Fenerbahce Welcomes Jose Mourinho as New Head Coach in Grand Style

Two-time Champions League winning coach Jose Mourinho arrived in Istanbul on Sunday to be unveiled as the new manager of Fenerbahce. The 19-time Turkish champions’ fans accorded him a welcome fit for a popstar. The Portuguese coach, who won the Champions League with Porto and Inter Milan, has not worked since his sacking by Italian Serie A side Roma in January.

Like the self-acclaimed ‘Special One’, Fenerbahce are in need of a boost, having gone 10 years without a domestic title. Mourinho was greeted at the airport by a crowd of Fenerbahce fans and was later presented at the club stadium alongside club president Ali Koç, in front of fans decked out in Fenerbahce yellow and black.

The 61-year-old announced the latest move—his 11th club in his career—in a post on X on Saturday night from Wembley, where he was acting as a television pundit for Real Madrid’s 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final. “Good evening Fenerbahce fans, see you tomorrow at Kadikoy (the Istanbul suburb where the club is based) and let’s start our journey together,” Mourinho announced. Reports suggest Mourinho has signed a two-year contract with Fenerbahce, one of the three big Istanbul sides, with details to be confirmed at a press conference scheduled for Monday.

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