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England 2 Brazil 1: Martin Keown verdict

Martin Keown: I'm convinced Hart and Cesar are the best keepers in England and Wilshere played like a Brazilian!

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Martin Keown

PUBLISHED:

00:14 GMT, 7 February 2013

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UPDATED:

12:15 GMT, 7 February 2013

There was plenty of talk ahead of the game about the outfield players but it was hard to ignore the goalkeepers once the action started. I saw Joe Hart and Julio Cesar go head to head when Manchester City visited QPR recently and was hugely impressed.

Now I am convinced that they are the two best goalkeepers in the Premier League. Hart did really well to save Ronaldinho’s penalty and then reach the rebound before the Brazilian. Cesar’s stops to defy Wayne Rooney and Gary Cahill were stunning.

The first reminded me of Gordon Banks keeping out Pele. Cesar showed his flexibility and Hart showed fantastic determination. They will be vital for their teams for the remainder of the season.

England goalkeeper Joe Hart and Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar

Joe Hart

Safe hands: Joe Hart and Julio Cesar proved themselves to be the best keepers in the Premier League

Glen kept Neymar in his pocket

Glen Johnson has looked nervy at times for England at Wembley in the past. Last night he looked more confident. He was good with and without the ball and kept Neymar quiet when confronted with him. On the opposite side, Ashley Cole looked a bit nervous as he won his 100th cap.

Kept him quiet: Glen Johnson had no trouble dealing with the threat of Brazil's Neymar

Kept him quiet: Glen Johnson had no trouble dealing with the threat of Brazil's Neymar

Blue is the colour

Six Chelsea players were involved last night — David Luiz, Ramires and Oscar for Brazil, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill for England. They have enough quality to suggest Rafael Benitez’s side should be performing a lot better.

Chelsea connection: Ashley Cole (left) and Oscar were on opposite sides at Wembley

Chelsea connection: Ashley Cole (left) and Oscar were on opposite sides at Wembley

Well done, Frank

To go with some exciting young players,
England have some world-class experienced stalwarts. Frank Lampard’s
goal put him level with David Platt on 27. He’s only three shy of Tom
Finney, Nat Lofthouse and Alan Shearer on 30.

Jumping for joy: Frank Lampard scored England's winner against Brazil at Wembley

Jumping for joy: Frank Lampard scored England's winner against Brazil at Wembley

Game of two halves for Gary

Gary Cahill was exceptional in the first half, sniffing out danger and accomplished on the ball. He looked far better than he has in a Chelsea shirt this season. But the centre back undid that good work by overplaying for the Brazilian equaliser. He wanted to show that English defenders can play. That should be encouraged but there are moments when you can be too adventurous.

Turn for the worse: Gary Cahill was at fault for Brazil's equaliser at the start of the second half

Turn for the worse: Gary Cahill was at fault for Brazil's equaliser at the start of the second half

Jack's like a Brazilian

Jack Wilshere was the best player on the pitch. He looked so full of confidence and carried the game at times. Wilshere always wants to receive the ball, even if he’s under pressure and he is then technically gifted enough to use it in an intelligent way.

Since returning from injury, there was no doubting his ability but he is now fit enough to have the energy to match his technical prowess. The way he has come back from that lay-off to perform at such a level is impressive. We should cherish him.

Running the show: Jack Wilshere controlled the midfield on his first England start since 2011

Wilshere

Running the show: Jack Wilshere was the star of England's midfield as Brazil were overran

Best sports pictures of the year – by Sportsmail photographers

Snappy Christmas! Our photographers choose their favourite pictures of the year

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18:01 GMT, 25 December 2012

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UPDATED:

18:01 GMT, 25 December 2012

Sportsmail's group of top photographers, Andy Hooper, Kevin Quigley, Ian Hodgson and Graham Chadwick, have thought long and hard about their favourite photos of the year. Enjoy their selections below.

