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“Mourinho + Money = Success” is a myth. There are two clubs (Chelsea F.C. and Real Madrid) which blindly believed in this equation. The blame for not-so-successful campaigns of these clubs was entirely on José Mourinho, but the reasons include the players, the fans and the management as well. Club is like a car which runs with the management, the coach, the players and the fans acting as the four wheels enabling a smooth ride. This article will dispel the general thought that the special one is “solely” responsible for the not-so-successful campaigns of Chelsea F.C. and Real Madrid.

Jose Mourinho - Aggression is his forte

Jose Mourinho – Aggression is his forte

1. Players: Players who play at a top club have to focus on the club’s ambitions and place their own interests one step lower than the club’s. This hadn’t happened in Real Madrid.

  • Sergio Ramos didn’t follow the man marking plan in a set piece and then blamed Mourinho for never playing football at the highest level. This is sheer indiscipline and this happens only when the player thinks him above everyone else.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo openly stated that he was sad (The reason for that is not yet known). Such an important player voicing something negativity impacts a club to the highest degree.
  • Iker Casillas and Kaka should be praised here particularly. Though very famous players with good reputation and been benched by Mourinho for long spells, they didn’t complain openly or create any negativity in the media.
  • Álvaro Arbeloa’s post season statement shows that there are players who did put their ambitions ahead of the club’s unlike what Mou did.
Sergio Ramos and Jose Mourinho

Sergio Ramos and Jose Mourinho

2. Fans: The club fans shouldn’t always put a player’s image above the club’s image. That’s what has happened when Mourinho benched Iker Casillas. What happened between Jose and Iker is not known to anyone! But, if the manager thinks that a particular player has to be benched the fans shouldn’t go against the manager and act as a negative force against the team. They jeered their manager who has the potential to shape their club, give a tough fight and topple Barcelona from their domination and their club’s very own player Adan for being played instead of Iker. Such single player worship won’t help any club to achieve greatness. (Media acts both the ways here. They criticize when player power grows stronger in any club and when a manager tries to control it criticizes him for the same. Fans shouldn’t buy in whatever media propagates and act as a negative force against the club). Half the section of the fans chanted his name throughout his last game in charge at Real Madrid. That itself is a success of José.

Mourinho, Gracias por luchar contra viento y marea

Mourinho, Gracias por luchar contra viento y marea

3. Management: José Mourinho received great support from Real Madrid board. Even the removal of Valdano was of great help in Mourinho acquiring greater control. In Perez’ announcement of Jose’s departure, he mentioned that the mutual consented contract termination wouldn’t have happened had Real Madrid won the Champions League (which was missed with a 4-3 loss to Dortmund in Semi Finals). This means that the club board has had their faith on Mourinho till the end (Had Madrid won the Champions League, Iker would be benched till he sorts out the issue with Mou). But this hadn’t happened at Chelsea. Though the special one instilled the much needed winning mentality into the team’s DNA, Roman’s ego went above any reason or logic. By firing Mourinho, he created an imbalance which has impacted the team till now and left the fans wanting him back.

Jose Mourinho and Roman Abramovich

Jose Mourinho and Roman Abramovich

4. The Special One: José accusation of everyone-but-him for the failure is also not true. He is also responsible for the not-so-successful campaigns he had. Remember that Mourinho’s attitude of creating the us-versus-everyone-else-in-the-world image is not under question. That has helped teams come close together and to stand up to succeed in all the competitions.

  • Mourinho’s aggression made him poke Tito Vilanova during a match against Barcelona. That was suicidal. It was one of the incidents which even his die hard fans can’t support. His post match comments too made him the villain of footballing community.
  • Mourinho wasn’t aggressive in his match against Manchester United in the Champions League 2012-13 season. He seemed more like he wanted to be Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor than to be a successful Real Madrid manager. His post match comments made him and the club look so small. That’s one of his all time low points. To say that the opponents were the best team at such an intense match would have given his team members lack of confidence and trust in him.
Jose Mourinho poking Tito Vilanova's eye

Jose Mourinho poking Tito Vilanova’s eye

So, with these four factors discussed, I would like to rewrite the success equation (in the beginning of this article) as follows:

Confident Board + Supportive Fans + Selfless Players + The Special One = Guaranteed Success

Hail Mourinho! Comparison of Jose Mourinho with other renowned managers are on their way. So, keep reading!

