"I think this is a must for me the fact of being next to my players in a special moment for them. I wish good luck to all in an important tournament that I value in a special way, not only for its sporting significance and competitive, but especially for the social and cultural significance acquired in each of the countries represented by their teams", said the coach of Real Madrid. "I am Portuguese and I support my country, but always will support my players" said Mourinho, who on Saturday will see the match between Germany and Portugal and on Sunday the match between Spain and Italy.
The Portuguese coach will only lose the France's debut on Monday 11, where Karim Benzema plays for his national team, because that day Mourinho will travel to Singapore on business. There are eleven Real Madrid players who represent their countries in the Euro 2012.
|Real Madrid players to play Euro 2012|
Spain: Casillas, Ramos, Arbeloa, Albiol and Xabi Alonso
Spain wants to become the first team in history to win the Euro straight after winning the previous edition of the championship and the World Cup. They have been put in the same group as Ireland, Italy and Croatia.
Portugal: Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe, Coentrao
Ronaldo is Portugal's great star, while Pepe and Coentrao are key players in their defence. The Portuguese are in what has been dubbed the toughest group in the championship with Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark.
Germany: Özil and Khedira
The Germans are one of the main contenders for the title and Real Madrid's Özil and Khedira will have a prominent role in Joachim Low's side. They too are in the toughest group of the tournament.
Karim Benzema is France's striker. The player just had the best season of his career and wants to lead his national team to have a great run in the Euro. France are in Group D, which will meet Spain's group in the quarterfinals.