It is tempting to look at the top half of the Premier League table and see rows of upright dominoes. At some point soon, one will teeter and tap its neighbor's shoulder, and then who knows how many, and which, will follow. What if Harry Redknapp takes the England job? (What if Spurs lose to Manchester United this weekend, and Arsenal beat Liverpool?) What if Chelsea does not get back into the Champions League places? What if Roman Abramovich sacks Andre Villas-Boas? What if he's the replacement? Why? When?
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has rejected claims of dressing room unrest as the club prepare to face rivals Barcelona in Wednesday's second leg of their Spanish Cup quarterfinal tie.
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has brushed aside the boos he received from his own fans during the weekend's 4-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao.
Real Madrid's hopes of winning a first Spanish title since 2008 survived a stern test on Saturday, as Jose Mourinho marked his 50th La Liga match as coach with a tense 3-2 victory at third-placed Valencia.
Jose Mourinho's bust-up with a Barcelona coach has cost the Real Madrid boss a two-match ban which will not affect his pitch-side attendance in La Liga this season.
The new season started the way the old one ended: with Real Madrid and Barcelona taking center stage, eclipsing everyone else as they fought it out for a trophy. And by the end, "fought" was the word. Those who hoped that passions would have cooled over the summer were disappointed. The fact that the Super Copa is, to use Jose Mourinho's words, "the most important of the preseason games, the least important of the actual season games" made no difference. This was no friendly. How could it be?
Maybe there's a new dimension to Jose Mourinho's specialness, one we've so far overlooked. In fact, perhaps it's the single biggest feat of his managerial career. In the two seasons he was at Inter, the club was, well, "normal."
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has stood by his post-match tirade against officialdom after his side lost 2-0 to bitter rivals Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal tie Wednesday.
Tactical observations from Champions League action this week:
Barcelona and Real Madrid lock horns Saturday in the first of four 'El Clasico' showdowns in 18 days which will define their respective campaigns in Spain and the Champions League.
There are few careers that can match the pedigree of Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho. Having just set a remarkable nine-year unbeaten home league record -- which spanned 150 matches and four clubs in four different countries -- the Portuguese manager is eyeing yet another remarkable record.
Jose Mourinho's remarkable nine-year unbeaten home league record came to an end on Saturday as Real Madrid suffered a shock 1-0 defeat by Sporting Gijon which allowed Barcelona to take an eight-point lead in Spain's La Liga.
Ask Sir Alex Ferguson to tell you his best José Mourinho story, and the Manchester United manager lets out a cackle. Sir Alex and Mourinho, the Real Madrid coach, are (arguably) the two greatest coaches in world soccer, men who have become friends over the years after competing against each other in the English Premier League and the UEFA Champions League.
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho is hopeful that star striker Cristiano Ronaldo will return for Wednesday's Champions League clash with Lyon.
Captain Paranoia leapt onto Jose Mourinho's shoulder and began whispering in his ear, filling his mind with all sorts of dark thoughts. Dark thoughts that burrowed into his brain and ate away at him.
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Real Madrid reduced Barcelona's Spanish league lead to two points with a comfortable 2-0 victory at home to lowly Levante on Saturday, reaching a remarkable milestone for coach Jose Mourinho.
Emmanuel Adebayor has praised the impact Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has had on his career, following his loan move from Manchester City last month.
Only eight months into his four-year contract at Real Madrid, coach Jose Mourinho is already issuing statements about his future at the Spanish club.
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has revealed that the Spanish club's bosses have relented and will seek to sign him a new striker after all.
Inter Milan's new coach Leonardo has revealed how he consulted with former Nerazzurri boss Jose Mourinho before deciding to take on the job.
Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo both scored hat-tricks as Real Madrid thrashed Levante 8-0 in the first leg of their Spanish Copa del Rey last-16 tie on Wednesday.
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has been given a one-game touchline ban with another suspended after two of his players received late red cards in their Champions League win over Ajax last week.
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho insisted his team can still win Spain's La Liga despite their humiliating 5-0 defeat to arch-rivals Barcelona in the Camp Nou on Monday night.
