The Jose Mourinho Chronicles: The Laundry Basket Hypothesis

Jose Mourinho in ecstatic mood

This story is unproven, but the audacity of it if it is true makes it worth recounting.

Uefa had handed Mourinho a two-game touchline ban in 2005 after the infamous incident with Frank Rijkaard. The ban encompassed both legs of the Champions League quarter-final with Bayern Munich from which Chelsea emerged victorious.

To get around the ban, it was alleged (by Mail and the Times) that Mourinho sneaked into the ground early and gave both the pre-game and half-time team-talks. Continue reading

The Jose Mourinho Chronicles: Omelettes And Eggs

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Our ongoing series of lookbacks at the funniest, controversial & greatest moments of the Chelsea legend.

The day was 17 September 2007. Mourinho was speaking to the press on the eve of Rosenberg clash in the Champions League group stage.

Mourinho’s side had failed to hit the net in their last two league games. Mourinho’s comments came in response to a question about the Peter Kenyon’s interview – the then Chief Executive of Chelsea – which forms part of the behind-the-scenes film on the Abramovich era at Stamford Bridge, The Blue Revolution

Asked about the oligarch’s philosophy for Chelsea, Kenyon said: “I see him two, three times a week, depending on games. He’s passionate about Chelsea. He’s passionate about how we are perceived, how we do things. If we win, we want to win stylishly. He’s in it for the long term. Continue reading

The Jose Mourinho Chronicles: Pressure? Bird Flu is pressure. Mourinho at his jovial best.

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Modern day football spectators might think Mourinho is an angry, bitter, sulky man. However, it hasn’t always been so. The young Portuguese has always had a way with words.

But his first spell at Chelsea, many a time, the press found him irresistibly charming.

The year was 2005, April and Manchester United were in hot pursuit of table toppers Chelsea for the Premier League title.
There were reports of furious disputes of Mourinho with Peter Kenyon and other Chelsea executives. There was the issue of loss of form for his key players. Continue reading

The Jose Mourinho Chronicles: The goal from the moon

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The Ghost Goal term in the English language arose from a quote by Chelsea manager José Mourinho, following the 2004–05 UEFA Champions League semi-final against Liverpool.

It was ultimately decided by a single goal by Luis García, awarded by referee Ľuboš Micheľ, but dubbed a “ghost goal” and described as “a goal that came from the moon” by Mourinho.
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The Jose Mourinho Chronicles: The day Jose received a saucy dance on Chiambretti Night

Our ongoing series of look-backs at the most controversial, hilarious & greatest moments of the Chelsea legend.
Jose Mourinho on Chiambretti Night

Jose Mourinho made an appearance on Italian television show Chiambretti Night, shortly after his move to Italy. Ten months to be exact.
Mourinho looked uncomfortable and struggled to hide his embarrassment throughout the dance and averted his gaze multiple times as the scantily-clad dancer kept coming in his view. Mourinho can be seen chuckling at times during the dance.

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The Jose Mourinho Chronicles: Mourinho Feuds with Arsene Wenger

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Our ongoing series of lookbacks at the funniest, controversial & greatest moments of the Chelsea legend.

FEBRUARY, 2005

Wenger defends his decision to field an all foreign squad against Crystal Palace:

Take what Arsenal and Chelsea have won in the past eight years. I go with reality, with the football we play and the challenge we have ahead. I don’t see especially that Chelsea play more English players than we do. Who have they produced, homegrown? Just one, John Terry.

12 March 2005

On John Terry’s declaration that their aim next season was to go through the season unbeaten.

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