Jose Mourinho is one of the biggest names in modern football history and one of the best managers of the 21st century, having won major trophies with six different clubs – including domestic league titles with four of them and the Champions League with two.
An intelligent and confident observer who occasionally doubled as a scout for his own father, himself a manager following a semi successful professional career, Mourinho knocked playing football on the head relatively early in order to focus on coaching instead.
A young Mourinho was on the books at top flight clubs Rio Ave and Belenenses under his father’s watch in the early 1980s, without ever progressing beyond reserve level and later turned out for lower division teams in Portugal until hanging up his boots aged 24.
Working as a PE teacher in the late 1980s but studying coaching on the side, Mourinho’s big break in professional football came in 1992 when he was hired by Sporting CP to work as a translator on Bobby Robson’s staff. From there, Mourinho followed the legendary Englishman to Porto and Barcelona, taking on increasingly more than just interpreter duties. He remained at Camp Nou even after Robson had move on, developing under Louis van Gaal, before branching out on his own.
As of January 2024, Mourinho has held ten managerial positions since his first job in 2000. Here, 90min ranks his success in each and every one of them.