Monday, May 31, 2010
Mourinho's fame transcends the game
He started out as a PE teacher and has become one of the most famous football managers. Rafsanjan Abbey Tatya writes about the man who is more famous than football players.
In football today, there is Jose Mourinho and then there is everybody else. The pouting Portuguese has lit up the world of football with his attitude and coaching skills, and has become one of the few managers whose fame has transcended the game.
This year alone, Mourinho – coaching Inter Milan - proved to be football’s hottest property by rising above the richest clubs (talk of Chelsea and Barcelona); outshining hugely successful clubs (talk of Bayern Munich) and outdoing the best players around (think Lionel Messi) to win the UEFA Champions League.
Even on a night where Messi could score 10 goals, Mourinho would somehow beat him to the cover pages – he is simply the best thing to have happened to football in recent times. He knows it, which is why in a press conference upon joining Chelsea in 2004, Mourinho said, “Please don’t call me arrogant, but I’m European champion and I think I’m a special one,” which resulted in the media dubbing him “The Special One.” His egocentricity is elephantine and his tendency to say exactly what he thought won him more enemies than friends in the beginning but today, very many people love him for not only his managerial skills but what he says too.
Posted by Mike Jacobs at 7:48 AM