Carlo Ancelotti

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Carlo Ancelotti
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Ancelotti with Bayern Munich in 2016
Personal information
Date of birth (1959-06-10) 10 June 1959 (age 57)
Place of birth Reggiolo, Italy
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Bayern Munich (manager)
Youth career
1973–1975 Reggiolo
1975–1976 Parma
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1979 Parma 55 (13)
1979–1987 Roma 171 (12)
1987–1992 Milan 112 (10)
Total 338 (35)
National team
1981–1991 Italy 26 (1)
Teams managed
1995–1996 Reggiana
1996–1998 Parma
1999–2001 Juventus
2001–2009 Milan
2009–2011 Chelsea
2011–2013 Paris Saint-Germain
2013–2015 Real Madrid
2016– Bayern Munich

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Carlo Ancelotti OSI[1] (Italian pronunciation: [ˈkarlo antʃeˈlɔtti]; born 10 June 1959) is an Italian football manager and former footballer. He is currently managing Bayern Munich. Ancelotti is the only manager to have won the UEFA Champions League three times and reached four finals (three finals and two victories with Milan, and one victory with Real Madrid). He is regarded as one of the best and most successful managers of all time.[2][3][4][5]

Nicknamed Carletto, Ancelotti played as a midfielder and began his career with Italian club Parma, helping the club to Serie B promotion in 1979. He moved to Roma the following season, where he 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, among other titles. At international level he played for the Italian national team on 26 occasions, scoring once, and appeared in two FIFA World Cups, finishing in third-place in the 1990 edition of the tournament, as well as UEFA Euro 1988, where he helped his nation to reach the semi-finals.

As a manager, he has worked for Reggiana, Parma, Juventus, Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, and has won domestic titles in Italy, England, France and Spain.

Club career[edit]


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.[6] Under manager Cesare Maldini, he was often deployed behind the forwards, or as a second striker, due to his eye for goal. Ancelotti excelled in this role and helped Parma to a second place in the Serie C1 girone A during the 1978–79 season, which qualified the team for the Serie B play-offs. In the decisive match in Vicenza, against Triestina, with the score tied at 1–1, he scored two goals, which gave Parma a 3–1 victory and sealed their place in Serie B the following season.[7][8]


After attracting strong interest from Inter Milan, in the summer of 1979 Ancelotti transferred to Roma, and made his Serie A debut in a 0–0 draw against Milan on 16 September.[6][7][9] Under manager Nils Liedholm, he was deployed as a central midfielder and became one of the club's most important players in a team which featured the likes of Brazilian star midfielder Falcão and Italian footballers Roberto Pruzzo, Bruno Conti and Pietro Vierchowod, immediately winning consecutive Coppa Italia titles in his first two seasons with the club. During his eight seasons at the club, he won the Coppa Italia a total of four times (1980, 1981, 1984, and 1986). After struggling with knee injuries, and managing second- and third-place league finishes in 1981 and 1982, Ancelotti helped lead the team to win a historic Italian championship in 1983, the club's second ever league title in their history.[7] The following season, he even helped Roma to win another Coppa Italia title and reach the European Cup final in 1984, although missed the final through injury as Roma were defeated by Liverpool on penalties at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.[6][7][9][10] He was named the team's captain in 1985 under new club manager Sven-Göran Eriksson, and served as a mentor to the young midfielder Giuseppe Giannini, as Roma won the Coppa Italia, but once again narrowly missed out on the league title during the 1985–86 Serie A season, finishing in second place behind Juventus.[6][7]


