Books

José Mourinho - Made in Portugal: the official biography

In just a few years, José Mourinho has proved himself to be one of the most successful and controversial of football managers. He arrived in London in the summer of 2004, to take on the role of the manager at Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea. His impact on English football was immediate, with his unmistakeable self-confidence, style, drive and ambition. Now he has moved on to Inter Milan where, once again, he has become the focus of media attention. But how did his career start? What led him to becoming one of the great enigmas of World Football?  This fascinating book charts his rise from relatively humble beginnings as assistant coach to Sir Bobby Robson, to become the most sought-after club manager in Europe.

Readers will gain an insight into Mourinho’s management skills, as well as his whole footballing philosophy, and his approach to motivating his players. Mourinho himself writes of his move to Roman Abramovich's Chelsea and of approaches by other clubs; his ‘mind games’ with Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United are knocked out of Europe; and his fears for his personal safety and that of his family after receiving a death threat on the eve of what should have been the biggest night of his life.

Long-term family friend, Portuguese journalist Luís Lourenço guides us through the formative years in Mourinho's coaching career, as he returns to Portugal from Barcelona at the turn of the millennium and embarks on the remarkable four-year journey which will lead him to Chelsea. A journey which includes short-lived yet turbulent spells at Portuguese giants Benfica and minnows União de Leiria, and culminates in a night of unforgettable glory for FC Porto and José Mourinho as they are crowned Champions of Europe.


Mourinho: Anatomy Of A Winner

When Jose Mourinho realised as a teenager that he was never going to be a great player, he decided he was going to become the best coach in the world. At 42, many would say he's done that - probably including Mourinho, who has called himself the Special One. From translator and assistant to Sir Bobby Robson at Barcelona, to Champions League-winning manager at Porto and on to (potentially) Europe's most successful football club at Chelsea, Jose Mourinho's ascent has been rapid. Backed by Abramovich's billions, Mourinho has weeded out those not fully committed to his methods, has made several astute signings and has improved the game of many Chelsea stars. The result: in his first season, Chelsea won both the Premier League title and the Carling Cup. Patrick Barclay interviewed those closest to Mourinho, including Sir Bobby Robson and Louis van Gaal, as well as the players, to provide a revealing insight into what has made Mourinho arguably the most successful manager in the world.




Mourinho - ¿Por qué tantas victorias?

“Mourinho nos entrega su modelo de pensamiento futbolístico, “abofeteando” a lo largo del paseo de éstas páginas al pensamiento futbolístico convencional (capacidades condicionales, volumen, picos de forma, recuperación, entrenamientos de conjunto…). Su primer mandamiento ubica al modelo de juego, como antesala del modelo de entrenamiento.

Siempre he considerado que todas las actividades que generemos estarán enfocadas, partiendo inicialmente de la idea de juego que rige en el equipo. Para ello el camino a seguir para el desarrollo de cualquier tarea es conocer los medios técnicos y tácticos que tenemos a nuestro alcance (conocimiento del futbolista) y estructurarlos racionalmente, desde el contexto de la competición. Dichas actividades estarán focalizadas a conocer los diferentes mecanismos del juego, y lo mas relevante: dando sentido al mismo.

Mi gratitud a Bruno Oliveira, Nuno Amieiro, Nuno Resende y Ricardo Barreto por atreverse a dar un paso tan importante, por estas productivas aportaciones, pulidas página a página convirtiendo este documento en un valioso “diamante”. (Victor Fernández Ex entrenador del CD Zaragoza SAD)


¿Qué es la "Periodización Táctica"?

¿Cuándo se admitirá que un movimiento deportivo descontextualizado o desajustado (movimiento "torpe") de la respuesta correcta es, por más sudor que exija, una "teoría"… y que una precepción mental correcta de una situación es ya (antes del gesto) una práctica? (Vitor Frade)

Este libro, de una forma simple, intenta evidenciar los principales pilares en que la “Periodización Táctica” se asienta. Intenta mostrar los puentes que esta metodología creo y que utiliza, apoyándose en las diferentes áreas del conocimiento. Intenta realzar una forma diferente de ver el juego y el entrenamiento. Se puede transformar en un punto de cambio o de partida hacia un diferente entendimiento del proceso de entrenamiento.

¿Será esta metodología mejor o peor que las otras? Personalmente creo que es mejor. Pero independientemente de eso, de una cosa estoy seguro: esta concepción de entrenamiento no es más que la búsqueda de la propia esencia del Fútbol, la búsqueda de juego tal como él es, un juego indivisible, como Vitor Frade afirma: “¡Un juego inquebrantable!” (Guilherme Oliveira, J)