Jose Mourinho as a footballer, his love for Liverpool, and how his father influenced his success as a football coach.
Jose Mourinho is Roma F.C Coach. Known across the world for his success rate, and controversial coaching lifestyle, he is mic-friendly and very associated with the media. He is regarded as Europe’s best coach of the decade having proven himself in different managerial jobs which includes his treble-winning job in both Porto and Inter Milan, his trophies in Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham, and presently Roma F.C, after an unrecorded job in Benfica and other smaller Portuguese jobs.
Fans across the world may have hoped to know the making of Jose Mourinho, how he got to the top, and the club he fanned. It is on this note that the writer finds it important to embellish the world across with high profiled information about the making of Jose Mourinho, his short career as a footballer in Portugal where he was mentored by his very own father who lived and breathed football, and how he fared as a young Liverpool fan where he nurtured his passion and love for football.
After Portugal’s carnation Revolution, it was a tough period for Mourinho and his family. His father thought of moving them over to Spain. His Mother Maria dos Santos was a popular primary school teacher in Setubal. His uncle Ledo was one of Setubal’s wealthiest men. He even gave land and funded the building of the Estadio Bonfim, Setubal’s multi-purpose stadium. He died in 1972. The unprecedented event of a communist mayor coming to power in Setubal, the Mourinho’s was rocked and they were forced into a life of poverty.
Still, given Mourinho’s love of football, it was Felix despite often being on away trips with Vitoria and later, another club, Belenenses-who had the most profound effect on Mourinho. The young Mourinho would absorb all things football from his father and remarkably, the result of this was a three-year-old Mourinho being inconsolable after England knocked Portugal and his beloved Eusebio out of the 1966 World cup quarter-finals.
Mourinho acted as a ball boy for his father Felix who believed so much that young Mourinho would follow in his step. Mourinho soon began his love for football with strong support for Liverpool and his idolizing of Kevin Keegan and Kenny Dalglish. His father won a single cap for Portugal as a 34-year-old against Ireland in the independence cup in 1972.
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Mourinho became highly obsessed with football and soon his father discovered that his son has no career in it due to his poor skills, and he started employing him to travel along with him in his football trips just when his career was already getting to an end. He utilized him when his management career took off at Rio Ave in 1981. He graduated into management as head coach of Estrela Portalegre in 1976. He rarely selected Mourinho as a player during matches but would always ask him to coach the under 16 and give instructions to them. Jose Mourinho as a footballer did not quite enjoy favoritism from his father but acted more in the backroom. With these, Mourinho became better utilized. Rio Ave recorded a then club-record fifth place in 19681-82. And Mourinho became more popular in the dressing room amidst criticism for his favoritism in selecting players which involved a 30 years old Brazilian defender, Baltemar Brito.
The then-president Jose Maria Pinho became more concerned about the Mourinho Saga and stated that Mourinho must not be picked for the end-of-season playoff against the champions-elect; sporting Lisbon which they later lost 7-0 and this triggered the resignation of Felix to leave for Belenenses. Mourinho followed his father out.
It set Mourinho’s playing career as a midfielder in which he made just 94 appearances in seven seasons for Rio Ave, Belenenses, Sesimbra, and Comercio Industria. He enjoyed a memorable period of his career outside the control of his father while his career stagnated down the lower divisions of the league. He stood out as one of the team leaders at Sesimbra in Division three.
At the age of 22 with his last club Comercio Industria, he was without a wage. He even saved the life of his teammate; De, whose car caught fire. Mourinho’s career has been a show of selflessness and love. No wonder he has raised many players over the years to be coaches.