Rui Faria is currently the assistant coach of Manchester United FC. His career is well known for the long association with José Mourinho’s staff since 2001. Together, they won 22 national and international trophies, in some of the major recognized competitions across Europe.
Faria was born in Balugães, a tiny parish of Barcelos in Portugal. He was a physical education graduate who had not played football at a high level. Faria’s education took him to the Camp Nou, Barcelona’s home stadium, where Mourinho was working as assistant manager of Louis van Gaal. Mourinho saw a kindred spirit in Faria, and when he took the U.D. Leiria job in April 2001 he hired Faria as an assistant coach.
Faria’s early time at Leiria was emblematic of Mourinho’s new fitness regime. Since then, the two have been inseparable, with Faria joining Porto in January 2002. He was part of the Mourinho’s staff for their 2003 league, cup and UEFA Cup treble and the UEFA Champions League in 2004. Faria 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 Inter Milan in the summer of 2008. After winning the Serie A in their first season, the side completed a high-profile treble of league, cup and UEFA Champions League in 2010. Since the 2010–11 season, Faria was the assistant coach of Real Madrid, moving to the club along with José Mourinho, José Morais and Silvino Louro. Faria followed Mourinho to Chelsea, when he was confirmed as the manager in June 2013.
He has worked alongside with Mourinho since 2002, a period that had seen the manager and his staff fail to lose a league game at home in 8 years, with a 0-1 defeat to Sporting Gijón. Mourinho described him as his ‘methodology right arm, the guy that understands best my information and the way I work’.
As an assistant coach, including a sabbatical in 2007–08, Faria’s clubs have won their domestic league six times, the UEFA Cup once and the UEFA Champions League twice. Since 2002, Mourinho and Faria have not gone a full season or a calendar year without winning at least one trophy.