Jose Mourinho – Factfile

With Louis Van Gaal now a former Manchester United manager, it seems almost impossible that Jose Mourinho won’t be given the manager’s job at Old Trafford. With every new incoming manager, the question always arises: will he be a success?

Without knowing the future, we have to look at the past in order to create our own opinions on the matter; so we have created a Jose Mourinho fact-file for you to ponder over whilst crafting your opinion.

Jose Mourinho (26/1/1963 – Setúbal, Portugal)

Coaching Career:

Sporting CP (1992-94) –

Interpreter for the late, great, Bobby Robson: Mourinho gained much experience from the Englishman at Sporting CP and claims him as one of the biggest influences on his career.

FC Porto (1994-96) –

After being fired from Sporting CP due to a bad run of results, Robson moved to FC Porto, Mourinho followed him, and they dominated Portuguese football for the next few years.

Barcelona (1996-97) –

After Barcelona came knocking for Sir Bobby, Mourinho again followed the Geordie, this time to the Nou Camp. Although Robson only stayed for one season in Spain, Mourinho carried on as assistant manager at the club to his successor, Louis Van Gaal; together, the two enjoyed 3 successful seasons.

Managerial Career:

Benfica (2000) –

Played – 11
Won – 6
Drew – 3
Lost- 2

Trophies: N/A

União de Leiria (2001-02)

Played – 20
Won – 9
Drew – 7
Lost – 4

Trophies: N/A

FC Porto (2002-04)

Played – 127
Won – 91
Drew – 21
Lost – 15

2002/3 – Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal, UEFA Cup
2003/4 – Supertaća Cândido de Oliveira, Primeira Liga, Champions League
Total – 6

Chelsea (2004-07)

Played – 185
Won – 124
Drew – 40
Lost – 21

2004/5 – Premier League, Football League Cup
2005/6 – FA Community Shield, Premier League
2006/7- FA Cup, Football League Cup
Total – 6

Internazionale (2008-10)

Played – 108
Won – 67
Drew – 26
Lost – 15

2008/09 – Serie A
2009/10 – Serie A, Coppa Italia, Supercoppa Italiana, Champions League
Total – 5

Real Madrid (2010-13)

Played – 178
Won – 128
Drew – 28
Lost – 22

2010/11 – Copa del Rey
2011/12 – La Liga
2012/13 – Supercopa de España
Total – 3

Chelsea (2013-15)

Played – 136
Won – 80
Drew – 29
Lost – 27

2013/14 – N/A
2014/15 – Premier League, Football League Cup
2015/16 – N/A
Total – 2


Matches Played: 765
Matches Won: 505
Win Percentage: 66.01%
Trophies Won: 22

Champions and Europa League Finals to be Streamed for Free on Youtube

Many people have felt aggrieved that they cannot watch the Champions League and Europa League finals due to not having a subscription to BT Sport. Having to pay for even more sports channels on top of a Sky Sports subscription turned a lot of people off of BT Sport, despite them having the rights to every Champions League and Europa League game this season, as well some Premier League and FA Cup games.

Today, the sport broadcasting giant has announced that the finals of European club football’s most prestigious tournaments will be streamed for free on Youtube.

The Champions League final is set to be one of the biggest in recent years, with Real Madrid facing off against local rivals Atletico Madrid; with the bragging rights of the city at stake, it is sure to be a fiery affair. The Europa League too is set to be a very interesting match up between Jurgen Klopp’s rejuvenated Liverpool side, and Sevilla who are looking to become the first team to win the trophy for three years running.

Whatever your opinion is of BT Sport, it must be said that they are being very generous in allowing the general public to stream the match via Youtube instead of pushing their own business. Perhaps Sky should take a leaf out of BT’s book and give something back to their customers every once in a while.

Top 10 Best-Selling Player Shirts (2014/15)

Last week, released their official numbers for shirt sales of footballers worldwide. The list reveals some very interesting facts about world football, including the continued dominance of Lionel Messi, the commercial success of the Premier League and the amount of commercial power behind a certain Premier League club.

