Like him or loathe him, Jose Mourinho is blockbuster to any league he turns up in, and his touchline antics as Roma boss are already a reminder of why he will be missed in the Premier League this term.
In his 1,000th game as manager, Mourinho, who was sacked by Tottenham Hotspur in April, darted full sprint down the touchline towards his Roma stars celebrating behind a goal after they secured a stoppage time winner over Sassuolo to go top of Serie A after just three games.
The celebration comes 17 years after he introduced himself to English football fans with his famous touchline dart at Old Trafford after his Porto side upset Manchester United in a Champions League tie.
Even if some supporters have been critical of the apparent pragmatic and boring playing style he instructs his teams to play, the 58-year-old has been a constant source of in-game entertainment since, as Sportsmail looks back at his most memorable touchline moments.
Jose Mourinho celebrated a last gasp goal for Roma against Sassuolo with a touchline sprint
He leaped on his players and embraced them as the team went wild with their fans
Mourinho is given a hug by Roma defender Matias Vina (right) following the team’s bundle
The original touchline sprint
Premier League champions Manchester United may have been struggling to defend their title but they were still favourites to see off Porto in the last-16 of the Champions League.
Jose Mourinho’s side looked to be heading out on away goals at Old Trafford in 2004 when in the final minute, Costinha popped up to seal a 3-2 aggregate victory and secure one of the club’s biggest ever wins.
No one remembers the goal though, just Mourinho rising off his seat in expectation of a late strike and then storming down the touchline with his arms aloft in front of devastated United supporters to celebrate with his players near the corner flag.
Jose Mourinho celebrates his Porto side’s last gasp goal against Manchester United in 2004
Mourinho soon made enemies of Liverpool fans after performing a silencing gesture
Shushing Liverpool fans
Once Mourinho had arrived in England at Chelsea shortly after his Old Trafford dash, it was perhaps of little surprise that he didn’t take long to become a figure of hate among opposition supporters.
Not helped by the ‘Special One’ himself though, who almost revelled in the antagonism directed towards him from the stands to the touchline.
In the 2005 League Cup final, Chelsea looked to be heading for defeat in Cardiff by Liverpool before a Steven Gerrard own goal brought the Blues level.
Mourinho’s response was not quite as explosive as his touchline sprint a year previously but it had just as much venom, as he passive aggressively walked down the touchline in front of irate Liverpool fans with his finger to his lips in a ‘shush’ gesture.
A fourth official quickly tried to lead away the Blues boss to diffuse the tension, with Mourinho’s team then going on to lift his first trophy in English football after extra-time with a 3-2 win.
Stunning Barcelona at the Nou Camp
Despite his trophy laden career as a manager, one of Mourinho’s best nights on the touchline may have actually been as a result of seeing his side beaten 1-0 in 2010.
But this was a Jose masterclass. His Inter Milan side were 3-1 up after the first leg of a Champions League semi-final at European champions Barcelona, who with Pep Guardiola as coach put out a star studded side including Lionel Messi, Xavi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sergio Busquets and Yaya Toure in the hope of sealing a 2-0 win to progress on away goals.
With a team like that, goals were expected. Even more so when Thiago Motta was sent off for Inter – leaving them at the mercy of Barca’s attack for over an hour.
But Mourinho’s side continued to hold out, and despite a late Gerard Pique strike, held on to progress 3-2 on aggregate.
The Nou Camp was stunned into silence, but Mourinho lapped it all up, running onto the pitch with his arm raised and finger pointed to celebrate a masterful gameplan being pulled off.
With a look of defiance he continued to salute towards the small pocket of Inter fans in the upper tier, although some Barca fans took exception with objects being thrown at him as he celebrated with players and staff.
After famously defeating Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final with his Inter Milan side in 2010, Mourinho took to the Nou Camp pitch in celebration
Poking Barcelona’s Vilanova in the eye
After winning the Champions League with Inter Milan, he soon developed a rivalry with Barcelona after joining Real Madrid.
