Since rising to fame with his legendary Porto side, Jose Mourinho has become known for his smart picks and audacious offers in the transfer market. The Portuguese manager builds his sides around select specialist players that he trusts with his life, and it is common to see his first signing reflect the philosophy he is trying to implement at his club.

With Gedson Fernandes becoming the Portuguese’s first signing at Spurs last January, we thought we would go through Mourinho’s managerial history and attempt to rank how his first signings have all fared.

Porto : Tiago Pereira (2002)


Son in action during the 2019/20 Premier League campaign

The world of sport is hyper-competitive and exceptionally unforgiving. Fans will do almost anything to ensure their players are held to impossible-to-reach standards, whilst their opponents are subjected to abuse and criticism usually reserved for international war criminals.

It’s so rare to find a player who is able to unite an entire continent and be seen as dedicated, professional and undeniably talented, and yet Tottenham Hotspur seem to have unearthed such a player in Son Hueng-Min.

The South Korean star joined the North London outfit in 2015 and has already proven to haven been instrumental in Spurs’ revival into serial…


Kagawa Celebrates Scoring During The 2012/13 Season

One of the most talented players of his country’s generation, Shinji Kagawa’s transfer to Sir Alex Ferguson’s mighty Manchester United in 2012 represented far more than just football.

The most high profile Japanese transfer in Premier League history, Kagawa’s move might have had the cynics around the world murmuring about shirt sales and untapped foreign markets, but the reality couldn’t be further from the truth.

Shinji Kagawa was one of Europe’s most talented, if somewhat undervalued, talents going into 2011/12, his campaign prior to his move to Manchester. It had been the Japanese talisman’s second season with future-Liverpool manager and…


Borussia Dortmund, at the time of writing, are currently third in the 2019/20 Bundesliga season

When Jurgen Klopp, Roman Weindefeller, Mats Hummels and Sebastien Kehl lifted their second Bundesliga on the bounce in 2012, few football fans around the world would have predicted it would be the last time, to date, that the Black and Yellow would be getting their hands on the title.

This was, after all, a side that had gone 28 league games unbeaten from October until the end of the season in May, done the double over arch-rivals Schalke, finished the season 8 points clear of Bayern Munich and even smashed their Bavarian rivals 5–2 in that year’s DFP Pokal final.


Manchester City’s Back-To-Back Premier Leagues Broke Plenty Of Records On Their Own

Winning a Premier League title is never easy. Unlike other leagues across Europe, the competition amongst every side in the division is fierce and unrelenting; as such, only twice has a side managed to wrap up three title wins in a row, and both of those were Manchester United in 1999–2001 and 2007–2009 respectively.

That being said, the Premier League has seen some absolute titans in its time, occasionally producing sides that have romped to a title parade with their nearest rivals stuck eating their dust. …


Last season’s fairytale story revolved around Dutch side, Ajax

Modern football is astronomically expensive to compete in, with the English leagues in particular standing above all others thanks to the £9bn pocketed by the Premier League in a recent string of lucrative oversea television deals.

For club owners, chairmen, chief executives and heads of football, a great way of getting ahead of the game is by pooling your resources in a wider net and exploring possible gems in foreign leagues. …


That miracle night in Istanbul, 2005

Whilst it might be the absolute pinnacle of European football, the Champions League is prone to some scarcely believable shocks at times. Plenty of sides have flattered to deceive their domestic leagues around the continent, but somehow been able to find the form, luck and confidence needed to get their hands on the trophy every club side wants to win.

Here is our list on some of the absolute worst sides to have won the Champions League.

Chelsea — 2012


Zinedine Zidane managing Real Madrid, 2019.

Returning to a football club as a legend and taking the helm as a head coach is supposed to be the ultimate sporting fairy tale. Football history is littered with great players taking the reigns at their beloved clubs, all believing themselves to be the perfect saviours and on the cusp of ushering in a new golden era for their sides.

However, history has also shown that ‘never go back’ is one of the wisest parables a professional can adhere to, with the game showcasing countless examples of former stars doing damage to their legacies with failed stints as managers…


Memphis Depay made 53 appearances for Manchester United over a season and a half.

When Memphis Depay landed in England ahead of his move to Manchester United, he arrived with a reputation for exaggerated flair, immense self-confidence and, naturally, a heck of a lot of talent.

United saw off well-documented competition from the likes of Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain to Depay’s signature for a fee of around £31 million, helping to create a buzz of hysteria that many at Old Trafford that scarcely few players in world football can justify. That hysteria would only grow further once Memphis donned the infamous red no.7 jersey for United.

It all should have been a natural fairytale…


Never lacking for talent, with Christian Pulisic it is all about the weight of expectation

Christian Pulisic’s recent teary departure from the pitch as his USA side slumped to a humiliating 0–2 loss to Canada was as sad to see as it is telling of the form he currently finds himself in.

This is, ultimately, a player who has seemingly gained a lifetime’s amount of hype, pressure and expectation — all before his twenty-first birthday.

National side hero, youngest Bundesliga scorer, youngest Champions League scorer for Borussia Dortmund, record transfer to Chelsea and national team captain at just twenty years old, it’s important to remember just exactly how much Christian Pulisic has already achieved in…

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