Jose Mourinho has won every trophy during his managerial career
Posted On May 5, 2021
“Please don’t call me arrogant, but I’m a European champion and I think I’m special.”
These famous words from 2004 were among the first uttered by Jose Mourinho when he replaced Claudio Ranieri as Chelsea manager.
They offered a glimpse into the confident, candid nature of the Portuguese boss, who has just climbed the mountains of the Champions League with serial outsiders Porto.
Since then, Mourinho has continued to write successful chapter after chapter in his managerial career – conquering England, Italy and Spain, and twice more sitting on top of the European perch.
Mourinho not only worked with the best in the game, but also showed off his extensive trophy cabinet he is one of the best.
Here, 90min runs every single managerial honor that Mourinho has in his name.
After two short stays at the helm of Benfica and Unio de Leiria, Mourinho’s first taste for success came to Porto.
Responsible for only two years, he fell apart six trophies – including the UEFA Cup and Champions League in consecutive seasons, as well as crowns from the Primera League.
Assigned to transform Chelsea into giants on the European stage, Mourinho succeeded Claudio Ranieri in 2004 and immediately delivered the club’s first Premier League title.
He repeated the feat the following season, but ultimately failed to bridge the gap in Europe, failing to bring the Blues after the semi-finals. He paid for this failure with his work – only to return in the summer of 2013, to the delight of Chelsea fans.
A third Premier League crown followed, as well as a third League Cup, but Mourinho’s magic disappeared again and he was fired from the club again at the end of 2015. However, eight trophies is not bad.
Mourinho’s first departure from Stamford Bridge took him to Italy and met the Serie A giants Inter. The Nerazzurri sought to establish themselves as on dominant internal strength after the relegation of Juventus in Serie B, so his arrival is seen as a huge step towards this goal.
Inevitably, Mourinho not only took responsibility for the interior successfully, but also led one of the greatest European tracks of all time – finishing second in the Champions League, at the expense of Bayern Munich.
The triumphs of Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana took his trophy in Italy five during his stay in Milan.
Taking on perhaps his most difficult managerial task, Mourinho then accepted an offer to become Real Madrid’s manager – where he was tasked with ending Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona dominance.
At this point in the history of Los Blancos, success in the Champions League was the last thing on the minds of the club hierarchy – the great hope was simply to beat Guardiola’s side against La Liga. After leading Barça close in his first season, Mourinho increased his ante in his second year, building on his 2011 Copa del Rey success to bring Real to fame.
After doing so, expectations were raised – and the failure to expand his trophy cabinet in the Spanish capital beyond three quickly signaled the end of his time at the Bernabeu.
After leaving Chelsea for the second time, Mourinho was surprisingly chosen as the man to succeed Luis van Gaal in the hot seat of Manchester United.
It took time for the Portuguese to win over the club’s supporters – in some cases he never did – but he eventually began to strengthen what was a sinking ship after Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.
The glory of the Premier League has never been in the cards, but the respected second place is complemented by greater success on the European stage – when Mourinho played in the Europa League 2016/17. He also won the League Cup this year, as well as the pre-season Community Shield.
Unglamorous high frequencies, one might say, but they were the only ones three trophies he grabbed before leaving in December 2018.
Mourinho’s appointment as Tottenham’s head coach at the end of 2019 certainly raised a few eyebrows, but if anyone could end Lilywhites’ long run without a trophy, would it certainly be the special one?
Well, not really.
Jose was knocked out just before the League Cup final, with his side of the Spurs failing in the league. This means that his career trophies remain 25as it now passes to the Roma.