The rivalry between Madrid and Barca was incredibly intense in the early 2010s, and one of Mourinho’s most infamous moments came during a Spanish Super Cup clash in 2011.
Lionel Messi had just scored an 88th minute winner for Barca, and it led to confrontational scenes on the touchline as players and staff clashed in the aftermath.
Almost ghosting through the chaos like nothing was happening around him, Mourinho casually strolled up to Barcelona’s blindsided assistant boss Tito Vilanova and poked him in the eye before turning around and walking away again.
The action caused widespread fury among the Spanish press and even led to Mourinho picking up a two-match ban – later rescinded by the Spanish FA.
Mourinho caused uproar in the Spanish game when he poked Tito Vilanova in the eye
Touchline fracas with Arsene Wenger
The only surprise in this bust-up with Arsene Wenger was that it had not happened sooner, with the two rivals having been at war with each other since Mourinho first arrived at Chelsea in 2004.
Back for his second spell at the Blues, but this time the physical confrontation wasn’t instigated by Mourinho who had often got under Wenger’s skin and had labelled him as a ‘specialist in failure’.
Chelsea were on their way to a 2-0 victory over the Gunners at Stamford Bridge in 2014, when during the match Wenger took exception to Mourinho’s reaction moments after Chelsea defender Gary Cahill’s poor challenge on Alexis Sanchez.
As the pair argued, with Mourinho gesturing his opposite number to depart to his dugout, Wenger then cut across into the Chelsea technical area and weakly pushed his rival away.
Even after being split up by the fourth official and given a warning by referee Martin Atkinson – the pair still goaded each other seconds later, with Wenger again approaching the Chelsea technical area, only for Mourinho to again usher him away.
It was all a bit bizarre. Almost like watching two school kids having boasted all day about fighting each other then meeting up and doing their very best to actually avoid any confrontation whatsoever.
Arsene Wenger and Mourinho share an exchange on the Stamford Bridge touchline in 2014
Bust up with Chelsea medical staff
It’s the opening day of the 2015-16 season and it’s a sign of things to come for Chelsea in what would turn out to be a dreadful campaign as entering stoppage time, the Premier League champions are drawing 2-2 at home to Swansea City.
Eden Hazard goes down in apparent pain as the Blues chase a winner, but the game is delayed from an immediate restart as Chelsea’s medical team of Eva Carneiro and Jon Fearn rush on to treat the Belgian.
Mourinho was left furious as he frustratedly paced up and down the touchline before confronting both in an angry verbal exchange as they made their way back towards the dugout.
Mourinho later branded his medical staff ‘naive’ for rushing on treat Hazard, with Carnerio later dropped from being on the bench on match days before leaving the club under a cloud just six weeks later.
So damaging was the event, Carneiro eventually took the club to court over constructive dismissal, before settling the claim with the club.
As part of the settlement, Carneiro has also agreed to drop a claim of sex discrimination and harassment against Mourinho in relation to the events during the Swansea clash. In a statement, Chelsea apologised ‘unreservedly’ to Carneiro over the incident that led to her departure.
Chelsea’s medical team of Eva Carneiro and Jon Fearn rush on to treat Eden Hazard in the latter stages of Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Swansea City as Jose Mourinho looks on
But after seeing his medical team rush on to the pitch, Mourinho is left furious with his staff
Shushing his critics
Now at Manchester United, and already in his second season at the club Mourinho was feeling the heat following a defensive minded 0-0 draw at Liverpool and a 2-1 defeat by Huddersfield Town.
Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham were up next in October 2017, and the pressure was on to produce a performance to keep their Premier League title title hopes on track.
He got one, with Anthony Martial’s strike nine minutes from time enough to seal a 1-0 win over their league rivals.
That wasn’t enough for Jose though, who within seconds of the full-time whistle, motioned with his fingers to his lips and with a an angered face performed a ‘shush’ gesture at the TV camera in front of him. Playing an excellent supporting role in this clip is Pochettino standing yards behind him watching Mourinho with his arms folded in utter bemusement.
