Jose Mourinho’s best European moment after leading Roma to glory in the Conference League

As Jose Mourinho lifted the Europa League trophy high into the sky in Tirana on Wednesday night, it was just the latest addition to his European highlights.

Become the master of the continent, or as the Italian newspapers called him on Thursday, the “King of Rome”, Mourinho became the first coach to win every club competition in the European Football Association, lifting the European Cup with his fourth team.

Add to that this was Roma’s first European Championship since 1961 and their first title of any kind in 14 years.

Jose Mourinho lifts Europa League title as Roma beat Feyenoord 1-0

When Mourinho steps away from the game, wherever that may be, he will do so with a résumé filled with great nights in Europe.

It was there that he took Porto to glory in the Champions League, ousting Manchester United on his way, in 2003-04. There was the “greatest night of his life” to outdo Barcelona by two feet before sealing a famous Inter Milan hat-trick in 2010. There was a time when he avoided the UEFA ban by slipping into Stamford Bridge in a laundry basket. There is a lot.

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That run seam

Manchester United 1-1 Porto (2-3 g), March 9, 2004

Only one place to start is the close touchline at Old Trafford.

Porto had a 2-1 lead from the first leg in Portugal, but seemed to be advancing on away goals thanks to a header close to the post from Paul Scholes midway through the first half.

United were furious with the decision not to allow the second goal from Scholes due to offside. Replay showed it was fine before it finished.

But there was a final twist in the story when Francisco Costina took advantage of goalkeeper Tim Howard’s mistake to score, sending Porto fans, as well as Mourinho and his staff, into the wild.

Mourinho's most famous celebration at Old Trafford came in 2005 when Porto drew

Mourinho’s most famous celebration at Old Trafford came in 2005 when Porto drew

Howard saved a routine stoppage from Benny McCarthy’s free kick into the center of the penalty area and Costina was alive. Cue the hoopla.

Mourinho, in his long black coat, raced down the touchline to celebrate with his jubilant players after realizing they were moments away from toppling Manchester United.

Then he turns to the distant fans and raises his arms in the air to ask them to raise the ceiling in their festivities.

It became one of the most iconic moments of Mourinho’s career and is seen by many as a springboard to the reputation and success that has followed since then.

Laundry saves the day!

Chelsea 4-2 Bayern Munich, April 6, 2005

Mourinho’s sometimes elopement with him is perhaps one of the least surprising notes in this entire article. Bans and fines were a milestone in his career.

But with UEFA slapped with a suspension on the touchline in April 2005, meaning he was unable to stay with his players before, during or after, he had a dilemma on his hands.

Not much went through Mourinho, and he hatched an amazing plot to be smuggled in and out by hiding in a laundry basket, of all things. And the best part of it all – it worked.

At Stamford Bridge in 2005, Mourinho slipped into the dressing room, hiding in a laundry basket

At Stamford Bridge in 2005, Mourinho slipped into the dressing room, hiding in a laundry basket

Chelsea icon John Terry once explained to Jimmy Redknapp on Sky: “He has been suspended for the Bayern Munich match, and he is clearly not allowed to enter the stadium.”

“The equipment guy had to get him through all the security…and about halfway into the dressing room, he banged on top, saying, ‘I can’t breathe!'” Get me out! Get me out! “

“So the equipment guy had to hurry up and get him in. We all thought the assistants, Mick McGivin or Andre Villas-Bois, were going to give a halftime speech. Suddenly, he was pushed inside in a jump — and it exploded.

Still looking for a million dollars! He still looks great – his hair hasn’t moved or anything.

Given that Mourinho has described himself as stifling, it was an impressive level of commitment to breaking the rules and it certainly paid off.

His speech clearly had an impact as Frank Lampard (centre) scored twice in a 4-2 win

His speech clearly had an impact as Frank Lampard (centre) scored twice in a 4-2 win

Chelsea went on to win 4-2 that night and captured everything Mourinho had to say behind closed doors as they rioted against the Germans.

Lucio missed Joe Cole’s effort to put Chelsea ahead before Frank Lampard regained his lead, having seen Bastian Schweinsteiger equalized.

Lampard added his second and third goal for Chelsea with an amazing individual goal and turned cleverly before firing into a half ball.

Didier Drogba scored the fourth before Michael Ballack gave Bayern some hope of late with a penalty in the thrilling quarter-final.

We’re sure the laundry baskets once got hold of EU officials since then.

Shine in Barcelona

FC Barcelona 1-0 Inter (2-3 g), 28 April 2010

“It’s the greatest moment of my career,” Mourinho said after he calmed down running across the pitch with his arm in the air.

Defeat tonight but win on aggregate. The battle was lost and the war was won.

This was a professional defensive cycle, one of the best in Mourinho’s football career.

