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Monday 18 December 2017

Jose Mourinho pays tribute to his father, Felix, who passes away aged 79

Jose Mourinho's father Felix passed away on Sunday at the age of 79. CREDIT: JOSE MOURINHO
Jose Mourinho's father Felix passed away on Sunday at the age of 79. CREDIT: JOSE MOURINHO Newsdesk Newsdesk

Jose Mourinho has paid tribute to his late father, former goalkeeper and manager, Jose Mourinho Felix, with a touching photograph of the two shared on Instagram.

Mourinho senior, known as Felix, managed several clubs in his native Portugal, winning the Portuguese second division on four occasions in a career which saw him take charge at clubs including Rio Ave, Belenenses and Vitoria Setubal.

He made one appearance for his country as a goalkeeper, coming on as a substitute for the last few minutes of a game against Ireland on the 25th June, 1972.

It is believed that Felix Mourinho passed away on Sunday, 45 years to the day of his first and only appearance for his country.

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Felix coached his youngest child, Jose, during the now Man Utd boss' early playing days, inspiring Mourinho Jnr to become one of the greatest football managers in history.

Jose spoke to BT Sport about his father in May:

“My father was a good manager,” Mourinho said. “He was in the Portugal Premier League eight or nine years, he was champion of the Championship there four times. So he was a good manager in that generation. But I always felt he could and should be much better because he didn’t have that extra piece of confidence, of desire and I wanted to be better. I wanted to try to be better.

“I learnt a lot from him of course with the experience he gave me but I had something that drove me. Maybe the fact that I was not a good player, maybe because when I started as a manager, especially in that generation, it was the thing of, ‘If you weren’t a good player, you couldn’t be a good manager.’ I think in this moment that [preconception] is broken. I was born into football, I played at lower levels but I was a player’s son, I grew up a manager’s son, I went very early to big clubs. I arrived in Barcelona at 30, 31. I was pretty confident.

“I got the job in Benfica a few years later, my first job as a manager and it was not a shock for me because for three years at Barcelona I had to deal with the best in the world every day. I was lucky because the process that led to my promotion as a manager was very good. As a manager I learned with the big players. Sometimes the big players ask you questions that you must be a very good manager to answer.”

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