Andy Hooper

Oscar and Anthony: Yes, this really happened. Oscar Pistorius is kneeling down in front of a cheetah in the South African bush near Pretoria. Bladerunner Oscar was as good as gold, maybe a little nervous, but he was happy to crouch for a few seconds, which is all it took to get the shot.

Oscar and Anthony

Mo-mentous: Mo Farah wins his second Olympic gold medal in the 5,000 metres, fighting off attack after attack from the Kenyans and the other Africans. One of my special moments, as Mo kicked on and made the victory look easy!

Mo-mentous

Pure gold: Katherine Copeland and Sophie Hosking after winning the lightweight double sculls, one of my favourite London 2012 images. It looks close up but they had drifted way past us before celebrating.

Pure gold

Kevin Quigley

Lone rider: All of these were taken using a range of Nikon cameras and lenses and with Mark Cavendish, I shot this in Fairlop in east London, with the backdrop a London sunset. I used one outside studio light positioned to the left of me which lit him up as he came up this slight incline and it’s the favourite shot I’ve taken this year.

Lone Rider

Blue is the colour: Chelsea’s Didier Drogba was running round the Munich pitch with the European Cup when he suddenly sat down in the goalmouth. With a wide-angle lens I captured Didier, the trophy and all of the drama around him.

Blues is the colour

Pure Poults: I stood to the side of the other photographers who were shooting straight on with flash, and as Ian Poulter celebrated with the Ryder Cup at Medinah my camera picked up someone else’s flash to put a nice light on him.

Pure Poults

Graham Chadwick

Zlat’s magic (left): The shirt’s off as Zlatan Ibrahimovic goes wild after his acrobatic fourth goal for Sweden against England in their Stockholm friendly. Just for the perfect execution of his skills, it was unquestionably the best goal that I have seen live. I will remember it for ever.

Joyous: Jade Jones winning gold in the 57kg taekwondo final was simply spine-tingling, especially the second when she jumped up to celebrate with her coach. This image rewarded my long hours spent covering the Games.

Zlat's magic

Joyous

Spinning gold: For American Gabrielle Douglas’s winning beam routine I wanted to create a dramatic stage for her dismount in this image. I used a starburst filter on the lens to accentuate the arena spotlights. I was also lucky to catch a lone flash from someone else’s camera in the crowd.

Spinning gold

Ian Hodgson

City turns blue: On the day Manchester City won the title I moved to the right hand side of the press pen to get a better angle. Streamers were fired into the air but I stayed focused on the trophy to create an almost abstract-style photograph.

City turns blue

One to treasure: I was covering the Open at Lytham and on one of the practice days, Justin Rose had been signing autographs on the tee. A few children had not got his signature but as he reached the green he waved them over. Nice gesture and a lovely picture.

One to treasure

Knight of Old Trafford: I’d photographed Sir Bobby Charlton on many occasions, but to have the time to shoot a portrait with the Manchester United legend one-to-one was something special for me. After setting up my lights (three on this shoot), I shot a variety of pictures, with this one as my favourite.

Knight of Old Trafford

Rafa Benitez says Chelsea will pounce on any title slip-ups

We're ready to pounce! Rafa says Chelsea will capitalise on any slip-ups at the top

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22:00 GMT, 25 December 2012

Rafa Benitez claims Chelsea are ready to pounce if Manchester United slip up in the title race.

Benitez is starting to believe they can pull off a spectacular title challenge in the Barclays Premier League after their stunning 8-0 win over Aston Villa.

Chelsea are 11 points behind the league leaders with a game in hand and is convinced they will close the gap over a heavy Christmas schedule.

Blue is the colour: Chelsea smashed Villa 8-0 and their manager says they are ready to pounce on any slip-ups

Blue is the colour: Chelsea smashed Villa 8-0 and their manager says they are ready to pounce on any slip-ups

Blue is the colour: Chelsea set a Premier League record with their seven different scorers against Villa

They travel to Norwich today before
fixtures against Everton and QPR ahead of their FA Cup third round tie
at Southampton on Jan 5.

