- Jose Mourinho's career as a footballer was not popular like his coaching career
- The Portuguese, however, made his mark within the few years he played the game
- Mourinho was said to have saved his former teammate from burning alongside his car in 1986
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Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has made his mark in the world of football that earned him the 'Special One' tag due to his achievements off and on the pitch.
Winning two Champions League titles with two different clubs alongside several other domestic league trophies in his career so far.
However, the 57-year-old tactician goes beyond just winning silverware after the Spurs handler was said to have pulled his former teammate out of a burning vehicle.
According to SunSport Portuguese striker, De was stuck in a car burning all over but the former Chelsea manager against all odds pulled a heroic stunt to ensure the forward's safety.
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After the scenario, Mourinho, who was 23 at that time was branded a 'hero' while still playing for his hometown club Comercio e Industria in 1986.
The heroic revelation came in a new book 'Mourinho: Behind the Special One, from the origin to the glory' by French journalist Nicolas Vilas.
Reports claim De arrived at training when his car inexplicably burst into flames as he parked in the stadium car park.
De said: "He saved my life." But the club president Fernando Lage added: "He was heroic."
Meanwhile, the book revealed how Mourinho was close to joining Liverpool before joining Chelsea in 2004.
His former adviser Jorge Baidek said: "Mourinho should have gone to Liverpool.
"Rick Parry [then chief executive] was in charge of transfers and we had an agreement. "They asked us to wait for 15 days as Houllier was still the Reds' manager."
Mourinho was not really a success during his playing days but he featured for Portuguese sides Rio Ave, Belenenses, Sesimbra from 1980-85 before his two-year stint at Comercio who he left in 1987.
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