Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Jose Mourinho: Special One's special moments

Highlights and infamous incidents from Mourinho's colourful career

Mourinho sweeps into Stamford Bridge to meet the assembled media for the first time in the summer of 2004, fresh from winning the Champions League with Porto. He immediately hits the ground running by labelling himself as the 'Special One'.

Wins his first trophy with Chelsea in early 2005, but the Carling Cup victory is marred by his own sending-off after his team's late equaliser. Mourinho strolled down the touchline past Liverpool fans with his finger pressed to his lips in a silence gesture.

Mourinho guided Chelsea to their first league title triumph in April 2005.

Chelsea win the title again in 2006 and Mourinho throws his medal and jacket into the crowd in a typically flamboyant moment from Mourinho.

Arrested and cautioned in May 2007 after allegedly refusing to allow police to quarantine his pet dog, a Yorkshire terrier called Leya.

Chelsea lose to Liverpool in the semi-finals of the Champions League in May 2005 with a disputed goal from Luis Garcia. "It was a goal that came from the moon — from the Anfield stands," said Jose.

Mourinho never hit it off with some Premier League managers, Arsene Wenger in particular. In October 2005, Mourinho taunted Wenger by calling him a 'voyeur'. "I think he is one of these people who is a voyeur. He likes to watch other people. There are some guys who, when they are at home, have a big telescope to see what happens in other families. He speaks, speaks, speaks about Chelsea."

Chelsea win the FA Cup in the first final at the new Wembley Stadium in 2007 — it was to be Mourinho's last major success with the club.

Mourinho accuses referee Anders Frisk and Barcelona manager Frank Rijkaard of meeting during the half-time interval of their Champions League last-16 first leg in March 2005. Mourinho receives a fine and a two-match ban. Frisk subsequently receives death threats and decides to retire.

The infamous "eggs and omelettes" episode was Mourinho's parting shot at owner Roman Abramovich. His comments came ahead of their draw with Rosenborg. He was annoyed at the Russian's failure to buy quality players to help his injury-hit squad. "No eggs, no omelette," said Mourinho. "And it depends on the quality of the eggs. In the supermarket, you have eggs class one, class two, class three. Some are more expensive than others and some give you better omelettes. So when the class one eggs are in Waitrose and you cannot go there, you have a problem." Days later he was gone.

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