From 1987 until 1992, Ancelotti played for Milan, and was a key part of the successful squad that won the Serie A title in 1988, consecutive European Cups in 1989 and 1990, two European Super Cups, two Intercontinental Cups and a Supercoppa Italiana under manager Arrigo Sacchi.[6] During this time, Milan played with one of their finest teams ever assembled in that decade under the financial backing of club president Silvio Berlusconi, with Paolo Maldini, Franco Baresi, Mauro Tassotti and Alessandro Costacurta as defenders; Frank Rijkaard, Ruud Gullit and Roberto Donadoni as midfielders; and Marco van Basten upfront.[7] One of Ancelotti's most memorable moments with Milan was when he received a pass from Ruud Gullit, dribbled around two Real Madrid players and netted a powerful long-range shot during the Rossoneri's 5–0 thrashing of Real Madrid in the 1989 European Cup semi-finals.[11] He went on to play all 90 minutes in Milan's 4–0 dismantling of Steaua București in the final.[12] The following season, he suffered an injury to his left knee in the quarter-finals of the European Cup against KV Mechelen which forced him to miss the semi-finals, although he was able to return in time to help Milan defend their title against Benfica in the final, held in Vienna.[7] Following Sacchi's departure, he won a second Serie A title under replacement manager Fabio Capello during the 1991–92 Serie A season, as Milan won the title undefeated, but persistent knee injuries and competition from youngster Demetrio Albertini limited his playing time, and eventually forced him into premature retirement at the end of the season, at the age of 33. He played the final match of his career with the club in a 4–0 home win over Hellas Verona on 17 May 1992, in which he came off the bench in the final 20 minutes of the game and scored two goals, and was given an ovation by the fans.[6][7]

International career[edit]

Under manager Enzo Bearzot, Ancelotti made his Italy national team debut and scored his first and only goal on 6 January 1981 in a one-off tournament against the Netherlands, which ended in a 1–1 draw.[7][9] He was very likely to be capped for the 1982 World Cup campaign, but a dramatic knee injury forced him away for several months, as Italy went on to win the tournament without him.[7][9] He was a part of Italy's World Cup squad in the 1986 World Cup, where he did not make a single appearance, however.

Under new Italy manager Azeglio Vicini, he was also a key member of the Italy squad that reached the semi-finals of UEFA Euro 1988, and was also set to represent his nation at the Summer Olympics in Seoul that summer. An injury to the meniscus of his right knee, however, prevented him from taking part in the tournament, where Italy ultimately managed a fourth-place finish.[7] Ancelotti later went on to play in the 1990 World Cup on home soil under Vicini at the age of 31, although an injury in the second group match against Austria once again limited his appearances in the competition to just three, and kept him on the sidelines until the third-place final against England, in which he returned to help Italy to a 2–1 win.[7] Ancelotti made a total of 26 performances for the Italian national side, and announced his retirement from international football in 1991, making his final Italy appearance under Arrigo Sacchi.[7][9]

Style of play[edit]

Ancelotti was a talented, cautious, efficient and composed creative midfielder, who was capable of being deployed in several positions. A world-class midfielder, he was known for his leadership and organisational skills and is regarded as one of the best Italian midfielders of his generation.[6][7][8] Although he lacked pace, as well as notable physical and athletic characteristics, he was a hard-working, combative and tenacious team-player, who was competent defensively, and who also possessed excellent technical ability, tactical intelligence, vision and passing range, as well as a powerful and accurate shot from outside the area, which enabled him to contribute to his team's offensive play with goals and assists. Despite his ability, his career was affected by several injuries, which limited his playing time, and forced his retirement in 1992.[7][9] As he was often deployed in front of the back-line, as a central or defensive midfielder, a position which allowed him to set the tempo of his team's play after winning back possession, he is regarded as having been the mentor and predecessor of Demetrio Albertini and Andrea Pirlo in the deep-lying playmaking role at Milan.[7][13]

Managerial career[edit]

1992–2001: Early years[edit]


Ancelotti undertook his coaching studies at Coverciano, where he penned a research article entitled "Il Futuro del Calcio: Più Dinamicità"[14] (English: "The Future of Football: More Dynamism"). After serving as an assistant manager with the Italy national team under his former Milan coach Arrigo Sacchi between 1992 and 1995, and reaching the 1994 World Cup final,[6][8][9] Ancelotti began his managerial career with Serie B side Reggiana in 1995,[15] where he immediately aided the team in achieving promotion to Serie A;[9] he left after the 1995–96 Serie B season,[15] finishing with a record of 17 wins, 14 draws, and 10 losses in his only season with the club.[16]


