Faria with Chelsea in 2015
|Full name||Rui Filipe da Cunha Faria|
|Date of birth||14 June 1975|
|Place of birth||Barcelos, Portugal|
|2001||União Leiria (fitness coach)|
|2002–2004||Porto (fitness coach)|
|2004–2007||Chelsea (assistant coach)|
|2008–2010||Internazionale (assistant coach)|
|2010–2013||Real Madrid (assistant coach)|
|2013–2015||Chelsea (assistant coach)|
|2016–2018||Manchester United (assistant coach)|
Rui Filipe da Cunha Faria (born 14 June 1975) is a Portuguese football coach, known for his career long association with football manager José Mourinho. He is currently manager of Qatari Al-Duhail SC.
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 União de Leiria job in April 2001, he hired Faria as his 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 then 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 Internazionale in the summer of 2008. In June 2009, André Villas-Boas left to manage Académica de Coimbra (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 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 back 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 eight years, the run ending with a 0–1 defeat to Sporting de Gijón whilst with Real Madrid. Mourinho described Faria 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 aggressive behaviour to the official during Chelsea's home defeat to Sunderland. He was charged with using abusive and 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 eight times, the UEFA Cup once and the Champions League twice. Between 2002 and 2012, Mourinho and Faria did not go a full season or a calendar year without winning at least one trophy.
- 2002–03 Primeira Liga
- 2002–03 Taça de Portugal
- 2002–03 UEFA Cup
- 2003 Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
- 2003–04 Primeira Liga
- 2003–04 UEFA Champions League
- 2004–05 FA Premier League
- 2004–05 League Cup
- 2005 FA Community Shield
- 2005–06 FA Premier League
- 2006–07 League Cup
- 2006–07 FA Cup
- 2008 Supercoppa Italiana
- 2008–09 Serie A
- 2009–10 Serie A
- 2009–10 Coppa Italia
- 2009–10 UEFA Champions League
Real Madrid (2010–2013)
Manchester United (2016–2018)
The Treble (League, Cup and European trophies)
- 2002–03 with Porto: League, Cup and UEFA Cup
- 2009–10 with Inter Milan: League, Cup and UEFA Champions League
As with his long-time 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 Čech received a severe blow to the head, Faria was sent off alongside Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel.
In a 2005 Champions League quarter-final match 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.
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 to Sunderland. Angry at the decision, he had to be restrained by Mourinho and other Chelsea staff. The match resulted in Chelsea's first-ever Premier League loss at Stamford Bridge under Mourinho.
Faria is married and is a father to three children.
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