As José Mourinho returns to Porto with Chelsea, we take a closer look at the protagonists at the Portuguese club who helped him pull off a huge shock in 2004.
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Against the odds, José Mourinho's Porto surprised Europe by following up their 2003 UEFA Cup success by winning the UEFA Champions League in 2004. Having eliminated Manchester United, Lyon and Deportivo La Coruña en route to the final, the Portuguese side secured a convincing 3-0 victory against Monaco to lift the trophy in Gelsenkirchen. As the 'Special One' returns to Porto with Chelsea on Tuesday, we find out where the key men are now.
1. André Villas-Boas
Villas-Boas followed mentor Mourinho from Porto to Chelsea and Internazionale before taking his first head coach role at Académica in October 2009. Left in summer 2011 to become Porto's youngest ever coach, aged 32. Guided the Dragons – unbeaten – to the Liga title, Portuguese Cup and UEFA Europa League in 2010/11. Now at Zenit after spells at Chelsea and Tottenham, he is likely to return to his homeland after announcing he will leave Russia at the end of the season.
2. Pedro Mendes
Had a single campaign at the Estádio do Dragão, winning the league and UEFA Champions League in 2003/04. After two years with Tottenham Hotspur, the midfielder joined Portsmouth, lifting the FA Cup in 2008. Moved to Rangers that summer, where he claimed two Scottish Premier League crowns and the Scottish FA Cup. Lured back to his native Liga by Sporting CP in 2010, he finished his career at Guimarães after the 2011/12 campaign. The 36-year-old has since stayed away from the spotlight.
Porto's biggest star under Mourinho, the playmaker provided flair, goals and assists, and struck the second in the 2004 final – his last appearance for the Dragons. Heading to Barcelona, Deco landed two Liga championships, two Spanish Super Cups and a second UEFA Champions League title in 2005/06. Left Spain in 2008 for Chelsea, where he picked up a Premier League crown and two FA Cups before returning to Brazil in 2010 to sign for Fluminense. Clinched two Brazilian titles before retiring. Now a football agent and scout.
4. Silvino Louro
Twice a European Cup runner-up, in 1988 and 1990 with Benfica, the former Portuguese international has been with Mourinho since 2004 as his goalkeeping coach at Chelsea, Internazionale, Real Madrid and now Chelsea again.
5. Jorge Costa
Nicknamed 'Bicho' – animal – for his no-nonsense approach, the centre-back formed a resolute defensive partnership with Ricardo Carvalho after being installed as captain by Mourinho. Amassed eight Portuguese Ligas and five Portuguese Cups at Porto, as well as the UEFA Cup and UEFA Champions League. Later coached the likes of Braga, Cluj, AEL Limasol and Paços Ferreira. Presently coach of Gabon.
6. Pedro Emanuel
Mourinho saw the centre-half as his representative on the pitch, saying in 2003: "Pedro Emanuel is already a coach." The Angolan-born defender later served as assistant to Villas-Boas during Porto's memorable 2010/11 campaign before guiding Académica to the Portuguese Cup in 2012. Went on to coach Arouca before leaving his homeland to take charge of Apollon Limassol.
7. Vítor Baía
Acquired 31 winners' medals over 18 years as a professional, but collected the biggest prize under Mourinho – 12 months after beating Celtic in the UEFA Cup final – to write his name into Porto legend. Made 406 top-flight outings for the Dragons in two separate stints, which yielded ten league championships, five domestic cups and eight Super Cups in Portugal. Hung up his gloves in 2007 and is currently a television pundit.
8. Paulo Ferreira
One of Mourinho's favourites, he played every single minute of the triumphant UEFA Champions League campaign. Followed his coach to Chelsea where he compiled three Premier League titles, another UEFA Champions League crown in 2012 and the UEFA Europa League in 2013. Still with Chelsea as director of institutional relations.
The prolific Brazilian striker – who could operate up front or on the flanks – had his best years at Porto. Departed from the Dragão in 2005 to transfer to Russian outfit Dinamo Moskva. Also plied his trade with Benfica (on loan), Sporting CP and Vitória before ending his playing days back in his homeland in 2010.
10. Nuno Espírito Santo
Came to Porto from Deportivo prior to the 2002/03 season and was unable to displace Vítor Baía as No1 keeper, but nonetheless enjoyed two stays with FCP before retiring in 2010. Became Rio Ave boss in 2012 and lost to Benfica in the Portuguese Cup final in 2014. Promptly appointed Valencia coach, he has guided his side to the UEFA Champions League group stage in his second term at Mestalla.
Out of shot: José Mourinho
The 'Special One' made Porto European giants once again, then steered Chelsea to their first league championship for 50 years in his first season and made history as Inter boss – the Nerazzurri becoming the first Italian team to join the treble club. At 52, he is already one of the most successful trainers in history.
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