We had no idea but 15 years ago, we were about to meet Jose Mourinho’s alter ego that brought the press so many headlines: ‘The Special One’.
The arrival of Jose Mourinho as a professional manager happened before this fun day 15 years ago, the one when we all met ‘The Special One’.
Before this already mythical press conference, Jose Mourinho already gave us a glimpse of the great manager he would become with his years at FC Porto.
The night he lived at Old Trafford when he eliminated Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United, was one that he will never forget.
That’s the moment we realized this was a special managerial talent, but we had no idea what was in store for us in the press room.
Jose Mourinho has a very specific way of dealing with the press, he knows exactly how to work them and which headlines will work better in his favor.
This happened right after the Ferguson-Wenger rivalry cooled down a little bit, Chelsea was bought by Roman Abramovich and became title contenders overnight.
The Russian oligarch was convinced that Jose Mourinho was the ideal candidate to take on the first full project, which is why he didn’t hesitate to sign him.
The press conference that the Portuguese manager gave as a presentation is where this romance between Mourinho and the press began.
A love story that soon transformed into a love/hate relationship due to Jose’s explosive personality.
Faz hoje 15 anos que Mourinho deu uma conferência de imprensa lendária e passou a ser conhecido como "The Special One". pic.twitter.com/wrxhvVpv30
— B24 (@B24PT) July 2, 2019
Everybody gathered to hear what the new coach on the league had to say, the man surprised the whole world by offering the most self-serving compliment that anybody could make in football history.
“We have top players and, sorry if I’m arrogant, we have a top manager,” was his answer.
“Please don’t call me arrogant, but I’m European champion and I think I’m a special one,” said Mourinho during his first press conference for Chelsea via Sky Sports.
This was instantly taken as a complete demonstration of arrogance, but the man shut all the critics down by winning the Premier League on his very first season.
Just like that, the Portuguese manager transformed a relatively unsuccessful club into one of the most competitive in the country.
Manchester United and Arsenal were no longer the only title contenders, Chelsea was the new blood that was coming to win all the trophies.
However, Mourinho fell a little short with his promises as he crashed against Ronaldinho’s FC Barcelona during that era.
There is nothing more to ask from Mourinho’s first Premier League experience, the man won two titles and the hearts of millions.
He certainly won the hearts of the press, they had a new headline machine on their hands.
15 years since Mourinho announced "I think I'm a special one". Time flies mate. pic.twitter.com/8WLb62NW7Y
— Gordy McKenzie (@GordyMck_) July 2, 2019
Success outside of England.
In order to keep proving that he truly was ‘The Special One’, Jose Mourinho decided to take a year off after Chelsea and return stronger than ever to Italian football.
This was arguably the most successful period in Jose Mourinho’s career to date, the coach won several titles during his spell with the Nerazzurri.
We can even give him the credit for taking down the strongest FC Barcelona in history during the 2009-10 season, a team that was coached by Pep Guardiola.
Jose wanted revenge against the Catalan club for denying them the chance to coach there and assigning Pep as the new gaffer, he got that retribution during that season.
Mourinho went on to win the treble with Internazionale Milano, an achievement that no other Italian club has done ever since.
After that incredible year, Mourinho took on another challenge and decided to coach Real Madrid.
This was his eventual fall from grace, Jose wasn’t able to keep up with the pressure of competing against FC Barcelona on a daily basis.
Even though he did win a historic La Liga trophy, Jose Mourinho lost most of his mojo with the massive effort he made during that period.
We wish we could get ‘The Special One’ back in our lives, that manager was a lot more fun than the one we have today.
🎥 Chapter Two: The Special One
Having drawn the attention of Europe with his success at Porto, Mourinho moved to England and joined Chelsea where the Portuguese would build one of the most dominant sides the Premier League has ever seenhttps://t.co/JzzJw3CjSh
— The Coaches’ Voice (@CoachesVoice) June 27, 2019
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