8
Jun

Jose Mourinho invades pitch to tackle Olly Murs at Soccer Aid 2014

imageMichael Sheen and Gordon Ramsay lift the cup for the Rest of the World team. (Image: Getty)

The fifth-ever Soccer Aid Match was held at Old Trafford on Sunday, and as usual, the biennial charity game to benefit UNICEF UK brought out the stars, the donations and the laughs.

Jose Mourinho managed the “Rest of the World” team featuring the likes of celebrities Gordon Ramsey and Jeremy Renner, and legends Edwin van der Sar, Allesandro del Piero and Andriy Shevchenko, while Sam Allardyce coached the England side, consisting of captain and event co-founder Jonathan Wilkes, David Seaman, Teddy Sheringham and Paul Ince, among others.

The highlight of the match was - surprise! - produced by Mourinho, when he suddenly ran onto the pitch to trip up English singer and songwriter Olly Murs:

You could totally see Mourinho pulling this off in a real match, couldn’t you?

There were also goals, of course. None were better than Clarence Seedorf’s second of the match, a vintage screamer that gave the Rest of the World team a 3-2 lead:

Seedorf later sealed his hat trick for the final tally of the match. In a lovely coincidence, the 4-2 scoreline for the ROW team mirrored the only number anyone really cared about: the £4.2million+ raised for UNICEF.

4
May

Jose Mourinho writes moving open letter to his son

imageJose and Jose Jr. in 2010 (Image: Reuters)

Jose Mourinho might be one of the most polarizing figures in soccer, but one side we don’t see enough of is Jose, the father.

His 14-year-old son, Jose Mario Jr., has been sitting a few rows behind the Chelsea manager for every game this season, and has even been called “a little assistant” by Mourinho. On several occasions, you could see them celebrate a big goal together in the stands. Obviously, that wasn’t the case on Sunday, but for the Blues’ final home game Mourinho still found a way to connect with his son. In the final matchday program of the season, Mourinho included a heartfelt open letter to Jose Jr.:

I know this space is to communicate with you fans, but one of you is my son. I want to tell him thanks for being with me every second of every match, a few metres behind me, jumping for every goal; hurt by every difficult moment. Thank you, kid, for being my kid. Every time I look at you, I see you, but I also see your sister and your mum, both at home but also playing with us, both waiting for us to go home and to be what we are - an amazing family… like the blue family, supporting each other.

D’aww.

H/T YahooSports

25
Apr

Soccer world reacts to sad news of Vilanova’s passing

As the soccer world mourns the loss of Tito Vilanova, numerous players, managers and clubs offered their condolences:

14
Apr

Ask Jose! Mourinho on attacking players, Premier League and more

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The road to the UEFA Champions League final is down to just four teams, with one of those clubs Chelsea FC from the Barclays Premier League.

Chelsea is set to play Atletico Madrid in the semifinals, but before then club manager Jose Mourinho sat down for a fan Q&A session with Chelsea Magazine. Chelsea FC granted FOX Sports early access before the magazine launched on Monday.

Here are Mourinho’s thoughts on defensive strategy, versatile players on the pitch, and Premier League play versus La Liga, and much more:

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29
Mar

Mourinho warns ball boy that “one day somebody will punch you”

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Sure, Jose Mourinho meant well when he approached a Crystal Palace ball boy during Chelsea’s 1-0 loss at Selhurst Park today. The poor kid looked confused as all get out.

"Mr. Mourinho, isn’t there a match you’re supposed to be managing?"

Apparently the Special One felt it necessary to lecture the young boy on his time-wasting tactics, warning him that things might not be so pretty next time (as we know, Eden Hazard has no patience for unruly ball boys).

So what words of wisdom did Jose impart on the youngster?

“I told him not to do that [waste time] because he runs the risk of one of my players to punch him or to lose his temper, so don’t do that because you are risking [retaliation],” Mourinho said after the loss.

While we’re sure Jose meant well, but telling a young kid that there’s a threat of physical harm for his nonsense probably wasn’t the best idea. Then again, it’s likely he got the point across.

Watch Mourinho’s full comment here:

8
Mar

Samuel Eto’o’s old-man strength leads Chelsea

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Fernando Torres was a late scratch ahead of Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Tottenham on Saturday, setting the stage for none other than “old man” Samuel Eto’o.

Eto’o turned out to be the match-winner as he opened the scoring in the 56th minute and won a penalty to set up Chelsea’s second just moments later. But Eto’o’s most brilliant moment of the night came on his goal celebration.

Coming off a week that saw his true age publicly questioned (by his manager, no less) Eto’o hobbled over to the corner flag holding his back and clutching the flag stick like it was his walking cane. The tongue-in-cheek celebration was priceless in light of Jose Mourinho’s recently leaked comment that he thought the officially 32-year-old striker might actually be 35.

Clearly Eto’o has taken the mini-controversy in stride, showing that, like a fine wine, perhaps he’s just getting better with age. Mourinho himself commented on it, telling reporters after the match: “I didn’t suggest Samuel’s celebration, but we knew [about] it. The best way to diffuse the situation is make fun of a funny situation.”

Of course, when you’re seven points clear atop the Premier League, everything is a little more amusing.

14
Feb

Chelsea could swap Courtois for Costa

It is a long way off the summer transfer period, but already clubs are preparing deals for when the window reopens. According to Friday’s newspaper reports, Chelsea have been approached by Atletico Madrid regarding a proposed swap deal for on-loan keeper Thibaut Courtois and striker Diego Costa. Jose Mourinho is bound to be looking for a striker in the summer and Courtois has impressed whilst at Atletico.

For this rumor and the rest of Friday’s transfer gossip, click here.

4
Feb

Meet the man who gave Chelsea’s team talk, Billy McCulloch

If Jose Mourinho is to be believed, the Portuguese manager shirked his usual pre-game team talk responsibility ahead of Chelsea’s impressive win against Manchester City on Monday.

Who stepped in, you ask? Apparently the team masseur, Billy McCulloch. We’re not sure what the Scottish assistant said, but apparently it worked for the Blues.

But McCulloch is more than just a Churchill-esque motivator. He’s also a wise-cracker.

Check the video above to see a compilation of McCulloch’s “gut-busting” jokes, some of which take more than a minute to get to the punchline. And let’s not ignore that maniacal laugh, which is probably funnier than half of his gags.

It’s wild to imagine Mourinho let a man seen sitting in a muddy trough, dressed in a baby bonnet(?), scarfing down crackers and getting smacked around by fish (6:34 in the video) give his team a pep talk before such an important game … but Mou works in mysterious ways.

(h/t Reddit)

22
Jan

Real Madrid to raid Manchester United for Rooney

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While the potential Juan Mata move from London to Manchester grabs the headlines, it seems that a giant of football is waiting in the wings to capitalize. Mata seems destined for Manchester United, but could a star be shipped out to accommodate him?

It seems likely, and considering Real Madrid’s lure, who could forgive Wayne Rooney for having his head turned? He’s hankered for a move twice during his Manchester stay, but this January could finally see Rooney spread his wings and join a star-studded Bernabeu cast.

Also in our morning British paper round-up is an update on the Mata situation, a potential midfielder moving to Liverpool, Arsenal preparing a bid for Julian Draxler and plenty, plenty more at the click of a button.