaugural FIFA World Coach of the year in 2010.

Earlier in 2005, he was also elected as the ‘New Statesman of the Year 2005’ and was described as a man devoted to both family and work.

Mourinho speaks 6 languages

The former Manchester United boss is a language master. He speaks a total of six languages.

They include Portuguese, English, Italian, French, Spanish, and Catalan.

It is interesting he speaks Catalunya language given his fierce rivalry with Barcelona during his time at Real Madrid.

However, Mourinho worked at Camp Nou under former boss Louis Van Gaal.

Mourinho attempted to stop a book on him being published

Mourinho tasted defeat outside football in 2004.

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A book titled Jose Mourinho – Made in Portugal: The Official Biography by Portuguese journalist Louis Lourenco, is a best-seller in the country, despite the Portuguese manager’s attempts to stop it from being published in the first place.

The book portrayed Mourinho’s family and their fear towards him. However, he failed to stop its release and the book sold more than 15,000 copies.

The failure to stop the sale of the book was confirmed in court when the judge dismissed Mourinho’s appeal against the release of the book and this added insult to injury for the Portuguese manager.

At the end of the case the judge said there was no clear basis for Mourinho’s complaint and added, “The author acted within the limits of his profession as a journalist and writer acting correctly in the context of a free, democratic and pluralistic press, exercising his rights of freedom of expression and information.”

Jose Mourinho never lost a home game for 9 years

Mourinho didn’t lose a single home game for nine years between 23rd February 2002 and April 2nd 2011. In that period he managed Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.

He finally lost a home game 1-0 to Sporting Gijon on April 2nd 2011. What a record. Take a bow, Jose.

Mourinho quit Business School on Day 1

Mourinho’s mother, Maria Julia, wanted him to become a businessman when it became clear he wasn’t going to succeed as a professional footballer. And when he was 23 years old, she signed him up for a business school.

He quit after just one day. According to his mother, Mourinho did not suddenly become a perfectionist when he started coaching, having shown signs when he was very young of his desire for things to be neat and organised.

However, his mother has admitted in the controversial biography that their family relationship was not fully filled with joy.

Mourinho worked as a PE teacher before becoming a manager

Before he became a coach, Mourinho was a PE teacher in Portugal. According to one of his former pupils, he was an immediate hit with the female students.

“Until he arrived, no girls ever wanted to do PE. But suddenly, nobody was asking for a doctor’s sick note,” she recalled.

Mourinho spent five years as a PE teacher in various schools across Portugal and later moved on to pursue his dream of coaching a professional football club.

The disappointment of not being able to establish a career as a player fuelled his motivation to become a top manager.

Mourinho contributed to tsunami relief efforts

In 2005, Mourinho donated a jacket to be auctioned to help raise money for Tsunami Relief and other charities.

Organiser Marc Thompson revealed that one bidder paid €25,800 for Mourinho’s coat at the fundraiser held at Stamford Bridge.

The auction of Mourinho’s ‘lucky’ jacket played a part in raising around £545,000 for the cause.

The event was organised by four friends, including Michael Holland (son-in-law of film director Lord Attenborough), who lost his wife, daughter and mother in the Asian tsunami.

Other items to go under the hammer included a rare print of the original Stamford Bridge stadium signed by Mourinho and the squad.

Mourinho has a doctorate to his name

In 2009, Mourinho received a doctorate from Lisbon’s Technical University for his accomplishments in professional football.

He had graduated from the university more than 20 years beforehand with a degree in physical education and sport.

The university said the tribute was in recognition of his professional success having led FC Porto to the 2003 UEFA Cup and 2004 Champions League titles before moving to Chelsea and winning back-to-back Premier League titles in 2004/05 and 2005/06.

The doctorate is one of 30 individual accolades won by Mourinho in his career as a manager across Europe.

Police once cautioned Mourinho over his pet dog

In 2007, Mourinho was issued a police caution after allegedly refusing to allow police to quarantine his pet dog, Leya.

Having rushed home from an awards ceremony following a tip-off from his wife, the then-Chelsea coach freed the animal from the hands of the health officials and encouraged it to run off down the street, according to eyewitnesses.

It is understood the official wanted to quarantine the dog, believing it had been taken abroad and then brought back to Britain without vaccinations.

Mourinho received a caution for obstructing the authorities from doing their job.

Mourinho forced a referee to retire

Former Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho problems with match officials is well-documented.

Back in 2005, after a bitter encounter with Barcelona, the Portuguese accused match referee Anders Frisk of allowing Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard to visit official’s room at halftime.

Mourinho reported the matter to UEFA but the referee resigned days later after receiving death threats over the incident.

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