Jose Mourinho: 50 years in numbers

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Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho is, without doubt, one of the greatest football coaches in the modern era. 

Never very far from the headlines, the Portuguese tactician has, over the years, built an unwanted reputation for being arrogant, disrespectful and almost always controversial. 

But, like him or not, 'The Special One' - as he so famously labelled himself upon his arrival at Stamford Bridge, to take over as Chelsea manager in 2004 - boasts an enviable list of record-breaking accomplishments, that put him in the very top bracket of bosses in the world.

Nobody splits opinion quite like Mourinho, whether people are talking about his early days at FC Porto, when he guided the Primera Liga giants to the Champions League trophy, or his   ill-fated spell in England with Chelsea, which ended after three-and-a-bit years, after winning two Premier League titles, two League Cups and one FA Cup.

Two years in Italy followed, at the San Siro, where Mourinho won another Champions League crown, this time with Inter Milan, in addition to back-to-back Serie A titles and a Coppa Italia trophy, before taking up his current post in the Spanish capital with Liga giants Real Madrid.

Since arriving at the Santiago Bernabeu in May 2010, the Portuguese has added a Copa del Rey trophy and the Primera Division title to his list of achievements, and is now looking to become the first ever manager to win three European Cups with three different clubs, in what will be Real Madrid's landmark tenth crown.

However, recent reports of a turbulent relationship between Mourinho and a number of players and staff, has put the manager under increased pressure in Spain. 

Only yesterday, the Daily Telegraph reported that his future at the club rests on the outcome of Real Madrid's forthcoming last-16 clash against Manchester United next month, with assistant coach Aitor Karanka already being viewed as a potential caretaker manager until the summer.

Whilst it would be a sour end to an ultimately successful three-year spell in charge of Real Madrid, Mourinho would not be short on offers for his next job. He has openly stated a desire to return to the Premier League, with many suggesting that he could succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, when the time finally comes for the Old Trafford legend to retire.

Today, Mourinho celebrates his 50th birthday, and in tribute to 'The Special One' on his half century, GiveMeFootball has decided to take a look back at his career in numbers…

24 - The age Mourinho ended his playing career, after making 94 appearances during spells at Rio Ave, Belenenses, Sesimbra and Comercio e Industria.

29 - Mourinho became Sir Bobby Robson's translator at Benfica in 1992, aged 29. He would go on to work with the former England manager at Porto and then Barcelona.

50 - The number of years that had passed since Chelsea had won their last league title when Mourinho led them to the 2004-05 Premier League. 

3 - The number of weeks Jose told the Italian press it took him to learn Italian after agreeing to take the Inter job in 2008.

35 - In 2009-10 during his second season at Inter, Mourinho let the San Siro side to the first Italian treble of Serie A, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League. It was also the first time Inter had won the European Cup since 1965. 

9 - The number of years Mourinho went unbeaten at home in league matches. Between losing 3-2 to Beira-Mar as Porto coach in February 2002 and Real Madrid's 1-0 loss to Sporting Gijon in April 2011, the Portuguese had won 125 matches and drawn 25 in an unbelievable run of games that lasted nine years and one month. 

100 - Real Madrid won La Liga with a record high 100 points under Mourinho in 2011/12, also scoring 121 goals, more than any other team in Spanish league history.

4 - The 2011-12 Liga title represented a significant milestone for Mourinho, as it meant he had won the league title in Portugal, England, Italy and Spain, each of the four countries in which he had coached.

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