Ancelotti joined Parma the following season,[17] a team which had recently come off of several years of domestic and European success under the previous manager Nevio Scala, and which contained several promosing young players, including future Italy stars Gianluigi Buffon and Fabio Cannavaro.[18] Ancelotti made his debut in the Coppa Italia in a 3–1 loss to Pescara.[19] Ancelotti made several changes at the club, implementing a rigorous Sacchi-inspired 4–4–2 formation, and initially deploying creative forward Gianfranco Zola out of position on the left wing in order to accommodate Hristo Stoichkov up-front, although both players were later eventually sold by the club after lack of playing time due to struggling to perform in this system.[20] With the new attacking partnership of Enrico Chiesa and Hernán Crespo, Parma finished second in Serie A during the 1996–97 season under Ancelotti, which guaranteed them a place in the next edition of the UEFA Champions League.[18][21] The following season, the club had agreed to sign another Italian creative forward, Roberto Baggio, but Ancelotti impeded the transfer as he once again did not feel that a player like Baggio would fit into his tactical plans.[18][20][22] Ancelotti later stated that he regretted this decision, stating that at the time he believed that the 4–4–2 was the ideal formation for success, and that offensive playmakers were not compatible with this system.[23] After suffering a first round elimination in the 1997–98 Champions League, and a semi–final appearance in the Coppa Italia,[24] Ancelotti was only able to guide Parma to a sixth-place finish in Serie A during the 1997–98 season, and was sacked at the end of the season, despite qualifying the team for next season's UEFA Cup.[17][18][25]


In February 1999, Ancelotti was appointed Juventus manager, where he both succeeded and preceded Marcello Lippi, who returned to the club when Ancelotti left.[26][27] With Juventus, Ancelotti became less rigorous with the team's formation, abandoning his favoured 4–4–2 in order to accommodate star French playmaker Zinedine Zidane in his preferred free role behind the forwards in the team's starting line-up.[20] His first season at Juventus began promisingly, as he immediately won the Intertoto Cup with the club by beating Rennes 4–2 on aggregate,[28] although Juventus suffered a round of 16 elimination in the UEFA Cup, and lost the league title to Lazio by a single point on the final match-day of the season; this was after surrendering a five-point lead with three games remaining, which drew strong criticism from the fans and the board of directors.[9][25] The following season, Ancelotti went trophyless, finishing runner-up in Serie A yet again, to Roma, and he was sacked by Juventus.[9][12] Ancelotti's dismissal was announced by Juve at half-time in the final league game of the season at home against Atalanta, on 17 June 2001, even though they were still within a chance of winning the title; Juventus won the match 2–1, although the result was not enough to prevent them from finishing behind Roma in the league.[25][29] Ancelotti finished his tenure with Juventus with a record of 63 wins, 33 draws and 18 losses.[30]

2001–2009: Milan[edit]

2001–02 season[edit]

Ancelotti with Milan in 2008

Ancelotti was appointed Milan manager on 5 November 2001, after Fatih Terim was sacked due to poor results.[6][8][9][31] He was inheriting another recently trophyless team in Milan, as the Rossoneri had floundered domestically and in Europe since their last Scudetto victory in 1999. In the 2001–02 season, Ancelotti led Milan to qualify for the Champions League once again, as the team managed a fourth-place finish in Serie A,[32] and also reached semi-finals of the UEFA Cup, their best ever finish in the competition, losing out to Borussia Dortmund,[33][34] and also suffered a semi-final elimination in the Coppa Italia to Juventus.[33]


The following season, Ancelotti, who was heavily criticised by club owner Silvio Berlusconi due to his supposedly defensive tactics, was able to adopt a creative play in Milan while making several changes to the team's roster. He made Dida, still maligned for his 2000–01 Champions League howler against Leeds United, his new starting goalkeeper barely a month into the 2002–03 season, while converting budding attacking midfielder Andrea Pirlo to a defensive midfielder, and played him behind the number 10 Rui Costa, in front of the team's back-line, as a deep-lying playmaker in a 4–3–1–2 or 4–1–2–1–2 formation.[35][36][37] At the same time, Filippo Inzaghi and Andriy Shevchenko proved to be dominant and dynamic strikers, who were prolific in front of goal.[38]

