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Facts about Jose Mourinho

In the following article, we will review the interesting facts about Jose Mourinho, one of the successful managers in the world.

Widely known as the Special One, Jose Mourinho, is a familiar name to all football lovers in the world. A special man with particular philosophy and special movements. Mou is unique in his style and has great knowledge of football.

While the Special One is super smart, many football fans do not like him as they believe he is selfish and ruthless. But why Drogba burst into tears when Mourinho left


and why Lampard, John Terry, and Paulo Ferreira begged him not to leave them? 

Jose has repeatedly said that he is not selfish. He recently called himself a great coach and emphasized that this is not a sign of complacency, but he likes his job during the game. Courage, frankness, high support for his current and former player, ambition, having a managerial spirit, honesty are some good features of the Special One. 

Here are the most interesting 

facts about Jose Mourinho

 you might want to know.

Facts you need to know about Jose Mourinho

Let's take a look at the top facts about Jose Mourinho. Facts like Jose Mourinho birthday, wife, Instagram, which may be fascinating to football lovers.

Jose Mourinho age and biography at point

  • Full Name:

    Jose Mario dos Santos Mourinho Felix

  • Nickname:

    The Special One, The only one, Ze Mario, Mou

  • Date of Birth:

    January 26, 1963

  • Age:

    57 years

  • Place of Birth:

    Setubal, Portugal

  • Height and weight: 

    1.74 m/74 kg

  • parents:

    Felix and Emilia Mourinho

  • Wife:

    Matilde Faria (married 1989)

  • Children:

    Jose Mario Mourinho Jr., Matilde Mourinho

  • Playing Position:


  • Club(s):

    As a player: Belenenses, Rio Ave, Sesimbra, Comercio e Industria/As a manager: Benfica, Uniao de Leiria, Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur

  • Net Worth:

    $100 million

Jose Mourinho Childhood

The first part of our article on

facts about Jose Mourinho

is about his childhood. Jose

Mourinho birthday

is on 26th January 1963, in Setubal,


, was born into a middle-class family.

Jose Mourinho family

loved football. His father, Felix Mourinho, was a goalkeeper and manager. Late Felix played in

Vitoria de Setubal

, Sado River, as well as Belenenses for 19 years as a professional player. He was also a football coach. In 1980 Felix coaching career started, and He coached teams like



Rio Ave



, as well as

Vitoria Setubal

. Jose Mourinho's father passed away on 25 June 2017. Jose Mourinho's mother, Emilia Mourinho, was a teacher. She was from a wealthy family. Emilia enrolled his son in a business school, but Jose Mourinho preferred sport to business school.

Football has been a crucial part of Mourinho's life since he was a child. Jose turned up to his father's weekend match, wherever he was. Felix Mourinho said about when Jose Mourinho age was 13: "When he was 13 or 14, I became a manager and had to travel. Jose would always find a way to turn up wherever I was. By coach or even fish transport truck, he would always be with me somehow for the weekend matches. He started to manage the ball boys. He would position himself behind our bench. I’d give him instructions, which he would pass on to the players, running to the other side of the pitch to tell them. So he began very early to deal with tactics and systems of play."

Jose Mourinho Career Stats

After reviewing Jose

Mourinho childhood,

let's take a look at Jose

Mourinho career stats

, that is, one of the significant

facts about Jose Mourinho


Jose started his career with the Belenenses youth team, and in 1980, he joined Rio Ave. on that time, his father was a coach of Rio Ave. After two years, he rejoined Belenenses, and after that, he moved to


and Comercio e Industria. Mou soon realized that he could not be a successful player in the world of football, so he entered the field of coaching. "I’m an intelligent person. I knew I was not going to go any higher. The second division was my level," said Mou.

His father said about his interest in coaching: "When he was 15 or 16 he told me he wanted to be a manager. He started to watch the teams we were going to play and prepare reports, and that helped me a lot."

