Childhood & Early Life
Jose Mourinho was born on January 26, 1963 in a middle-class family in Setúbal, Portugal, to professional football player José Manuel Mourinho Félix and his wife, primary school teacher Maria Júlia Carrajola dos Santos.
His father, better known as Félix Mourinho, played for Os Belenenses and Vitória de Setúbal, and also played one match for the Portuguese national team. He has an older sister, Teresa.
He accompanied his father on his weekend matches and training sessions, which helped him learn the nuances of the game. He followed his father to the Belenenses youth team to become a professional football player, but upon realizing his lack of strength and pace, he decided to become a coach instead.
He dropped out of the private business school his mother had enrolled him into and chose to study sports science in Technical University of Lisbon. Upon earning his diploma, he worked as a physical education teacher at schools for about five years.
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Returning to his hometown, Jose Mourinho became youth team coach at Vitória de Setúbal in the early 1990s, followed by short spells as assistant manager at Estrela da Amadora and scout at Ovarense. In 1992, he got the opportunity to work as an interpreter for renowned foreign coach, Bobby Robson, at Sporting Club Portugal.
The two developed a good working relationship and he followed Robson to FC Porto in December 1993, becoming his assistant. The team reached the 1993–94 UEFA Champions League semi-finals and won the 1993–94 Taça de Portugal, the 1994–95 and 1995–96 Portuguese championship, and the 1994, 1995 and 1996 Portuguese Super Cup.
In 1996, he again accompanied Robson when he moved to Barcelona, where he took additional responsibilities of coordinating practice sessions and providing tactical advice to the players. They ended another successful season by helping Barcelona win the European Cup Winners' Cup.
While Robson again moved to new club the following season, Mourinho was retained by the club and as the assistant to new head coach Louis van Gaal, he helped Barcelona win La Liga twice. Van Gaal later gave him coaching duties of Barcelona B and also let him coach the first team during Copa Catalunya in 2000, which he won.
He joined as the manager at Benfica in September 2000, and within a week, was offered the assistant manager's job at Newcastle United by Robson, which he declined. Following a brief stint at Benfica, he left for Uniao de Leira in 2001 and helped the team move up the league table.
On 23 January 2002, he took charge of the poorly performing Porto team and by the end of the season, took it to 11 victories in 15 matches. In 2003, he won his first Primeira Liga with a record 86 points, and also won the Taça de Portugal and the UEFA Cup.
In the following season, Porto won the one-match Portuguese Super Cup, the Primeira Liga, and the UEFA Champions League. Beating Manchester United led by Sir Alex Ferguson was the high point of the season, which opened the opportunity for him to join Chelsea on June 2, 2004.
He brought most of his support stuff from Porto and spent huge transfer fees to acquire skilled players. During his stint at Chelsea as the highest paid manager, he failed to win the European Champions League, but earned the team two Premier League Cups, two Football League Cups, and a FA Cup.
Following disagreements with owner Roman Abramovich, he left Chelsea suddenly on September 20, 2007 as the most successful manager in the club's history. He joined Internazionale, also known as Inter Milan, on June 2, 2008 on a three-year contract.
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During his first season at Inter Milan, he won the Supercoppa Italiana and also finished at the top of Serie A. In the following season, he helped the club to win the treble of Serie A, the Coppa Italia and the UEFA Champions League.
He moved from Inter Milan to Real Madrid with a world record-breaking compensation package on May 28, 2010. Despite having a disappointing first season, he led the team to La Liga title in the following season.
He returned to Chelsea in June 2013 and finished the 2013–14 season at 3rd position in the Premier League, four points behind winners Manchester City. In the following season, he won the Premier League and the Football League Cup for the third time as the manager of the team.
Despite signing a four-year contract on August 7, 2015, he left Chelsea later that year after losing 9 of 16 games that season. He signed a three-year contract with Manchester United on May 27, 2016 and became the first United manager to win major trophies in his debut season by winning the EFL Cup and the Europa League.
Personal Life & Legacy
In 1989, Jose Mourinho married his teenage sweetheart Matilde "Tami" Faria, whom he met in Setúbal, Portugal. The couple had a daughter, Matilde, in 1996, and son, José Mário, Jr., in 2000. His son plays football for Fulham's youth team.
He is involved with various charities and is a Global Ambassador of the United Nations' World Food Programme since 2014. He was part of a youth project seeking to bring Israeli and Palestinian children together through football and donated his 'lucky' jacket to Tsunami Relief.