Mourinho, Klopp & most iconic managerial celebrations in football history

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Klopp's sprint onto the pitch at Anfield is just the latest among a number of memorable celebrations by coaches

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    Jurgen Klopp vs Everton | December 2018

    Klopp is known for his enthusiastic touchline celebrations, but he normally (just about) keeps his cool when his team scores. All control went out the window, however, when he ran onto the field in a moment of madness after Divock Origi scored an iconic 90+5 goal against Merseyside rivals Everton in the Premier League.

    Having apparently lost his head at the goal, Klopp sprinted onto the field – forgetting, apparently, that he was a coach and not a player – to hug goalkeeper Alisson in glee. After a few seconds, however, he seemed to be aware of his actions and promptly returned to the side of the pitch, apologised to Marco Silva and was given a warning and a fine.

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    Jose Mourinho vs Barcelona | April 2010

    After Inter knocked out Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals in 2010, Mourinho went wild, sprinting down the touchline and onto the pitch, celebrating with the rest of his staff and players in front of the Catalan side.

    There could be a whole article dedicated to Mourinho's over-the-top celebrations, but this one was memorable considering that his Inter had out-matched Guardiola's free-flowing Barcelona side – and the Portuguese boss ended up winning the Champion League with Inter that year.

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    Jose Mourinho vs Manchester United | March 2004

    While Mourinho's excessive celebrations against Barcelona are among his most memorable, another unforgettable moment is when he celebrated with a classic knee-slide at Old Trafford when his Inter team beat Manchester United in 2004 to secure an unlikely place in the Champions League last 16.

    It was the game that he introduced himself to the football world and the first time he made a major mark on the beautiful game – Costinha scored a dramatic late winner that gave Porto a victory to win 3-2 on aggregate after it looked like the Red Devils would be going through on away goals.

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    Alan Pardew v Fulham | April 2013

    Alan Pardew had been relegation-threatened with Newcastle for a few seasons, so when the Magpies secured their status in the Premier League for the following season with a win over Fulham in 2013, Pardew couldn't hide his ecstasy – and celebrated the only way he knew how, which was by running into the fans in the stands behind them and embracing them jubilantly.
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    Graeme Souness vs Fenerbahce | April 1996

    It's a celebration that has lodged itself into classic celebration folklore. Graeme Souness could have started a riot in Turkey following a particularly memorable derby when he was the manager of Galatasaray in 1996 and faced Fenerbahce.

    But after he won the Turkish Super Cup, he celebrated by running onto the pitch and planting his side's flag in the centre of the pitch of the rival stadium. The celebration still lives on fondly in the memories of Galatasaray fans, with the act still being re-enacted by fans to this day.

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    Diego Maradona v Peru | October 2009

    No crazy eyes into the camera this time. A troubled World Cup qualifying campaign for Argentina led to the resignation of manager Alifo Basile and the appointment of legendary forward Diego Maradona.

    The final qualifying game against Peru was a must-win for Maradona, and following Martin Palermo's injury-time strike, Maradona slid onto the field in a tummy-first, hilariously penguin-like motion.

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    David Pleat vs Manchester City | May 1983

    It was the last day of the 1982-83 season, and Luton and Manchester City were fighting a relegation battle to remain in the top-flight. Raddy Antic scored a dramatic late winner for Luton which led to manager David Pleat performing a jig across the field in celebration.

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    Arsene Wenger vs Villarreal | April 2009

    Wenger isn't known for his excessive celebrations or his over-the-top goal reactions (water bottle throwing and aggressively attempting to shove his hands into his massive coat pockets aside), but he couldn't resist having a bit of a dance following his side's win against Villareal in the Champions League in April 2009.

    After Robin van Persie's goal, the Frenchman treated fans to an amusing performative dance on the touchline.

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    Slaven Bilic vs England | October 2006

    When Croatia won 3-2 against England in a qualifying fixture to deny them a spot in the Euro 2008 finals, the mood at Wembley was completely sombre – but Bilic was riding high on cloud nine.

    The ex-Croatia coach wasn't immediately aware of how to physically express his happiness when substitute Mladen Petric scored the winning goal late on the second half and could only stand stunned and shocked at the touchline. More of a non-celebration than an actual celebration, then.

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    Tite vs Costa Rica | June 2018

    There was madness around the Brazil bench when they scored twice in stoppage time to win in a massive 2-0 victory over Costa Rica at the 2018 World Cup, with the entire Selecao side of the touchline spinning out of control.

    Tite was visibly frustrated by the likes of Keylor Navas and a solid Costa Rica defence but descended into elation when Philippe Coutinho finally scored – leading him to sprint onto the pitch and trip on himself comically.