4
May

Jose Mourinho writes moving open letter to his son

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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

29
Dec

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!

13
Dec

Jose Mourinho literally laughs off Wayne Rooney rumors

Transfer rumors really are just that: Rumors.

While it’s been no secret that Chelsea manager has an affinity for Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, it’s highly unlikely he’d acknowledge any speculation at this time. After all, ‘tis the season for dodging questions!

So, when Mou was asked again about Chelsea being linked with Rooney, the manager laughed it off and asked, “Linked by who?”

Chuckles were had, but the whole room really had a laugh when a member of the media fessed up and said, “Me!”

It gave Mourinho the perfect scapegoat for the question. Jose redirected any further pressing by the original reporter to the one claiming responsibility for the rumor.

And in the end, all of us are left to ponder the truth.

(h/t 101GG)

8
Aug

Pitch “invader” gives Ronaldo lengthy hug as Real Madrid clinches ICC title

The preseason is a time for extensive fitness regimens, wrinkles in the playbook, welcoming new players, a little bit of fun, and of course, hugs. Warm, intimate, unabated hugs. 

Cristiano Ronaldo was on the receiving end last night during the International Champions Cup final, after a young fan ran onto the pitch to spend some quality time in the arms of his idol. The young man, who benefited from an alarmingly unresponsive security team, whispered sweet nothings into Ronaldo’s ear for a good twenty seconds before the star of the evening (CR7 scored two great goals to lead Real Madrid to the title) helped direct him back to the sidelines, visibly touched by what he heard.

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We couldn’t possibly know what was said, but judging by Ronaldo’s face, it was probably something to the effect of “You totally should have won every Ballon d’Or over Messi.”

This is the second instance this summer where a fan was barely stopped from reaching their idols. A few weeks ago, a die-hard Didier Drogba fan had to be dragged off the pitch by the Ivorian striker himself during a friendly match in Shrewsbury.

Meanwhile, no fans ran up to hug Jose Mourinho, who before the match took a stab at his former player by saying he is not “the real Ronaldo” (the Brazilian). Not feeling so special now, are we Jose?

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17
Apr

Jose Mourinho gone at Real Madrid?

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Ever since Jose Mourinho left then-European Champions Inter Milan for richer pastures in Real Madrid, speculation has been rife as to when he’ll leave. Today’s breaking news could finally signal the end of Jose and Real’s on-and-off love story once and for all.

According to Spanish newspaper AS, Mourinho has decided that this season will be his last in the Madrid hotseat.

President of Spanish youth football side CD Canillas, Manuel Álvarez broke the news. The Special One’s son, Jose Junior, is on the books at the Madrid-based club.

Alvarez said: “Mourinho told us that next year he won’t be able to come and give a talk to the coaches because he won’t be here,” the Canillas president told Spanish radio station COPE Deportes.

"If Mou goes it will be a big loss to Spanish football. I hope Florentino Perez sorts it out.”

Looks like Mou’s off then, but where? PSG and both Manchester clubs have been linked with the Portuguese master, but a return to former club Chelsea appears to be the best bet.