Real Madrid face possible sanctions from UEFA after European football's ruling body opened a disciplinary case against coach Jose Mourinho and four of his players on Thursday.
Real Madrid head coach Jose Mourinho claims it was in referee Paradas Romero's "nature" to send him to the stands during Wednesday's 5-1 Copa del Rey win over Real Murcia.
Cristiano Ronaldo got almost all the goals and absolutely all the headlines, the cover of Marca appearing to reveal its entire editorial line with "CR7, CR7, CR7 ... and more CR7," but when Real Madrid trashed Racing Santander 6-1 on Oct. 23, you could make a very good case for its best player being Ángel Di María. And one man making that case -- one man making that case very, very publicly indeed -- was Real manager Jose Mourinho.
There is a wonderful moment in this month's "Informe Robinson" where Michael Robinson, the former Liverpool and Osasuna striker and now one of the most respected presenters and directors on Spanish television, leans forward and asks Jose Mourinho a rather personal question. "Is your wife in love with The Special One too?"
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has ruled himself out of taking charge of the Portugal national team on a temporary basis for their next two Euro 2012 qualifiers.
Jose Mourinho is confident that Real Madrid can break Barcelona's dominance in Spain in his first season in charge of the nine-time European champions.
Portugal defender Ricardo Carvalho has rejoined former coach Jose Mourinho after completing a transfer to Spanish giants Real Madrid.
"If they buy another striker, I'm going to have to write to FIFA to ask them to let us use only just half the pitch." That was the exasperated, private conclusion drawn by one former Real Madrid manager who had seen the club sign another attacking player he didn't need and sell a couple of key players that he did. The key word was 'they' -- far from going hand in hand, the inescapable sensation was that coach was one thing, the club another -- and it wasn't a one-off.
Jose Mourinho revealed that he will take time to learn about Real Madrid before deciding to make any major changes, as he was unveiled as the Spanish club's new coach on Monday.
Real Madrid will name Jose Mourinho as their new coach on Monday after the Spanish giants confirmed they had agreed a compensation package with his current club Inter Milan.
Real Madrid have fired Manuel Pellegrini as manager, paving the way for Jose Mourinho to take over.
Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has admitted he is resigned to manager Jose Mourinho leaving the club to join Real Madrid.
Jose Mourinho has admitted that he is likely to take over at Real Madrid, in an attempt to become the first coach in history to win the Champions League with three different clubs.
Sometimes the best tactics can be the simplest. After all the talk about pupils overcoming masters, of the wily veteran against the protégé he developed over three years at Barcelona, there was no sense here that Jose Mourinho had outwitted the Bayern Munich coach, Louis van Gaal. Internazionale won the Champions League final because it has better players, and exploited Bayern's weaknesses.
Nearly 11 months of competition have come to this, a Champions League final to be duked out in king of rings, the Santiago Bernabeu. In the blue corner, the lip-curled sneer of Jose Mourinho, who actually seems to be enjoying his success at Internazionale -- this is a league and cup double-winning season -- about as much as a punch in the face. In the red corner, Louis van Gaal, whose Bayern Munich side thrashed Werder Bremen 4-0 to claim its own double last weekend.
At the start of this season's Champions League campaign, very few observers would have predicted that the two teams left standing on the eve of the final would be Inter Milan and Bayern Munich. And yet, after disposing of more fancied opposition in the semifinals, both teams are poised to make history in a final that has more than its fair share of subplots. Here's five things to note about the final:
UEFA president Michel Platini says he is disappointed that the buildup to Saturday's Champions League final between Inter Milan and Bayern Munich has been dominated by the coaches, and not the players.
Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho will lead his Italian team into their first European Champions League final in 38 years on 22 May.
Saturday's Champions League final between Internazionale and Bayern Munich has come to feel as though it's as much a clash between their respective managers, Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal, as between the clubs. The flamboyant Latin and the phlegmatic Dutchman are linked, of course, by the time Mourinho spent working under Van Gaal at Barcelona between 1997 and 2000.
