coach Jose Mourinho both won awards at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year show. Chelsea
Brazilian legend Pele received a lifetime achievement award, which Mourinho presented to him.
Mourinho was named Coach of the Year after guiding
to last season’s Premiership title. Chelsea
midfielder Geoff Thomas won the Helen Rollason award after battling leukaemia and raising money for charity through cycling trips. England
Pele made 92 appearances for
, scoring 77 goals, and was a winner at the 1958, 1962 and 1970 World Cups. Brazil
Before receiving the award, recorded tributes were paid by football greats Franz Beckenbauer, Johan Cruyff and Sir Bobby Charlton.
“He was the best player in the history of football,” said Beckenbauer.
“It is a great honour for me”,said Jose Mourinho on winning the Coach of the Year award.
And after receiving the award, Pele said: “I am very mellow. I am emotional. Thank you very much. I cry easily.”
The 65-year-old described playing in his first World Cup as “a dream” and that “
England have a chance” going into the tournament in next summer. Germany
Mourinho, when presenting the award, said of Pele: “I think he is football. You have the real special one – Mr Pele.”
Chelsea to the Premiership title last season – the first time they finished top of the English top flight since 1955 – crowning a triumphant first season for him at . Stamford Bridge
Mourinho was chosen ahead of contenders such as England cricket coach Duncan Fletcher, Liverpool football boss Rafael Benitez and Wales rugby chief Mike Ruddock.
Text of poem That’s Success read during awards.
“It is a great honour for me,” said Mourinho after picking up his award.
“Of the other three contenders they also deserve it and I think the success of this last year belongs to my two families – the family I have at home and the family I have at
.” Stamford Bridge
Courtesy: BBC News