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Jose Mourinho appointed as coach of Fenerbahce – Football

Jose Mourinho appointed as coach of Fenerbahce – Football

Jose Mourinho was officially appointed as the new coach of Fenerbahce on Saturday.

Portuguese Jose Mourinho, who has been without a club since last January, became the new coach of Fenerbahce, and today he was announced as runner-up in the latest edition of the Turkish Football League via social media.

“Welcome [olá]Fenerbahce fans. see you tomorrow [domingo]. “Let's start our journey together,” the Portuguese coach said, in a video clip posted on the Turkish club's social media sites, in which he invited the fans to welcome him to the stadium on Sunday.

Mourinho (61 years old) has been away from the bench since mid-January, when he was dismissed from the leadership of the Italian team Roma, the club he led for two and a half seasons and led to winning the first edition of the European League. In 2021/22, he will become the first coach to lift the three continental club cups, after the Champions League, in 2003/04 and 2009/10, and the European League, in 2002/03 and 2016/17.

After succeeding his Portuguese compatriot Paulo Fonseca, Mourinho led the Giallorossi in 138 official matches, in which they achieved 68 wins, 39 defeats and 31 draws, and finished the Italian League in sixth place in 2021/22 and 2022/23, both of which he completed the two seasons ahead. From the Romans, before Daniele De Rossi surrendered in the middle of the final, when Roma was in ninth place.

Fenerbahce is the second most decorated club in Turkey, with 19 championship titles, behind Galatasaray (24 titles), but has not lifted the cup for a decade, since 2013/14. In the last three seasons, they finished in second place, and in the last season they were only three points away from their eternal rival, who became two-time champions.

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Jose Mourinho, who replaces Ismail Kartal in this position, is the third Portuguese coach to coach Fenerbahce, after Vitor Pereira (between 2015 and 2016, and in 2021/22) and Jorge Jesus (2022/23).

The Istanbul team will be the tenth club that Mourinho will lead in his career, after Benfica, Uniao de Leiria, Porto, Chelsea (twice), Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Tottenham and Roma.

After joining the coaching staff of the Englishman Bobby Robson at Sporting Lisbon, Porto and Barcelona, ​​and the Dutchman Louis van Gaal in the Catalan team, Mourinho had his first experience – albeit a short one – as coach of Benfica, in the 2000/2001 season.

This was followed by Uniao de Leiria and FC Porto, a club where he stood out with a successful season, especially with a second national championship and victories in the UEFA Cup (2002/03) and the Champions League (2003/04), before he moved to Chelsea and led the Blues to the league title. English in 2005 and 2006.

He left London in the middle of his fourth season, in 2007/08, after which he moved to Italy, to Inter Milan, leading the Nerazzurri to two Italian titles (2008/09 and 2009/10) and the Italian League. Champions in 2010, a trophy that has eluded Milan for 45 years.

The move to Real Madrid, in 2010, came at a time when Barcelona had almost absolute dominance in Spain, which led to it winning the Spanish title, in 2012, before returning to Chelsea, who presented the coach with the scepter of the third English champion. , in 2015.

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However, his second “life” at Stamford Bridge was shorter than the first, and he would be fired in the middle of his third season, and the same would happen in his next experience, also in England, but at Manchester United, for which he played. He led the team between 2016 and 2019, and managed to win the English Super Cup and the Europa League, both in 2016-2017.

More modest was the period he spent at Tottenham, without any titles, between 2019 and 2021, before moving to the Italian capital, where in January he recorded the fourth consecutive expulsion in his career.