VARIOUS: FOOTBALL / SOCCER - Jose Mourinho confirmed as Real Madrid's new coach after a compensation...
- Title: VARIOUS: FOOTBALL / SOCCER - Jose Mourinho confirmed as Real Madrid's new coach after a compensation package is agreed with Inter Milan
- Date: 29th May 2010
- Summary: MADRID, SPAIN (MAY 21, 2010) (REUTERS) INTER MILAN AND MOURINHO TRAINING AHEAD OF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL AGAINST BAYERN
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- Story Text: Real Madrid will present Jose Mourinho as their coach on Monday after agreeing an undisclosed compensation deal with Inter Milan, the Spanish club said on Friday (May 28).
The two club presidents met in Milan to thrash out details of the package that will free Mourinho to leave Inter and join the nine-times European champions after a treble-winning season in Italy.
Inter gave no details of the deal between their president Massimo Moratti and his Real counterpart Florentino Perez but Spanish and Italian media reported that Inter would receive eight million euros ($9.80 million).
Mourinho led Inter to three trophies last season, culminating in their Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich at Real's Bernabeu Stadium.
Real turned to him after sacking Manuel Pellegrini this week following a season with no trophies for a team that had 250 million euros spent on it last summer.
The move for Mourinho marks a change in direction for Perez, who has preferred to invest money in the world's best players rather than high-profile coaches in the past.
Real tripped up in the big games last season, losing in the 'clasicos' against Barcelona and in the Champions League first knockout round against Olympique Lyon.
Mourinho, 47, has a reputation as a motivator, is a great tactician and is strong enough to ride out the inevitable ups and downs of managing a side under the local media's microscope.
With Porto he won the UEFA Cup and the European Cup in 2004, and he won back-to-back league titles with Chelsea before moving to Italy.
He will be expected to get the most out of compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo but is likely to demand more of a say in planning at the club.
Pellegrini spoke of being isolated from the decision-making process when it came to planning the team, and Jose Antonio Camacho walked out on the club in 2004 complaining of interference in team affairs from above.
Spanish media have already speculated that Real will move back into the transfer market, with Inter's Brazilian fullback Maicon and Benfica's Argentine winger Angel Di Maria among the names linked with the club.
Factbox on Jose Mourinho who will be presented as Real Madrid coach on Monday: * Born Jan. 26, 1963 in Setubal, Portugal.
FROM MODEST BEGINNINGS * Following a modest playing career, accepts job in 1992 as interpreter for former England manager Bobby Robson at Sporting Lisbon, taking over as assistant coach from 1994-1996.
* Moves with Robson to Barcelona in 1996 and helps them to win the King's Cup, Super Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup.
* Takes first job as fully-fledged coach at Benfica in 2000 but falls out with club president and quits.
PORTO GLORY * Wins UEFA Cup and domestic Cup double in first full season in charge of Portuguese club Porto in 2003.
* One year later wins second successive league title and Porto become European champions with 3-0 win over Monaco in the Champions League final. Announces intention to leave after the match and is appointed coach of Chelsea on a three-year contract.
LONDON CALLING * Leads Chelsea to their first English league title for 50 years in 2005.
* Chelsea retain Premier League title in 2006.
* In 2007, guides Chelsea to second-place finish behind Manchester United in Premier League and loses to Liverpool in Champions League semi-finals. They win the FA Cup and League Cup.
* After a slow start to the 2007-08 season Chelsea announce Mourinho's departure on Sept. 20 after a breakdown of relations with the club.
* Rules himself out of the England job in December.
ITALIAN JOB * June 2 2008. Appointed coach of Italian champions Inter Milan, replacing Roberto Mancini.
* Shocks Italy with his outspoken style on his way to winning the Serie A title in his debut season, ruffling the feathers of rival coaches and of Catania chief executive Pietro Lo Monaco, who said the Portuguese risked "having his teeth smashed" after one row.
* Gives his side a stronger collective identity after swapping forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, upon whom the team had become over-reliant, for Samuel Eto'o with Barcelona, thus enabling Inter to regain their status as a major European power after a series of disappointments in the Champions League.
* Ends Inter's 45-year wait for their third European crown by completing a Champions League/Serie A/Italian Cup treble in 2010.
PASTURES NEW * Quits Inter in a widely expected move, having complained he was unhappy in Italy following a series of run-ins with the country's football establishment.
* Confirmed as new Real Madrid coach after the Spanish club agree a compensation package with Inter.
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