The Portuguese Football Federation has awarded Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, with the Coach of the Century award at their 100 year celebration gala on Wednesday.
The 51-year-old has managed seven clubs since 2000, with last year being the first that he failed to win a single trophy in a calendar year.
Mourinho pointed out that winning the titles he did at Porto were probably the most important in his career, as he felt he helped put Portuguese football back on the map.
"Obviously the titles that I won with Porto in this context are the most important in my career because they were titles won with a Portuguese team for Portuguese soccer," Mourinho told the crowd, as quoted by ESPN.
"With Porto it was a unique case because that was winning a Champions League final with nine Portuguese players.
"It represents a sensation of not only have reached so many goals in my career, but also in some way have contributed to Portuguese soccer."
Mourinho also spoke to Chelsea’s official website later that evening and said he felt very honoured after receiving the award.
"It is a big honour to be recognised as the best coach in Portuguese football history,” he added
"After becoming a European champion with Porto, I left my country but during these 12 years in England, Italy and Spain I always felt the responsibility to represent Portuguese football, and the people of my country.
“So I am very honoured and I am ready to try and write more history at Chelsea."
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