Milan won the 2003 Champions League final,[39] beating Juventus 3–2 on penalties at Old Trafford,[40] and also won the 2003 Coppa Italia Final over Roma.[6] It was a sweet revenge for him as Juventus had brutally sacked him and to add insult, Marcello Lippi was re-hired for a second tenure and won back-to-back Serie A titles.[20] The following season, with the addition of Brazilian attacking midfielder Kaká, and Ancelotti's formidable four-man back-line of Cafu, Costacurta, Alessandro Nesta and Maldini, Milan took home the UEFA Super Cup in 2003 over Porto,[41] followed by the Scudetto in 2004 with an Italian record of 82 points from 34 games,[42] while Shevchenko finished the season as the league's top-scorer.[6][43][44] The Rossoneri, however, suffered penalty-shootout defeats to Juventus in the 2003 Supercoppa Italiana,[45] and to Boca Juniors in the 2003 Intercontinental Cup.[46] They were also knocked out by Deportivo de La Coruña in the 2003–04 UEFA Champions League.[47]


Under Ancelotti's reign, Milan also won the 2004 Supercoppa Italiana,[48] and were also back-to-back Serie A runners-up to Juventus in 2004–05[49] and 2005–06[50] (both Scudetti were later wiped from the record books of Juventus due to the club's involvement in the Calciopoli scandal). During the 2004–05 season, Ancelotti also led Milan to the 2005 Champions League final, where they lost out to Liverpool 2–3 on penalties after a 3–3 draw in normal time, having been 3–0 up at half-time.[12][51] In the Coppa Italia, the team was unable to get past the quarter finals.[52] The following season, Milan once again faced disappointment as they lost out to Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals,[53] and only reached the round of 16 of the 2005–06 Coppa Italia.[54]


After the departure of striker Andriy Shevchenko at the beginning of the 2006–07 season, Ancelotti was forced to redesign Milan's line-up once again, devising a 4–3–2–1 system that would later be known as his "Christmas Tree" formation. Milan's line-up utilised Inzaghi as a lone striker, supported by attacking midfielders Clarence Seedorf and Kaká, in front of a three-man midfield which featured Andrea Pirlo as a creative playmaker, supported by hard-working defensive midfielders Gennaro Gattuso and Massimo Ambrosini.[55] Milan received an eight-point deduction during the 2006–07 Serie A season for their role in the Calciopoli scandal,[56] which virtually put the team out of the title race, and instead led Ancelotti to focus on winning the Champions League.[57] On 23 May 2007, Milan avenged their defeat to Liverpool two years earlier with a 2–1 win at the Olympic Stadium in Athens in the 2007 Champions League final,[58] leading to Ancelotti's second Champions League trophy as Milan coach and his fourth title overall, having also won it twice as a Milan player in 1989 and 1990.[12] During the 2006–07 season, Milan also finished fourth in Serie A,[59] and lost out to eventual champions Roma in the Coppa Italia semi-final.[60] The following season, Ancelotti also won the 2007 UEFA Super Cup,[61] as well as the club's first ever FIFA Club World Cup in 2007, becoming the first manager to do so with a European side.[6] After finishing in fifth place,[62] Milan missed out on a Champions League spot at the end of the league season, however,[63] and also suffered a round of 16 elimination in the Champions League,[64] and the Coppa Italia.[65]

In Ancelotti's final season at the club, Milan managed a third-place finish in Serie A, behind Juventus, and cross-city rivals Inter, sealing a place in the next season's Champions League,[66] while they were eliminated in the round of 32 of the UEFA Cup,[64] and the round of 16 of the Coppa Italia.[67] After previously denying rumours that he would be leaving the club, Ancelotti announced his resignation from Milan less than an hour following their 2–0 victory over Fiorentina on 31 May 2009, the final match of the season.[12][66] In total, Ancelotti led Milan for 423 games; only Nereo Rocco has been in charge of the club for more matches.[6]


Season Serie A Coppa Italia Europe Other Ref.
M W D L GF GA Pos. Pos. Pos. M W D L GF GA
2001–02 34 14 13 7 47 33 4th SF SF [32][33]
2002–03 34 18 7 9 55 30 3rd Winner Winner [39][68]
2003–04 34 25 7 2 65 24 1st SF QF 3 1 2 0 3 2 [47][69]
2004–05 38 23 10 5 63 28 2nd QF Finalist 1 1 0 0 3 0 [49][52]
2005–06 38 28 4 6 85 31 3rd QF SF [50][54]
2006–07 38 19 12 7 57 36 4th SF Winner [60]
2007–08 38 18 10 10 66 38 5th R16 R16 3 3 0 0 8 3 [62][70]
2008–09 38 22 8 8 70 35 3rd R16 SR [71]
Totals 292 167 71 54 508 255 7 5 2 0 14 5