 

José Mourinho can bring success only with money is a myth. He has so far managed 6 clubs (Benfica, União de Leiria, F.C.Porto, Chelsea F.C., Internazionale and Real Madrid). Among these clubs, he has managed one or more full seasons with Porto (2 seasons), Chelsea (3 seasons), Inter (2 seasons) and Real Madrid (3 seasons). Many people think that all the teams that Mourinho ever managed are made with hundreds of millions of money. This articles will dispel that misconception.

  • With Porto, he has won 6 trophies in two complete seasons. Do you think that the club has spent a lot in net transfers spending (total expenditure in buying players – total revenue from selling players)? Not at all. In fact, their net transfer spending is -5.9 million Euros i.e., they have earned 5.9 million Euros during the two years in transfer market.
  • With Inter Milan, he has won 5 trophies (2 league titles, 1 Copa Italia, 1 Italian Super Cup and 1 UEFA Champions League) in two seasons. The net transfer spending by Inter Milan during those two seasons is 39 million Euros (19.5 million Euros per season). For a big club like Inter Milan chasing for Champions League, a spending of approx. 20 million Euros per season is not extravagant. Still, he brought them the success they really aspired for.
  • He was mainly given an opportunity in F.C.Porto because of the results that he produced with Benfica and with União de Leiria (though for a very short term). Those two clubs weren’t pumped with loads of cash either.

Transfer Spending of Jose's Teams

Transfer Spending of Jose’s Teams

Two clubs’ (Chelsea and Real Madrid) management believed that bringing Mourinho and splashing money alone will work. No, it will not. In the upcoming posts, the flaws made by the players, the fans, the management and the special one himself in these clubs will be analyzed.

 

José Mourinho has been hated by many in the footballing world, but do remember that he would be the only manager whose name is sung by fans after six years of his departure from a club (Chelsea). When he won Champions League with Inter Milan, many Chelsea fans were happily celebrating as if Chelsea had won it. It’s true that he has many enemies in the footballing word, but he has also won a million hearts in the same court. This post details some of his achievements in F.C.Porto.

Jose Mourinho in F.C.Porto

Jose Mourinho in F.C.Porto

  • In the end of 2001-02 season, He promised to win the Portuguese league the following year. Not only did he deliver what he promised, he has won all the trophies (Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal and UEFA Cup – the treble with Europa League) that the team contested in. F.C.Porto won their first ever UEFA Cup under his guidance. He has also managed to get the maximum total points ever in Primeira Liga then.
  • In the 2003-04 season, He has won an unprecedented treble (Primeira Liga, UEFA Champions League and Supertaça – the World Treble). His team also won Manchester United in the Champions League with a goal in the “extra-time” at Old Trafford against Sir Alex Ferguson.
  • Of all the F.C.Porto Managers who have finished at least two complete seasons, Jose Mourinho has the highest number of trophies per season (three per season)

He is indeed one of the most successful managers of F.C.Porto and he is being highly regarded by the club President Pinto da Costa. Mourinho can bring success only with money is a myth. More on that will be brought to you in the following article.

This series of posts is written to illustrate the greatness of the coach who has won a million hearts and who has made more enemies than any other football manager during his stints in many European clubs.

