25 June 2013
Carlo Ancelotti (Reggiolo, Italy, 10 June1959) has been confirmed as Real Madrid’s coach for the upcoming season. Experience, success and reliability in each of the countries where he’s worked back the Italian coach, who lands in the Spanish capital after being voted the best coach of the season in France. Ancelotti, who just turned 54 this month, is a legend on the bench: he’s racked up close to 20 seasons as a coach and is the second active coach with the most European Cup matches. Few titles have stayed out of Ancelotti’s reach over the years: he’s won practically everything there is to win on an international level (2 Champions Leagues, 2 European Super Cups, 1 Club World Cup and 1 Intertoto Cup) and has won the league in the three different countries he’s coached (Italy, England and France). More than accustomed to leading some of the continents biggest teams (Juventus, Milan, Chelsea and PSG), Ancelotti is synonymous with an exciting new project for the club.
Born into a humble family (his parents were farmers), Carlo Ancelotti’s life is intrinsically linked to football. Trained in Parma’s youth squads, Ancelotti debuted in the top flight with this Italian side. He then transferred to Roma, where he won an Italian League and four Cups in his eight seasons in the capital before moving on to his moments of glory in Sacchi’s Milan. There he became a key fixture in the coach’s innovative system, winning two European Cups, two European Super Cups, to Intercontinental Cups, two Leagues and an Italian Super Cup. “I taught him how to move and he ended up thinking faster than anyone. He’s a perfect manager on the pitch”, said Arrigo Sacchi about his former player. Time has proven him right: Ancelotti hung up his boots in 1992, after five seasons with his last team and 26 matches with the Italian national team.
As a player Ancelotti never left his native country; as a coach he’d have the chance to work internationally, something that has enriched him both personally and professionally. He debuted as coach in the same town where he was born, taking over A.C. Reggiana in 1995/96 and successfully leading the team to Italy’s first division that same year. His feat didn’t go unnoticed and it didn’t take long for Italy’s heavyweights to start paying attention: he was signed by Parma a year later. Here he managed to secure the team the league’s runner-up spot and set the foundations of a team that would win the UEFA Cup in 1999. In 1999/2000 the manager took the reins of Juventus, where he coached Zidane. Yet his biggest coaching achievements would come in the same club where he shone as a player: Milan. Signed in 2001/02, Ancelotti headed the team for eight seasons, bringing the European crown back to Milan after nine years of drought and even managing to lead the team to two additional Champions’ League finals (he won the trophy again in 2006/07). His success in Milan didn’t stop there: he also won two European Super Cups, a Club World Cup, a League, a Cup, an Italian Super Cup and became one of the only six coaches in the world that have managed to win European’s biggest trophy as both a coach and a player (Miguel Muñoz was the first).
Real’s new coach headed to England after his success in Italy, where he easily adapted to the completely different style of play. His success with Chelsea was immediate and he racked up a significant triplet in his first year: Community Shield, Premier League and a FA Cup. After another season with the British side the coach signed on with Shiekh Nassar Al-Khelaifi’s ambitious new project in PSG. Ancelotti now makes his way to Spain after being voted the best coach in France and with the League title under his belt after 19 seasons of drought for the French team. The name Ancelotti, then, is synonymous with an exciting new project for any club.
On the second-to-last page of his autobiography, Preferisco la Coppa, the Italian coach dedicates a few words to Real Madrid president Florentino Perez. He thanks him in capital letters for his “chats with the good taste of older and simpler things”, and for always saying goodbye with the same phrase: “Carlo, you’ll be my coach someday”. That day has arrived.
1992-1995: Coach for the Italian national team (Assistant Coach)
1999-2001: Juventus Turin
2001-2009: AC Milan
2011-2013: Paris Saint-Germain
2013- : Real Madrid
Coaching track record:
- 2 Champions League (2003 and 2007 with Milan)
- 1 Club World Cup (2007 with Milan)
- 2 European Super Cups (2003 and 2007 with Milan)
- 1 Intertoto Cup (1999 with Juventus)
- 1 Italian League (2004 with Milan)
- 1 Premier League (2010 with Chelsea)
- 1 French League (2013 with PSG)
- 1 Italian Cup (2003 with Milan)
- 1 English Super Cup (2010 with Chelsea)
- 1 Italian Super Cup (2004 with Milan)
- 1 Community Shield (2009 with Chelsea)
Individual coaching awards:
- Voted Best World Coach of the Year by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS): 2007
- Voted UEFA’s Best Coach of the Year: 2003
- Voted World Soccer’s Best Coach of the Year: 2003
- Voted the Best Coach of the Year in the Italian League twice: 2001 and 2004
- Voted Best Coach of the Year in the French league: 2013
Career as a player:
1979-1987: AS Roma
1987-1992: AC Milan
Awards as a player:
- 2 Champions League (1989 and 1990 with Milan)
- 2 Intercontinental Cups (1989 and 1990 with Milan)
- 2 European Super Cups (1989 and 1990 with Milan)
- 3 Italian Leagues (1983 with Roma and 1988 and 1992 with Milan)
- 4 Italian Cups (1980, 1981, 1984 and 1986 with Roma)
- 1 Italian Super Cups (1988 with Milan)
WHAT OTHERS HAVE TO SAY
Sacchi: “Ancelotti was a guarantee. I asked Berlusconi for him when I started with Milan. He was a master. He was extremely determined, very open and humble. He was the greatest of all. He positioned himself well, was ahead of the play and played in any position. His teams are reliable. They play individual and collective football at a high level”.
Maldini: “Of all the coaches I’ve had he’s the one that has managed the squad most calmly. He keeps his worries and tension to himself and so the team stays calm. The secret to our wins was his normalcy. He doesn’t do everything himself and that’s the sign of great intelligence. That’s why he can win titles anywhere: with Milan, with Chelsea and with Real Madrid.
Thiago Silva: “Carlo understands football like nobody else does. He knows the sport inside out, he knows how to speak to his team and he’s used to managing squads with big stars. He plays on the attack. He always thinks about winning and that’s what he’s done in every country he’s worked in”.
Costacurta: “I’d like to be as calm as Carlo. I learned the perfect way to manage a squad from him”.
Ibrahimovic: “I’ve worked with great coaches, but never with one that had a relationship like that with his players. It’s the key to success. And he’s elegant, even when he talks. His method is soft and very patient. He makes the players feel safe”.
Pirlo: “Ancelotti is the right choice for the teams that sign him because his style of playing is very good. He also knows how to treat the players and that’s why he fits in well in the dressing room”.
Lucas Moura: “As a person Ancelotti is a 10. He knows how to treat younger players and veterans, he reads the games perfectly and his style of play makes players happy on the pitch”.
Cannavaro: “He’s got loads of experience and he’s not just a great coach; he’s a professional that always has a good relationship with his players. Everyone feels comfortable with him”.