2009–2011: Chelsea[edit]

On 1 June 2009, Ancelotti succeeded interim manager Guus Hiddink when he was confirmed as the new Chelsea manager after agreeing to a three-year contract, and formally assumed his duties on 1 July.[72] His salary at Chelsea was initially reported to be more than £5 million per year.[73] Ancelotti became the club's fourth permanent manager in 21 months, following José Mourinho, Avram Grant and Luiz Felipe Scolari. He was also the third Italian to manage Chelsea, after Gianluca Vialli and Claudio Ranieri.

On 9 August 2009, Ancelotti won his first trophy as Chelsea manager, the Community Shield, beating Manchester United on penalties, following a 2–2 draw. His first Premier League game in charge of the Blues ended in a 2–1 home victory over Hull City on 15 August 2009.[74] Chelsea lost their first match under Ancelotti at the DW Stadium away to Wigan Athletic on 26 September, losing 1–3. They were eliminated from the League Cup on 2 December, reaching the quarter-finals stage, after a penalty shootout defeat to Blackburn Rovers after a 3–3 draw at Ewood Park.

In the Champions League, Ancelotti returned to the San Siro for the first time since his departure from Milan, when his team faced Internazionale, who was at the time coached by ex-Chelsea manager José Mourinho, at the Round of 16 stage. Ancelotti and Mourinho had a tense relationship from the previous season, as managers of Milan and Inter respectively.[75] Chelsea was eliminated from the Champions League on 16 March 2010 after a 1–3 aggregate loss to Inter, having lost 1–2 away and 0–1 at Stamford Bridge.[76][77]

Ancelotti celebrates Chelsea's first League and Cup double with team captain John Terry

On 9 May 2010, Ancelotti led Chelsea to the Premier League title, beating Manchester United by one point[78] and setting scoring records. The team finished the campaign with 103 goals, becoming the first team in the Premier League to score more than 100 goals in a season, and the first since Tottenham Hotspur in the 1962–63 season.[79] Chelsea secured the title with an 8–0 victory over Wigan at Stamford Bridge.[80] Ancelotti also became the first Italian manager to win the Premier League[81] and only the fifth manager overall in the League's 18 seasons. On 15 May 2010, Ancelotti led Chelsea to victory in the 2009–10 FA Cup, beating Portsmouth 1–0 in the final at Wembley Stadium; Chelsea's third victory in the FA Cup in four years, equaling a record set by Arsenal between 2002 and 2005. The FA Cup win secured Chelsea's first ever domestic double.

The following season, after having lost to Manchester United in the 2010 FA Community Shield in August, Ancelotti led Chelsea to the top of the table on the first weekend of the season thanks to a 6–0 rout of newly promoted West Bromwich Albion. Chelsea followed up this result with another 6–0 win, this time over Wigan, while Stoke City were beaten 2–0 in the next match. Chelsea had a good start to the season, winning their first five matches. Chelsea then lost 3–4 against Newcastle United on 23 September 2010 in the League Cup.[82] They then went on to lose against Manchester City in the Premier League 0–1 after a cleverly-taken strike by City captain Carlos Tevez. Chelsea made a good start in Europe by beating MŠK Žilina and Marseille 4–1 and 2–0, respectively, in the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League. Chelsea then defeated fourth-placed Arsenal 2–0 on 3 October 2010, courtesy of a goal from Didier Drogba and a free-kick by defender Alex.

Chelsea's next defeat of the season came against Liverpool at Anfield on 7 November 2010, where they lost 0–2 with both goals coming from Fernando Torres. A week later, Chelsea suffered their second Premier League defeat in three matches with a remarkable 0–3 home defeat to Sunderland. In their following five league games, they lost two and drew three games, culminating in a 1–3 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. On 5 January 2011, Chelsea suffered a shock 0–1 defeat at struggling Wolverhampton Wanderers, leaving them fifth in the League and in real danger of missing out on a Champions League place for the first time since 2002.[83] This result led to Ancelotti ruling out Chelsea's chances of retaining the title, insisting that he did not fear that he would be sacked.[84] But after this match, however, Chelsea's form began to improve. First with a 7–0 thrashing of Ipswich Town in the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge and then a 2–0 victory over Blackburn, followed by emphatic away wins against Bolton Wanderers and Sunderland, putting them in fourth position in the league, though still ten points behind leaders Manchester United.