Benitez said: 'It's important when we
are we winning, and the way we are winning at the moment, that we send
the right message across.

'If we play at the level we showed
against Villa then you can always win games. Manchester United drew
against Swansea so we can make up ground and anything can happen.

'We will see how close we can be. The
main thing for us is to be consistent, play well like we did against
Aston Villa and to win games.

'It's very simple, but very difficult at the same time. Anything can happen, but we need to maintain this level of performance.

'The team and the organisation of the team is important to me. Some people see it as defensive, but I don't.

'I see it as a way of keeping the organisation of the team but it's all geared towards being attacking.'

There has also been a shift in the attitude of Chelsea fans as they soften towards Benitez.

Chelsea are opening up teams again,
scoring six against Nordsjaelland in their doomed Champions League
defence, five against Leeds in the Capital One Cup and eight on Sunday
against Villa.

He added: 'I said at the beginning and
I will say it at the end: my job is to bring the best from the players,
try to get results and try to play the best football.

I've got a plan: Rafael Benitez is refusing to rule out a title charge from his team

I've got a plan: Rafael Benitez is refusing to rule out a title charge from his team

'I'm sure the fans will appreciate
this. It's just a question of time. I think they will realise I am a
professional, I will try to do the best for the club and at the end of
the day it's the best for them because they will enjoy it.

'The fans play every game. It's the
same for the manager. Not every player plays in every game. But the fans
and the manager live every game.

Much improved: David Luiz and Fernando Torres have both flourished under Benitez

Much improved: David Luiz and Fernando Torres have both flourished under Benitez

Much improved: David Luiz and Fernando Torres have both flourished under Benitez

'I have always tried to find the right balance. The balance for me is a clean sheet and yet still attack and score goals.

'I have always had an attacking mentality, the same mentality throughout my career because I came from Real Madrid.'

Norwich goalkeeper Mark Bunn sure they won"t roll over against Chelsea

Bunn fight! Norwich stopper sure his side won't roll over against rampant Chelsea

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22:00 GMT, 25 December 2012

Mark Bunn's declaration of intent against Chelsea could come back to haunt him on Boxing Day.

The stand-in Norwich goalkeeper has been outstanding since replacing the injured John Ruddy, who is out for three months with a torn thigh muscle.

Chelsea, however, are enjoying a rich vein of scoring form and fired eight past Aston Villa’s Brad Guzan on Sunday.

Roaring success: Goalkeeper Mark Bunn has impressed for Chris Hughton's Norwich City since replacing the injured John Ruddy

Roaring success: Goalkeeper Mark Bunn has impressed for Chris Hughton's Norwich City since replacing the injured John Ruddy

But Bunn, 28, insisted: 'I'm really looking forward to it because these are the sort of games where you can really make a name for yourself. As a goalkeeper, you know you are going to be busy so you have the chance to put in a big performance.

'John's injury was unfortunate for him, but it was fortunate for me because it gave me a chance and I’m determined to take it. I’m really enjoying myself at the moment and I want to make sure I stay in the team — even when John’s fit again.'

Norwich’s 10-match unbeaten run came to an end at West Brom on Saturday, but Bunn is convinced that Barclays Premier League rivals are taking Chris Hughton’s side seriously.

'I think a lot of teams probably saw playing against Norwich as an easy win,' added Bunn. 'But I think those teams are starting to get a bit more worried now when they play us. Because of that unbeaten run, I think people are sitting up and taking a lot more notice of us now.'

Blue is the colour: Chelsea smashed Aston Villa 8-0 last time out

Blue is the colour: Chelsea smashed Aston Villa 8-0 last time out

Former Blackburn back-up Bunn has also targeted a place in the Republic of Ireland squad in the New Year.

