Submitted to: Tommy Bianchi Submitted by: Simmie Thiara 991 114 792
Football, the world's most popular and played sport. A survey in 2001 by FIFA declared that more than 240 million people play the sport of football in over 200 countries across the globe. What makes the sport such a popular one? Minus the fact that all you need is a ball and two teams; the sport itself is so easy to learn how to play. Many different elements of the game help to make it so popular. The skilled players bring so much talent to the world of football. However, a crucial aspect to the game of football is the coaches. The coaches act as the tacticians of the game to ensure that all the player's skills are used to their full potential. This brings us to a coach for whom defeat is intolerable, who is defined by winning, and who is used to winning. But it is also the confidence of a man who is his own creation - one who dared to dream what he might become and became all that he wanted to be. That man, who is Jose Mourinho."I am a special one", a quote Jose Mourinho used to describe himself, expresses in essence Jose Mourinho and what he brought to the game of football. His "self confidence" brought much media attention to the world of football through his arrogant personality as well as his unique coaching abilities. After being offered the chance to coach Porto from 2002-2004 he "heralded across Europe as a genius" when he secured the league title, the domestic cup, and a dramatic win in the UEFA Cup. Mourinho showed that although he was cocky, he had what was required to turn Chelsea, a losing club of fifty years, into premier league champions in 2005 and 2006. During his first season with the club, they won the season losing only one game and finishing the season 12 points ahead of runners-up Arsenal. In 2005 at Chelsea Mourinho was said to be "the most fascinating man in football". Not only having football tactics under his belt, he brought a stylish-flair to the position, some even describing him as a character out of a high class European movie. After leaving Chelsea in September 2007, the club was unable to regain their title as Premier Champions without the assistance of Jose Mourinho. After joining Inter Milan in 2008, Mourinho was able to win the Serie A championship, having only been with the club for less than a year. When attempting to describe the impact Jose Mourinho has or had on soccer, one would say it is his admirable self confidence.Jose Mourinho undoubtedly comes across as an arrogant, self-centered individual; however he has definitely shown he has what it takes to support his arrogance. Since his full time professional coaching career blew up in 2002, Mourinho has won a trophy for every team he has coached up until present time. Soon after he began his career with Inter Milan Mourinho stirred up controversy within the club by hinting that Italian coaches are influenced by their club presidents when making...