For the second year running, Lionel Messi is the biggest shirt-seller in the world. The man many regard as the best in the world continues to dominate shirt-sales, although his ‘nemesis’ Cristiano Ronaldo has moved up from 4th to 2nd in the chart due to his record-breaking year with Real Madrid. Expect Ronaldo to take over at the summit next year, with his popularity continuing to grow due to his recently released documentary, ‘Ronaldo’, a series of chat-show appearances, and, of course, his recent accomplishment in becoming Madrid’s all-time top goal-scorer!

It is a great tribute to the commercial power of the Premier League that out of the Top 10 Best-Selling Shirts, 7 of the players ply their trade in England. Despite the lack of success in Europe in recent years, the popularity of the Premier League is clearly as strong as ever. Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City each have 1 player in the top ten, and Manchester United have 3 – more than any other team – which brings us on to our next point… the successful business of Manchester United.

Memphis Depay didn’t even make it into the Top 100 last season whilst he played for PSV Eindhoven, however, this year he finds himself in 3rd place, behind only Ronaldo and Messi. At the age of 21, expect Memphis to feature regularly in this list in the next 10 years – assuming he manages to get over his poor form in recent weeks. Another Summer signing for United, Bastian Schweinsteiger, finds himself 4th in the list, up from 31st last season. The German has been a popular player in the footballing community for many years however his move to Manchester has skyrocketed his popularity in terms of shirt-sales. The huge leap up the chart for the 31-year-old could suggest that Manchester United are a stronger team than Bayern Munich in terms of marketability – although business aside, in terms of football, there’s no doubt who is the better team!

1) Lionel Messi 
Club: Barcelona
Country: Argentina
2013/14 Position: 1

2) Cristiano Ronaldo
Club: Real Madrid
Country: Portugal
2013/14 Position: 4

3) Memphis Depay
Club: Manchester United
Country: Netherlands
2013/14 Position: N/A

4) Bastian Schweinsteiger
Club: Manchester United
Country: Germany
2013/14 Position: 31

5) Eden Hazard
Club: Chelsea
Country: Belgium
2013/14 Position: 12

6) Wayne Rooney
Club: Manchester United
Country: England
2013/14 Position: 9

7) Neymar
Club: Barcelona
Country: Brazil
2013/14 Postition: 2

8) Sergio Agüero
Club: Manchester City
Country: Argentina
2013/14 Position: 22

9)Alexis Sánchez
Club: Arsenal
Country: Chile
2013/14 Position: 6

10) Phillippe Coutinho
Club: Liverpool
Country: Brazil
2013/14 Position: 38

Top 5 Real Madrid Goalscorers Ever

With his goal against Levante on 17th October 2015, Cristiano Ronaldo became the all time leading goalscorer for Real Madrid. The 30-year-old from Madeira looks like he has a few years left in him therefore it is fair to say that it is going to be hard for any future player to catch up with him. Featured in this article, are the men who join Ronaldo in the Top 5 Real Madrid Goalscorers Ever.

TO GO WITH WORLD CUP 2010 PACKAGE IN ARABIC (FILES) -- Wearing a Real Madrid jersey Ferenc Puskas poses for photographer prior to their match in he 1960s. Hungarian and Real Madrid football legend, the inspiration of the 'Mighty Magyars' national side that dominated world football in the 1950s, died 17 November 2006 after a long illness in his 79 years old age. AFP PHOTO / ARCHIVE ZOLTAN THALY JR. (Photo credit should read ARCHIVE ZOLTAN THALY JR./AFP/Getty Images)

5. Ferenc Puskás (1958-1966)
In his 8 years at Real Madrid, club legend, Puskás scored 242 goals in 262 games. The man who scored 84 goals in 85 games for Hungary and also played for Spain boasts an incredible strike rate for an incredible striker, and is deserving of his place among the Top 5 Real Madrid Goalscorers Ever

Games: 262
Goals: 242
Strike Rate: 0.92

cristiano-ronaldo-458-santillana-photo-at-the-santiago-bernabeu-real-madrid4. Carlos Santillana (1971-1988)
Santillana had a glittering 17 year spell with Los Blancos, and helped fire them to the summit of Spanish football by winning La Liga 9 times. Sitting at home with a cabinet bursting with trophies, Santillana must be overjoyed at the fact that he features in the Top 5 Real Madrid Goalscorers Ever chart alongside arguably the greatest footballer ever, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Games: 645
Goals: 289
Strike Rate: 0.45