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Jose Mourinho Managerial career

Jose Mourinho started his coaching career at the Vitoria de Setubal youth team. After that, in

Estrela da Amadora

, he became an assistant manager. In 1992 he became Bobby Robson's interpreter at

Sporting CP

. When Bobby Robson took over at


, Mourinho accompanied him. "One of the most important things I learned from Bobby Robson is that when you win, you shouldn't assume you are the team, and when you lose, you shouldn't think you are rubbish," said the Special One. he went to the La Liga and


with great Bobby Robson as a translator. 

In 2000, Mourinho was finally appointed head coach of


, replacing Jupp Heynckes. When I spoke with Van Gaal about going back to Portugal to be an assistant at Benfica, he said: "No, don't go. Tell Benfica if they want a first-team coach you will go; if they want an assistant, you will stay," Mourinho said.

Mou's tenure at Benfica was short, and he left the Portuguese team after nine games.

The Special One then moved to

Uniao de Leiria

; in this team, he was able to set a record of eight games without defeat, and the Portuguese team ended up in fourth place. Mou's success made him famous, and the bigger teams wanted to hire the Special one.

In 2002 he was named as a coach of Porto; at the end of the season, Porto ended in third place, and Mou promised to make the Portuguese team champions next year. Young Mou won the Primeira Liga title on two occasions, one Supertaca Candido de Oliveira, one UEFA Champions League title as well as one UEFA Cup title from 2002 to 2004.

In 2004 Mourinho, who was at the beginning of his coaching career, went to the English Premier League and became the coach of Chelsea. "Please don't call me arrogant, but I'm European champion, and I think I'm a special one," said Mou after joining Chelsea.

The England side won the Premier League title twice in a row over the next two years, after 50 years. During these two years, Mourinho was selected as the best coach of the year by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics. Ze Mario won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup title, Football League Cup on two occasions, as well as one FA Community Shield title from 2004 to 2007 with the Blues. 

After he conflicted with Abramovich, Mou left the blues in 2007, and On 2 June 2008, he became the manager of

Inter Milan

with a three-year-old contract. In less than three months, Mourinho won his first trophy with Inter, winning the Italian Super Cup and finishing his first season in Italy with a Serie A title. 

The following year, Inter Milan won three trophies to become the first team in Italian history to do so. Inter won the Serie A and the Italian Cup, but most importantly, they won the Champions League with Mourinho. The Special One also became the third coach in history, after Ernst Happel and Ottmar Hitzfeld, to win the Champions League with two different teams. These honors led to his re-election as the best coach of 2010 by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics.

On 28 May 2010, he was named the coach of

Real Madrid

. Jose Mourinho's three-year charge at Real Madrid ended with just one Copa del Rey and one La Liga title. Mourinho won the Copa del Rey in his first season as a Real Madrid manager, defeating Barcelona in the final to win the trophy. That's why he called the title his best championship at Real Madrid. In his second season, Mou won the La Liga title.

Mourinho's time at Real Madrid had many conflicts. He had a clash with

Cristiano Ronaldo

. He criticized CR7 and said: "maybe thinks that he knows everything and that the coach cannot improve him anymore."

On 3 June 2013, Mou returned to Chelsea and told Chelsea TV: "In my career, I've had two great passions, Inter and Chelsea, and Chelsea is more than important for me." He continued: "It was very, very hard to play against Chelsea, and I did it only twice, which was not so bad. Now I promise the same things I promised in 2004, I'm one of you." He won one Premier League title, as well as one Football League Cup title from 2013 to 2015 with the Blues.

On 27 May 2016, he took over

Manchester United

and achieved one EFL Cup title, one FA Community Shield title, as well as one UEFA Europa League title during his spell with the Red Devils. Mourinho was sacked in 2018 by the club's management due to poor results.

On 20 November 2019, he was named the coach of

Tottenham Hotspur.

He is still the manager of the England side and hopes to win another Premier League title.

