LISBON, November 18 – Real Madrid's Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho has been appointed as an ambassador for Portugal's bid to host the Ryder Cup in 2018, bid organisers' announced on Thursday."The world’s top coach is joining our bid to win the most important golfing event in 2018, a project lead by Comporta, a region he has known since his childhood," the Portuguese bid organisers said in a statement.
Comporta is situated near the town of Setubal, 50km south of Lisbon, which is the hometown of the former Chelsea, Inter Milan and Porto coach.
Mourinho said: "Hosting the Ryder Cup would allow the world to get to know Portugal better, an objective to which we should all contribute to affirm our country as a high level touristic destination."
France, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands are also bidding to host the biennial tournament between the United States and Europe in 2018.
The Ryder Cup committee will make their decision in 2011.