23/01/2002 Jose Mourinho takes over as Porto manager, where he would earn his reputation as the “special one” after leading the unfancied Portuguese side to Champions League glory.
How Jose Mourinho won his FIRST Champions League - Mourinho Tactics Analysis Porto (2002-2004)
Jose Mourinho Biography
Mourinho was hand-picked by Porto to replace Octávio Machado. At this time, Porto was in 5th place in the Liga, had been eliminated from the Taça de Portugal and was in the last place in their UEFA Champions League second group stage. Mourinho guided the team to the third place that year after a strong 15-game run and gave the promise of "making Porto champions next year".