The Special One recently managed to reach the UEFA Conference League final with AS Roma.

Jose Mourinho is termed the ‘Special One’. He was given this tag after FC Porto’s dream run in the 2003/04 UEFA Champions League. The Portuguese side ended up winning the title that year. Mourinho has tasted success with most of the teams during his managerial tenure except in Tottenham Hotspur when he went trophyless. In this article, we will cover 5 records held by Jose Mourinho which are yet to be broken. In fact, for some of these records, he has also been named in the Guinness Book of World Records

5. Youngest Manager to manage 100 Champions League games

On 21st November 2012, Jose Mourinho became the youngest manager to manage 100 Champions League games. He was 49 years and 132 days old then. His Real Madrid side was facing Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. The game ended in a 1-1 draw. Karim Benzema opened the scoring for Madrid in the 10th minute of the game. In the 73rd minute, Aguero converted a penalty to equalize. Real Madrid were eventually knocked out of the tournament by Borussia Dortmund in the semi-finals.

4. Longest unbeaten run at home (9 years)

Jose Mourinho holds the distinction of being unbeaten in home games for nine long years. This run started from FC Porto on 22nd February 2002 and went on till 19th February 2011 in Real Madrid. The teams covered during this tenure were- FC Porto (Portugal), Chelsea (England), Inter Milan (Italy), and Real Madrid (Spain). Mourinho was successful in all those clubs having won the Champions League with Porto and Inter Milan, Premier League with Chelsea, Serie A with Inter Milan, and La Liga with Real Madrid.

3- Only manager to never lose a UEFA competition cup final

Jose Mourinho holds the UEFA Champions League trophy after defeating FC Bayern Munich (Courtesy: UEFA)

Jose Mourinho is the only manager to remain unbeaten in UEFA competition finals. His first trophy came with FC Porto in the 2003/04 season. His second Champions League trophy came with Inter Milan in 2009/10. That year his team also won the Serie A and Coppa Italia making it a famous treble for Inter Milan. He reached the UEFA Europa League final with Manchester United in 2017/18 and managed to lift the trophy by beating Ajax.

2. Most home games unbeaten in Premier League (77)

Chelsea has seen some of its best years under Mourinho. He was instrumental in winning three Premier Leagues for the club, an FA Cup, and three Carabao Cup titles. The run lasted for 86 games from March 2004 to October 2008. 77 of those came under Jose Mourinho. During this period he won them two Premier League titles, two Carabao Cups, and one FA Cup. Players such as Petr Cech, Frank Lampard, John Terry, and Didier Drogba were the backbone of this Chelsea side. They had an excellent relationship with the Portuguese.

1- First manager to reach all European Competitions finals (4 finals, 3 tournaments)

Mourinho commanding AS Roma while in action against Leicester City in the UECL semi-final (Courtesy: AS Roma)

On 5th May 2022, AS Roma defeated Leicester City in the second leg of the UEFA Europa Conference League. This made Mourinho the only manager to reach the finals of all UEFA Competitions. He managed Porto (2003/04) and Inter Milan (2009/10) in the UEFA Champions League, winning both the finals. He also guided Manchester United in the Europa League finals in 2016/17 as well which they won. With his record this strong in the finals, one would not be surprised to see him pull off another final when AS Roma play Feyenoord on 25th May.

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