“Please don’t call me arrogant, but I’m European champion and I think I’m a special one.”
Those famous words from 2004 were among the first uttered by José Mourinho when he replaced Claudio Ranieri as Chelsea manager.
They offered a glimpse into the confident, outspoken nature of the Portuguese boss, who had just ascended the Champions League mountain with serial underdogs Porto.
Since then, Mourinho has continued to write successful chapter after chapter in his managerial career book – conquering England, Italy and Spain, as well as sitting atop the European perch on a further two occasions.
Mourinho has not only worked with the game’s very best, but his extensive trophy cabinet shows he is one of the best.
Here, 90min runs you down every single managerial honour Mourinho has to his name.
After two short stints at the helms of Benfica and União de Leiria, Mourinho’s first taste of success came at Porto.
In charge for just two years, he bagged six trophies – including the UEFA Cup and Champions League in consecutive seasons, as well as back-to-back Primeira Liga crowns.
Tasked with transforming Chelsea into giants on the European stage, Mourinho succeeded Claudio Ranieri in 2004 and immediately delivered the club’s first ever Premier League title.
He repeated the feat the following season but was ultimately unable to bridge the gap in Europe, failing to take the Blues beyond the semi-finals. For that failure, he paid with his job – only to return in the summer of 2013, much to the delight of Chelsea’s supporters.
A third Premier League crown, as well as a third League Cup, followed, but Mourinho’s magic wore off once more and he was sacked by the club again in late 2015. Still, eight trophies isn’t bad going.
Mourinho’s first departure from Stamford Bridge took him to Italy, and an appointment with Serie A giants Inter. The Nerazzurri were looking to establish themselves as the dominant domestic force after Juventus’ demotion to Serie B, so his arrival was seen as a huge step towards that goal.
Inevitably, Mourinho not only took charge of domestic affairs successfully, he also masterminded one of the greatest European runs of all time – culminating in a second Champions League success, at the expense of Bayern Munich.
Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana triumphs took his trophy haul in Italy to five during his time in Milan.
Taking on perhaps his toughest managerial assignment, Mourinho then accepted an offer to become Real Madrid‘s manager – where he was tasked with ending the domination of Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona.
At this point in Los Blancos’ history, Champions League success was the last thing on the mind of the club’s hierarchy – simply beating Guardiola’s side to La Liga was the big hope. After running Barça close in his first season, Mourinho upped the ante in his second year, building on his Copa del Rey success from 2011 to lead Real to glory.
Having done so, expectations were upped – and a failure to extend his trophy cabinet in the Spanish capital beyond three swiftly signalled the end of his time at the Bernabéu.
After leaving Chelsea for a second time, Mourinho was surprisingly chosen as the man to succeed Louis van Gaal in the Manchester United hot seat.
It took the Portuguese time to win over the club’s supporters – in some cases, he never did – but eventually he began to steady what had been a sinking ship since Sir Alex Ferguson’s 2013 retirement.
Premier League glory was never on the cards, but a respectable second place finish was complimented by more success on the European stage – as Mourinho delivered the 2016/17 Europa League. He also won the League Cup that year, as well as the pre-season Community Shield.
An unglamorous treble you could say, but they were the only three trophies he scooped before leaving in December 2018.
Mourinho’s appointment as Tottenham head coach in late 2019 certainly raised a few eyebrows, but if anybody could end the Lilywhites’ long run without a trophy, surely it would be the special one?
Well, actually no.
Jose was ditched just before the League Cup final with his Spurs side floundering in the league. It means his career trophies tally remains at 25, as he now moves on to Roma.