José Manuel Mourinho Félix

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José Mourinho Félix
Personal information
Full name José Manuel Mourinho Félix
Date of birth (1938-02-12)12 February 1938
Place of birth Ferragudo, Portugal
Date of death 25 June 2017(2017-06-25) (aged 79)
Place of death Setúbal, Portugal
Height 174 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Vitória Setúbal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1955–1968 Vitória Setúbal 143 (0)
1968–1974 Belenenses 131 (0)
Total 274 (0)
National team
1972 Portugal 1 (0)
Teams managed
1971 Belenenses (assistant)
1976–1977 Estrela Portalegre
1977–1978 Caldas
1978–1979 União Leiria
1979–1981 Amora
1981–1982 Rio Ave
1982–1983 Belenenses
1983–1984 Rio Ave
1985 Varzim
1985–1986 União Madeira
1988–1989 O Elvas
1995 Vitória Setúbal
1996 Vitória Setúbal
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

José Manuel Mourinho Félix (12 February 1938 – 25 June 2017) was a Portuguese football goalkeeper and manager.

Playing career[edit]

Mourinho Félix was born in Ferragudo, Faro District, Algarve. He played during sixteen seasons as a professional, making his Primeira Liga debuts in 1955–56 with Vitória de Setúbal. He spent 13 campaigns with the Sado River side, helping them win two Portuguese Cups and also appearing in as many Inter-Cities Fairs Cup editions.

Before 1968–69 started, Mourinho Félix signed for fellow league club C.F. Os Belenenses, finishing in a personal best-ever second position in his fifth season – with the subsequent qualification to the UEFA Cup – and retiring in June of the following year at the age of 36. He appeared once for the Portugal national team, in the Brazil Independence Cup in 1972, coming on as a substitute for S.L. Benfica's José Henrique in the dying minutes of a 2–1 win against the Republic of Ireland.[1]

Managing career[edit]

Mourinho Félix started coaching on a full basis in 1976 (he had worked as an assistant with Belenenses while still an active player). His first spell in the top level was in the 1980–81 season with Amora FC, which he had led to promotion (as champions) the previous year. He left the team midway through the campaign and rejoined the Segunda Liga with Rio Ave FC,[2] achieving the same feat after winning seven matches in 11.

Mourinho Félix's only full seasons in the top tier were 1981–82 and 1983–84, leading Rio Ave to the fifth place in the former and the final of the domestic cup in the latter.[3] In the mid-late 90s he twice came to the rescue of main club Vitória Setúbal, with top division relegation befalling in 1995 as the side only won twice in his 12 games in charge.

Personal life[edit]

Mourinho Félix married Maria Júlia Carrajola dos Santos, a teacher (born 1939), and had two children, Teresa (1960) and José Mário.[4] The latter went on to become one of the most renowned and successful managers of his era.[5][6]


Mourinho Félix died on 25 June 2017 in Setúbal, at the age of 79.[7][8]





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