When the final whistle went, the bar erupted. Through the raised fists, the smoke and the bodies hugging each other, you could just about make out the television screen as Inter manager Jose Mourinho sprinted across the Camp Nou, celebrating what he would later describe as "the most beautiful defeat of my life."
Even though Inter and Jose Mourinho have been denying it since his appointment, the fact is that this is why he was hired to manage the Nerazzurri (and why he is far and away the highest-paid coach in the world): to deliver the Champions League. And now he has come within 90 minutes of achieving that goal, after defeating what -- in a few years -- we will probably remember as one of the greatest club sides in history.
Inter Milan survived an early sending-off and a Barcelona onslaught to reach the final of Europe's Champions League, where they will meet Bayern Munich.
Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho claims Barcelona's "obsession" with winning the Champions League on the ground of their arch-rivals Real Madrid will hinder their chances of beating his side in their semifinal second showdown.
It's the ultimate in gloating -- the traditional song that really, really rubs it in and stings like hell. You've traveled miles and miles to watch your team but hope has turned to despair, all you've eaten is a ropey sandwich at a service station and all you've drunk is a bottle of warm Coke that's long since gone flat. Which might not be a bad thing, because there's no way you're trusting your backside to that toilet.
Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho has played down the threat posed by Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi as two of European football's giants face off in the Champions League semifinal on Tuesday night.
First, a disclaimer. Yes, after three consecutive seasons of having three English league clubs in the Champions League semifinals, this year there aren't any. Not since 2003-04 has Europe's Final Four included no Premiership teams.
Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho insists he should not have been sacked by Chelsea, stoking the tension ahead of Tuesday night's Champions League last-16 tie in London.
Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho will be banned for the next three Italian Serie A games following a gesture he made during Saturday's controversial 0-0 draw against Sampdoria.
The success achieved by Portuguese soccer coach Jose Mourinho suggests that his players would not just run through a brick wall for him; they'd happily march through an obstacle course full of them to earn his respect.
Here's a little game you can play at home. Type the words "Mourinho" and "referee" in your search engine. When I do it, I get more than 3 million hits. Here are some random headlines:
Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho has been accused of "physical and verbal aggression" towards a journalist after Sunday's 1-1 Serie A draw at Atalanta.
Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho has claimed he did not assault a journalist after his side's 1-1 draw with Atalanta.
Manager Jose Mourinho was sent off as Italian leaders Inter Milan crashed to a 2-1 defeat at title hopefuls Juventus on Saturday night.
Such is the level of pressure heaped on football managers, it is unsurprising that now and then they might say or do something that gets them into trouble with someone.
Champions Inter Milan failed to re-establish their seven-point lead in Italy's Serie A after being held 1-1 at home by AS Roma on Sunday night.
Portuguese football coach Jose Mourinho, ever the headline creator, has caused further outcry this week after he substituted Ghanaian midfielder Sulley Muntari from his Inter Milan side during their Italian Serie A clash with Bari.
Italian champions Inter Milan have unveiled new signing Samuel Eto'o, with the Cameroon striker immediately being forced to deny suggestions from the Italian media that he has ever had a problem with new coach Jose Mourinho.
Jose Mourinho has extended his contract at Serie A champions Inter Milan by 12 months until June 2012, killing off speculation that he could be on his way to Real Madrid.
Inter Milan celebrated their fourth successive Scudetto with a 3-0 home victory against Siena on Sunday as coach Jose Mourinho demanded total commitment from his players.
For three consecutive summers, José Mourinho brought Chelsea to the U.S. for preseason training and friendlies against other touring European clubs and assorted Major League Soccer teams. Two years after his last trip, the Portuguese manager will bring a new team back to the States.
British police are investigating an allegation of common assault against Inter Milan manager Jose Mourinho following his club's 2-0 defeat against Manchester United in the Champions League.
Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho says he may yet move for Chelsea's Didier Drogba and Jermaine Jenas of Tottenham in the January transfer window.