Mourinho led his team to the final 3-1 from the first leg at the San Siro, despite having to play an hour with ten men after Thiago Motta was ordered to walk for a foul on Sergio Busquets.

Inter canceled, canceled, canceled until the final whistle and the first European Cup final since 1972 was booked.

Mourinho says the greatest night of his life came in overthrowing Barcelona in Spain in 2010

Mourinho says the greatest night of his life came in overthrowing Barcelona in Spain in 2010

“For the players, me and the fans, this is the best. We were a team of champions. We were sweating blood,” Mourinho said.

It’s been 38 years since Inter played in the final. This is not a team of young players who can wait 15 years to reach the final – they won’t have 10 more chances to play in one.

“Against Barcelona, ​​it is difficult with 11 players, but with 10 players it is a historic achievement to win like this. It is the most beautiful defeat in my life.”

Mourinho’s history with Barcelona was well documented at the start of the race.

He was sacked and mocked by their supporters as “The Interpreter” – having worked at the club under Sir Bobby Robson – and his celebrations eventually led to those same skeptics telling what he had just accomplished.

Race with a pointed salute, almost as iconic as the original touchline race at Old Trafford.

If Mourinho thinks this is his greatest night, who are we to argue with him?

After Barcelona fans mocked the nickname “The Translator”, Mourinho laughed the last time after losing 1-0

Handed the only European Cup to United since Fergie!

Ajax 0-2 Manchester United, May 24, 2017

For all the baton he’s got, no title has reached Manchester United since Mourinho’s victory in 2017.

A confirmed winner and winner of the Europa League against Ajax in 2017. Now it will be former Ajax coach Erik ten Hag’s turn – not in place when Mourinho triumphed in Sweden – to end the arid cup streak.

This was special for Mourinho and United as it represented his first European title since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.

David Moyes and Louis van Gaal both found the scale of United’s task overwhelming but Mourinho did well in Europe, even if some dismissed it as a second-tier rivalry.

Manchester United's victory in the Europa League in Sweden in 2017 proved to be their last title

Manchester United’s victory in the Europa League in Sweden in 2017 proved to be their last title

Mourinho is clearly not underestimated as he still has a picture of him winning the Europa League with United hung in his Rome office.

“For the team it means everything,” he told ManUtd.com at the time.

He added: It means winning the third title, and it means returning to the Champions League, and it means playing in the European Super Cup in Macedonia next August.

For the club, that means the last piece of the puzzle – now a team that has every trophy in world football. It means a lot to me, the club and the kids.

While Mourinho continued to produce a hat-trick and huge surprises like the one he did with Porto, this was a fantastic win given the terrible background it played in.

United supporters, players and officials were reeling in the hours leading up to the match after hearing a bomb exploded at the Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena.

Mourinho (left) was later eliminated but won his first European title since Sir Alex Ferguson

Mourinho (left) was later eliminated but won his first European title since Sir Alex Ferguson

UEFA wanted to go ahead with the match and the United players fought through the emotions of the day to win the title.

He added: ‘My thoughts are clearly with the victims of the tragedy in Manchester and with the families. Tragedy is on my mind.

“Maybe this victory will bring some happiness to Manchester, I don’t know.

It’s clear that I, and everyone else, is going to change this cup for people who have lost their lives, that’s clear. But if you focus on the football team, I’m really proud.”

Few moments in Mourinho’s career will come with the same amount of passion as this.

The painful wait for Rome is over!

Roma 1-0 Feyenoord, 25 May 2022

And for his most recent success – and perhaps one of his sweetest.

The Eternal City of Rome has been denied tangible success for far too long given the size of the club and the status of a legend that was to be secured if Mourinho was able to manage a European title for the first time since 1961.

Thousands sang in Tirana and thousands more gathered around Rome as Zaniolo won the game’s only goal.

Tears flowed down Mourinho during this race for the cup and after he was finally ridiculed at Manchester United and sent off at Tottenham, that would have looked cute.

Roma won their first Europa Conference League with a 1-0 victory over Feyenoord

Roma won their first Europa Conference League with a 1-0 victory over Feyenoord

“The wonderful thing about my career is that apart from the Europa League with Manchester United, doing it with Porto, Inter and Roma is very, very special,” Mourinho said in Tirana.

“Winning when everyone expects it is one thing, when you make the investments to win, but winning when something feels timeless, is something really special” is another.

This is still the history of Rome, but also me. I was told that only I, Sir Alex (Ferguson) and Giovanni Trapattoni, had won titles in three different decades.

“It makes me feel a little bit old, but it’s good for my career.”

AS Roma coach Mourinho is the first coach ever to win all three European Championships

AS Roma coach Mourinho is the first coach ever to win all three European Championships

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