On 31 January 2011, Chelsea signed Liverpool striker Fernando Torres for a British record £50 million and Benfica defender David Luiz for £22 million. Chelsea lost 0–1 to Liverpool at Stamford Bridge but beat league leaders Manchester United on 1 March in a 2–1 comeback win that saw David Luiz net his first goal for Chelsea, which was followed by a 3–1 win away to Blackpool. Chelsea were later defeated by Manchester United at home and away (aggregate of 1–3) in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Following their defeat in the Champions League, Chelsea made a remarkable comeback in the league, defeating Wigan 1–0 at home, West Brom 3–1 away, Birmingham City 3–1, West Ham United 3–0 and Tottenham 2–1 at home. Chelsea, who at some point were fifth and 15 points behind leaders Manchester United, vaulted into the second position the league, just three points behind them with three games left of the season.

On 8 May, however, Chelsea lost 1–2 against Manchester United at Old Trafford to stay second in the league, now six points behind the leaders with just two more games to play.[85]

Ancelotti was sacked less than two hours after a 0–1 away defeat against Everton on 22 May, the last match of the season.[86] They had finished in second place.[87] He was earning £6.5 million per year at Chelsea just before his departure from the club.[88] He reportedly received a severance payment of £6 million from Chelsea.[89] Ancelotti finished with a record of 67 wins, 20 draws and 22 losses in 109 matches.[90] Ancelotti's win percentage at Chelsea is the third-highest in Premier League history, behind only José Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson.[91]

2011–2013: Paris Saint-Germain[edit]

Ancelotti during a press conference with Paris Saint-Germain in 2012

On 30 December 2011, with Paris Saint-Germain at the top of the Ligue 1 with three points down to Montpellier, Ancelotti was appointed as the new manager of the club on the same day as their previous manager, Antoine Kombouaré, was released from his contract.[92] His salary at PSG was reported to be 6 million per year.[89] On 21 March 2012, Ancelotti experienced his first defeat in charge of PSG as the club fell to a 1–3 defeat at the hands of Lyon in a Coupe de France quarter-final match.[93] Ten days later, PSG suffered their first Ligue 1 defeat under Ancelotti when they lost 1–2 away to Nancy.[94] PSG ended up as runners-up in Ligue 1 in Ancelotti's first season in charge, three points behind winners Montpellier.[95] He also took PSG to the Coupe de France quarter-finals.[96] The club were eliminated from the Coupe de la Ligue and UEFA Europa League prior to Ancelotti's appointment.[96]

Ancelotti coaching his players from the technical area in November 2012.

During Ancelotti's first full season at the club, PSG entered the winter break at the top of the Ligue 1 table ahead of Lyon and Marseille on goal difference. They clinched the Ligue 1 title on 12 May 2013 with two matches to spare.[97][98][99] The club reached the quarter-final of the Champions League, where they lost to Barcelona on the away goals rule (3–3 on aggregate), the quarter–final of the Coupe de France and the quarter–final of the Coupe de la Ligue.[100] On 19 May 2013, Ancelotti asked to leave the club, then joined Real Madrid.[101]

2013–2015: Real Madrid[edit]