Moments after the final whistle of Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Tottenham, Mourinho gestures towards the TV camera with his fingers on his lips as Mauricio Pochettino looks on
Brawl at the Bridge
As we now all know, it falls apart for Mourinho in his third season at Old Trafford – but on the touchline he was arguably in his magnum opus.
Having won just once in their previous five matches, Mourinho was coming under pressure when he returned to Chelsea with his Red Devils side in October 2018.
A vital victory was seconds away until Ross Barkley equalised for the Blues in stoppage time.
Blues coach Marco Ianni couldn’t help himself as he leapt into the Manchester United technical area and goaded Mourinho with a fist pump in celebration.
Infuriated, Mourinho leapt off his seat from the dugout and tried to chase after the member of Maurizio Sarri’s backroom team down the tunnel before stewards intervened.
Mourinho wasn’t done though. After applauding the United supporters, he turned to the Chelsea fans and motioned with three fingers to remind them of the three league titles he had helped the club win, later admitting post-match that he felt the Blues supporters failed to show him any respect during the game.
Blues coach Marco Ianni goads towards Mourinho sitting down (right) in the United dugout
Mourinho leaped out of his dugout in pursuit of the Blues coach before stewards stepped in
Mourinho holds up three fingers to remind Blues fans of the league titles he helped them win
Silencing Juventus fans
United are in deep trouble in their Champions League group in November 2018 and need an unfancied win at the home of Juventus, who in their previous encounter a fortnight earlier had seen off United with a 1-0 win at Old Trafford.
Another defeat is looming when Cristiano Ronaldo gives Juve the lead just after the hour mark, but a Juan Mata equaliser four minutes from time and a Leonardo Bonucci own goal in the final minute helped the Red Devils to a huge smash and grab win at the Allianz Stadium.
Mourinho was never going to let this moment go and at full-time, walked onto the centre of the pitch and cupped his ear to all four corners of the ground to milk some anger out of Juve fans.
Curiously, Bonucci, who never lets a good moment for a wind-up go himself, is less than happy about the gesture as he confronts Mourinho – whose typical response is to keep up the goading as he made his way down towards the tunnel.
Mourinho cupped his ear to all corners of the ground after United’s famous win at Juventus
Smashing a drinks crate in celebration
Three weeks later and now for something completely different. With Juventus on course to beat group rivals Valencia, United have the chance to qualify with a game to spare if they can beat Young Boys at home.
As the clock ticks past the 90th minute though it is still 0-0, before a long ball pumped into the box by Luke Shaw finds Marouane Fellaini via a Romelu Lukaku flick on, with the Belgian midfielder slotting home the winning goal.
Time for another touchline sprint from Mourinho… well not exactly. The Portuguese manager’s reaction saw him bizarrely pick up a crate of drinks before throwing it over his shoulder and down onto the ground like a punk rock band destroying their guitars after a gig.
Maybe it was his idea of combatting Jurgen Klopp’s ‘heavy metal’ football at Liverpool?
Following a stoppage time winner over Young Boys, Mourinho threw down a crate of drinks
The contents splashed out on impact with the ground during the Champions League win
Smiles to snarls at Tottenham
Tottenham supporters don’t have too much to remember Mourinho by but they will not forget the Spurs manager’s hilarious instant turn of moods during a clash against Manchester City in February 2020.
After seeing Hugo Lloris save a penalty at the end of the first half in an eventual 2-0 win over Manchester City, Mourinho was soon left waiting over a VAR call when Raheem Sterling went down under the Spurs keeper’s challenge on the rebound.
With a penalty not awarded, Mourinho with a beaming smile heads back to his technical area along with assistant Joao Sacramento.
Taking a seat and still laughing as he takes a swig of water, Sacramento then reminds him that Sterling was on a yellow card and could have been sent off for simulation.
Almost instantly the smile is gone from Mourinho who furiously puts his water down and storms out his seat to confront the startled fourth official who can hardly believe the change of mood of the Spurs boss in just a matter of seconds.
Mourinho confronts the fourth official over not given Raheem Sterling a second yellow card during his Tottenham side’s 2-0 win over Manchester City in 2020