Thousands of football managers come and go, most just show that they aren’t up for the job, of the rest very few leave any sort of legacy. Once in a generation a manager comes along who books their place in football history within just a few years of emerging, a ‘special one’ if you like. The special one of this generation is Jose Mourinho.
Still only in his early-fifties and therefore potentially only half way through his managerial career, Mourinho has already won the English Premier League three times, Seria A twice, La Liga once, the European Champions league twice, the UEFA Cup, and countless of domestic cups across several top leagues. His success has seen him awarded numerous individual honours including UEFA Manager of the Year and FIFA World Coach of the Year.
This excellent documentary, titled simply ‘Mourinho’, was made for the British television station ITV and aired in late 2012. It gives an excellent insight into his rise to greatness. His story is an interesting one, he was not particularly bless as a player and played less than 100 games in the lower echelons of the Portuguese system before retiring at just 25 to concentrate on coaching. His first job in coaching was as a PE teacher at a high school before he graduated through academy coaching, scouting, and then to a job as a translator for the great late Sir Bobby Robson at Barcelona in the Nineties.
He worked closely with Robson at Sporting Lisbon, Porto, and Barcelona before remaining at Barcelona when Robson left to work under Louis Van Gaal. It wasn’t until the year 2000, at the age of 37, that Mourinho took his first job as a head coach. Within four years he was a Champions League winning manager with Porto. The film includes some excellent archived footage of Mourinho as a younger man and numerous contributions from high profile people in the game including his great rival Sir Alex Ferguson and his protege Andre Villas-Boas.