He is obsessed by success, and success duly comes his way. Always enigmatic in public, he can rarely resist the temptation to provoke, although there is usually substance to what he says. Jose Mourinho is arguably the single most polarising figure in a footballing world packed with divisive characters.
The 46-year-old is like no other. A master in the psychological black arts, his mind games always have a purpose, as Mourinho refuses to leave anything to chance. His magical charisma infuses his teams with an unbending will to win. Quite deliberately, he draws the media spotlight away from his players and onto him, leaving his teams to focus entirely on forthcoming challenges.
Undoubtedly an eccentric, who appears to relish theatrics as much as trophies, his methods are ultimately justified by their success. Mourinho never played professionally, but as Porto coach and Chelsea manager, this enfant terrible collected every European and domestic trophy available to him. Now at the Inter Milan helm, the coach has not seen one of his teams beaten at home in the league for a total of 110 consecutive fixtures (38 with Porto, 60 with Chelsea and 12 to date with Inter).
In the first of a new FIFA.com monthly series, we review the charismatic leader and motivator’s wittiest and most controversial quotes, often delivered to an open-mouthed audience at one of his legendary news conferences. Sit back and enjoy this selection from Jose Mourinho.
"Please don't call me arrogant, but I'm European champion and I think I'm a special one."
Mourinho on his arrival at Chelsea in 2004
"We have top players and, sorry if I'm arrogant, we have a top manager."
Mourinho on himself and his Chelsea team
"If I wanted to have an easy job I would have stayed at Porto. Beautiful blue chair, the UEFA Champions League trophy, God, and after God, me."
Mourinho, shortly after arriving at the Blues
"If Roman Abramovich helped me out in training we would be bottom of the league, and if I had to work in his world of big business, we would be bankrupt."
Mourinho on Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich
"We didn’t lose. After 120 minutes it was a draw. So we didn’t lose the game."
Mourinho after Chelsea’s cup defeat to Charlton Athletic on penalties
"After all that has happened this season - and that is a lot - I've reached the conclusion that I am a good loser."
Mourinho on his character and values
"Everybody was waiting for Chelsea not to win every game, and one day when we lose, there will be a holiday in the country."
Mourinho, enjoying a long winning run with Chelsea
"We are on top at the moment but not because of the club's financial power. We are in contention for a lot of trophies because of my hard work."
Mourinho estimating his value as a coach
"I really like this squad and I have great faith in the lads. As of now, I’m Inter’s biggest fan."
Mourinho on his arrival at Inter
"I always wanted to coach a big club in Italy. The job at Inter is a big challenge for me. And I do believe it could be very entertaining for the journalists."
Mourinho takes a realistic view of the future
"I am more scared of the bird flu than football. What is football compared with life?”
Mourinho’s response to mounting pressure
"In training I often play matches of three against three, and when the score reaches 5-4, I send the players back to the dressing room, because they are not defending properly."
Mourinho on his training ground methods
"If they made a film of my life, I think they should get George Clooney to play me. He's a fantastic actor and my wife thinks he would be ideal."
Mourinho’s gaze turns to Hollywood
"I enjoy the work, I enjoy every minute of my professional life."
Mourinho on his passion for coaching