A look back at the 5 European trophies won by José Mourinho.
José Mourinho is one of the masters of the European Cup! The Portuguese has become the only manager to have won all European cups. Last Thursday, AS Roma won against Feyenoord with a score of 1 goal to 0 and became the first club in history to put their name on the list. The first European trophy in the history of the Roman club and the fifth in the career of the Special One. Back on his 5 different successes in the European Cup.
The first European title in 2003 👍
2002-2003 season. José Mourinho is living his first years as a coach at FC Porto. Within the Portuguese club, he performs an exercise of great beauty. He won the Portuguese championship hands down with a considerable lead over Benfica Lisbon. At the same time, he climbed to the final of the Europa League formerly called “UEFA Cup” against Celtic Glasgow. At the end of a very disputed and tight meeting, where they were led to the score, the Portitas ended up winning the final after extra time with a score of 3 goals to 2. Goals from Dmitri Alenitchev and a double from Derlei gave victory to the Portuguese club and José Mourinho.
Mourinho in the big leagues in 2004 🏆
Financial year 2003-2004. First in the standings the previous season and winner of the “UEFA Cup”, José Mourinho’s FC Porto played in the 2003-2004 edition of the Champions League. If the Special One has a great promising team on paper with players like Deco or Ricardo Carvalho, the Portitas approach the competition with the objective of getting out of the pools but above all to do the best possible. Despite a very strong pool with Real Madrid, Olympique de Marseille and Partizan Belgrade, the Portuguese finished second in the group behind Real Madrid.
A second place synonymous with a big opponent from the round of 16. The Tripeiros are opposed to Manchester United of Sir Alex Ferguson. To everyone’s surprise, they will pass the Mancunian obstacle in a double confrontation which was played on the wire and in the very last moments of the return match (2-1 and 1-1). A click that will allow the Portuguese to garner victories against Olympique Lyonnais then Deportivo La Corogne to slip through to the final to face AS Monaco in Gelsenkirchen. Victor Baia’s teammates will correct the Principality club (3-0) and offer the Portista people the second Champions League in the club’s history, but above all the first for José Mourinho.
The Masterclass with Inter 🎩
José Mourinho found himself in Italy and Inter in the summer of 2008 after a stint of three and a half years on the Chelsea bench. The President of the Nerazzurri Massimo Moratti hires the Special One to give a new dimension to the club. After a first season where he won the national title, the Italians stopped in the round of 16 against the future finalist of the edition, Manchester United.
The following season, Mourinho is determined to do better than a round of 16 and strengthens in the summer transfer window to fill the gaps in his team. Thus players like Samuel Eto’o, Diego Milito, Wesley Sneijder or even Thiago Motta arrive in the Milanese city to allow the club to take a step in the European Cup. After a fairly quiet first round, the Inter players will raise their level of play during the elimination phase. Javier Zanetti’s partners successively took out Chelsea and CSKA Moscow in the round of 16 and quarter-finals before meeting the Barcelona ogre in the semi-finals. A decisive and crucial poster.
The Milanese tamed FC Barcelona in the first leg with a score of 3 goals to 1 but suffered the Catalan waves in the second leg in numerical inferiority. Despite a goal from Gérard Piqué in the last minutes, José Mourinho’s men reached the final. A last round where they are opposed to Bayern Munich by Louis Van Gaal. Dominating and above all on their strength, the Nerazzurri won 2 goals to 0 thanks to a double from Diego Milito.
Sacred with Manchester United
José Mourinho is contacted by the Manchester United board to lead the club in the summer of 2016. The Mancunian club is struggling and has just finished in 5th place in the standings synonymous with qualification for the Europa League. José Mourinho therefore arrives on the bench of the Red Devils with the objective of shining in the league and in the European Cup. Wayne Rooney’s teammates have no problems reaching the final against Ajax Amsterdam. Quickly in front of the scoreboard thanks to Paul Pogba, the Mancunians will win quite easily on the score of 2 goals to 0. A first in the history of the club in the competition.
The 5th in the Europa League Conference 💪
The Special One likes a challenge. This time, it is at AS Roma that he puts his bags. The Roman club was on the downward slope and no longer finished in the Italian top 4. Even if it encounters difficulties in the league where the club finishes in 6th place behind Lazio Rome its great rival, the Giallorossi console themselves with the Europa League Conference. The Italians make a faultless run that takes them to the final against Feyenoord. The players of the Italian capital imposed themselves on the smallest of scores thanks to an achievement by Nicolo Zaniolo which allowed Mourinho to win his 5th European title and the first for the Italian club.
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