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Jose Mourinho Net worth & Salary

At this part, we will take a look at

Jose Mourinho salary

and net worth, which is one of the fascinating facts about Jose Mourinho.

Widely known as the Special One, Jose Mourinho is one of the highest-paid managers in the Premier League. As of 2020, Jose

Mourinho net worth

is estimated at around $100 million, making him one of the wealthiest managers in the world.

Jose Mourinho salary is £15,000,000 per year at Tottenham. Mou takes home £288,461 per weak. 

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Jose Mourinho Children & Wife

Matilde Faria,

Jose Mourinho wife

, was born on August 14, 1965, in Angola. They started dating when they were a teenager. The Childhood sweethearts got married in 1989. One of the noticeable facts about Jose Mourinho wife is her influence on Mou's career. Once Matilde convinced him not to move to Premier League. "Lampard, Terry, Joe Cole, everybody, was saying, ‘Come, come, come. My players said, ‘The guys from Manchester United and Liverpool call us and say to us: Tell your boss to come.’ I had lots of positive things to push me," Mourinho told the Sun in 2019.

"My wife told me not to take it, and she was right. It was the right decision. We are talking about seven years ago, and I cannot wait two years for a big competition. I cannot be spending two years playing against Kazakhstan and San Marino. And she was right. It was not the job for me seven years ago, it’s not the job for me now, and I don’t think it will be the job for me in seven years. Maybe in 15 years from now but not seven."

In the case of

Jose Mourinho children

, you might know that he has two children. The couple welcomed their first child, Matilde Mourinho, in 1996, and their second child Jose Mario Mourinho Jr. was born on February 2, 2000.

Facts about Jose Mourinho you did not know about

  • Jose Mourinho nickname

Jose Mourinho nickname is given to him by his fan. He is known as The Special One, The only one, Ze Mario, Mou.

  • Jose Mourinho tattoo 

One of the most interesting facts about the Jose Mourinho tattoo is that he inked his children's names and his wife's nickname 'Tami' on his left wrist in 2013. Jose Mourinho family has always been a priority for him.

  • Jose Mourinho height

Jose Mourinho height is 1.74 m, and his weight is 74 kg.

Jose Mourinho Instagram accoun


Jose Mourinho Instagram account (@josemourinho) has around 1 M followers.

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Jose Mourinho Quotes

One of the most amusing parts of SportMob's article on facts about Jose Mourinho is a look back at his most controversial quotes.

On Arsene Wenger

“I think [Arsene Wenger] is one of these people who is a voyeur. He likes to watch other people. There are some guys who, when they are at home, have a big telescope to see what happens in other families. He speaks, speaks, speaks about Chelsea.

On his arrival at Real Madrid

I am not anti-Barcelona. I am coach of Real but Barca doesn’t worry me. My only concern is to grow Real. Barca are great rivals and we respect them. If I am hated at Barcelona, it is their problem but not mine. Fear is not a word in my football dictionary.

On Real Madrid

I am prepared. The more pressure there is, the stronger I am. In Portugal, we say the bigger the ship, the stronger the storm. Fortunately for me, I have always been in big ships. FC Porto was a very big ship in Portugal, Chelsea was also a big ship in England and Inter was a great ship in Italy. Now I’m at Real Madrid, which is considered the biggest ship on the planet


On God

He must really think I’m a great guy. He must think that, because otherwise He would not have given me so much. I have a great family. I work in a place where I’ve always dreamt of working. He has helped me out so much that He must have a very high opinion of me.

On the Juventus Boss criticizing Mourinho

"I studied Italian five hours a day for many months to ensure I could communicate with the players, media and fans. Ranieri had been in England for five years and still struggled to say ‘good morning’ and ‘good afternoon.


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Jose Mourinho Transfer Market

One of the important facts about Jose Mourinho is his transfer market. According to the Jose

Mourinho transfer market,

he has played a total of 94 games for four clubs. He has scored 13 goals from 1980 to 1987.

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