José Mourinho is the current head coach of Italian Serie A club Roma. He is a Portuguese professional football manager and former player. He is known as “The Special One” and is largely regarded as one of the best managers of all time, as well as one of the most decorated.

Mourinho was born in 1963 in Setbal (a suburb of the Lisbon metropolitan area), Portugal, to a large middle-class family. He was the son of José Manuel Mourinho Félix, also known as Félix Mourinho, and his wife Maria Jlia Carrajola dos Santos.

His father was a professional footballer who played for Os Belenenses and Vitória de Setbal, collecting one cap for Portugal throughout his career. His mother was an affluent elementary school teacher, and her uncle paid for the Vitória de Setbal football stadium to be built. The family lost all but one home in nearby Palmela as António de Oliveira Salazar’s Estado Novo regime fell apart in April 1974.

Mourinho joined the Belenenses youth team to follow in his father’s footsteps. He played senior football with Rio Ave (where his father was the coach), Belenenses, and Sesimbra. He lacked the speed and power to play professionally, so he decided to pursue a career as a football coach instead.

Mourinho’s mother enrolled him in a business school, but he pulled out on the first day, saying he wanted to focus on sport instead, and chose to study sports science at the Instituto Superior de Educaço Fsica (ISEF), Technical University of Lisbon.

Former Scotland manager Andy Roxburgh noticed the young Portuguese’s energy and attention to detail after attending coaching seminars run by the English and Scottish Football Associations. By combining coaching theory with motivational and psychological approaches, Mourinho tried to rethink the position of coach in football.

Meet José Mourinho’s parents

Maria Júlia Carrajola dos Santos and Félix Mourinho are José Mourinho’s parents.

Félix Mourinho was a Portuguese football goalkeeper and manager who was born on February 12, 1938, and died on June 25, 2017.

Mourinho was born in Ferragudo, Algarve, in the Faro District. He was a professional footballer for 19 years, beginning with Vitória de Setbal in 1955–56. He played for Sado River for 13 seasons, winning two Portuguese Cups and competing in three Inter-Cities Fairs Cup editions.

Mourinho signed for fellow league team Belenenses before the 1968–69 season began, finishing in a personal best-ever second place in his fifth season – with UEFA Cup qualifying – before retiring in June of the following year at the age of 36. In the 1972 Brazil Independence Cup, he got one cap for Portugal, coming on as a replacement for Benfica’s José Henrique in the dying minutes of a 2–1 triumph over the Republic of Ireland.

Teresa (1960–1996) and José (1960–1996) were Mourinho’s children with Maria Jlia Carrajola dos Santos (born 1939), a teacher.

[8] Later in his career, he became one of the most well-known and successful football managers of his time.

Teresa Felix – Meet Mourinho’s only known sibling

Teresa Felix is known for being José Mourinho’s only known sibling.

Little is known About Teresa Felix.

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