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Ancelotti is one of only three managers to have won the UEFA Champions League three times twice with Milan and once with Real Madrid , and one of only two to have managed teams in four finals. He is regarded as one of the best and most successful managers of all time.
Nicknamed Carletto ,  Ancelotti played as a midfielder and began his career with Italian club Parma , helping the club to Serie B promotion in 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 s 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 edition of the tournament , as well as UEFA Euro , where he helped his nation to reach the semi-finals.
Ancelotti began his career in with Parma. He made his professional debut in Serie C during the —77 season, at the age of 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 —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.
After attracting strong interest from Inter Milan , in mid, Ancelotti transferred to Roma , and made his Serie A debut in a 0—0 draw against Milan on 16 September. During his eight seasons at the club, he won the Coppa Italia a total of four times , , , and After struggling with knee injuries, and managing second- and third-place league finishes in and , Ancelotti helped lead the team to win a historic Italian championship in , the club's second ever league title in their history.
From until , Ancelotti played for Milan, and was a key part of the successful squad that won the Serie A title in , consecutive European Cups in and , two European Super Cups , two Intercontinental Cups and a Supercoppa Italiana under manager Arrigo Sacchi. The following season, Ancelotti 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.
He played the final match of his career with the club in a 4—0 home win over Hellas Verona on 17 May , 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. Under manager Enzo Bearzot , Ancelotti made his Italy national team debut and scored his first and only goal on 6 January in a one-off tournament against the Netherlands , which ended in a 1—1 draw.
He was a part of Italy's World Cup squad in the World Cup , where he did not make a single appearance, however, as both he and Paolo Rossi struggled during the team's fitness tests, due to the altitude of the region, and were replaced in the starting line-up by Fernando De Napoli and Giuseppe Galderisi respectively. Under new Italy manager Azeglio Vicini , he was also a key member of the Italy squad that reached the semi-finals of UEFA Euro , 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. Ancelotti later went on to play in the 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.
Ancelotti made a total of 26 performances for the Italian national side, and announced his retirement from international football in , making his final Italy appearance under Arrigo Sacchi. A world-class player, Ancelotti was a creative, cautious, and efficient midfielder who was known for his leadership, skill, composure on the ball, and organisational ability; he is regarded as one of the best Italian midfielders of his generation.
A versatile midfielder, he was capable of being deployed in several positions: while he was usually deployed as a playmaker in the centre of the pitch during his time with Milan under Arrigo Sacchi, he often played on the wings during his time with Roma, and was also capable of playing as an attacking midfielder, or even in a box-to-box role; in his youth, he was often deployed in a more advanced role as a forward , usually as a second striker.
Despite his ability, his career was affected by several injuries, which limited his playing time, and forced him into retirement in at the age of After serving as an assistant manager with the Italy national team under his former Milan coach Arrigo Sacchi between and , and reaching the World Cup final ,    Ancelotti began his managerial career with Serie B side Reggiana in ,  where he immediately aided the team in achieving promotion to Serie A;  he left after the —96 Serie B season,  finishing with a record of 17 wins, 14 draws, and 10 losses in his only season with the club.
Ancelotti joined Parma the following season,  a team which had recently enjoyed several years of domestic and European success under the previous manager Nevio Scala , and which contained several promising young players, including future Italy stars Gianluigi Buffon and Fabio Cannavaro.
In February , Ancelotti was appointed Juventus manager, where he both succeeded and preceded Marcello Lippi , who returned to the club when Ancelotti left. Ancelotti was appointed Milan manager on 5 November , after Fatih Terim was sacked due to poor results.
In the —02 season, Ancelotti led Milan to qualify for the Champions League once again, as the team managed a fourth-place finish in Serie A,  and also reached semi-finals of the UEFA Cup , their best ever finish in the competition, losing out to Borussia Dortmund ,   and also suffered a semi-final elimination in the Coppa Italia to Juventus.
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 squad.
He made Dida - still maligned for his —01 Champions League howler against Leeds United - his new starting goalkeeper barely a month into the season, while converting budding attacking midfielder Andrea Pirlo to a defensive midfielder, playing him behind the number 10 either Rui Costa or Rivaldo 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.
Under Ancelotti's reign, Milan also won the Supercoppa Italiana ,  and were also back-to-back Serie A runners-up to Juventus in —05  and —06  both Scudetti were later wiped from the record books of Juventus due to the club's involvement in the Calciopoli scandal.
During the —05 season , Ancelotti also led Milan to the Champions League final , where they lost out to Liverpool 2—3 on penalties after a 3—3 draw in normal time.
After the departure of striker Andriy Shevchenko at the beginning of the —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. 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,  while they were eliminated in the round of 32 of the UEFA Cup ,  and the round of 16 of the Coppa Italia.
On 1 June , 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. On 9 August , Ancelotti won his first trophy as Chelsea manager, the Community Shield , beating Manchester United on penalties, following a 2—2 draw. 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.
