Defensive organisation – Issue 29 (December 2012)
José Mourinho is the enigmatic manager of Spanish league champions Real Madrid.
During a seven-year professional playing career, Mourinho appeared for Rio Avenue, Belenenses and Sesimbra in his native Portugal. But it was as a coach that he caught the eye, initially at Vitória de Setúbal in the early 1990s.
In 1992, he worked at Sporting Lisbon alongside Sir Bobby Robson, before the pair moved on to Porto, then Barcelona.
His first chance to take on first-team manager duties came at Benfica in 2000, before he switched to União de Leiria and then Porto. Arriving at Porto signalled the start of an incredible coaching success story. There he won the Portuguese Primeira Liga and Champions League, while moving to Chelsea in 2004 he clinched the Barclays Premier League in his first two seasons and the FA Cup in his third.
In 2008 he moved to Inter Milan where in his second season he won the Champions League for the second time in his career as part of a superb treble of domestic league, domestic cup and European honours.
In 2010 he moved to Real Madrid, where he won the Copa del Rey in his first season and La Liga in his second. The title success was record-breaking in that Real Madrid achieved 100 points, scoring 121 goals in the process.
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