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

8
Jan

Chelsea consider Alonso raid

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Jose Mourinho has confirmed over the last week that the door is open if Juan Mata and Michael Essien want to leave the club. The pair seem discontent at a bit-part this season and may leave in the next six months.

In Wednesday’s newspapers a possible replacement has been mentioned. Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso - who has already played in the Premier League with Liverpool - is interesting the Blues. The Spaniard is a free transfer in the summer and may be available on the cheap in the current transfer window.

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

6
Jan

Liverpool, Tottenham after Lille forward

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Lille forward Solomon Kalou is reportedly growing tired of life in France and is eyeing up a move to a Premier League giant. Lille currently sit third in Ligue 1, only four points off top side Paris Saint-Germain. Lille have a real chance of winning the title, but Kalou may decide he wants to have another crack at the Premier League.

In Monday’s newspapers, Liverpool and Tottenham are eyeing up the Ivorian who left Stamford Bridge in July 2012. 

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

21
Sep

John Obi Mikel scores first Premier League goal in 8 seasons

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(Photos: Action Images)

We may never be able to prove the existence of Big Foot, unicorns or the Loch Ness Monster, but one of our planet’s greatest mysteries has finally been solved — John Obi Mikel can, in fact, score a goal in the Premier League.

It “only” took him eight years:

We strongly advise you to watch this now before all videos and images get confiscated by the government for evidence, because there’s a 99.9% chance none of us will ever see this happen again:

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Mikel, Branislav Ivanovic and John Terry are visibly stunned.

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Mikel’s teammates make sure he’s not actually a figment of their imagination.

4
Jun

HEIR TO THE STAMFORD BRIDGE THRONE

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Things are already starting to get smug at Stamford Bridge following the announcement that Jose Mourinho is returning to coach the side he led to two Premier League titles and the FA Cup. Blues fan wore what we can only assume is a rude T-shirt about the ‘Special One’ outside the club’s stadium on Monday. Nice!

imageThe marketing department are also getting pretty inventive too judging by this poster outside Stamford Bridge. It must have taken Fernando Torres and Eden Hazard a few hours to get rid of that blue paint. 

1
Jun

Mourinho swarmed with photogs, ref pauses match

Leave it to Jose Mourinho to go out in one final blaze of glory.

Rather than join his team on the pitch for warmups and pregame ceremonies, he decided to wait in the tunnel to make sure that he could make a grand entrance for his final appearance at the Bernabeu with the club.

After the match began and the manager finally appeared, he was swarmed with photographers. It got so hectic that the referee had to pause the game to clear the cameramen from the sidelines. Once the photo opp was finished, Mourinho quietly took a seat on the team’s bench. 

Mourinho wishes the team happiness and will exit La Liga on a high note after defeating Osasuna 4-2. Before the match, the former Chelsea manager provided a goodbye statement on Real Madrid’s website after his three-year stint with the club:

”I wish all of Real Madrid’s supporters much happiness in the future,” Mourinho said. ”I want to thank many fans for their support, and I respect the criticism of others. I repeat, happiness to all, and above all, good health. Hala (Forward) Madrid!”

Madrid players Sami Khedira and Alvaro Arbeloa wished Mourinho well on their Facebook and Twitter accounts respectively:

23
May

Trecker’s Travels, Day Fifteen: Women’s UCL Final

Photo: Jamie Trecker / FOX Soccer

By Jamie Trecker

STAMFORD BRIDGE - There’s no Rafa, but Megan Rapinoe just went down the tunnel, kitted out, like all the Lyon players, in a chic white pantsuit. Lyon came dressed for business.

The women’s Champions League final is here tonight, and while it feels like an afterthought this weekend, there is little doubt that Lyon are taking this game very seriously. The Wolfsburg players came out in sweats and busied themselves by taking pictures and posting them on Instagram. Patrice Lair, Lyon’s non-nonsense coach, was having none of that and took his players into a huddle at the Shed End.

Lyon are wild favorites in this game: they are the back-to-back defending UWCL champions and come in riding a stunning run of form. The scorelines they have posted Europe seem like a bit of a joke: they’ve conceded only two goals while pasting teams 9-1, 11-0, 12-1 and 8-0.  At home, they are 20-0-0 in their league play and have an eye-watering goal difference of +115. Lair’s seriousness may have something to do with that.

And Rapinoe has a chance to make history tonight, becoming the first American to start and win a Champions League medal. Jovan Kirovski has a medal, but he did not start for Dortmund back in 1997; Ali Krieger has a medal, but the Champions League didn’t exist when she suited up for Frankfurt. (Rapinoe was delighted to learn this, joking that she finally has something to tease Krieger about.)

If things break her way, Rapinoe will also beat Neven Subotic, expected to start Saturday for Dortmund, to the punch. Subotic, as you may know, is the former USA U-20 player who was grossly mishandled by the U.S. national team program, and ended up declaring instead for Serbia.

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