Ancelotti and Mourinho had a tense relationship from the previous season, as managers of Milan and Inter respectively. On 9 May , Ancelotti led Chelsea to the Premier League title , beating Manchester United by one point  and setting scoring records. The team finished the campaign with goals, becoming the first team in the Premier League to score more than goals in a season, and the first since Tottenham Hotspur in the —63 season. The FA Cup win secured Chelsea's first ever domestic double.
The following season , after having lost to Manchester United in the 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 defeated fourth-placed Arsenal 2—0 on 3 October , 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 , 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 , 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 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.
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.
Chelsea, who at one 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. Ancelotti was sacked less than two hours after a 0—1 away defeat against Everton on 22 May , Chelsea's last Premier League match of the season.
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 with two matches to spare.
In addition to winning the Champions League, they finished third in La Liga ,  losing the tiebreaker for second place against Barcelona,  and winning Copa del Rey. In the last four months of , 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 , finishing the year with four trophies.
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. On 5 August , Ancelotti started the —18 season with Bayern Munich by retaining the DFL-Supercup , beating out Borussia Dortmund 5—4 on penalties , following a 2—2 draw after 90 minutes; this was the sixth time that Bayern had managed to win the title.
Questions were also raised about Ancelotti's tactical setup and team selection against Paris Saint-Germain when he left several key players on the bench and one was left to watch the match from the stands. On 23 May , Ancelotti was appointed as coach of Napoli , signing a three-year contract, replacing Maurizio Sarri in the role.
On 21 December , Ancelotti was appointed manager of Everton on a four-and-a-half-year deal. On 1 March , Ancelotti was sent off after the full-time whistle following an on-pitch conversation with the referee Chris Kavanagh , who had ruled out a would-be late match-winning goal against Manchester United due to an offside that was determined by VAR.
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 was impeded by Ancelotti.
Ancelotti later stated that he regretted his intransigence, and when he joined Juventus, he abandoned his favoured 4—4—2 in favour of a 3—4—1—2 system, in order to accommodate Zinedine Zidane in his preferred advanced playmaking role behind the forwards. Despite his initial reputation as a tactically inflexible coach, with Milan Ancelotti later drew praise for his ability to find systems which would best suit his players, and which allowed several talented and creative players to co-exist; under Ancelotti's management, the club enjoyed one of its most fruitful spells in its history.
Carlo Ancelotti's Milan sides usually almost always used a strong four-man back-line, a main striker and an attacking midfielder. In his first seasons with the club, although he was initially criticised by the club's president Berlusconi, due to his supposedly defensive tactics, Ancelotti was able to implement a more creative playing style based on possession when he notably adopted a 4—3—1—2, 4—1—2—1—2 or 4—4—2 diamond formation. While still preserving the team's strong defensive line, Ancelotti converted attacking midfielder Andrea Pirlo to a deep-lying playmaker, which saw him play in a seemingly defensive midfield role in front of the back-line, and behind the team's advanced playmaker, either Rui Costa or Rivaldo, giving the Italian more time on the ball to orchestrate the team's attacking moves from deeper areas, or to create goalscoring opportunities for the team's prolific strikers with his accurate long passing ability; the team's two playmakers were supported defensively by box-to-box midfielders on either side of them in the midfield diamond.
Moving to Chelsea, in the —10 season Ancellotti continued with 4—4—2 diamond formation used previously at Milan, often with Michael Essien or Jon Obi Mikel in the defensive role, Michael Ballack or Frank Lampard as box to box midfielders and Deco in a creative role, with full backs Ashley Cole and Jose Bosingwa pushing forward and providing width to the narrow midfield.
He also used 4—2—3—1 and 4—3—3 to be less predictable and better use creative players like Lampard and Malouda. In addition to his tactical prowess and adaptability, Ancelotti has also drawn praise for his kindness, good humour, and his calm, balanced approach as a manager, as well as his ability to motivate his players and cultivate a good relationship with them, and foster a united, winning team environment, although he has also been known to lose his temper at times.
But when you get to the final third, everything changes. That's where you need creativity and freedom because without it you only have sterile possession. Especially if your opponent's defence is organised and has been paying attention. Ancelotti has two children: a daughter, Katia; and a son, Davide, who is his assistant coach at Everton. Davide previously also played in the Milan youth team and joined Borgomanero in June In May , 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.
In his last season with Chelsea, Ancelotti had to travel back to Italy on a regular basis to visit his 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 I have to do my best to stay close to him, but this is the life.
Roma . Milan . Italy . Juventus . Paris Saint-Germain . Real Madrid . From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Carlo Ancelotti Ancelotti as Bayern Munich manager in That year Baggio scored 25 [actually 22] goals — for Bologna!
I lost 25 goals! Big mistake. Retrieved 28 December
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Ancelotti is one of only three managers to have won the UEFA Champions League three times twice with Milan and once with Real Madrid , and one of only two to have managed teams in four finals. He is regarded as one of the best and most successful managers of all time. Nicknamed Carletto ,  Ancelotti played as a midfielder and began his career with Italian club Parma , helping the club to Serie B promotion in 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 s Milan team, with which he won two league titles and two European Cups, among other titles.