“I was born on a day where my father had a match. My daughter was born when I had a match. And my son was born when I had a match. That has been my life.”
In the first of a three-part series of exclusive Coaches’ Voice stories, José Mourinho reflects on the beginnings of his career as a coach. Starting with the 12-year-old boy who would produce analysis reports on his father’s team, Mourinho goes on to explain why he was better suited to life off the pitch than on it, and reveals why working at a club with small resources played a crucial role in his successes at Porto.
He then goes on to tell the story of Porto’s memorable UEFA Cup final against Celtic, details what he believes was key to following that success up in the Champions League final 12 months later, and recalls a meeting the night before Porto’s last-16 clash with Manchester United that showed him the door to the Premier League was already ajar.