On 25 June 2013, Ancelotti became the manager of Real Madrid as the replacement for the departing José Mourinho, signing a three-year deal.[102][103] He was introduced at a press conference at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, where it was also announced that Zinedine Zidane and Paul Clement would be his assistant coaches. Shortly following his arrival, Real Madrid confirmed the signing of Isco for a fee of €24 million which was followed by the signing of Asier Illarramendi for €32 million. Argentinean striker Gonzalo Higuaín left the club for €40 million to Napoli. This, along with the sale of Mesut Özil to Arsenal, paved way for new world record signing Gareth Bale for £86 million (€105M) from Tottenham Hotspur.[104] In Ancelotti's first league game in charge, on 18 August 2013, Real Madrid won 2–1 at home against Real Betis.[105] At Real Madrid, Ancelotti eventually deviated from the 4–2–3–1 formation which had been deployed by his predecessor, switching instead to a 4–3–3 formation to great effect, in which Argentine winger Ángel Di María particularly excelled as a left-sided central midfielder, and played a key role in the club's successes.[106] On 16 April 2014, Ancelotti won his first major trophy as Real Madrid manager after they defeated Barcelona 2–1 in the Copa del Rey final held at the Mestalla Stadium.[107] On 29 April, Real Madrid defeated Bayern Munich in the semi-finals of the Champions League by an aggregate score of 5–0 (1–0 in Madrid and 0–4 in Munich), with Los Blancos reaching their first final since they last won the competition in 2002.[108] On 24 May, Real Madrid won their tenth Champions League trophy after defeating Atlético Madrid in the final 4–1 in extra time.[109] He became only the second manager after Liverpool's Bob Paisley to win the competition on three occasions and the first man to win the Champions League/European Cup twice as a player and three times as a manager to this day. In addition to winning Champions League, they finished third in La Liga,[110] losing the tiebreaker for second place against Barcelona,[110] and winning Copa del Rey.[111]

On 12 August, Ancelotti's team won another European trophy, leading Real Madrid to a 2–0 victory over Sevilla in the 2014 UEFA Super Cup. In the last four months of 2014, his team set a Spanish record of 22 consecutive match victories in all competitions that began on 16 September and culminated with Real Madrid's first FIFA Club World Cup title in December 2014, finishing the year 2014 with four trophies.[112] By securing only a third-place finish for the 2013–14 La Liga season, he became the first Real Madrid manager to finish outside the top two of La Liga since the 2003–04 season, and also the first Real Madrid manager to finish behind city rivals Atlético since the 1995–96 season. On 1 December 2014, Ancelotti was nominated as one of the three finalists for the 2014 FIFA World Coach of the Year Award.[113] On 19 January 2015, Ancelotti was inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame[114] and on 20 January 2015, he won the IFFHS 2014 Award as The World's Best Club Coach.[115] Real Madrid finished the 2014–15 league season in second place, scoring 118 goals in the process.[116] They were eliminated in the round of 16 in the Copa del Rey.[117] On 25 May 2015, Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez announced that the club's board had taken "a very difficult decision" to relieve Ancelotti of his duties with immediate effect. Pérez stated that Ancelotti had won the hearts of both the board and fans, and would always have a place in the club's history because he was the coach that led them to the Décima. "However at this club the demands are huge and we need a new impulse in order to win trophies and be at our best," he added.[118][119][120]

After leaving Madrid, Ancelotti held talks about a return to Milan, which he rejected, saying, "It was hard to say no to such a beloved club to me, but I need some rest. I wish them the best." He stated that he wanted to take a year off and undergo an operation for his spinal stenosis.[121] He later relocated to Vancouver, Canada, where he currently resides.[122]

2016–present: Bayern Munich[edit]

On 20 December 2015, Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed that Ancelotti would replace Pep Guardiola as manager for the 2016–17 season, signing a three-year contract.[123] His contract started on 1 July 2016.[124] His first training session was on 11 July 2016[125] and his first match was a pre–season win against SV Lippstadt 08.[126] His first match at Allianz Arena was a 1–0 pre–season win over Manchester City.[127] Bayern participated in the International Champions Cup.[128] In the first match, Bayern lost to Milan in a shootout.[129] In the second match, Bayern defeated Inter Milan.[130] In the final match, Bayern lost to Real Madrid.[131] On 14 August 2016, Bayern defeated Borussia Dortmund 2–0 in the German Super Cup.[132] This was his first trophy as Bayern's manager.[133] On 26 August 2016, in his Bundesliga debut, Bayern defeated Werder Bremen 6–0.[134]

Personal life[edit]

Ancelotti has two children: a daughter, Katia; and a son, Davide, who also played in the Milan youth team and later joined Borgomanero in June 2008.[135] In 2008, Ancelotti confirmed in an interview that he had broken up with his wife of 25 years, Luisa Gibellini.[135][136] Then he dated Marina Cretu. In 2011, it was announced he was dating Canadian businesswoman Mariann Barrena McClay.[137] Ancelotti and Barrena McClay married in Vancouver in July 2014.[138]

