The Portuguese coach has has now drawn level with the Manchester United boss after Real Madrid got past Galatasaray on Tuesday on a 5-3 aggregate.Jose Mourinho has drawn level with Sir Alex Ferguson on seven semifinal appearances in the Champions League after his Real Madrid side got past Galatasaray in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.
Mourinho led Madrid to the last four of Europe's premiere club competition in each of his first two seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu, and his team made it three in a row with a 5-3 aggregate win that included a 3-0 victory at home last week and a 3-2 loss in Istanbul on Tuesday.
|MOST SEMIFINAL APPEARANCES IN THE EUROPEAN CUP/CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Sir Alex Ferguson
Jose Mourinho (Porto, Chelsea, Inter, Madrid)
Louis van Gaal
(Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern)
Vicente del Bosque
|No. of SFs
7 - '97, '99, '02, '07, '08, '09, '11
7- '04, '05, '07, '10, '11, '12, '13
5 - 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003
5 - 1960, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1973
5 - 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2010
4 - 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007
4 - 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
4 - 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
4 - 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967
4 - 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001
4 - 1978, 1983, 1985, 1995
Mourinho made his Champions League debut in 2001-02, when he took over midway through the season at Porto, but won the competition in his first full go at the title, in 2003-04 (having claimed the UEFA Cup in 2002-03).
That turned out to be his only Champions League semifinal appearance at Porto as he moved on to Chelsea that summer. He took the Blues to the cusp of European glory, losing out at the semifinal stage in both 2005 and 2007. On each occasion it was Liverpool who got the better of his side, with the Reds benefiting from Luis Garcia's 'phantom' goal on the way to the trophy in 2005 and then advancing on a penalty shootout two years later.
Mourinho left Chelsea shortly into the following season and did not return until the next campaign, when he agreed to coach Inter. His first season in Milan ended with a Serie A title, but disappointment in Europe as the Nerazzurri exited to Manchester United in the last 16. However, Mourinho led the Italians to treble glory in 2009-10, as they claimed the Scudetto, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League - Inter's first success in Europe's premiere club competition since 1965.
That was Mourinho's second Champions League victory and his fourth semifinal in the competition. With three more since added in consecutive seasons at Madrid, he has now matched Ferguson with seven last-four appearances, and he prevented Ferguson from his eighth by knocking Manchester United out of the competition in the round of 16.
All of Ferguson's semifinal showings have come in his remarkable 26-year tenure at Manchester United. The 71-year-old Scot has led the English side to two Champions League wins, as well as two further final appearances (both lost to Barcelona). Defeats in his other three semifinals (in 1996-97, 2001-02 and 2006-07) also all came against the competition's eventual winners - Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid and AC Milan, respectively.
Mourinho, meanwhile, lost his last two semifinals against Barcelona (in 2010-11) and Bayern Munich (last season).
Mourinho has also now made it four semifinals in a row, a feat achieved by only Helenio Herrera, Marcello Lippi, Vicente del Bosque and Pep Guardiola in the past, while his latest last-four appearance sees him at the top of a distinguished list of coaches, alongside Ferguson. Given he is more than 20 years younger than the Manchester United boss, Mourinho isn't likely to be finished racking up the accolades anytime soon.
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