Carlo Ancelotti, lahir di Reggiolo, Italia, 10 Juni 1959, dipastikan menjadi pelatih Real Madrid di musim depan. Pengalaman, sukses dan realibilitasnya di setiap negara dimana ia melatih mendukung kinerja pelatih asal Italia yang musim lalu didaulat sebagai pelatih terbaik di Prancis. Ancelotti, yang baru saja genap berusia 54 tahun, merupakan seorang legenda di bench: ia hampir 20 tahun menjalani karier sebagai pelatih dan menjadi pelatih aktif kedua dengan jumlah partai Liga Champions yang terbanyak. Sejumlah gelar berhasil direbut Ancelotti dalam beberapa tahun belakangan, sejatinya ia selalu meraih kemenangan di pentas internasional (dua gelar Liga Champions, dua gelar Piala Super Eropa, satu trofi Piala Dunia Antarklub dan Intertoto Cup, dan memenangi liga di tiga negara yang berbeda (Italia, Inggris, dan Prancis).
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: Pelatih Timnas Italia (Asisten Pelatih)
1999-2001: Juventus Turin
2001-2009: AC Milan
2011-2013: Paris Saint-Germain
2013- : Real Madrid
Trek Rekor Kepelatihan:
- 2 Liga Champions (2003 dan 2007 bersama Milan)
- 1 Piala Dunia Antarklub (2007 dengan 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 the Premier League’s Best Coach of the Year: 2010
- 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)