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100 percent! Remembering Mourinho’s five outings in European finals

Jose Mourinho has wrote his name into history after becoming the first manager to win the Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League, after Roma were crowned winners of the inaugural latter competition.

Nicolo Zaniolo’s goal earned a 1-0 win over Feyenoord and ensured Mourinho’s debut season in Rome ends with silverware, whilst it also maintained his perfect record in European finals.

Mourinho has now managed teams in five European finals and has never finished on the losing side, winning trophies with four different clubs.

 

We look back and remember each of the Special One’s successes.

Celtic 2-3 Porto – 2003 UEFA Cup final

Porto were a rising force under Mourinho in the early noughties and won a treble of trophies during his first full season in charge, ending the campaign with a then Primeira Liga points record and adding both the Taça de Portugal and UEFA Cup to the cabinet.

Porto met Celtic in the final of the latter tournament in Seville, with the two teams playing out a thrilling final in Spain.

The Portuguese side twice took the lead through Derlei and Dmitri Alenitchev, but Celtic hit back to level through the brilliance of Henrik Larsson.

The two teams were unable to be separated during normal time, before Porto found a late winner in the additional period.

Derlei slammed home his second after Bobo Balde had been sent off for Celtic, earning Porto their first UEFA Cup and Mourinho a maiden European trophy.

Monaco 0-3 Porto – 2004 Champions League final

The following season saw Porto compete in the Champions League and Mourinho’s men upset the odds to be crowned champions of Europe.

Mourinho’s mad dash down the Old Trafford touchline after eliminating Manchester United remains a vivid memory of their European run, one that concluded with a final against fellow surprise package Monaco.

Porto ran riot in Mourinho’s final fixture in charge, securing a 3-0 win with a fine performance full of pressing football and intelligent attacking movement.

Carlos Alberto opened the scoring with an instinctive finish for the Portuguese champions, before Deco added to the scoreline in the second period.

A convincing win was completed when Dmitri Alenitchev lashed home a late third for Porto, becoming just the second player to have scored in both UEFA Cup and Champions League finals.

The Special One had truly arrived.

Bayern Munich 0-2 Inter Milan – 2010 Champions League final

Mourinho took charge of Inter Milan in 2008, following a successful spell in England with Chelsea that had included back-to-back Premier League titles.

Domestic honours again followed as Inter won successive Scudettos under Mourinho, the second of which came alongside European glory.

Mourinho’s counter-attacking team eliminated Chelsea, CSKA Moscow and Barcelona to reach the final, setting up a showdown with Bayern Munich in the Bernabeu.

Diego Milito’s double sealed a 2-0 win and Champions League success for the Nerazzurri, who ended a 45-year wait to be crowned European champions.

The win also secured the first treble in Italian football history, as Inter added club football’s biggest prize to their Serie A and Coppa Italia titles.

Ajax 0-2 Manchester United – 2017 Europa League final

Mourinho guided Manchester United to a cup double during his debut season at Old Trafford, winning both the League Cup and Europa League in 2016/17.

United met a developing Ajax side in the final in Stockholm and proved too good for their inexperienced opponents, with Paul Pogba – signed in an £89m world-record deal the previous summer – opened the scoring with a deflected effort.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan added a second and his sixth goal of the Europa League season, turning in a loose ball from a corner to double the Red Devils’ lead.

Prior to the formation of the Europa Conference League, the win saw United become the fifth team to win a full set of European trophies, joining Ajax, Chelsea, Juventus and Bayern Munich.

Roma 1-0 Feyenoord – 2022 Europa Conference League final

The inaugural Europa Conference League season ended in more Mourinho success in Europe, winning a fifth straight final as Roma beat Feyenoord in Albania.

Nicolo Zaniolo scored the only goal of a game which saw Roma forced to defend for large periods, securing a narrow win and first continental title since winning the old Fairs Cup in 1961.

Mourinho became the first man to win European trophies with four different clubs, whilst it was a 26th career title in the managerial career of one of football’s most successful ever coaches.

His task now will be returning Roma to a place among European football’s elite.

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