Jose Mourinho attends Raw

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April 23, 2007

LONDON -- World-renowned football (or, to North Americans, soccer) coach Jose Mourinho was one of the thousands in attendance as Raw invaded Earls Court.

Widely considered the best coach in the game, Mourinho has led the Chelsea Football Club to consecutive Premiere League titles (2005, 2006), and was also named by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) as the world's best football coach in both 2004 and 2005.

Prior to his first live WWE event, Mourinho expressed why attending Raw was so special to him.

"WWE came to my house because of them," he said, pointing to his children, Matilde and Jose. "For me, it's great to be with my kids, and to be around the people they admire very much; I think that is very cool."

Longtime Chelsea fan Todd Grisham was thrilled to grab a snapshot with one of his idols.

"I try to go to Chelsea games every time I'm in London," said Grisham. "It was great to get a photo with Jose Mourinho. He's basically the Bill Parcells of soccer out here; every team from Spain to Portugal to China wants him to be their coach."

Much like the National Football League's Parcells, Mourinho is also known for his confident coaching style and ability to respond to people who question his authority with brash quips. But a few weeks ago while traveling with his team, the Chelsea coach ran into SmackDown's Chris Benoit. Once he was introduced to how massive the WWE Superstars are in person, that notorious swagger shrunk, and his mouth was zipped.

"I realized that Chris Benoit's hand is stronger than my leg. So, I don't want to mess with any of [the Superstars]; I just want to be friends," he joked.

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