- José Mourinho's career as a footballer was not as successful as his coaching career
- He did show some promise while playing as his brilliant footballing mind learned as much as it could
- Mourinho was said to have once saved a former teammate from burning in his car in 1986
Tottenham Hotspur boss José Mourinho has made his mark in the world of football that earned him the 'Special One' tag due to his achievements off and on the pitch.
He has won two Champions League titles with two different clubs alongside several other domestic league trophies in his career so far.
However, his life is about more than just winning silverware. It was revealed that he once pulled a former teammate out of a burning vehicle.
According to SunSport, Portuguese striker, De, was stuck in a burning car but the former Chelsea manager pulled a heroic stunt to ensure the forward's safety.
After the incident, Mourinho, who was 23 at the time, was branded a 'hero' while still playing for his hometown club Comercio e Industria in 1986.
The heroic revelation came in a new book, Mourinho: Behind the Special One, from the origin to the glory, by French journalist Nicolas Vilas.
Reports claim De arrived at training when his car inexplicably burst into flames as he parked in the stadium car park.
De said: "He saved my life." Club president Fernando Lage added: "He was heroic."
Meanwhile, the book revealed how Mourinho was close to joining Liverpool before joining Chelsea in 2004.
His former adviser Jorge Baidek said:
"Mourinho should have gone to Liverpool. Rick Parry [then chief executive] was in charge of transfers and we had an agreement. They asked us to wait for 15 days as Houllier was still the Reds' manager."
Mourinho was not really a success during his playing days but he featured for Portuguese sides Rio Ave, Belenenses, Sesimbra from 1980 to 1985 before his two-year stint at Comercio, which he left in 1987.
It was clear from the start that he possessed a special mind which could analyse the game in a different way to most other people.
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