'I’ve spoken to them about it and hopefully I might be involved in the squad very soon. I qualify through my dad and grandmother. We have a lot of family in Ireland so there’s a big connection,’ said the Londoner.

'The retirement of Shay Given has given me a chance now and it would be a massive honour for me, a dream come true.'

Ashley Cole faces Chelsea disciplinary action over FA tweet

Cole faces disciplinary action from Chelsea after his abusive FA tweet

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16:57 GMT, 6 October 2012

Ashley Cole is facing disciplinary action from both Chelsea and the Football Association over his foul-mouthed Twitter rant at the game's governing body.

Blues and England defender Cole called the FA a 'bunch of t***s on Friday after he was accused of 'evolving' his statement supporting John Terry's defence against the charge he racially abused Anton Ferdinand.

Back in action: Ashley Cole playing for Chelsea against Norwich on Saturday

Back in action: Ashley Cole playing for Chelsea against Norwich on Saturday

Ashley Cole

John Terry and Ashley Cole

Blue is the colour: Cole played alongside John Terry at Stamford Bridge on Saturday

He looks likely to be hit with an FA
charge over the outburst and Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo confirmed
this evening the left-back would also be punished by his club.

The Italian said: 'We've got a social
media policy at the club and there's going to be a disciplinary process
– action – against the tweet and that's how I'll leave it.'

The main man: Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo watches the Blues take on Norwich

The main man: Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo watches the Blues take on Norwich

Snub: Anton Ferdinand avoids shaking hands with Ashley Cole

Snub: Anton Ferdinand avoids shaking hands with Ashley Cole

Chris Robshaw like England"s new rugby kit because it looks like Arsenal strip

Robshaw rates England's new kit… because it looks like the old Arsenal strip!

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14:31 GMT, 19 September 2012

Arsenal supporter Chris Robshaw has welcomed England's new red wine change strip – because it looks like the kit once worn by his Gunners heroes.

Arsenal wore a redcurrant strip in the 2005-06 season to mark their last campaign at Highbury before moving to the Emirates Stadium.

England will debut their own version – officially dubbed 'regal purple' with gold detailing – in the QBE autumn international against Australia at Twickenham on November 17.

Gunner stunner: The change kit (second left) looks much like Arsenal's old strip

Gunner stunner: The change kit (second left) looks much like Arsenal's old strip

Robshaw, the England and Harlequins captain, said: 'The colour schemes are quite similar and being an Arsenal fan I don't really mind that. It's brilliant!

'It is a month or so before we meet up again with England and you are getting quite excited about the prospect of the teams we are going to play.
It is exciting to have a new kit and new sponsors.'

Robshaw also paraded England's more traditional new white home kit, which includes the return of navy socks for the first time since 2007.

The new-look battle gear was designed by Canterbury, who have replaced Nike as England's kit manufacturer after striking a four-year deal with the Rugby Football Union reportedly worth 20million.

The England Sevens team will compete in the HSBC World Series in two new radical kits – one in sky blue and the other red with white sleeves which also bears an Arsenal resemblance.

Talking the talk: England have the autumn Tests looming over the horizon

Talking the talk: England have the autumn Tests looming over the horizon

All England shirts, for the men's, women's and Sevens teams, are emblazoned with the slogan ENGLANDCONNECTED.

England head coach Stuart Lancaster requested Canterbury design one piece of kit that would be exclusive to senior elite players to 'represent the pride that comes from representing their country'.

As a result, Robshaw and his squad will don a “regal purple” presentation jacket for the anthems, as worn by England players during the 1970s, 1980s and early 90s.

The change kit is England's fifth since the 2007 Rugby World Cup, following red, purple, anthracite and the controversial all black strip worn at last year's tournament.

The new Arsenal-style strip was designed with the aim of 'reinforcing England's position as a member of rugby royalty'.

