January 26 – The Special One is Born

Mourinho_JoseYou either love him or hate and in 1963 on this day in soccer history José Mourinho was born.

After not making it as a football player, ‘The Special One’ turned his attention to coaching and quickly made a name for himself while working as a translator for Bobby Robson at Sporting and Porto, and then at Spanish giants Barcelona.

Mourinho went out on his own and after short stints at Benfica and U.D. Leiria, he returned to Porto in 2002 where he led the team to the Portuguese Liga, Cup of Portugal and UEFA Cup in 2003 and then achieved Europe’s heights by helping Porto to the 2004 UEFA Champions League title.

After hoisting the title with Porto, Mourinho was bought out by Chelsea’s Roman Abromovich to repeat his successes with the London side.

Mourinho helped guide the Blues to English Premier League titles in 2004 and 2005 but they never were able to win a UEFA Championa League and with a fallout with management left England for Italy and Inter Milan.

Soccer Birthdays

1919 – Bill Nicholson, English footballer and manager for Tottenham Hotspur. (d. 2004)
1919 – Valentino Mazzola, Italian footballer (d. 1949)
1962 – Oscar Ruggeri, Argentine footballer
1963 – José Mourinho, Portuguese football manager
1984 – Iain Turner, Scottish footballer

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