Dewi Lewis Media (August 1, 2008) | ISBN: 0954684338 | PDF | 7.19 MB | 224 pages
In just a few years, JosÃ© Mourinho has proved himself to be one of the most successful and controversial of football managers. He arrived in London in the summer of 2004, to take on the role of the manager at Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea. His impact on English football was immediate, with his unmistakeable self-confidence, style, drive and ambition. Now he has moved on to Inter Milan where, once again, he has become the focus of media attention. But how did his career start? What led him to becoming one of the great enigmas of World Football?Â This fascinating book charts his rise from relatively humble beginnings as assistant coach to Sir Bobby Robson, to become the most sought-after club manager in Europe.Readers will gain an insight into Mourinho’s management skills, as well as his whole footballing philosophy, and his approach to motivating his players. Mourinho himself writes of his move to Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea and of approaches by other clubs; his âmind games’ with Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United are knocked out of Europe; and his fears for his personal safety and that of his family after receiving a death threat on the eve of what should have been the biggest night of his life.Long-term family friend, Portuguese journalist LuÃs LourenÃ§o guides us through the formative years in Mourinho’s coaching career, as he returns to Portugal from Barcelona at the turn of the millennium and embarks on the remarkable four-year journey which will lead him to Chelsea. A journey which includes short-lived yet turbulent spells at Portuguese giants Benfica and minnows UniÃ£o de Leiria, and culminates in a night of unforgettable glory for FC Porto and JosÃ© Mourinho as they are crowned Champions of Europe.
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