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Mourinho tops the list of 2015’s Football Winners and Losers

| 29.12.2015

This year is almost over, and though it may not have been a World Cup year, 2015 produced some major highs and some terrible footballing lows, while making a few heroes and villains along the way.

But who will be heading into 2016 looking fondly back on the year that was? And who just can’t wait for Big Ben to chime at midnight on December 31, and end their year of misery?

There’s a special place on both of these lists for one man, and we can’t imagine what he’ll make of 2015 when all is said and done.

Elsewhere, a certain Colombian forward might not be too sad to see the end of the year, as might a want-away striker in the West Midlands, while it’s been an unforgettable 12 months for Leicester City…


Jose Mourinho – Took Chelsea to a fourth Premier League title and the third under his leadership, producing some stunning football from Eden Hazard and co.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho interacts with the crowd duing the Chelsea FC Premier League Victory Parade on May 25, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

Happier times for Jose Mourinho on Chelsea’s Premier League victory parade

Leicester City – A Premier League table of the calendar year shows Leicester sitting fourth. They topped the table on Christmas Day and their marauding displays have delighted fans all over.

Odion Ighalo – The Watford man has netted 30 goals in 2015, including a stunning 14 times in the Premier League for last season’s Championship runners-up.

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Odion Ighalo of Watford celebrates with Troy Deeney after scoring their second goal during the Pre Season Friendly match between St Albans City and Watford at Clarence Park on July 8, 2015 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

Odion Igahlo has scored an incredible 30 times in the calendar year

Asamoah Gyan – The former Sunderland man bagged himself a transfer to Shanghai SIPG in the summer in the Chinese Super League. Oh yeah, he’s on over £220,000 a week. Nice work if you can get it.

Home Nations – England will be joined at Euro 2016 next summer by Northern Ireland and Wales. Michael O’Neill’s men brilliantly topped Group F for a first tournament appearance since 1986, while Chris Coleman’s Welsh side will be making a first major finals appearance in 58 years.

Barcelona – Literally the biggest winners of 2015. The Catalan giants became the first team to win two European trebles, and added the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup to the rapidly expanding trophy cabinet at the Camp Nou.

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - DECEMBER 20: Players of FC Barcelona celebrate after winnning the final match against River Plate at International Stadium Yokohama on December 20, 2015 in Yokohama, Japan. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)

Barcelona’s FIFA Club World Cup victory was their fifth trophy of 2015


Jose Mourinho – Oversaw Chelsea’s worst ever start to a Premier League season and the worst by a reigning champion side. Reportedly fell out with players and sacked club doctor Eva Carniero. Departed the club just seven months and two weeks after securing the title.

during the UEFA Champions League match between Chelsea and FC Porto at Stamford Bridge on December 9, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.

Joy quickly turned to despair this season for Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge

Radamel Falcao – Scored once in 2015 for Man United and also managed one for Chelsea. A pale imitation of the man who netted 52 La Liga goals in just 68 games for Atletico Madrid.

Dutch National Team – Won’t be competing at Euro 2016 after a disastrous qualifying campaign saw them finish fourth in Group A, losing five of their 10 matches.

Netherlands' striker Bas Dost (L) and Netherlands' midfielder Arjen Robben (2L) stand by the ball at the restart after Wales equalised at 1-1 during the international friendly football match between Wales and Netherlands at Cardiff City Stadium in south Wales on November 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

The Netherlands won’t be in France next summer after a dismal qualifying campaign

Massimo Cellino – Ending the year by trying to ban TV Cameras from Elland Road. Court accusations and appeals have dogged Cellino’s year while leaving the Leeds faithful still awaiting a return to the Premier League.

Saido Berahino – Threatened to not play for West Brom following a failure to secure a move to Tottenham in the summer. A bad thing to say when your boss is Tony Pulis.

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Richard Marsh

Richard loves his sport, especially if it involves the sound of tyres screaming around a race track. He's not fussy though and his '90s Premier League nostalgia and knowledge of team nicknames is tough to match.