News and opinions
20 November 2012
Who could have told José Mourinho that his Champions League debut would take place at the same stadium in which he would later go on to win the competition for the second time and that, furthermore, it would be the stadium of the team for which he would take charge of his 100th match in the European Cup? That stage is the Santiago Bernabéu stadium, which has played a highly pivotal role in the career of the Portuguese manager. He made his debut appearance there with Porto in 2002, added another European title to his extensive trophy collection in 20120 and now, ten years later, he reaches 100 matches with Real Madrid, the fourth team he has led in the competition and the team with which he has recorded most victories. Mourinho is the fifth manager to reach 100 matches but also the youngest to do so (49 years).
The match against Manchester City was special for José Mourinho. He took charge of his 100th Champions League match at the Etihad Stadium and became the fifth manager to reach the feat and the youngest in the process. Ancelotti reached 100 at the age of 51, while Wenger (58), Hitzfeld (58) and Ferguson (62) did so at an older age.
|MANAGERS WITH 100 GAMES IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE AND THEIR AGE WHEN THEY ACHEIVED THE FEAT|
|THE 99 GAMES OF MOURINHO IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE|
|Total Real Madrid||29||20||6||3||71||23|
|THE 33 TEAMS HE HAS FACED|
|Olympique de Lyon||6|
|CSKA de Moscú||6|
|Dínamo de Kiev||2|
|Dínamo de Zagreb||2|
|Partizán de Belgrado||2|
|Olympique de Marsella||2|
|Sparta de Praga||1|