Carlo Ancelotti is an Italian professional football manager and former player who is the manager of La Liga club Real Madrid. He is regarded as one of the greatest and most successful managers of all time. He recently won Spanish giant Real Madrid their 14th UEFA Champions League Trophy. Here we bring to you some exciting facts that you should know about the legendary Italian manager.
1. Carlo Ancelotti was born on 10 June 1959 in Reggiolo, Italy.
2. Ancelotti is the most decorated manager in UEFA Champions League history, having won the trophy a record four times as coach (twice with AC Milan and twice with Real Madrid).
3. He is also the first and only one to have managed teams in five Champions League finals.
4. He played as a midfielder and began his career with Italian club Parma, helping the club to Serie B promotion in 1979.
5. Carlo Ancelotti won a Serie A title and four Coppa Italia titles and also played for the late 1980s Milan team, with which he won two league titles and two European Cups.
6. He was Milan’s longest-serving manager in a single spell.
7. He has won the FIFA Club World Cup twice, and the UEFA Super Cup four times, managing Milan and Real Madrid.
8. In 2009, he was appointed manager of Chelsea, winning the domestic double of the Premier League and FA Cup in his first season.
9. Carlo Ancelotti was appointed manager of Real Madrid. In his first season, he led Real Madrid to their long-sought tenth Champions League title, La Décima, and also won the Copa del Rey.
10. He has coached Reggiana, Parma, Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea, Paris St German, Real Madrid, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Napoli, Everton and then returned to Real Madrid.
11. The 63 years old has two children: a daughter, Katia; and a son, Davide, who was his assistant coach at Everton, and now also at Real Madrid.
Ancelotti made his Italy national team debut and scored his first and only goal on 6 January 1981 in the 1980 World Champions’ Gold Cup against the Netherlands, which ended in a 1–1 draw.
12. Carlo Ancelotti began his career in 1974 with Parma. He made his professional debut in Serie C during the 1976–77 season, at the age of 18.
Towards the beginning of his coaching career, and during his time with Parma, Ancelotti preferred to use a rigorous 4–4–2 formation, which made use of heavy pressing, and drew influence from that of his Milan and Italy coach Arrigo Sacchi, and which he believed to be the most successful system for his team; however, this system did not allow for more creative forwards, such as Gianfranco Zola, Hristo Stoichkov and Roberto Baggio, to play in their preferred positions, and ultimately led to Zola and Stoichkov’s departure from the club, while Baggio’s transfer to Parma in 1997 was impeded by Ancelotti.
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