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17 months – Jose Mourinho’s demise at Tottenham was written in the stars

17 months. That is how long the great Jose Mourinho lasted as manager at Tottenham Hotspur. Throughout his glittering career as a manager, this is one of the shortest lived stints by him at any club

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17 months. That is how long the great Jose Mourinho lasted as manager at Tottenham Hotspur. Throughout his glittering career as a manager, this is one of the shortest lived stints by him at any club. Jose has 22 trophies to his name, and this is the first time he has failed to win a trophy since 2002. The signs were obvious. The decline was inevitable. But what had always remained was that you can never write Jose off. And you still cannot.

Serial winner with serial problems

Jose came into football like a wrecking ball in 2002. With Porto, he won trophies of the highest calibre, including the Champions League. This attracted Chelsea, under new ownership at the time, who hired him as manager in 2004. In his spectacular introduction to English football, he infamously dubbed himself as the ‘Special One’ to the media. However, despite winning multiple trophies including two Premier League titles, Mourinho departed Chelsea over disagreements with Abramovich, the owner. 

These disagreements with people in positions of power throughout his career, both on and off the pitch, would ultimately lead Mourinho to where he is now. 

Jose travelled to the big teams around the world after his sacking at Chelsea. He took charge of Inter Milan from 2008-2010. He became part of the footballing elite, when he once again won the Champions League as only four other managers have won the Champions League with different clubs. Real Madrid came knocking in 2010 with a record compensation package to get Jose as their new manager. He won a total of three trophies with the Galactico’s but left after three years by mutual agreement.

In 2013, he returned to Chelsea for a second time and it signalled the return of the ‘Special One’. He won the double in 2014 and was fired the following season in 2015 for a poor run of result. Chelsea were 16th in the Premier League when Jose was sacked.

Then came the turn of Manchester United. The fallen giants of the Premier League who had lost all sense of their success and how to maintain or achieve it again, following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement at the end of the 2013 season. Huge expectations were placed on Mourinho. After all, his track record showed that he always won a trophy within two seasons at any club. 

With United, came a few trophies, some success, but Jose’s football was ultimately characterised with something different. He appeared to be an old man in the game, with outdated tactics and practices on and off the pitch.

The club he had adopted had a deep philosophy of using attack as a form of defence. The club would turn up the tempo when they fell behind to make a comeback, be it last minutes of ‘Fergie time’ or not. But Mourinho turned them into defensive team that struggled to even counter attack, let alone lead an all-out attack. 

After a few seasons at Manchester United, everyone came to know what Mourinho was about. He was no longer a manager looking for wins and beautiful football to get them. It was about statistics and tactics to win games and ultimately trophies for him. He would rather sit back and defend for the whole game and not concede if it meant that a point would help in that position, instead of instilling a winning mentality into the team. 

But even above this, the real downfall for the great Jose Mourinho was cemented at United when he publicly belittled and humiliated Luke Shaw and Paul Pogba. Although this was nothing new in Mourinho’s career, this time the media and fans did not take it sitting down. 

It was apparent that the position and influence that players held had changed from that of the early 2000s. Previously Mourinho had thrown a few players under the bus when facing a difficult spell at various clubs, with lesser backlash.

For example, Shevchenko at his first tenure at Chelsea; Kaka at Real Madrid; and selling Mata, the Player of the Year two years running at Chelsea, to Manchester United. The public humiliation and bust up with Luke Shaw and Paul Pogba at United did not play well and this backfired heavily for him at Manchester United.

Spurs came soaring high

He was sacked by Manchester United in 2017 and hired by Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) in 2019. At the time of joining, Spurs had a big following, a brand new and expensive stadium and of course mounting expectations of winning a trophy – the club’s last trophy was the League Cup in 2008. 

Jose came in swinging, the usual Mourinho vibe was back. Everyone gave him leeway the first season as they believed the team was not to his liking and changes were needed. That is despite the inherited team being Champions League finalists in the previous season.

Roll around to the second season, Mourinho made a few signings and a few changes, but typical Mourinho could not let go of his old ways. In the process, he alienated a player, which ultimately, backfired on him immensely. Cutting Dele Alli out of the team was a shock across the English game. A talented young English player, who Jose felt was not up to his standards.

On top of that, he repeated more of his mistakes from United at Spurs by loaning Gareth Bale back to Spurs from Real Madrid – costing the club £20 million. Bale struggled with fitness and injury in his return season.

Fast forward to his demise, apart from a 6-1 win over Manchester United and two weeks at pole position in the Premier League near the end of 2020, there are no other highlights of his time at Tottenham Hotspur. 

