A Review of The Special One: The Dark Side of Jose Mourinho by Diego Torres

The Special One: The Dark Side of Jose Mourinho

by Diego Torres

How much of this book is true? I don’t know. Does Diego Torres have some secret sources inside of Real Madrid that gave him information that nobody else has? I don’t know that either. Could this picture of Jose Mourinho be true? You will have to decide for yourself.

Diego Torres writes about events that happened inside of the Real Madrid locker room that have never been talked about. He talks about a Jose Mourinho that nobody has seen. He tells how Jose Mourinho would use mind games to try to enhance his own image, while tarnishing his players. He says that Jose Mourinho would favor the players that had Jorge Mendes as an agent. He says that everything was manipulated so that Jose Mourinho would come out looking good no matter how badly he was at coaching Real Madrid. There are so many interesting stories in this book about what went on during the time Jose Mourinho was at Real Madrid, I just wonder which ones are true and what is fiction. Did Diego Torres make up some of the stories, or was he fed misinformation by his moles? Or maybe it’s all true.

If you check out the opinions that have come out across the internet about this book, it seems that the majority of people think that Diego Torres has an ax to grind. Most people take this book as a work of fiction with a few facts thrown in for good measure, but if they are wrong, and Diego is telling the whole truth about Jose Mourinho, then he is one crazy SOB. We will have to see what comes out from his time at Chelsea.

How can I rate this book? I’m not sure how much to believe. Do I rate it as an expose or as a novel? I think that I will give it 3 Stars out of 5.

If you follow football (soccer), especially the European leagues, then you probably would like to read this, just so that you can discuss it with your friends. If you couldn’t care less, then just move on, because you won’t have any interest.

I received a Digital Review Copy from the publisher.

Book Description

The Special One- The Dark Side of Jose MourinhoAn explosive and shocking biography of Jose Mourinho – revealing the dark side of ‘the special one’.

When José Mourinho announced his return to English football, it sparked celebrations from fans and press alike. As one of the most charismatic figures in the game, his reappearance could surely only be a good thing…

But is there a darker side to the Mourinho? A mischievous, scheming, even tyrannical quality to the man beneath the veneer of charm?

As part of El Pais, Diego Torres is one of the premier investigative journalists in Spanish football, and in this explosive biography of ‘the special one’ he uncovers secrets and lies that will change the way we see Mourinho.

From dodgy dealings to assassinations of players both outside and within his own team, and other shocking revelations, Prepare To Lose reveals Mourinho as a man far removed from the hero so many people consider him to be.

Book Details

Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: HarperSport (January 20, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 000755303X
ISBN-13: 978-0007553037
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces

About the Author

Diego Torres is the journalist that uncovers Real Madrid’s most hidden secrets. The man assigned to cover the Merengues for Spanish newspaper El País, has a close relationship with key members of the club’s locker room and executives and is always one step ahead to reveal the well kept secrets of the team that divides the world of soccer.

Born in Medoza, Argentina, law student during his first years in Madrid, Torres surrendered to his passion for sports journalism and since 1997 has been a special collaborator for SER, BBC and Canal Plus. (Quoted from “The man who uncovers Mourinho’s secrets” by Fernando Céspedes.)

The book description and details are from Amazon. The Special One: The Dark Side of Jose Mourinho

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3 thoughts on “A Review of The Special One: The Dark Side of Jose Mourinho by Diego Torres”

    1. I have followed Chelsea for years from the States, so my information has always been a bit distant, but my impression of him didn’t come close to what this book is portraying as fact. Somehow it doesn’t seem possible that someone could be so crazy as this book would have you believe and still be a top football coach.

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