Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


FIFA awards 'not good for football' - Mourinho

29 November 2014, 08:07

London - Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho raised a few eyebrows on Friday when he said he had no interest in awards like FIFA's FIFPro World XI list for 2014.

The outspoken Portuguese made his comments despite the fact two of his players, Belgium winger Eden Hazard and Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas, are on the shortlist to make the World XI team.

"When I see these trophies I think they are not good for football. I don't care about them," Mourinho told a news conference on the eve of Premier League leaders Chelsea's visit to 14th-placed Sunderland.

"Sometimes it looks like we're looking for stars... looking for people more important than other people and this is not the culture we want in this club."

Mourinho believes Hazard and Fabregas share his views on these type of awards.

Also Read: 'Chelsea need to win titles'

"The mentality here is not to be worried with that and when I see Fabregas and Hazard, I think clearly they don't think about it," said the Chelsea boss.

"Clearly they think about the team, playing well and trying to win matches."

Mourinho was also asked about media reports linking Chelsea with a move for four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi.

He rubbished the rumours surrounding the Barcelona forward and said it was typical of the way "non-truths" could be circulated these days.

Chelsea, looking to stretch their unbeaten start to the season to 20 matches in all competitions, go into Saturday's game holding a six-point lead over second-placed Southampton.

- Reuters


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...