Jose was sacked a week before Spurs faced Manchester City in the Carabao Cup Final. Spurs ended up losing 1-0 in the final. He could have remained for a week more and possibly won Spurs a trophy, but that dream was taken from him, and possibly on purpose. Mourinho was essentially, not allowed to ‘do a Mourinho’.

Where does he go from here?

One can infer that Jose Mourinho is not capable of handling these big jobs anymore. Year-by-year his accomplishments have become less and less, and you would assume that no big club would want someone on the decline to manage their club.

But this is Jose Mourinho. He does the unthinkable when you least expect it. He makes the unimaginable come to reality. He had, has and always will be able to make a club into some sort of winners, but it now comes at a huge cost, which in the long run is just not worth it.

Mourinho, is unfortunately an old dog trying new tricks and it just is not working for him. His tricks are applied more off the field, than on it and managers like Pep Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp are proving on the pitch that football has evolved. 

But Mourinho seems to not accept it. This is why he loses the dressing room time after time. It’s never his tactical fault or decision making, it is always players not performing.

Jose Mourinho is nowhere near finished, his legacy and winning streak shows this, but the character he brings with him to a club, now that is where the real decision lies. Winning is not an issue in hiring Jose Mourinho. When will the blame shifting and cop out Mourinho turn up, is the dilemma.

All views expressed in this editorial are solely that of the author, and are not expressed on behalf of The Analyst, its affiliates, or staff.

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Mo Farah’s experiences show the impact of compassion toward the “others”

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While the world spins in a gyre of unrest, a BBC documentary on the life of British Athlete Mo Farah has brought another darker aspect to light. In a 60-minute documentary, Mo Farah, whose name at birth was Hussein Abdi Kahin, revealed he was trafficked into the UK from the former French colony of Djibouti. 

Sharing experiences of his bleak past and his feelings of devastation and alienation in a world that was new to him Farah told the BBC how the conflict in his birthplace of Somaliland forced his mother to send him to his relatives in Djibouti from where his miseries began. While the documentary shows the struggles he went through to make his way in a country far away from home, it also serves as a reminder of being considerate and compassionate toward immigrants and the “others” of a society. 

According to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), young kids in countries of conflict, economic decline, and marginalized communities are at higher risk of getting “tricked, forced or persuaded to leave their homes”. They are then forcefully used as work slaves or treated as commodities for sale. 

The International Organization for Migration has also noted that trends in human trafficking are gendered as well. Both men and women are chosen and trafficked to perform certain jobs. It further explains how immigrants can also fall prey to human traffickers as their social vulnerabilities, unfortunately, makes them an easier target. 

As per the most recent figures[1]  available, about forty-nine thousand people were trafficked[2] . These figures, up till 2018, do not include the cases that went undetected because of the lack of resources for identification and screening at borders. 65% of these people comprised women and girls, while 20% of men and 15% of young boys were trafficked from various regions around the world. Since then, however, the state of the world has drastically changed. Covid-19 has put various communities on the verge of financial decline. This, in turn, has increased the risk of people in those communities and countries, trying to find stability and financial security, and falling prey to human traffickers. 

Similarly, after the US pulled its forces out of Afghanistan deserting an already socially, politically, and economically turbulent country. It created a huge influx of migrants towards western nations as well as its neighboring countries, thus escalating opportunities for the unscrupulous to exploit those desperate enough into forced labor.

The ongoing Russia-Ukraine is another example of a conflict that has also forced people from both countries to evacuate to a safe place. In these types of situations, vulnerable, people and especially children become an easy target.

While the victims are forcefully exploited for work, they continue to live in visually civilized societies. The biasedattitude of people towards the “others” of society renders them unnoticed. These biases are fed to people through electronic and print media. While stereotyped accents and professions make it difficult for immigrants, refugees, and the apparent “aliens” of society to find their place, it also increases the chances of victims of child and human trafficking to continue being under the shadow of their oppressor. 

The trauma of fleeing an area of conflict, or forcefully being removed from one’s home makes it difficult for victims of human trafficking and refugees to play an active role in society. But as proven by Mo Farah, when proper attention and care is given to even those who seem “misfits,” they can become an asset and inspiration to a whole nation.

A boy separated from his mother at a young age, was able to return to her years later as Knight of the Realm and honored by Her Majesty the Queen, and all because of the decency, care, and humanity shown to him by his early education teachers.


