Who is Carlo Ancelotti?
Carlo Ancelotti, nicknamed 'Carletto', is an Italian coach and former professional footballer, who currently manages the Napoli football team. Having previously managed teams like Reggiana, Parma, Juventus, Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich; Ancelotti is widely considered one of the best managers of all time. He is one of three managers who have won the UEFA Champions League three times. As a manager, he has also won the FIFA Club World Cup twice, one Premier League title, one Coppa Italia, three European Super Cups, one Italian Super Cup, two German Super Cups, one FA Cup and one Serie A title. He used to play as a midfielder for Parma, Roma and Milan, in addition to representing Italy in international football, before retiring early due to injuries. As a player, he has won two Serie A titles, four Coppa Italia titles, two Champions League titles, two European Super Cups and two Intercontinental Cups. He wrote the controversial bestselling autobiography, 'Preferisco la Coppa'.
Childhood & Early Life
Carlo Ancelotti was born on June 10, 1959, in Reggiolo, Italy, to cheese farmer Giuseppe Ancelotti and his wife. He and his sister Angela Ancelotti often helped their parents in the farm work as they toiled all day to support the family.
He became interested in football as a child because it offered a better life than the one that he was leading on the farm. In due time, he began playing for the Reggiolo youth team, and was spotted by Parma in 1974.
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In 1976, 18 years old Carlo Ancelotti made his professional debut for Parma in Serie C, and helped his team qualify for Serie B by scoring two goals in a decisive match. In mid-1979, he was transferred to Roma to play in Serie A. His team went on to win two consecutive 'Coppa Italia' titles (1980-81).
During his eight-season-long career with the club, he helped them win two more 'Coppa Italia' titles in 1984 and 1986; and led the team to a historic Italian championship win in 1983. He also helped the team become runner-up in the 'European Cup' in 1984, and finish second in 1985–86 Serie A season.
In 1987, Ancelotti became a part of arguably AC Milan's finest team ever and played for them until 1992, following which he was forced into premature retirement due to repeated injuries. During his time there, he helped the team win two Serie A titles in 1988 and 1992, consecutive European Cups in 1989 and 1990, two European Super Cups, two Intercontinental Cups and a Supercoppa Italiana.
Carlo Ancelotti made his international debut for Italy in a one-off tournament against the Netherlands on January 6, 1981, in which he scored his first and only goal for the national team. He was a member of the Italian squad for World Cup 1986 and 1990, as well as the 1988 Summer Olympics. He made 26 appearances for the nation until his retirement in 1992.
Carlo Ancelotti, who completed his coaching studies from Coverciano, served as an assistant manager for Italy national football team under his former Milan coach Arrigo Sacchi in 1992-95. After helping the team reach the 1994 World Cup final, he began his professional coaching career with Serie B side Reggiana, and immediately helped them earn promotion to Serie A the following year.
He became the manager of a successful Parma team in 1996 and made significant changes to implement a rigorous 4–4–2 formation. It cost him several players, including Roberto Baggio, which he later regretted. While he was able to secure runner-up position in Serie A in 1997, he was sacked following his team’s round one elimination from the Champions League and a sixth-place finish in Serie A in 1997–98.
He took over Juventus in February 1999 and ditched his favored formation to accommodate star French playmaker Zinedine Zidane, following which they won the Intertoto Cup. Despite a record of 63 wins, 33 draws and 18 losses for the club and finishing runner-up in Serie A twice in 2000 and 2001, Ancelotti was sacked in mid-2001.
He took over the Milan team in November 2001, and despite a defensive start, guided them to both the UEFA Champions League and the Coppa Italia titles in 2003. Later, he won Serie A, Italian Super Cup and European Super Cup titles in 2004, finished runner-up in 2005 Champions League and won the 2007 edition, and also won the Club World Cup and European Super Cup titles in 2008.
Ancelotti resigned from Milan in May 2009 following a sub-par performance by his team that season. He signed a three-year contract with Chelsea in June, but faced early elimination in the League Cup and the Champions League. However, he guided the team to Premier League, FA Cup and FA Community Shield titles in 2010, and finished runner-up in Premier League and FA Community Shield in the following season.
Despite having the third-highest win percentage at Chelsea in Premier League history, Ancelotti was sacked in May 2011. He then joined Paris Saint-Germain mid-season in December 2011. The club finished runner-up in Ligue 1 in 2012 despite being the best scoring team. It went on to win the title the following season.
He was asked to leave PSG following his team’s quarter-final elimination in Champions League, Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue. After his departure, he replaced Real Madrid manager José Mourinho. During the 2013-14 season, he helped the club win their 10th Champions League trophy, Spain’s King Cup, European Super Cup and the Club World Cup.
Ancelotti was relieved by the club in 2015 following round one elimination of his team from the Copa del Rey. He was offered to return to Milan but refused that and took a year off for a spinal stenosis operation. He returned as the manager of Bayern Munich in the 2016–17 season and won the German Super Cup and the Bundesliga title. It was followed by another German Super Cup win in the next season.
He was sacked from Bayern Munich in September 2017 following a 3–0 loss to Paris Saint-Germain. He became the coach of Napoli on a three-year contract in May 2018.
Carlo Ancelotti, who has coached some of the top football teams during his illustrious career, has three Champions League titles, one Premier League trophy, and two FIFA Club World Cups under his belt.
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Family & Personal Life
Carlo Ancelotti was married to Luisa Gibellini for 25 years before separating in 2008. They have two children together; daughter Katia and son Davide. Davide played for the Milan youth team and Borgomanero, and he later became Real Madrid fitness coach.
Ancelotti briefly dated Marina Cretu before starting a relationship with Canadian businesswoman Mariann Barrena McClay, whom he married in Vancouver in July 2014. He has a stepdaughter named Chloe McClay from his second marriage.
While some sources claim that Carlo Ancelotti's arched left eyebrow resulted from a horrific Vespa crash as a teenager, he has stated that there was "no accident behind it".
He did a cameo role of a scientist examining an alien in the sci-fi film, 'Star Trek Beyond'. He later said that he "pretended it was Cristiano Ronaldo in front of me".