Featured celebrity - Global Ambassador
A native of Portugal, Mr. Mourinho is one of the world’s most decorated football coaches, winning titles in four different countries. With a career spanning more than three decades, Mourinho began his football career as a player in the Portuguese Second Division. In the early 1990’s he worked as an assistant manager at Sport Clube de Portugal, Porto in Portugal and Barcelona in Spain.
He then went on to impress with successful managerial positions at Benfica and Uniao de Lieria, before returning to Porto, where he led the team to achieve the highest honour in European club football – the UEFA Champions League.
In 2009 to 2010, as manager of Inter Milan, he helped the Italian football club to win and hold the three championships of Serie A, Coppa Italia, and the UEFA Champions League – the first time an Italian club has achieved this feat.
In recognition of his achievements, Mr. Mourinho became the first ever recipient of the FIFA Ballon d’Or Best Coach Award and became only the fourth coach ever to win league titles in four different countries.
Mourinho will use his longstanding success and influence to advocate on behalf of WFP’s work in countries most affected by hunger and will engage his fans in the push for zero hunger.
“I give my passion to this role just as I do in football” said Mourinho during the announcement of his new role, “It is very important that we don’t let people forget the problems in other countries – I want to bring attention to this.”
Chelsea Football Club manager, Jose Mourinho, became a WFP Ambassador Against Hunger in 2014. His wife Matilde is also a Special Ambassador for School Meals programmes.