Kit of all right: Robshaw ducks out of the rain at the launch

Kit of all right: Robshaw ducks out of the rain at the launch

The Canterbury shirts are also said to be unrippable, although Robshaw expects Manu Tuilagi to have a good go at proving that claim wrong.

'I am sure we will have the challenge to try and rip the neck and I don't think it has been done. Scotland and the South Africa boys have tried and I think Manu Tuilagi will have a good go at it,' Robshaw said.

The kits were launched at Drybrook Rugby Club in Gloucestershire as part of England's determined bid to stay connected with rugby's grass-roots communities.

The campaign has been titled 'England Is All' and the players photographs were taken by world renowned photographer David Bailey.

Sophie Goldschmidt, RFU chief commercial officer, said: 'We want to put clubs at the heart of the game, which is why for the first time we are launching the new kit at a grassroots rugby club.

'Drybrook was selected by demonstrating what rugby means to their community.'

England launch 2012-13 rugby kit

England kit launch reveals return of midnight blue socks for first time since 2003

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11:43 GMT, 19 September 2012

England's kit for the 2012-13 season sees the return of midnight blue socks for the first time since their Rugby World Cup triumph in 2003.

The home strip, made by Canterbury for the first time and modeled by captain Chris Robshaw, is otherwise in line with tradition as a plain white outfit with the Red Rose featuring predominantly.

New era: Men's captain Chris Robshaw (second right) wears the new England home kit, while women's Sevens captain Michaela Staniford (left) wears the new change strip

New era: Men's captain Chris Robshaw (second right) wears the new England home kit, while women's Sevens captain Michaela Staniford (left) wears the new change strip

England's away kit, as modeled by women’s captain Katy McLean, is more eye-catching however, with regal purple with gold trim the chosen design – the same colour combination that will be seen on the presentation jackets to be worn as the national anthems are sung before each fixture.

The first chance to see England in
their new kit will come on November 10 as Fiji are welcomed to
Twickenham for the opening autumn international.

Turning back the clock: England last wore midnight blue socks in 2003 (above) and have been wearing white since - as seen in this year's Six Nations (below)

Turning back the clock: England last wore midnight blue socks in 2003 (above) and have been wearing white since – as seen in this year's Six Nations (below)

Turning back the clock: England last wore midnight blue socks in 2003 (above) and have been wearing white since - as seen in this year's Six Nations (below)

England then play Australia on November 17, South Africa on November 24 and New Zealand on December 1.

Also modeled at the kit launch were
England's Sevens kits for the new season, worn by captains Rob Vickerman
and Michaela Staniford.

Everton to finish above Liverpool again? MERSEY BEAT

Has the first major shift in power since 1937 happened on Merseyside

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11:53 GMT, 24 August 2012

It was the year when George VI became king and Neville Chamberlain was elected Prime Minister; it was also the year Dame Shirley Bassey was born and 999 was introduced ats the emergency telephone number.

1937 was a significant year in British history and it was also a notable one in the narrative of Merseyside football – it was the last time Everton finished ahead of Liverpool in the top flight league table for two consecutive seasons.

That is an extraordinary statistic, particularly when you consider some of the fabulous sides from Everton's past, such as the one that contained the Holy Trinity of Ball, Kendall and Harvey in the 1960s, and the mid-1980s vintage that won two league titles, an FA Cup and a European Cup Winners Cup.

Been a while: Everton last finished above Liverpool in successive top flight seasons in 1936 (Dixie Dean, pictured) and 1937

Been a while: Everton last finished above Liverpool in successive top flight seasons in 1936 (Dixie Dean, pictured) and 1937

But, as strange though it may be, not since Everton’s respective finishes of 16th (1936) and 17th (1937) under Theo Kelly bettered Liverpool’s placing of 17th and 18th has Blue been the successively dominant colour on Merseyside.

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After Liverpool spent 100million last
summer, Everton boss David Moyes harboured no expectations that his side
would outperform their neighbours over 38 matches but, despite losing
both derby games and the FA Cup semi-final, that is precisely what they
did.

