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5.0 out of 5 stars likely to be of interest to Mourinho aficionados and casual fans alike, 18 Dec. 2013
This review is from: José Mourinho: The Rise of the Translator (Paperback)
The average football fan would be forgiven for assuming they are aware of everything worth knowing about Jose Mourinho, given the extensive press coverage that the Chelsea boss routinely receives. However, Jose Mourinho: The Rise of the Translator succeeds in giving the reader further insight into this endlessly fascinating character by taking an alternative approach to the archetypal football biography. Rather than interviewing Mourinho or those closest to him currently, it seeks answers from individuals he has encountered in the past - from players who worked under him such as Jiri Jarosik to former professors who tutored Mourinho in the 1980s as he undertook a sports science degree.
Kelly consequently succeeds in turning what may at first seem like one of the book's limitations into a virtue, as he manages to elicit an array of honest and insightful assessments of one of the world's most feted coaches. The book is particularly strong in its portrayal of Mourinho's early days as a football-obsessed youngster and an aspiring coach who manages to persuade Bobby Robson to hire him first as a translator and eventually as an assistant. These initial passages effectively depict the aspects of Mourinho's character that helped him to come from nowhere and quite quickly establish himself as one of the sport's most knowledgeable minds. It gives a sense of the drive, the emotional intelligence and the intimate knowledge of the sport that he has rapidly acquired, despite having an undistinguished career as a footballer himself.
Moreover, one particularly memorable passage from the book contains an interview with Irish comic and Mourinho impersonator Mario Rosenstock. Rosenstock recalls his disbelief when Mourinho improbably invited him over to perform in front of the Chelsea team on the eve of a game with Everton, describing some memorable anecdotes from the ensuing encounter and revealing his own fascinating take on exactly why the manager was so keen to befriend him.
So all in all, this book is likely to be of interest to Mourinho aficionados and casual fans alike - a well-written, consistently illuminating and highly enjoyable read. Paul Fennessy
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars jose mourinho.. the rise of the translator, 11 Dec. 2013
This review is from: José Mourinho: The Rise of the Translator (Paperback)
what a fantastic first book.. a must for any sports fans about what makes jose mourinho the man he is.comprehensive, amusing.. no stone is left unturned .. the opinions of a wide variety of people in the game have helped add an extra dimension to the story.read the book and you will understand exactly why jose is the man he is and the way he is.. one of the most enigmatic, successful and controversial men in football
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4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging book on Jose Mourinho, 16 Dec. 2013
This review is from: José Mourinho: The Rise of the Translator (Paperback)
21-year-old Ciaran Kelly's second book provides a unique insight into the rise to fame of one of modern football's most outspoken and successful managers.

'José Mourinho: The Rise of the Translator' is a collection of 23 interviews chronicling the Portuguese natives' path to glory from humble beginnings to heady days and nights with Porto, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Chelsea.

Unlike the bland autobiographies and sporting titles that regularly flood the Christmas market, Kelly's decision to interview the individuals who worked with Mourinho during his early days, including former university tutors, help give a fresh perspective to the story of the self-proclaimed special one.

Mourinho's warm relationship with the late Sir Bobby Robson shows another side to the Chelsea manager's character rarely seen on screen or in newspaper interviews and is one of the most poignant story arcs in the book.

I thoroughly enjoyed 'José Mourinho: The Rise of the Translator' and would recommend it to not just Jose Mourinho and Chelsea supporters but any football fanatic in search of a quality sporting title.

Ciaran Kelly is an author and football writer you are going to hear a lot more about in the coming years and his latest book is an engaging read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Honest portrayal, 4 July 2014
So many books have been written about the special one and while this is the latest in a long line, there are illuminating insights from some surprisingly relevant names (opposing mid-table coaches, former youth players) throughout Mourinho's career. Mourinho - the man, tactician and family man - is examined through these testimonies with a fair, neutral perspective. Enjoyable
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José Mourinho: The Rise of the Translator by Ciaran Kelly (Paperback - 7 Nov. 2013)
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