Soccerstarz - Chelsea Jose Mourinho /Figures
Jose Mourinho returned to Chelsea for his second spell as manager on 3 June 2013. He had previously been in charge at Stamford Bridge between 2004 and 2007, steering the club to our first league championship in 50 years, successfully defending the Premier League title in 2006 while also adding two League Cups and the FA Cup, won in the first competitive fixture at the new Wembley Stadium.
Following his departure in 2007, Jose joined Inter Milan, and promptly won back-to-back Serie A titles before adding the Champions League, the first time the Nerazzurri had won that competition since 1965. They also became the first team in Italy to do the league, cup and Champions League treble. That year, 2010, he won the inaugural FIFA World Coach of the Year award. He has also been manager of the season in Portugal, England and Italy. Real Madrid came calling, and Mourinho accepted the new challenge. Overhauling the all-conquering Barcelona was never going to be easy, and in his first season he fell four points short as the Barça side also knocked them out of the Champions League. However in 2012 his team won La Liga, accruing 100 points and scoring a record 121 goals in 38 games. Barça would end the season without silverware.
With nine European Cups to their name, Real have become obsessed with lifting a 10th, and the 2012/13 season, after a poor start in the league, was geared towards continental success, but as previously with the Blues, Mourinho's men fell at the semi-final stage. Madrid and their manager parted, and his last game was a 4-2 win over Osasuna at the Bernabeu two days before his appointment at Chelsea.
Mourinho had made his name in management while in charge of Benfica and Uniao de Leiria, having started out as an assistant to the late Sir Bobby Robson at Sporting and Porto, following him to Barcelona. He returned to Porto as manager in 2002, leading them to the 2003 UEFA Cup by beating Celtic, and in 2004 he went one better with Champions League glory that would make him a household name and his players coveted across Europe. He too had outgrown Portugal, and was attracted to Roman Abramovich's new project in west London. With him came defenders Paulo Ferreira and Ricardo Carvalho, and he added Didier Drogba while inheriting Petr Cech and Arjen Robben from pre-agreed transfers. John Terry and Frank Lampard were already there to complete the spine of a side that would lose only one game in the league all season, storming to the league title with a record 95 points and picking up the Carling Cup along the way.
European success proved evasive, with Liverpool eliminating us in the Champions League semi-finals with a famous 'ghost goal', but a year later we were celebrating domestically again, with another Premier League title. Chelsea were the undisputed best team in the land. That crown slipped during the 2006/07 season as injuries took their toll, Man United reclaiming the league title while once again Liverpool proved our downfall in Europe, this time on penalties and again in the semi-finals. Chelsea and Mourinho, however, performed well in the cups, lifting the Carling Cup in Cardiff against Arsenal, and beating United at Wembley to lift the FA Cup.
Mourinho departed by mutual consent in the September of 2007, just a few weeks into the new season. Nearly six years later, he returned on a four-year deal, declaring to Chelsea fans that the difference between 2004 and 2013 was that he was now 'one of you'. There are exciting times ahead.