  • There are 10 managers who has managed Real Madrid over the past 10 years. Among them are the Champions League winner and 7 time league title winner Fabio Capello, La liga and Super Cup winner Bernd Schuster, and 2 time UEFA Cup winner Juande Ramos.  Only Jose Mourinho could survive more than one complete season in-charge among those 10 managers.
10 years at Real Madrid

10 years at Real Madrid

  • After the historic spell of Miguel Muñoz for 14 years from 1960 to 1974 in Real Madrid, only Vicente del Bosque managed more seasons (3.5 seasons) and more matches (233 matches) than Jose Mourinho (3 seasons and 177 matches) [2 matches to be played].
  • Among the entire Real Madrid history, Jose Mourinho has the second highest win percentage (second only to Manuel Pellegrini, who has stayed in Real Madrid just for one season managing just 48 matches). Among the Real Madrid managers who had managed more than 150 games, Leo Beenhakker stands second to Mourinho with just 63.31% win percentage (almost 10 percentage points compared to Jose Mourinho’s 72.57%).

Wait for more exciting facts and vital statistics about Jose Mourinho. Hail Mou!

Honorable Man

We all meet great people often, don’t we?. During my recent travel, I met one such person. I wanted to share his story with you all. Here goes his story.

Some time back, He was working with the State Express Transport Corporation as a bus driver. Definitely, not a high paying job. Despite that, He wanted to admit his son in one of the best schools in Tenkasi district in Tamilnadu. He knew that the best thing that he should give his son is Education. Whether he could or not was a question then because of the huge gap between his pay slip and the big league schools’ expectations. As expected, One of such school’s management didn’t admit his son. He didn’t give up. He did get his son admitted by fighting (not literally) with the school officials and going to an extent of contacting a minister. From my knowledge, it is very difficult for even the middle class families to put their kids in that school. But here is a father who would never give up on his son’s future. Not only did he admit his son there, he made his son do his entire schooling from the same school.

His son finished his education and obtained a job in the campus placements. He was very happy. But due to some problem, the company hadn’t sent the joining letter for more than 6 months. His hopes on his son’s job have faded. Even in those 6 months, he afforded his son to go to some of the computer courses. Now, with the offer not come yet, he started helping out his son in getting a job. He has gone to the extent of meeting the owner of the travels in which he is currently working to seek a job for his son (but it was unfruitful due to profile-role mismatch). When we met, he was discussing of ways to get his son employed. In him, I could see a real fighter, a fighter who will never rest till his son gets on track well and gets settled (I guess so, but he may remain so more than that).

Father holding son

Father holding son

When he proudly said that he bought the big oxford dictionary when his son was studying 7, I just wondered how he was such determined to put his son to the next big step and not follow his trail (professionally). I wonder how many such fathers would have bought their son a laptop. Though he didn’t have a great pay, he did manage to save by cutting costs. He was never a drinker, smoker or paan consumer like many drivers did. He refrained from all those habits just to save more for his son’s education and of course to stay healthy.

He was very sad, when we met, that he had a fight with his son that afternoon. That’s what a perfect father is all about. They scold their kids for good and will regret the “scolding” part till they make up for it. He cares about everything of his son. He cares for his son’s education, his son’s overall personality development, his son’s career and his son’s overall life. He is one great honorable man.

 

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,100 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 7 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

‘Another’ New Year

Personally, the last two years hadn’t been good for the author. Through these 2 years, He encountered the following emotions in the order mentioned:

Happiness -> Loss -> Deep Sorrow -> Confusion -> Fear -> Fight -> Sadness -> Helplessness -> Faith -> Confidence -> Hope -> Happiness

What he understood from these is that: Life’s Happiness cycle (Happiness & Sadness as in the Business Cycle) taught him that hope and faith are the 2 most important feelings that helps one recover soon from the sadness phase. With the same old happiness revived, though with the scars of the sadness phase, he wishes to begin the new year stronger than ever. He also wishes all the readers of his blog to start the year 2013 with lots of strength, hope and faith. Happiness will follow.

Changes to his blog

So what’s going to change this New Year? The author has planned to move the Music Review and the Footballing articles into 2 separate blogs over the next few months. The footballing blog is planned to be integrated with the EPL Statistics facebook page. This blog will just be his scribble pad after that.

He wishes you all a hAPPY nEW yEAR!

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