José Mourinho arrives in Rome cheered by hundreds of fans

The Portuguese coach José Mourinho was received by hundreds of fans this Friday at the Roman airport of Ciampino, to which he traveled aboard a private plane accompanied by the president of the club, Dan Friedkin, to officially begin his stage as coach of Roma.

Mourinho arrived in Ciampino around 2:45 pm local time (12:45 GMT) and, getting off the plane, said a “ciao” to the cameras of the official Roma television after being received by a delegate of the club with a “giallorossa” scarf.

The Portuguese coach, dismissed in March as coach of English Tottenham, signed a contract with Roma until June 30, 2024 and will start working in the coming days to plan the new season.

Some 500 people waited for him outside the Ciampino airport, braving the heat of the Italian capital for several hours.

When the Portuguese flight arrived, which according to some Italian media was personally piloted by President Dan Friedkin, the fans chanted his name, displayed their scarves and also lit some flares.

Mourinho, former coach of Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Chelsea or Manchester United, among others, then traveled to the Trigoria sports center aboard a white car.

The club will in all probability organize next week the press conference to introduce the Portuguese, who replaces his compatriot Paulo Fonseca on the bench.

The signing of Mourinho, made official on May 5, sparked enthusiasm in Rome and the artist Harry Greb painted on a wall in the central Testaccio neighborhood, one of the fiefdoms of Romanist fans, a mural in which the Portuguese is seen mounted on a scooter and wearing a scarf in the club’s colors, yellow and red.