His triumphant 'gallop' down the Old Trafford touchline as Porto boss:
Back in 2004, Porto shocked Manchester United on their way to claiming a surprise Champions League win. The Portuguese side won a home quarter-final leg 2-1 courtesy of a Benni McCarthy double after Roy Keane was sent off. United took the lead in the return tie at Old Trafford, but Costinha levelled the match on the night to ensure Porto’s progression. Cue the infamous run, arms aloft in celebration ready to greet a delirious scrum of players.
"I am the special one"
Porto’s 2004 Champions League victory was a surprise to many – but not to Mourinho. On his appointment at Chelsea, he termed himself “a special one”.
"I have top players and I'm sorry, we have a top manager. Please do not call me arrogant because what I say is true. I'm European champion, I'm not one out of the bottle, I think I'm a special one."
The ‘Special One’ moniker is one that has stuck.
The Frisk-Rijkaard controversy
After Didier Drogba was dismissed during Chelsea’s last-16 match against Barcelona in 2005, Mourinho had some choice words regarding referee Anders Frisk's performance.
“When I saw Frank Rijkaard (then Barcelona coach) entering the referee’s dressing room I couldn’t believe it. When Didier Drogba was sent off (after half-time) I wasn’t surprised.”
Frisk announced his retirement soon after and the head of UEFA’s referee committee, Volker Rioth, branded Mourinho “an enemy of football". Mourinho was handed a two-match touchline ban.
The laundry basket conspiracy
Following the aforementioned Frisk argument, Mourinho missed Chelsea’s quarter-final with Bayern Munich. To get around the ban, the Times and the Daily Mail reported that Mourinho arrived early at the game, gave both the pre-match and half-time team talks, and was smuggled out of the ground in a laundry basket.
Park the bus
‘Parking the bus’ now is a part of football vernacular. But what prompted this barb from Mourinho? Tottenham Hotspur under the tutelage of the ultra-conservative Jacques Santini in 2004.
"As we say in Portugal, they brought the bus and they left the bus in front of the goal. I would have been frustrated if I had been a supporter who paid £50 to watch this game because Spurs came to defend," said Mourinho.
Chucking his medal into the crowd 2006
During his first season in charge of Chelsea, Mourinho guided the team to the title, the club's first since 1954-55. They won it again a year later, and second time round Mourinho elected to give away his winner’s medal by lobbing it into the crowd. The Premier League, presumably thinking that he'd done it by accident, gave him another one - and he promptly chucked that one into the crowd as well.
"The medal was for everybody, but I think the person in the crowd who got the medal is a lucky guy," he said. "Whoever caught them has a great souvenir. Unless they put it on eBay and make a fortune."
He wasn't wrong: one of the medals was caught by Dean Juckes, who sold it four years later for £16,800.
Calling Wenger a voyeur
"I think he is one of these people who is a voyeur," the Portuguese coach said of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. "He likes to watch other people.
"There are some guys who, when they are at home, have a big telescope to see what happens in other families. He speaks, speaks, speaks about Chelsea."
Mourinho eventually apologised for those quotes, from back in 2005 – but has has not, and insists he will not apologise for calling Wenger a specialist in failure last season, despite the fact that Arsenal won the FA Cup while the Blues ended the season trophyless.
Shoving match with Arsene Wenger
Jose Mourinho's simmering feud with Arsene Wenger boiled over as the two teams met in October 2014 when the pair were involved in an extraordinary physical confrontation during Chelsea's 2-0 win over Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.
The managers squared up to each other midway through the first half, exchanging shoves before getting a ticking off from referee Martin Atkinson - though they were lucky not to be sent to the stands.
Mourinho 'one-fingered sssh to Liverpool fans'
Mourinho secured his first piece of silverware as Chelsea boss courtesy of the 2005 League Cup. It was not plain sailing though. Liverpool took an early lead – inside 45 seconds to be precise – and led until the 79th minute, when Steven Gerrard scored an own goal.
Mourinho’s reaction? He put his finger to his lips to shush the Liverpool fans.
Mourinho later claimed the gesture was aimed not at the Liverpool fans, but elsewhere.
"I have a lot of respect for Liverpool fans and what I did, the sign of silence - 'shut your mouth' - was not for them, it was for the English press."
"How do you say cheating in Catalan?"
Lionel Messi is undoubtedly one of the best ever players to grace a football pitch. Part of his appeal is his unassuming nature coupled with a near-perfect temperament that rarely sees him rise to the bait of provocation. He appears impervious to being kicked. He hardly ever reacts.
However, back in February 2006 during a Champions League tie at Stamford Bridge, Messi was accused of making the most of a late challenge from Asier del Horno - so much so that Mourinho intimated that he had cheated.
Cue Mourinho’s "How do you say cheating in Catalan?" quip.
On Barcelona ‘cheating’
Having lost out to Barcelona at the semi-final stage of the Champions League in 2011, Mourinho once again did not mince his words after two bad-tempered legs over which he'd seen Pepe sent off and was himself sent to the stands.
"One day I would like Josep Guardiola (then coach of Barcelona) to win this competition properly," he said.
“If I tell UEFA what I really think and feel, my career would end now. Instead, I will just ask a question to which I hope one day to get a response: Why?”
‘This blond player’
After Robbie Savage had put himself about in a typically robust manner in 2005, Mourinho said: “Look at the blond boy in midfield, Robbie Savage, who commits 20 fouls during the game and never gets a booking. We came here to play football and it was not a football game, it was a fight and we fought and I think we fought fantastically.”
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