This season, Tammy Abraham is the most productive English player in the top 5 leagues in Europe. After a breakthrough 2019/20 season at Chelsea under Frank Lampard, the striker had a few hours in the previous campaign, but a move to Rome under the wing of Jose Mourinho did him good. Let's remember in this material other players whose careers were "saved" by "Special" at some point.

Nuno Valente

Valente started his career in big football as part of Portimonense, then appeared twice in Lisbon Sporting, where, however, he accumulated only 36 appearances on the field in three seasons.

In 1999, the Portuguese joined the ranks of the modest Leiria, where Seu José, who began a severe coaching career, called him.

Leiria managed to make a qualitative leap it started from 10th place in the 1999/00 debut season for Nuno, then jumped to the fifth line, and finished the 01/02 campaign on the seventh line, which for a modest team was a very, very successful achievement Mourinho, who went on promotion at Porto, instantly lured the midfielder to the camp of the "dragons," who had a hand in winning the UEFA Cup, the NOS League, and most importantly, the UEFA Champions League.

In 2004, when the main European Cup was won, Valente, in addition to everything else, also became a finalist for the home European Championship along with his native team. After "Special," he moved to Foggy Albion, though not in Chelsea, but Everton. It's also not bad, given the fact that if Nunu hadn't liked Jose Mourinho at the time, he could only dream of such a development in his career!

Paulo Ferreira

Before Mourinho got him at Porto, Ferreira was a quality right midfielder, but his new manager decided he would be more beneficial to his team by playing a more profound role.

In doing so, The Special turned Ferreira into a right-back and launched his top career at the club and the Portugal national team. Further, as in the case of Nuno Valente, there were victories in the UEFA and the Champions League, and then moving with his coach to Chelsea, where he ended his career in 2013, having collected all the possible trophies available to the player in the Premier League club In 2014, he was even presented with an award for special services to the London club.


The talented Brazilian began part of his European career by moving from his native Corinthians to Benfica in 1997.

Then there were rentals in Alverca and Salgueiros, and after the transition to Porto. It cannot be said that Deco was a complete no-name before the arrival of Mourinho in the camp of the "dragons," but he found all the glory and regalia just after the breakthrough of the Portuguese giant in the period 2002-2004.

In 2010, Deco credited "Special" with almost saving his career. Before the Chelsea match, in which the player then played against Inter Jose in the 2009/10 season, he said the following words: we immediately started winning games and soon felt that we could win the championship!"

After their harvest time in Barcelona, Chelsea was impressed by Deco's performance at Dragau, luring him into their ranks.

The Portuguese once again managed to win the most prestigious European tournament and several other awards at Camp Nou.


Nuno Ricardo de Oliveira Ribeiro was nicknamed Maniche because of his similar playing style to Michael Manniche, a hard-working Danish forward who previously played for his second professional midfield club, Benfica.

By 2002, however, his adventure in the Lisbon giant came to a standstill. Luckily for Maniche, Mourinho already saw something special in the then striker, making signing him a priority after the Special's move at Porto.

He turned the outcast Benfica into a central midfielder who became a crucial figure in the team's formations.

After winning everything he could with Mourinho, his exploits in midfield led to subsequent transfers to Dynamo Moscow, Chelsea, Atlético Madrid, Inter, and Cologne before returning to Portugal to finish his playing days in Lisbon. Sporting is the third flagship of local football.

After working (and winning) alongside Jose Mourinho, a near-ruined top career has instead turned into an epic European tour after working (and winning) alongside Jose Mourinho.

Eidur Gudjohnsen

The Icelandic striker had already been a favorite with Chelsea fans before Mourinho arrived at Stamford Bridge. During the two seasons they spent together in west London, the Portuguese made several significant changes to his game that would serve him well later.

Not only did Gudjohnsen win two Premier League medals and a League Cup, but he was also used more often in roles other than attacking. Jose even used him occasionally as a midfielder, using his superior knowledge of space to tie up the game behind the attacking line.

It added an extra dimension to his game, and in 2006 Barcelona was happy to secure his move to the Catalan capital. There, Eidur became an essential player in Pep Guardiola's outstanding team, winning five major trophies in one year in 2009 under the Spaniard.


Lucio made a name for himself at Bayer Leverkusen, with whom he reached the Champions League final in 2002.

The successful game of the center back in the camp of the "pharmacists" attracted the attention of Bayern Munich, who bought out his contract before the 2004/05 season.

The period at the Allianz Arena can be called successful for the football player. Still, after Louis van Gaal took over as Rotten head coach, Lucio was forced to go home, namely, to Inter Milan. There, under the leadership of José Mourinho, the Brazilian became a crucial figure in defense of the Nerazzurri, and the treble victory in the 2009/10 campaign was the crowning achievement of such perfect synergy. Moreover, in the Madrid Champions League final, the Italians defeated just Bayern van Gaal, especially for its ex-defender.

Sally Muntari

Before moving to Milan under the strict management of Seu Jose Muntari, he managed to shine at the highest level with performances for Udinese and Portsmouth, with whom he sensationally won the FA Cup in 2008.

Naturally, performances at Inter became the peak moment in the career of a damn talented but unstable in every sense of the Ghanaian.
Wesley Sneijder

The creative center and heart of Inter Mourinho, who won the "treble" mentioned by us more than once in today's material. Now, years later, it seems completely unbelievable that this tough player once polished the bench at Real Madrid.

Inter and Jose personally "rescued" the Dutchman from "creamy" captivity, and the former Ajax midfielder was in the team of a coach who knew how to get the most out of him.

Sneijder reached his absolute peak under Mourinho and finished a somewhat unfair fourth place in the Ballon d'Or voting in 2010, behind only Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, and Xavi, after switching his club kit to the Dutch national team to inspire his country to exit to the final of the 2010 World Cup.

John Terry

In 2013, the end seemed close enough for the Chelsea captain after the London club's interim manager Rafael Benítez marginalized the veteran Englishman somewhat.

Taking over at Chelsea for the second time as a substitute for the Spaniards, Mourinho was quick to put an end to speculation that Terry's Stamford Bridge career was over and continued to use him as a main defensive figure as the Blues built up their forces to win the Premier League and League Cup in 2015.

Somewhat helped strengthen the Englishman's position in the championship season and the sale of David Luiz to PSG in the summer of 2014, but it was Jose's trust that allowed John to spend another two tough years in the camp of his home team.

Cesc Fabregas

Like Sneijder, Fàbregas was a high-profile playmaker who needed a change of scenery in 2014. As his midfield required more quality and creativity, Mourinho used the money from the sale of David Luiz to sign the former Arsenal captain, who didn't always show his best. Its colossal potential in Barcelona.

Cesc was Chelsea's new inspiration from the door, providing 18 assists in 34 league games as the Blues raced to the title at full speed with exciting first-half football thanks to the Spaniard's presence in midfield.