Posted December 18, 2012 on AP on Fox
(Eds: Updates. With AP Photos.) By HAROLD HECKLE Associated Press It began as a marriage of convenience between a coach hungry to establish himself at the top of his sport and a club determined to put the brakes on the runaway success of its archrival. For Jose Mourinho, coaching Real Madrid added a major notch to his career, having previously led Inter Milan to the 2010 Champions League title and guiding Chelsea to six trophies in three years. Madrid president Florentino Perez banked heavily on Mourinho having the qualities required to counter Pep Guardiola's stinging victories with Barcelona and also the strength of character to sort out a squad encumbered with ''galactico'' trappings but lacking any silverware. Mourinho had proved his Champions League pedigree early by winning the trophy with Porto in 2004, aged just 41. Perez set aside considerations that Mourinho's fascination with defensive tactics might grate with his team's tradition of overwhe...

Gerard Pique Launches Salvo at Jose Mourinho, Says Real Madrid Manager Criticizes Lionel Messi Because He Never Played

Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué has replied to Jose Mourinho’s comments from last week when he said that “some [players] leave on a stretcher and two days later they are already playing,” which was a clear reference to and criticism of Lionel Messi, who left Barcelona’s game against Benfica on a stretcher after getting injured. Piqué did not like the Portuguese coach...

Lucio makes Sao Paulo switch

Sao Paulo have completed the signing of veteran defender Lucio following his release from Juventus . The 34-year-old has agreed a two-year contract in Brazil after finding his chances limited at the Juventus Stadium since he left Inter Milan in the summer. A statement on read: "Sao Paolo has completed the signing of Lucio. "A world champion with the Brazilian...
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