Liverpool’s implosion in the second half of the campaign coincided with Everton finding their form and the impact of January arrivals Nikica Jelavic and Darron Gibson, as well as loanees Steven Pienaar and Landon Donovan, created significant momentum.

Now, following wildly different results for both teams on the opening weekend, there is a quiet belief amongst Evertonians that the immediate advantage they have opened up over Liverpool thanks to a striking win over Manchester United will remain come May 19.

It is not hard to see where confidence comes from. If Everton’s fortunes in the transfer market last summer were dispiriting, this time around they have been assured, and the return of Pienaar, coupled with the additions of Steven Naismith and Kevin Mirallas, augur well.

Ideally, Moyes will make another addition before the window closes – he needs to bolster his midfield and is pursuing different options – and if he can do that, Everton will be well equipped for the battles that lie ahead.

'We want to keep progressing,' said Moyes. 'I see clubs who are supposed to be skint still spending money. Everyone here is still feeling good after the way we finished last season and we have still got the same group of players.

Different days: Everton made a flying start to the Premier League campaign, while Liverpool were humiliated at West Brom

Different days: Everton made a flying start to the Premier League campaign, while Liverpool were humiliated at West Brom

Different days: Everton made a flying start to the Premier League campaign, while Liverpool were humiliated at West Brom

'I think that we have got quite a good
team, one that can compete. We are a little short of numbers but we have
got good young players coming into the team and we will continue to
promote them when we can. I hope that we can continue to build.'

Moyes may have sold Jack Rodwell to Manchester City but the fact he managed to keep hold of Marouane Fellaini, who was a target for Chelsea and Paris St Germain, and Leighton Baines in this window was noteworthy.

Good business: David Moyes has made all the right noises this summer

Good business: David Moyes has made all the right noises this summer

Their influence in this team is crucial and the widespread feeling around Goodison is that this will be the campaign when Fellaini really blossoms. His start against Manchester United, scoring and dominating, could hardly have been more impressive.

Similar sentiments apply to the team. If Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is expecting a campaign of transition at Anfield, as he tries to establish his philosophy, Moyes – who has entered the final year of his contract – will be looking for Everton to make familiarity pay.

His is a settled side, one that knows how to fight, plays good football and never fails to rattle the big teams when they come up against them. Should they build up a head of steam in the first few weeks, Liverpool could find it difficult to peg them back.

'If Liverpool have had a stranglehold over Everton in the past, it won't go on forever,’ Moyes said before a Goodison Park derby in April 2003. ‘Whether we are yet ready to turn it round, I don't know, but I hope we will be at some stage.’

He, more than anyone, will be hoping that stage has now finally arrived.

Jose Mourinho says he wants to manage in the Premier League again

Show you want me and I'll come back: Mourinho issues come and get me plea Premier League clubs

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12:10 GMT, 20 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Jose Mourinho has challenged Barclays Premier League clubs to show they really want him after reiterating his desire to come back to England.

The self-styled 'Special One', who took the Premier League by storm during his three years as Chelsea boss, is constantly being linked with a return.

Mourinho is the favourite to succeed both Sir Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini as manager of Manchester United and Manchester City, respectively.

Return: Jose Mourinho wants to manage in England again

Return: Jose Mourinho wants to manage in England again

The Real Madrid boss is also always among the leading candidates whenever the Chelsea job becomes vacant, despite the acrimonious nature of his sacking.

Asked if a return to Stamford Bridge was possible, Mourinho told BBC Radio Five Live: 'I will go where people really want me and, when that moment arrives, they show me they really want me.

'But I have to repeat always this: I am at Real Madrid. I like very much to be [there].'

Which door will open Mourinho is favorite to be the manager of both Manchester United and Manchester City

Which door will open Mourinho is favorite to be the manager of both Manchester United and Manchester City

He added: 'I want one day to be back in English football, yes. I always said that.'