Alfredo-Di-Stefano_2559799b3. Alfredo Di Stefano (1953-1964)
Widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers ever, Alfredo Di Stefano finds himself third on this list. After playing a key part in Real Madrid’s winning of an unbelievable 5 European Cups in a row, Di Stefano ended his incredible Madrid career with 308 goals in 396 games. Interestingly, Di Stefano played for Argentina, Colombia AND Spain and has great strike rates for each; proof that he was (and still is) regarded as a world-class footballer.

Games: 396
Goals: 308
Strike Rate: 0.78

Satellite2. Raúl (1994-2010)
The man who only recently announced he would retire from football at the age of 38 finds himself second in the Top 5 Real Madrid Goalscorers Ever. After winning 3 Champions Leagues, and 6 La Ligas with Madrid as well as the Ballon d’Or, there is no denying that Raúl is one of the Spanish club’s greatest ever players, especially when taking into account that he holds the record for most appearances for the club, 16 ahead of Iker Casillas.

Games: 741
Goals: 323
Strike Rate: 0.44

cristiano-ronaldo_416x4161. Cristiano Ronaldo (2009-now)
The evergreen Portuguese captain has been Real Madrid’s talisman for the past 6 years. At the age of 30, he finds himself Number 1 on the Top 5 Real Madrid Goalscorers Ever. This feat alone is impressive, but taking into account that he is still at the club, he is still scoring bagfuls of goals for the club, and the fact that he has no intention of leaving, Ronaldo could well be clear at the top of this list by over 100 goals by the time he retires. His strike rate for the ‘Galacticos’ is utterly incredible, after scoring 324 goals in 310 games, he scores on average, 1.05 goals a game, a stat matched no one in the top 10 Real Madrid scorer chart. With a few more years left in him, there is no doubting that he is one of the greatest ever footballers… now he just has to convince everyone that he truly is better than Lionel Messi.

Games: 310
Goals: 324
Strike Rate: 1.05

The Top 10 Average Home Attendances in Europe So Far

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The Top 10 Average Home Attendances in Europe So Far

10. VfB Stuttgart- 52,089

Oct 16, 2015
10. VfB Stuttgart- 52,089

Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Arena
Average Attendance: 52,089
Maximum Capacity: 60,469

9. Manchester City - 53,736

Oct 16, 2015
9. Manchester City - 53,736

Stadium: Etihad Stadium
Average Attendance: 53,736
Maximum Capacity: 60,000

8. Hamburger SV - 54,377

Oct 16, 2015
8. Hamburger SV - 54,377

Stadium: Imtech Arena
Average Attendance: 54,377
Maximum Capacity: 57,000

7. Arsenal - 60,031

Oct 16, 2015
7. Arsenal - 60,031

Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Average Attendance: 60,031
Maximum Capacity: 60,432

6. Schalke 04 - 60,869

Oct 16, 2015
6. Schalke 04 - 60,869

Stadium: Veltins Arena
Average Attendance: 60,869
Maximum Capacity: 62,271

5. Real Madrid - 69,394

Oct 16, 2015
5. Real Madrid - 69,394

Stadium: Santiago Bernabeu Stadium
Average Attendance: 69,934
Maximum Capacity: 81,044

4. Bayern Munich - 75,000

Oct 16, 2015
4. Bayern Munich - 75,000

Stadium: The Allianz Arena
Average Attendance: 75,000
Maximum Capacity: 75,024

3. Manchester United - 75,323

Oct 16, 2015
3. Manchester United - 75,323

Stadium: Old Trafford
Average Attendance: 75,323
Maximum Capacity: 75,731

2. Barcelona - 76,704

Oct 16, 2015
2. Barcelona - 76,704

Stadium: The Camp Nou
Average Attendance: 76,704
Maximum Capacity: 99,354

1. Borussia Dortmund - 81,144

Oct 16, 2015
1. Borussia Dortmund - 81,144

Stadium: Westfalenstadion
Average Attendance: 81,144
Maximum Capacity: 81,359