Four Portuguese coaches among world’s top 50

Four Portuguese football coaches have been included in a list of the world’s 50 best put together by English football magazine FourFourTwo.

The highest-placed is none other than ‘The Special One’, José Mourinho, who took the fourth spot on the list.

“He’s been knocked off top spot this year after a disastrous final campaign at Stamford Bridge, but José’s back with a vengeance – and who’s betting against him in Manchester?,” the magazine writes.

Placed 10th is Jorge Jesus, the three-time Portuguese champion who rocked the national football world last summer when he traded Benfica for Lisbon rivals Sporting.

“Despite not winning silverware in his first season as Sporting manager in 2015/16, Jorge Jesus’ reputation as one of Portugal’s best current coaches remains largely unblemished,” says FourFourTwo.

The other Portuguese representatives are Fernando Santos (33rd) and Rui Vitória (39th). The first recently led Portugal’s national football team to its first international title ever by winning the Euro 2016, while the latter became Portuguese champion with Benfica while having to fill the gap left behind by Jorge Jesus.

The list is headed by Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone, followed by Man City’s Pep Guardiola and Barcelona’s Luis Enrique.