The Tinkerman vs. The Special One*, last seen in Mourinho's final match in charge of Chelsea, is coming soon to an Old Trafford near you. How soon? June 5th. What for? The biennial Soccer Aid charity match, now in its sixth edition. Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will take charge of "England" while former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri will take charge of "Rest of the World". To the winner, the spoils. To the loser... actually, there are no losers in a charity match.
Mourinho was involved in the 2014 edition as well, and not just in the dugout. Happier days.
Mourinho's of course hoping to add victory with England to his victory with Rest of the World from two years ago. Once a winner, always a winner, that José.
"I want to be the first one to win the Soccer Aid trophy for both teams, England and the Rest of the World. Sam and I will make a very good partnership and it will be a great feeling for Claudio to finally lose a match!"
-José Mourinho; source: Sky
The full squads (both celebrities and football legends) will be announced as the match draws closer. Several former Chelsea players have taken part in the past, including Ruud Gullit, Gus Poyet, Gianfranco Zola, Marcel Desailly, Hernán Crespo, Graeme Le Saux, and, last year, Andriy Shevchenko.
The match will be broadcast live on ITV. Kick-off's at 8pm local time, and you can buy tickets through UNICEF and Manchester United.
* I find it fascinating that the man once derided for constantly tinkering with his lineups and the man commonly built up as the greatest tactical mind in football, especially in terms of adapting to the weaknesses of the opponent have both become synonymous with "no rotation" in their recent jobs.