Defending champions Manchester United will face Italian champions Inter Milan in one of three England v Italy showdowns, as the draw for the last 16 of the Champions League in Nyon, Switzerland, produced a host of mouthwatering ties.
Italian champions Inter Milan appointed Jose Mourinho as their new coach on Monday in succession to Roberto Mancini.
Out of sight, out of mind? Hardly. José Mourinho may have retired to his Portuguese hideaway last September, but his presence still hovers over the game.
Jose Mourinho has denied reports that he has had talks with Inter Milan about succeeding Roberto Mancini as manager, which had earlier been confirmed by the former Chelsea coach's personal adviser Eladio Parames.
Chelsea's new coach Avram Grant announced himself as the "normal one" as attempted to stamp his authority at Stamford Bridge in the wake of the sensational departure of Jose Mourinho.
Britain's Chelsea Football Club announced that manager Jose Mourinho has left the organization. CNN's Jim Boulden reports.
Jose Mourinho has insisted that he was not sacked by Chelsea and claims that his decision to leave was the right move for both parties.
Ego, power and politics. To understand Jose Mourinho's exit from Chelsea, it is necessary to embrace these three words and realize his dismissal was not a football decision.
The football world was rocked this week with the shock resignation on Wednesday evening of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
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Chelsea are so short of players for Saturday's FA Cup final they may be forced to use goalkeeper Hilario as a substitute striker, manager Jose Mourinho said.
Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien could be fit for Monday's FA Cup quarterfinal replay at Tottenham Hotspur, a game manager Jose Mourinho is confident of winning.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed he wishes to stay at the Premier League champions if he feels he has sufficient support.
Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech is poised to make his long-awaited comeback from serious injury, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said on Saturday.
Chelsea have denied reports that manager Jose Mourinho is to quit the Premier League champions at the end of the season.
Jose Mourinho has fueled speculation about his future at Chelsea with veiled criticism of the club's board for failing to underwrite moves for new players in the January transfer window.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has scoffed at suggestions that he is going through the toughest phase of his career.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has increased speculation about the future of 30 million pound ($58.77 millon) striker Andriy Shevchenko by claiming that the Ukrainian star is not among his core first-choice players.
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho believes that his squad is so far short of match fitness and says that he would not be surprised if they drop points at the start of the Premier League season.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will let Damien Duff leave the English champions because he cannot guarantee the Republic of Ireland winger a regular place in his side.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Bayern Munich midfielder Michael Ballack will join the club for next season.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said Didier Drogba is a "fighter" not a diver after the Ivory Coast star faced renewed criticizm Monday about his on-field conduct.
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho is following a carefully designed strategy to take the pressure off the players ahead of Tuesday's Champions League showdown against Barcelona.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has apologised to Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger for calling him a "voyeur" earlier this season.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is in trouble again with the English Football Association after accusing Wigan's Lee McCulloch of "cheating" in a TV interview on Saturday.
Manager Jose Mourinho has backed Peter Kenyon after the Chelsea chief executive said the club would comfortably defend their Premier League title.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho fired the first salvo in the countdown to the English Premiership season as he told his rivals that they will need to improve to have any chance of wresting the title from his side.
Chelsea have accepted their 300,000 ($542,900) fine for "tapping up" Arsenal's Ashley Cole but their manager Jose Mourinho will appeal the verdict.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has lost lost his appeal against a 5,000-pound ($9,650) fine for questioning the integrity of the referee who handled his side's League Cup semifinal first leg against Manchester United.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has ensured the summer transfer rumor mill will be in full swing by revealing that he needs to strengthen his Premier League champions with three new players next season.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has signed a new five-year contract with the club crowned Premiership champions for the first time in 50 years last weekend.
Wherever Jose Mourinho goes, success just as surely follows.
Jose Mourinho and Rafael Benitez are playing up the chances of their teams for the return leg of the all-English Champions League semifinal.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insists a calm, collected approach will assure the Londoners victory over Liverpool in the Champions League semifinal first leg on Wednesday.
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