|Full name||Rui Filipe da Cunha Faria|
|Date of birth||14 June 1975|
|Place of birth||Barcelos, Portugal|
|2001||União Leiria (fitness coach)|
|2004–2007||Chelsea (fitness coach)|
|2008–2010||Internazionale (fitness coach)|
|2010–2013||Real Madrid (fitness coach)|
|2013–||Chelsea (assistant first team coach)|
Rui Filipe da Cunha Faria (born 14 June 1975 in Balugães, Barcelos, Portugal), better known as Rui Faria, is a Portuguese football coach, known for his association with football manager José Mourinho, currently working at Chelsea.
Faria was born in Balugães, a tiny parish of Barcelos in Portugal. Like Mourinho, he was a physical education graduate who had not played football at a high level. Faria's education took him to a seminar day at the Camp Nou, Barcelona's home stadium, where Mourinho was working as assistant manager to Louis van Gaal. Mourinho saw a kindred spirit in Faria, and when he took the U.D. Leiria job in April 2001 he hired Faria as a assistant and fitness coach.
Faria's early time at Leiria, emblematic of Mourinho's new fitness regime, led to a stand-off with the club's directors. Since then, the two have been inseparable, with Faria joining Porto in January 2002, Mourinho's first month in charge of his new club. He was part of the club's staff for their 2003 league, cup and UEFA Cup treble and won the UEFA Champions League in 2004 with the club. Faria followed Mourinho to Chelsea that summer along with assistant manager Baltemar Brito, chief scout André Villas-Boas and goalkeeping coach Silvino Louro. He became ubiquitous in his Chelsea tracksuit on the London side's bench.
Faria left Chelsea in late 2007, following Mourinho out of the club, and joined him at Inter Milan in the summer of 2008. In June 2009, André Villas Boas left to manage Académica (later following in Mourinho's footsteps by taking over Porto, then Chelsea) and was replaced at Inter by José Morais. After winning the Serie A in their first season, the side completed a high-profile treble of league, cup and UEFA Champions League in 2010. Since the 2010–11 season, Faria was the assistant coach of Real Madrid, moving to the club along with Mourinho, Morais and Louro. Faria followed Mourinho to Chelsea, when he was confirmed as the manager in June 2013.
He has worked alongside Mourinho since 2002, a period that had seen the manager and his staff fail to lose a league game at home in 8 years, the run ending with a 0-1 defeat to Sporting Gijón. Mourinho described him as his 'methodology right arm, the guy that understands best my information and the way I work'.
In April 2014, Faria was sent from the dugout by referee Mike Dean following the coach's agrressive behaviour to the official during Chelsea's home defeat to Sunderland. He was charged with using abusive/insulting words. He received a four-match stadium ban after appealing against a six-match ban.
As an assistant coach, including a sabbatical in 2007–08, Faria's club sides have won their domestic league six times, the UEFA Cup once and the UEFA Champions League twice. Since 2002, Mourinho and Faria have not gone a full season or a calendar year without winning at least one trophy.
- 2003 Primeira Liga
- 2003 Taça de Portugal
- 2003 UEFA Cup
- 2003 Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
- 2004 Primeira Liga
- 2004 UEFA Champions League
- 2005 FA Premier League
- 2005 League Cup
- 2005 FA Community Shield
- 2006 FA Premier League
- 2007 League Cup
- 2007 FA Cup
The Treble (League, Cup and European trophy)
- 2002–03 with Porto: League, Cup and UEFA Cup
- 2009–10 with Inter Milan: League, Cup and UEFA Champions League
As with his longtime manager and colleague Mourinho, Faria has been the subject of controversy in the media. In a match against Reading in 2006 where Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech received a severe blow to the head, Faria was sent off alongside Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel. In a 2005 Champions League quarterfinal against Bayern Munich where Mourinho was suspended for Chelsea, Faria was seen wearing a woolly hat and scratching his ear enough to elicit suspicions that Mourinho was covertly communicating with his fitness coach. At Real Madrid, Faria was said to have been party to an altercation with Sporting Gijón manager Manuel Preciado after a match between the two clubs in November 2010. In April 2014, Faria was dismissed from the Chelsea bench during the home defeat against Sunderland when he made comments to the fourth official complaining about a penalty that had been awarded for Sunderland. The game saw Chelsea lose their first ever Premier League home fixture when managed by José Mourinho.
Rui Faria is married and father of three children.
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