Mourinho, widely regarded as one of the greatest managers of all time, also revealed his success was partly down to his ability to immerse himself in a club in the same manner as a supporter.

'When I go to a club, I wear the shirt, I feel the shirt like it's my first one or my last one,” he said.

'I feel the fans as part of myself. I create eternal links with fans.

'I go to play against Chelsea and I feel (it), I go to Italy and I feel (it).

Blue is the colour: Mourinho won two titles with Chelsea

Blue is the colour: Mourinho won two titles with Chelsea

'I work for the clubs, I work for the people that trust me, and of course the owners and the directors, but the clubs are the fans.

'For me, it's one of my qualities. I become immediately one of them and I feel that I am one of them with a privileged position to fight for the club and to try to bring to all of them happiness.'

Jose Mourinho wants to be called the "Only one" not the "Special One"

Mourinho: I have won too much to be the Special One… I deserve to be called the Only One

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11:36 GMT, 14 August 2012

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho is keen to shed his famous nickname of the ‘Special One’ – as he wants it to be upgraded to the ‘Only One’.

Mourinho feels he deserves the new status after becoming the first manager in history to win titles in Europe's top three leagues.

The Portugese manager won La Liga with Real Madrid last season to add to his two Seire A titles with Inter Milan and back-to-back Premier League triumphs with Chelsea as well as winning the league twice in his homeland with Porto, not to mention winning the Champions League twice.

In a league of his own: Jose Mourinho says he should be known as the 'only one'

In a league of his own: Jose Mourinho says he should be known as the 'only one'

'Like me or not, I am the only one who won the world's three most important leagues. So, maybe instead of the 'Special One', people should start calling me the 'Only One',' Mourinho said in an interview with Portuguese TV station SIC.

'After having won practically everything, as time has passed I have become less self-centered and egocentric. I have always liked more the joy of other people, those around me. For this, winning with Inter gave me a special pleasure. These are challenges, not personal goals. I also think I could have been a good human resources executive.'

'In 2010, I was chosen best coach in the world, in 2011 I was chosen second, now I do not worry about the position I am in.

Blue is the colour: Mourinho won two titles with Chelsea

Blue is the colour: Mourinho won two titles with Chelsea

'The pressure is not the hardest thing about being a manager – the most difficult is that other people do not have a true image of me. I still hope to continue for many years at the highest level, but I also want to enjoy many things in my life.

'I am about to turn 50 years old and I feel as if I were beginning my career as a coach.'

Italian job: Mourinho celebrates winning the scudetto with Inter Milan

Italian job: Mourinho celebrates winning the scudetto with Inter Milan

Mourinho was nicknamed the 'Special One' by the English press after referring to himself as just that, during a press conference following his arrival at Chelsea from Porto in 2004 where he won the Champions League.

He added: 'At the beginning, I knew I had some qualities, but I was far from imagining I would get to where I am today. I have not raced from eight to 80 – it has been a progressive journey. Winning the Champions League in Portugal [with Porto in 2004] prepared me to go abroad.

The Real deal: Mourinho celebrates winning La Liga with Madrid

The Real deal: Mourinho celebrates winning La Liga with Madrid

'I left prepared and with status. The richness of my development as a man and as a coach has been the result of jumping from country to country. That has made me a much better coach.'

'It is a consequence of the footballing
power of the two clubs. The best team from England, or Germany, Holland,
or from any other country, the most they could do in Spain would be
third place.

Winning the big one - twice: Mourinho won the Champions League with Porto and then again with Inter Milan

Winning the big one – twice: Mourinho won the Champions League with Porto and then again with Inter Milan

'This duel of titans forces the clubs and the players to become better. It is a healthy duel and I enjoy it. The two clubs are fighting for world football hegemony.'

Real Madrid kick off their 2012-13 campaign against Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup on August 23.