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.


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.


H/T YahooSports


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.


Jose Mourinho’s gives reporter who beat cancer personal greeting

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho showed off his warm and fuzzy side during Friday’s press conference ahead of their match against Manchester United.

ITV News journalist Rags Martel was recently declared cancer-free, and it was his first press conference since the announcement.

Not normally known for being kind to media members, the “Special One” Martel a personal, charming greeting after spotting him in the crowd.



Jose Mourinho interrupts post-match interview with jokes and hugs

Just Jose being Jose.

Following Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Liverpool in Sunday’s dramatic Premier League showdown, Blues manager Jose Mourinho interrupted David Luiz and Eden Hazard’s post-match interview by poking fun at the former’s yellow card and giving both his pupils a hearty embrace.

As the reporter asked his first question to David Luiz, Mourinho jumped in out of nowhere and joked that his defender had picked up his yellow card on purpose, so that he could head home to Portugal for some time off just in time for New Year’s Eve, He then hugged his two stars and acknowledged their “fantastic” performances and left as quickly as he appeared.

Classic Mourinho!


Ticked-off Mourinho walks out on media; Meanwhile, loaned-out Lukaku keeps scoring

Jose Mourinho continued his never-ending feud with the media on Monday by walking out of the obligatory Champions League press conference. The reason? More inquiries over Mourinho’s player selection, or rather, player non-selection.

Already agitated by the month-long drama surrounding Juan Mata’s lack of playing time, Mourinho lost it when a reporter asked about the absence of Kevin de Bruyne on Chelsea’s 18-man roster for the upcoming tilt at Steaua Bucharest.

"This is fantastic because nobody asks me about Mata," Mourinho said. "You are for three weeks speaking about Mata, and now you are speaking about Kevin de Bruyne. So you are not interested in the players that are playing? You are interested in the players that are not playing."

Mourinho then quickly defended his decision to leave out the Belgian starlet before deserting Frank Lampard at the podium.

It’s a good thing the press conference wasn’t held a few hours later, or else Mourinho may have gotten bombarded with even more questions about players he’s been passing on. Namely, why he decided to loan out Romelu Lukaku for another year.

Everton’s rental striker netted two goals and assisted on the Toffees’ third in their 3-2 win over Newcastle on Monday. That brings Lukaku’s Premier League goal tally to three after just two appearances for Everton, exactly three more goals than all of Chelsea’s strikers combined so far.

image"Here’s looking at you, Mou"


Introducing the most awkward handshake in soccer history

Looking for a highlight from Monday’s highly-anticipated match between Manchester United and Chelsea? Good luck. What was billed as a potential classic between two Premier League title favorites turned out to be a dull, goalless draw.

The best that came out of the heavyweight matchup was this series of Getty Images, which caught the most awkward prematch handshake humanly possible between Jose “The Special One” Mourinho, and United boss David Moyes, dubbed by home fans as “The Chosen One.”


Moyes: “Uhh, what are you doing?”


Mourinho: “I don’t know, but it’s too late to change it now.”


Moyes: “Well, this is awkward. I’m sure nobody on social media will mock us for this.”

To put the clumsy handshake into context, the relationship between Mourinho and Moyes has soured as of late, with Chelsea’s transfer pursuit of United star Wayne Rooney being the main reason behind the squabble:

(H/T Dirty Tackle)