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José Mourinho wants African players to represent their countries of origin

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José Mourinho, coach of A.S. Roma and a former Portuguese football player, has stated that he wants FIFA to stop African players from representing other countries other than that of their origin, believing that that will lead to “African countries winning the world cup”, according to multiple sources.

Mourinho believes that Africa has quality players and has even said “My success is always based on having on African strikers. Without an African striker I feel like I won’t succeed.” He believes that when African players leave their homeland to play for European teams, African nations are deprived of winning the world cup.

He also said: “I want the world to realise that Africa is equal to everyone…they have the ability to win any game, only because most of their players are scattered all over the world playing for other countries beyond their homelands.”

“I know I won’t be popular for making this statement, but FIFA should make things fair by refusing to let players represent other countries, this will make FIFA tournaments even more competitive not one-sided.”

Mourinho is spending his summer in Africa due to his special relationship with the beautiful continent. He lovingly says about Ghanian superstar Michael Essien “He is not my player, he is my son. I am his white daddy…He’s the only one who took me to his home, to his real home…”

Some sources believe that through this potential rule, Africa could win this year’s World Cup if players played for their countries of origin. Many people are talking about France suffering under this potential rule especially, since the French national football team is half made up by black players.

Many disagreed with Mourinho by saying that Africa is ‘too’ corrupt to make Africans play football in their home countries or that the new idea is wrong since you cannot force someone to be attached to a certain country.

Saddick Adams, a popular sports journalist, also disagreed with Mourinho online and said “African countries must first be interested and willing to invest and develop their own talents as well. No person should be banned from pulling on a shirt for a country that has shown them love and invested in them. Africa should even be thankful.” In response to this tweet Adams received a lot of positive feedback from others, liking and sharing his tweet.

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More than 90 Women Sue the FBI for $1Billion For Mishandling the Nassar Case

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  • More than 90 women and girls, including Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, who were sexually assaulted by the disgraced USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar plan to sue the FBI for $1 billion for mishandling the credible sexual assault complaints. 
  • The FBI agency’s own watchdog found that the FBI disregarded allegations about Nassar, and in a long-awaited report from the US Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General, it was stated that various missteps and cover-ups by FBI agents allowed Nassar’s abuse to continue for more than a year after the case was opened in 2015.
  • The FBI field office took very limited action against Nassar and did not document any investigation or alert other authorities. Also, just two weeks ago, the US Justice Department decided not to prosecute the two FBI agents accused of mishandling the Nassar case. 
  • The plaintiffs’ claim is being filed under the Federal Tort Claims Act, which allows people who have been harmed by negligent actions of the federal government to seek recompense for damages. The plaintiffs are all seeking different amounts for damages, but the total claims amount is expected to surpass $1billion. 

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Liverpool Fans Tear Gassed by French Police Before Final Match: UK Calls for an Investigation

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  • French police are criticized for firing tear gas and pepper spray at Liverpool fans waiting to get into the stadium in Paris.
  • The French sports ministry has called a meeting with Uefa (the French Football Association), stadium officials, and police to “draw lessons” from the event.
  • French interior minister Gérald Darmanin appeared to blame British supporters, tweeting on Saturday that thousands were without valid tickets and had forced entry while also claiming that some fans had assaulted stewards.
  • However, Merseyside Police said its officers who were stationed in Paris and attended the match “reported the vast majority of fans behaved in an exemplary manner, arriving at turnstiles early and queuing as directed.”
  • Liverpool FC also called for an investigation into the event and said they would be asking fans to contact them directly with their experiences.

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The untold stories of Qatar and the FIFA World Cup

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While many acknowledge deep problems within the host country, one expert says the overly negative attention on Qatar overshadows much of the positive change the games are creating. 

Sports often bring people together, but that doesn’t seem to be happening with FIFA this year.

“Having the world cup in Quatar (sic) just makes me sick and not interested,” said one Twitter user, decrying the alleged abuses against workers who built the stadiums for the World Cup. “Those guys could never afford a ticket to these games, even though they loved the game and worked hard.”

“Give me a free final ticket if Germany played in it, I still won‘t go there. Never,” said another.

Qatar is hosting the World Cup in November, the very first Middle Eastern country to do so. Since Qatar was awarded hosting rights for the sporting event, there have been controversies over the way the country was chosen (including allegations of bribing FIFA) as well as scrutiny of the country’s human rights record (over the country’s alleged treatment of migrant workers and LGBTQ+ rights). 

But while many acknowledge deep problems within the country, some say the overly negative attention on Qatar overshadows much of the positive change the games are creating. 

