Hometown honours Mourinho

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was awarded a golden medal in his hometown of Setubal in Portugal.

updated: February 25, 2007 11:35 IST
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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was awarded a golden medal in his hometown of Setubal, and took the chance to repeat his hope of coaching Portugal in the future. "I said it before, I want it. When I do - and when Portugal does too - I hope we can arrange it," Mourinho said. But Mourinho also praised Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari for extending his contract as Portugal manager through the 2008 European Championship on Friday. During the ceremony in Setubal, 50 kilometres from Lisbon, images were shown on a big screen of Mourinho's Champions League win with Portuguese first division club Porto in 2004 and Chelsea's Premier League triumph last season. "I thank you for these images but my real victories are over there," Mourinho said, pointing at his wife and children. City hall president Carlos Sousa said Mourinho had made Setubal famous. "In the last 200 years, no other citizen of Setubal has projected our city as much as Mourinho. I am proud and pleased to hand him the golden medal of Setubal," Sousa said. Mourinho also commented on Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo's alleged role in the sending off of England striker and Manchester United teammate Wayne Rooney in a World Cup quarter-final. Media reports in England have speculated that Ronaldo will find it difficult to play in England. "If he stays in England, I think he can turn things around. I think football players should play a lot and talk very little. He should keep quiet and do his job." (AP)