Jose Mourinho is a Portuguese soccer manager who managed the English Premier League club Manchester United until not long ago. Mourinho, the self-appointed ‘Special One’ rose to prominence during two spells as manager of Chelsea F.C., where he won a total of three Premier League titles, three League Cups, and an FA Cup. Additionally, Mourinho has won 2 Champions Leagues, with Inter Milan, and FC Porto.
Considered one of the most successful and influential football managers of all time, Mourinho is also no stranger to controversy. Outspoken, and occasionally curt, Mourinho has landed himself in hot water in the past for comments he has made. He has also gained public attention due to a number of high-profile disputes and feuds with other managers, players, and the media. These are some of the most notable figures Jose Mourinho has rowed with over the course of his career.
One of the most famous of Mourinho’s feuds has been with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. This does make sense being that they were managers of rival clubs, and Mourinho broke the Arsenal-Manchester United dominance in the Premier League at the time. It all seemed to start after Chelsea were found guilty of tapping up Ashley Cole and fined £200,000. Wenger was livid, which led to him making comments to the press, and Mourinho responded by calling him a voyeur. To make relations even worse, Wenger claimed Mourinho had a fear of failure, which led the Chelsea boss to dub the Frenchman, ‘specialist in failure.’
The two rivals first locked horns during Benitez’s successful spell in charge of Liverpool, who developed a bitter rivalry with Chelsea. There was seemingly no love lost between the pair, and this would continue even after both men left the Premier League. Things soured further after Mourinho left Inter Milan, and Benitez replaced him, leading Mourinho to claim Benitez would not do any better. Spaniard Benitez also coached Real Madrid and Chelsea after Mourinho had been sacked from them, with varying degrees of success. The two men will meet again in the Premier League, with Benitez now in charge of Newcastle.
Mourinho was one of the first managers to manage Super Mario, and experience the frustration of having to coach this most mercurial of characters. Balotelli played under Mourinho during his time at Inter, and the Portuguese boss could not seem to tame the wild Italian. Years later, Mourinho stated he would be able to write a 200-page book from his time managing Balotelli at Inter, and it would be a comedy. Super Mario would enjoy success at Inter, and again at Manchester City, but his relationship with Mourinho lasted two years.
In many ways, this one was the spark that led to the end of Mourinho’s second spell in charge of Chelsea. During the opening game of the 2015-16 season, club doctor Carneiro rushed onto the pitch to treat an injured player, and Mourinho took exception to this, branding her as naive. Chelsea drew the game 2-2, and the reigning champions were sent into a downward spiral, with Mourinho being sacked just a few months later.
Always outspoken, and never afraid to get caught up in controversy, Jose Mourinho is equal parts savior and equal parts pantomime villain. In recent years, he has not enjoyed the success he did early in his career, and he still picks a few too many fights. But, if he can turn Manchester United into a dominant force again, he will certainly go down as one of the greatest ever.