“There’s politics with FIFA and World Cup organizers of Qatar,” said Luv Randhawa, an international singer based in British Columbia, who still hopes to attend his first World Cup this year. “For us as fans, we want to see the best sport.” 

He has conflicting feelings about the “beautiful” stadiums built by migrant workers.

“I look at it in two aspects: I pledge the pride of the people of Qatar for what they’ve done, but I’m also somber about the people who have lost their lives and livelihood because of the building of these buildings that the world is coming to see.”

Umer Hussain, who has a PhD in sports marketing, says while the controversies around Qatar are concerning, they’ve detracted from the positive aspects of the first World Cup since the pandemic.

“One of the goals of FIFA was to grow its own fan base, so that’s why when the FIFA World Cup was awarded to Qatar, it made me very excited,” said the postdoctoral researcher at Texas A&M University. 

He noted this World Cup generated around five million jobs. Qatar also changed some of its laws to support the rights of migrant workers and to prevent wage theft. Muslim women are also being encouraged more to play sports as a result of the Cup, Hussain said.

But he added the media has only been focusing on the negative aspects of the host country. 

As far as allegations of corruption go, Hussain points to the Global Transparency Index, whose Corruption Perceptions Index in 2021 ranked Qatar as less corrupt than the three previous FIFA hostsRussia, Brazil and South Africa. (Russia also faced controversy over alleged bribery and human rights violations.)

Hussain says the negative portrayal of Qatar as a corrupt country reflects historical stereotyping of Arab countries as inhumane. 

“People think … Qatar wanted to take soft power in the Arab world, that’s why they’re holding this World Cup,” Hussain said, noting Qatar has however lost more than it’s gained from this Cup. 

“There has been a lot of damage already done.”

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Double Olympic Champion: Losing to Trans Women is About Biology – ‘I Feel Let Down’ 

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Katie Archibald, the double Olympic champion has criticised the International Olympic Committee and other sports bodies for their transgender policies saying they have not only let down female cyclists by underplaying biology but also left trans women like Emily Bridges to face intense scrutiny. 

“It is my opinion that the international governing bodies of several sports have let down transgender athletes, in particular transgender women, with their inclusion policies,” Archibald said in a statement.

According to Archibald, it was wrong for governing bodies to ignore the science that shows trans women who have gone through male puberty have a retained advantage in strength, stamina and physique. She made it clear that she and other females were also being let down by the unwillingness of sports to accept the importance of biology. 

Sadly, this is just an extension of the policies we have chosen to enact in our society without any regard to their consequences. Following the law for some such as trans results in rights being taken from others such as female athletes in sports. 

“These policies have put the athletes, their involvement in sport, and their personal lives under intense scrutiny when all the athletes have done is follow the rules and enter a category they were encouraged to enter.”

“I feel let down by the International Olympic Committee who tell me there should be no assumed advantage for an athlete with a gender identity different to their sex,” she said.

“I read this and hear that my world titles, my Olympic medals, and the champions jerseys I have at home, were all won in a category of people who simply don’t try as hard as the men. That losing to male androgenisation is not about biology, but mindset. They are wrong.

It’s ironic that women had to live under the tyranny of men for so long but now in a so-called liberal society, we are allowing men to become women and oppress women as women. Katie has shown incredible courage to point out something so obvious that our society continues to ignore with no real questions or fair solutions on offer!

She continued: “The retained advantage of people who have gone through male puberty in strength, stamina, and physique, with or without testosterone suppression, has been well documented.

“Cycling’s global governing body, by its president’s own admission, knows this. But they chose to delay action until it became sadly personal for one rider. That wasn’t fair.”

She also expressed deep sympathy for Bridges, who broke the junior men’s 25-mile record before transitioning in 2020, saying she was only following the rules of cycling’s governing body, the UCI, before it decided to block her racing as a woman last month.

In her statement Archibald also called on governing bodies of sports such as cycling, triathlon and rowing to come together to develop policies based on science, while also making their sport more welcoming for trans athletes. “But I’d like us to do all this without sacrificing one of the foundational pillars of sport: fairness.”

This is a key point, but it is not just limited to sport, in all aspects of society fairness should be a key consideration before making policies that allow individuals to act in a way that is legal but harmful to other individuals. We choose to ignore this principle at our own peril and decisions made in the past are slowly starting to unravel before us. 

When little 8-year-old boys start to transition and when a male swimmer who ranked 554th in men’s competition, becomes one of the top ranked swimmers in women’s competition, it tells us that this question of fairness should have been asked a long time ago! Not just from IOC but from governments and societies at large!

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