Rui Faria

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Rui Faria
Rui Faria 2015.jpg
Faria with Chelsea in 2015
Personal information
Full name Rui Filipe da Cunha Faria
Date of birth (1975-06-14) 14 June 1975 (age 43)
Place of birth Barcelos, Portugal
Playing position Manager
Club information
Current team
Al-Duhail (manager)
Teams managed
Years Team
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)[1]
2016–2018 Manchester United (assistant coach)
2019– Al-Duhail

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.


Early life[edit]

Faria was born in Balugães, a tiny parish of Barcelos in Portugal.[2] Like Mourinho, he was a physical education graduate who had not played football at a high level.[3]

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.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

Faria's early time at Leiria, emblematic of Mourinho's new fitness regime, led to a stand-off with the club's directors.[3] 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.[4] Faria followed Mourinho back to Chelsea, when he was confirmed as the manager in June 2013.[5]

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".[1]

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.[6]

He received a four-match stadium ban after appealing against a six-match ban.[7]


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.

Porto (2002–2004)

Chelsea (2004–2007)

Internazionale (2008–2010)

Real Madrid (2010–2013)

Chelsea (2013–2015)

Manchester United (2016–2018)

The Treble (League, Cup and European trophies)


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.[8]

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.[9]

At Real Madrid, Faria was said to have been party to an altercation with Sporting de Gijón manager Manuel Preciado after a match between the two clubs in November 2010.[10]

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.[11]

Private life[edit]

Faria is married and is a father to three children.[12]


  1. ^ a b "RUI FARIA - ASSISTANT FIRST TEAM COACH". Archived from the original on 2013-09-27.
  2. ^ "Rui Faria da Cunha Faria". zerozerofootball. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  3. ^ a b c Scott, Matt (2 June 2004). "Porto coaching staff likely to follow Mourinho to Chelsea". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  4. ^ "Mourinho adds Karanka to Real Madrid staff".
  5. ^ Sharma, Rik (3 June 2013). "Mourinho brings in three members of backroom staff from Real Madrid to join existing team". Daily Mail. London.
  6. ^ "Rui Faria, Ramires and Jose Mourinho all charged by the FA following Chelsea's defeat by Sunderland". Daily Mail. 23 April 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Rui Faria's six-game stadium ban reduced by FA after Chelsea assistant manager's appeal is partly upheld". Daily Mail. 23 May 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  8. ^ "Cech Facing Months Out After Brain Operation". Guardian News and Media. 15 October 2006. Archived from the original on 19 January 2013. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  9. ^ "Mourinho denies ordering 'deliberate' red cards". Telegraph. 24 November 2010. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  10. ^ "Mou's Clues: The Preciado Affair Continues". Managing Madrid. November 2010. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  11. ^ Clements, Ashley (April 2014). "Chelsea assistant coach Rui Faria sent to stands after furious outburst as Chelsea slump to defeat against Sunderland". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  12. ^ "Rui Faria, el chico de gafas con cara de niño". Archived from the original on 2012-06-26.