Jose Mourinho, the head coach of A.S. Roma, described his passionate celebration as “really exceptional,” and is now only Giovanni Trapattoni’s second manager to have won five major European titles. After Roma secured the Europa Conference League on Wednesday night, Mourinho set a new record.
After Roma beat Feyenoord 1-0 in the final, the Portuguese completed an unprecedented European prize haul by winning the Champions League, Europa League, and UEFA Cup.
Since 2003, Mourinho has won five European titles with Porto, Inter Milan, Manchester United, and Roma. Jose Mourinho has had better successes in his long managerial career, but the ‘Special One’ was moved to tears after delivering Roma their first major European Cup.
Roma Has Come A Long Way Under Mourinho’s Leadership
Some have mocked Europe‘s third-tier club tournament, but for Mourinho, the victory over Feyenoord was just as meaningful as his two Champions League victories with Porto in 2004 and Inter Milan in 2010. After making it five wins in five European finals, Mourinho becomes the first manager to win all three major European tournaments.
This was Mourinho‘s 26th title as a manager, 19 years after guiding Porto to the Uefa Cup victory in 2003. He was named Roma’s manager in May of last year, and given the challenge of rebuilding the team following a poor seventh-place finish in Serie A in 2020-21. Their journey to the final was not without its setbacks, with the Portuguese facing criticism after a humiliating 6-1 loss to Bodo/Glimt in the group phase in October. Mourinho has established a feeling of solidarity in the team, which has contributed to the club’s first trophy in 14 years. This was Mourinho’s first title since Manchester United won the Europa League in 2017.
Chris Smalling was a member of the United team that beat Ajax in Stockholm five years ago, and the 32-year-old defender was named man-of-the-match to help Roma win their first title since 2008.