In May 2009, Ancelotti's autobiography, Preferisco la Coppa ("I Prefer the Cup", with a word-play by Ancelotti on the Italian word "coppa" that stands both for "cup" and a type of cured cold pork meat cut, which is produced in Ancelotti's native region of Emilia-Romagna), was published, with all proceeds from sales of the book going to the Fondazione Stefano Borgonovo for the funding of research on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.[139]

In his last season with Chelsea, Ancelotti had to travel back to Italy on a regular basis to visit his 87-year-old father who was in poor health with diabetes and other issues. On the issue, he said, "I don't have a problem managing the team for this reason. It's difficult, emotionally, when it's your father... but this is life. I have to do my best to stay close to him, but this is the life."[140] His father died on 29 September 2010, aged 87.[141]

Career statistics[edit]



Season Club Division League Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe[n 1] Other[n 2] Total
1976–77 Parma Serie C 1 0 1 0
1977–78 21 8 21 9
1978–79 Serie C1 33 5 33 5
1979–80 Roma Serie A 27 3 9 0 36 3
1980–81 29 2 6 2 2 1 37 5
1981–82 5 0 0 0 3 1 8 1
1982–83 23 2 3 0 6 0 32 2
1983–84 9 0 5 0 4 0 18 0
1984–85 22 3 2 0 3 0 27 3
1985–86 29 0 4 0 33 0
1986–87 27 2 7 1 2 0 36 3
1987–88 Milan Serie A 27 2 7 0 4 0 38 2
1988–89 28 2 2 0 7 1 1 0 38 3
1989–90 24 3 4 0 6 0 1 0 35 3
1990–91 21 1 4 0 4 0 2 0 31 1
1991–92 12 2 6 0 18 2
Total Parma 55 13 55 13
Roma 171 12 36 3 20 2 227 17
Milan 112 10 23 0 21 1 4 0 160 11
Career total 338 35 59 3 41 3 4 0 442 41


International statistics[edit]


Italy national team
Year Apps Goals
1981 4 1
1983 4 0
1986 5 0
1987 3 0
1988 5 0
1989 0 0
1990 4 0
1991 1 0
Total 26 1

International goal[edit]


Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 6 January 1981 Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay  Netherlands 1–0 1–1 1980 Mundialito


As of 22 October 2016
Team From To Record
M W D L GF GA GD Win % Ref.
Reggiana 1 July 1995[15] 30 June 1996[15] 41 17 14 10 45 36 +9 41.46 [16]
Parma 1 July 1996[17] 30 June 1998[17] 87 42 27 18 124 85 +39 48.28 [19][24]
Juventus 9 February 1999[27] 17 June 2001[25][29] 114 63 33 18 185 101 +84 55.26 [30]
Milan 6 November 2001[31] 31 May 2009[26] 423 238 101 84 690 357 +333 56.26 [33][39][47][52]
Chelsea 1 July 2009[72] 22 May 2011[86] 109 67 20 22 241 94 +147 61.47 [74][82][90]
Paris St. Germain 30 December 2011[92] 25 June 2013[103] 77 49 19 9 153 64 +89 63.64 [96][100]
Real Madrid 25 June 2013[103] 25 May 2015[119] 119 89 14 16 323 103 +220 74.79 [111][117]
Bayern Munich 1 July 2016[124] present 13 10 2 1 36 6 +30 76.92 [124][132]
Total 983 575 230 178 1,797 846 +951 58.49





Paris Saint-Germain[148]
Real Madrid[148]
Bayern Munich


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5th Class/Knight: Cavaliere Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana: 1991[157]
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5th Class/Officer: Ufficiale dell'Ordine della Stella d'Italia: 2014[158]

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  1. ^ Includes UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1980–81, 1981–82, 1984–85 and 1986–87), UEFA Cup (1982–83 and 1987–88) and European Cup (1983–84, 1988–89, 1989–90 and 1990–91)
  2. ^ Includes Supercoppa Italiana (1988), Intercontinental Cup (1989) and 1990 European Super Cup (2 apps.)


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