Jose Mourinho: Countries He Has Managed in Ahead of the Special One’s Possible Move to Saudi Arabia

Jose Mourinho: Countries He Has Managed in Ahead of the Special One’s Possible Move to Saudi Arabia

Joel Reyes
March 28, 2024 at 4:37 AM
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  • Jose Mourinho has hinted his next managerial stint may be in Saudi Arabia
  • The Portuguese manager has coached in four different countries before
  • He led several clubs to success in Portugal, England, Italy, and Spain

Jose Mourinho is ready to coach again.

He has given a hint that a managerial stint in the Saudi Pro League may entice him, saying in a recent interview that former player, Cristiano Ronaldo, had opened the door with his move there.

Sports Brief looks at the countries where 'The Special One' has managed ahead of a possible move to Saudi Arabia.

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Jose Mourinho lifts the Premier League and Champions League trophies. Images: Mike Hewitt/ Matthew Ashton.
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Countries where Mourinho has managed


Jose Mourinho fulfilled his dream of becoming a top-tier manager in September 2000 when he was promoted by Portuguese side, Benfica.

He replaced Jupp Heynckes as manager after the fourth week of the 2000-01 Primeira Liga season. His reign there didn't last long, though, with Mourinho leaving his post on December 5, 2000.

The Portuguese tactician got an offer from Uniao de Leiria to become their manager the following season, signing a deal with the club in July 2001.

He immediately transformed the team's fortunes, leading them to fourth place in the 2001-02 Primeira Liga season by January.

That caught the attention of Porto, who gave Mourinho an offer he couldn't refuse. He decided to leave Uniao de Leiria and replace Octavio Machado as Porto boss on January 23, 2002.

That decision paid dividends for both club and manager as The Special One led Porto to new heights in his two-year stint there.

He captured six trophies with Porto, including two Primeira Liga titles and their first-ever UEFA Champions League crown, which they won in 2004.


Mourinho knew it was time for a different challenge after winning it all at Porto. He decided to leave the club after the 2003-04 season, signing a deal with English club, Chelsea.

He quickly became a fan favourite at Stamford Bridge, leading the side to back-to-back Premier League titles in his first two seasons with the club.

He also won two League Cup titles (2005 and 2007), one FA Cup trophy (2007), and the 2005 Community Shield before leaving the club on September 20, 2007, per 90min.

Mourinho didn't burn any bridges when he left Chelsea, returning to the club as a manager in 2013.

He made them winners once again in his second spell with the club, leading them to the Premier League and League Cup titles in the 2014-15 season.

The joy didn't last long, though, as he left the Blues on December 7, 2015, after a poor start to the 2015-16 Premier League season.

Mourinho found his next job in England as well, with Manchester United appointing him as manager in 2016. He immediately worked wonders with the Red Devils, leading them to three trophies in the 2016-17 season.

He helped them win the 2016 Community Shield as well as the UEFA Europa League and League Cup titles in 2017.

His time at United didn't last long as well, leaving the club in December 2018 after a poor start to the 2018-19 season.

Mourinho returned to England once more in November 2019, taking the managerial position at Tottenham Hotspur after Mauricio Pochettino was sacked.

He wasn't able to work his magic with Spurs, though, as he was sacked 17 months after taking over. It was the first time since 2002 that he had departed a team without winning a trophy.


Mourinho decided to take his talents to Italy after leaving Chelsea for the first time, joining Inter Milan before the start of the 2008-09 season.

He proved to be a worthy replacement for Roberto Mancini, leading the club to five trophies in his two-season stint there.

Mourinho helped Inter win the Supercoppa Italia in 2008 and the 2008-09 Serie A title in his first season with the club.

He cemented his status as one of the greatest Inter managers the following season, leading the club to a historic continental treble, per The Athletic.

Mourinho signed off in style, capturing the Serie A, UEFA Champions League, and Coppa Italia titles in the 2009-10 season.

He returned to Italy in 2021, with Roma appointing Mourinho as their manager. He found success with them in the 2021-22 season, leading them to the UEFA Europa Conference League title.

Mourinho made history with that trophy, becoming the first manager to win all three major competitions in Europe.


Mourinho decided to move to Spain after leaving Inter, joining Real Madrid before the start of the 2010-11 season.

He won three championships with them before departing in 2013, leading them to the 2011-12 La Liga title as well as the 2011 Copa Del Rey and 2012 Supercopa de Espana trophies.

Mourinho's reaction to Chelsea fans praising him

Sports Brief recently reported on Mourinho's reaction to Chelsea fans chanting his name during their matches.

The Special One remains a favourite among Blues fans and said the chants were a sign he had done his job well.

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