Yet another final for “The Special One”: José Mourinho’s respectable record in European competitions | The USA Print

Jose Mourinho in a Serie A match between Roma and Bologna

Jose Mourinho in a Serie A match between Roma and Bologna


Soccer finals are usually the biggest tests for teams, especially at a European level with competitions like the Champions League, the Europa League, and the recently launched Conference League. However, there is a coach who has found the trick to all the finals of those competitions: the Portuguese José Mourinho.

Mourinho’s Roma advanced to the Europa League final after drawing a goalless draw in the second leg of the semifinals against Bayer Leverkusen and thus winning 1-0 on aggregate after having taken the victory by the slightest difference in the first leg. In this way, the Portuguese coach reached his second European final with the Italian team, after reaching the Conference League in 2022, the newest of the competitions organized by UEFA whose mission is to ensure that at least 34 European countries are represented at club level in the group stage of one or more competitions.

The Italian team will play against the almighty Sevilla on May 31 in Budapest, Hungary. The Spanish eleventh is to be feared in this competition since it holds six titles and is the only team in history that has achieved it.

This will be the sixth final for Mourinho in his professional career, having won two with Porto (one in the Champions League and one in the Europa League), one in the Champions League with Inter, another with Manchester United in the Europa League and one in the Conference League. with the Rome

The most respectable thing about this record is that “The Special One” remains undefeated in all finals European championships that he has played, with five finals won and hoping to add the sixth.

A review of the Mou finals

Mourinho won his first European final in 2003 with Porto in the final of the UEFA Cup (current Europa League) with a 3-2 against Celtic. In the following season, Mourinho continued the feat by reaching the Champions League final against Monaco. The Portuguese team made history with a superb 3-0 victory over the French team, making Porto the first Portuguese team to win the Champions League.

Six years later, in 2010, Mourinho led Inter Milan to the Champions League final against Bayern Munich. The Italian team, led by Argentine striker Diego Milito, demonstrated their quality in the final with a 2-0 victory over the Bavarian team. Already in the 2017 season, the Portuguese once again accessed another Europa League final and established himself with Manchester United after beating Ajax 2-0.

The last achievement of “Mou” was with Roma, a team that had not won an international title for 61 years and broke the spell in 2022 after winning the first edition of the Conference League with a 1-0 win over Feyenoord. Now, Mourinho is going for his sixth final, where he will play against 100% effective Sevilla on May 31 in Budapest, Hungary.

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