All 49 Players Handed Debuts By Jose Mourinho — Did They Really Make It?

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During his first ever press conference as manager of Manchester United, Jose Mourinho made a very bold claim saying he had introduce 49 youth players into first team football.

“I never promote players because of need – I did it because of conviction and decision,” Mourinho said to reporters when discussing his youth policy. “I did 49 – some of them are big names, they are Champions League winners, in the Euros, playing for national teams.

“One lie repeated many times sometimes looks true but it will never be true. If you want the names, I give you the names.”

Though Mourinho didn’t provide the list, The Mirror has released a list of 49 names which might closely resemble his. Let’s see if the players actually made it, using Mourinho’s standards of “they are Champions League winners, in the Euros, playing for national teams.”

1. Diogo Luis. Handed debut in: Benfica. Champions League medals: 0. National Team appearances: 0

2. Geraldo Alves. Handed debut in: Benfica. Champions League medals: 0. National Team appearances: 0

3. Joao Paolo Andrade. Handed debut in: Uniao de Lieria. Champions League medals: 0. National Team appearances: 0

4. Ricardo Costa. Handed debut in: Porto. Champions League medals: 1. National Team appearances: 22

5. Joca. Handed debut in: Porto. Champions League medals: 0. National Team appearances: 0

6. Hugo Luz. Handed debut in: Porto. Champions League medals: 0. National Team appearances: 0

7. Reinaldo. Handed debut in: Porto. Champions League medals: 0. National Team appearances: 0

8. Elias. Handed debut in: Porto. Champions League medals: 0. National Team appearances: 0

9. Bruno Moraes. Handed debut in: Porto. Champions League medals: 0. National Team appearances: 0

10. Hugo Almeida. Handed debut in: Porto. Champions League medals: 0. National Team appearances: 57

11. Pedro Ribiero . Handed debut in: Porto. Champions League medals: 0. National Team appearances: 0

12. Bruno Vale. Handed debut in: Porto. Champions League medals: 0. National Team appearances: 0

13. Andre Vilas Boas. Handed debut in: Porto. Champions League medals: 0. National Team appearances: 0

14. Steven Watt. Handed debut in: Chelsea. Champions League medals: 0. National Team appearances: 0

15. Lenny Pidgely. Handed debut in: Chelsea. Champions League medals: 0. National Team appearances: 0

16. Anthony Grant. Handed debut in: Chelsea. Champions League medals: 0. National Team appearances: 0

17. Jimmy Smith. Handed debut in: Chelsea. Champions League medals: 0. National Team appearances: 0

18. Ben Sahar. Handed debut in: Chelsea. Champions League medals: 0. National Team appearances: 33

19. Michael Woods. Handed debut in: Chelsea. Champions League medals: 0. National Team appearances: 0

20. Sam Hutchinson. Handed debut in: Chelsea. Champions League medals: 0. National Team appearances: 0

21. Davide Santon. Handed debut in: Inter Milan. Champions League medals: 1. National Team appearances: 8

22. Rene Krhin. Handed debut in: Inter Milan. Champions League medals: 1. National Team appearances: 24

23. Giulio Donati. Handed debut in: Inter Milan. Champions League medals: 0. National Team appearances: 0

24. Francesco Bolzoni. Handed debut in: Inter Milan. Champions League medals: 0. National Team appearances: 0

25. Alen Stevanovic. Handed debut in: Inter Milan. Champions League medals: 0. National Team appearances: 3

26. Juan Carlos. Handed debut in: Real Madrid. Champions League medals: 0. National Team appearances: 0

27. Pablo Sarabia. Handed debut in: Real Madrid. Champions League medals: 0. National Team appearances: 0

28. Antonio Adan. Handed debut in: Real Madrid. Champions League medals: 0. National Team appearances: 0

29. Alvaro Morata. Handed debut in: Real Madrid. Champions League medals: 1. National Team appearances: 13

30. Alex Fernandez. Handed debut in: Real Madrid. Champions League medals: 0. National Team appearances: 0

31. Nacho. Handed debut in: Real Madrid. Champions League medals: 2. National Team appearances: 4

32. Tomas Mejias. Handed debut in: Real Madrid. Champions League medals: 0. National Team appearances: 0

33. Jese. Handed debut in: Real Madrid. Champions League medals: 2. National Team appearances: 0

34. Joselu. Handed debut in: Real Madrid. Champions League medals: 0. National Team appearances: 0

35. Jorge Casado. Handed debut in: Real Madrid. Champions League medals: 0. National Team appearances: 0

36. Pedro Mendes. Handed debut in: Real Madrid. Champions League medals: 0. National Team appearances: 0

37. Jose Rodriguez. Handed debut in: Real Madrid. Champions League medals: 0. National Team appearances: 0

38. Denis Cheryshev. Handed debut in: Real Madrid. Champions League medals: 0. National Team appearances: 9

39. Casemiro. Handed debut in: Real Madrid. Champions League medals: 2. National Team appearances: 11

40. Fabinho. Handed debut in: Real Madrid. Champions League medals: 0. National Team appearances: 4

41. Omar Mascarell. Handed debut in: Real Madrid. Champions League medals: 0. National Team appearances: 0

42. Diego Llorente. Handed debut in: Real Madrid. Champions League medals: 0. National Team appearances: 1.

43. Tomas Kalas. Handed debut in: Chelsea. Champions League medals: 0. National Team appearances: 3

44. Lewis Baker. Handed debut in: Chelsea. Champions League medals: 0. National Team appearances: 0

45. John Swift. Handed debut in: Chelsea. Champions League medals: 0. National Team appearances: 0

46. Dominic Solanke. Handed debut in: Chelsea. Champions League medals: 0. National Team appearances: 0

47. Andreas Christensen. Handed debut in: Chelsea. Champions League medals: 0. National Team appearances: 6

48. Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Handed debut in: Chelsea. Champions League medals: 0. National Team appearances: 0

49. Bertrand Traore. Handed debut in: Chelsea. Champions League medals: 0. National Team appearances: 11

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