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Alex On January - 25 - 2009

Mourinho The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

The Good
A wish come true two weeks ago after the extra-time victory again Genoa in the Coppa Italia when Diego Maradona entered the Inter dressing room to exchange greetings with The Special One and crew.

Mourinho was quoted prior to the match saying he would be very much interested in meeting the other Special One Maradona who has been travelling Europe evaluating Argentine national team players at the club level. I understand a Maradona autograph was high on the Mourinho most desired list for his son.

Photos courtesy of the club website. You can find additional pics of Maradona and Internista at

The Bad
An Italian journalist reporting the alleged drubbing behind closed doors of Inter players after the Bergamo debacle. The article centered on an attack against Inter’s last 3 scudetti wins. It immediately caused the ire of front office, and was flatly denied.
Words first attributed to manager Mourinho were, “the first scudetto you won in the office, the second without competition, the third in the last minute…”

update - since this started I understand there has been a retraction of the article.

The Ugly
I understand Mourinho denies ever talking to his players in this manner, and was fired up for yesterday’s Press conference, were he was more short than usual with the media. Mourinho in fact confirmed he will sue the journalist for libel.

“I will not talk about this here, I’ll only discuss it in the courts,” said Mourinho.

In today’s contest against Sampdoria Mourinho was sent off in the 40th minute for dissent. The incident was sparked by a clash between Dejan Stankovic and Daniele Franceschini. Inter ended up winning 1-0 off the lone goal of Brazilian striker Adriano as their manager looked on from the stands.

Related Articles

update Sporting Life - Seedorf Salutes ‘Talented’ Mourinho
La Repubblica - Quella frase di Mourinho”Scudetto in segreteria…”

2 Responses so far.

  1. Hannah says:

    It wouldn’t surprise me if he did say those things.

  2. Walker says:

    Well Hannah I’m sure alot of people want to think he did but good on Mourinho in not putting up with perhaps a journalist looking for a quick headline that is quite possibly unsubstantiated. naughty naughty Mr. Journalist

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