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Friday, February 9, 2007
Jose Mourinho the "Special One"



Under Roman Abramovich, Chelsea wants the best personnel in all areas - and usually they get their man. When searching for a new manager it was clear they weren't going to settle for anything other than the best - and, according to the man they appointed, that's what they got. Jose Mourinho been called as “Special One” His rise from being a mere translator to managing the richest club in the world has been nothing short of dream.

Despite his father Felix having represented the Portuguese national team as a goalkeeper but Mourinho never played professionally and instead, from a relatively young age, focused his sights only on a coaching career.

He had held low-profile positions at Estrela Amadora and Vitoria Setubal before taking his first high-profile role in football in 1992 when appointed to work under Bobby Robson at Sporting Lisbon. Mourinho initially worked as a translator to Robson, but he turned out to be much more than a linguist. From an early age he had been fascinated by football tactics and impressed by his attention to detail, work ethic and passion, for that reason, Bobby Robson would give him increasingly more responsibility with the first team. His tactical insight soon became apparent and he gradually became more involved in team affairs, impressing in the training sessions which he took.

Mourinho had clearly caught Robson's attention, which had a feeling that Jose would make it to the top one day: 'What struck me about Mourinho was that he was a student of football. He was very intelligent, enthusiastic and was very keen to learn.
'He never said to me that he wanted to be a head coach, but I had a feeling that one day he would go a long way in the game. He had great confidence in his own ability.

And when Robson moved on to Porto in 1993, it was no surprise that he took his good friend and colleague with him; Mourinho duly became his assistant manager. The Robson and Mourinho partnership began to click. In three years at Porto, they clinched two titles.
The Robson-Mourinho combo moved on to Barcelona in 1996, where they won a pair of Spanish Cups (1997 and 1998) and the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1997. However, the Nou Camp was to be the last staging post for the partnership.

In 1998 Robson received an offer from PSV Eindhoven that was too good to refuse - and instead of following his tutor to another new club, Mourinho decided to chance his arm away from Robson and stayed on at Barca in a coaching capacity, this time under new manager Louis Van Gaal.
However, he was forced out of the job as Van Gaal tried, unsuccessfully, to re-unite the coaching team that had led Ajax to so much success.
Mourinho did not have long to wait before landing his first full managerial post, when he was appointed Benfica boss in 2000. But his reign was shortlived, lasting only nine games before he resigned due to problems in the boardroom. Porto took note of the young manager's talents, and when their top job became available after a poor start to the 2002/03 season it was immediately offered to Mourinho, who jumped at the chance to have a crack at the league title with a talented squad.However, the now fearless Mourinho had unfinished business with Porto; he was determined to win the Champions League. Season 2003/04 inevitably yielded more success - Porto retained their league title but, of course, the outstanding success was their clinching of the European Cup after a 3-0 victory against Monaco.

His journey became more challenging when Chelsea came calling in May 2004 after he realized he had taken Porto as far as he could go, and jumped at the chance to take on one of Europe's most challenging (and best paid) jobs. Mourinho just shown that he was not afraid to use Abramovich cheque book when he bought such a star players by first taking ex-Porto players Ferreira and Carvalho and the signing of two-season wonder Didier Drogba . It not takes to much time when Mourinho had bought the best keeper in the world Petr Cech and and the best left middle field Arjen Robben. Other star players that he bought were Micheal Essien, Shaun Wright Philips and the new comers for 2006/2007 challenging is “the giant” from the big clubs, Micheal Ballack and Andriy Shevchenko. His solid start to the 2004/05 season saw they won the Premiership title by 12 points from Arsenal and it was the club’s record by winning the title since 50 years and retained to hold that prestige title for 2005/2006 season. This season, Mourinho looks floated when it is rumor that he had no good relation with the owner and also an achievement of the club currently. Located on 2nd position in EPL under Manchester United seems to change his career soon.
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