“Carlo never gets angry” is the phrase that Italian legend Paolo Maldini described to his compatriot and former coach Carlo Ancelotti, and which sums up the personality of the man who became the first coach in history to win the League four times. champions, after Real Madrid. beat Liverpool in the suburbs of the French capital, Paris.
He returned last summer to the Spanish capital to coach the Royal Club for the second time after a first spell between 2013 and 2015, during which he led them to the tenth “La Desima” title in 2014, in order to continue to write the story.
His style, even if not impressive, always pays off: at the end of April, “El Maestre” became the first coach in history to win all five major European titles after leading the royal family to the title of the League.
The image of the man from the town of Regolo, in the province of Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy, during his team’s celebrations, wearing dark glasses, alongside the players, has swept the social networking sites.
“The players are my friends,” he said with a smile, and now they returned the favor again at the Stade de France in the continental final.
With this new European crown, the 62-year-old Italian has become the only coach to win the title in continental competition four times (in 2003 and 2007 with Milan, 2014 and 2022 with Real Madrid), overtaking Frenchman Zinedine Zidane and the English Bob. Paisley (three each with Real Madrid), Madrid and Liverpool, respectively).
“I’m a record holder, he said after the win over Liverpool. I was lucky to come back here last year and have a great season.”
However, Ancelotti’s career has experienced a few “bumps” in recent years, in Naples (2018-2019) then in Everton (2019-2021), two clubs lower than those to which the Italian is accustomed, after his relative failure, if there is. true at the head of the device. The coach of Bayern Munich with whom he won the German championship title in 2017.
Maldini, the former Milan captain, often described him as a “nice big bear”, unable to shed blood: “That can only happen when he is eating, because once he holds a fork he it takes an army to stop him!
It is this calm sometimes betrayed by this left eyebrow which rises when things do not suit him, this passion, in addition to the great experience in the treatment of players and his tactical approach, which has earned Ancelotti, with the support daily life of his son and assistant Davidi, the ability to carry the greats in a club like Real Madrid. .
Despite his stature, that wasn’t enough in 2015 to save his head after a disappointing second season in the Spanish capital.
But the love story between Carlo Ancelotti, married to a Spanish-Canadian, and “White Castle” is not over yet.
When his former assistant Zidane, who led Real Madrid three times in the Champions League, left his post last summer, president Florentino Perez called on ‘Carlito’, who has become more of a peacemaker.
In 2013, his talents as a diplomat helped heal the wounds of the Madrid locker room set on fire by his Portuguese predecessor, José Mourinho.
At Paris Saint-Germain, where he took charge in December 2011, he failed in his first season to win the French League before succeeding in 2013.
With Chelsea, which was owned by demanding Russian businessman Roman Abramovich, he achieved the domestic double by winning the League and Cup titles in 2010 before returning later.
Nevertheless, Milan remained the club he loved the most after playing for him and achieving his first continental glory as a manager.
He was a midfielder in its ranks between 1987 and 1992, then a coach between 2001 and 2009, Carlo therefore spent 13 years in the club “Lombardy”.
Inside the green rectangle, the former midfielder (26 international matches) won two Champions League titles with the Rossoneri in 1989 and 1990 under legendary coach Arrigo Sacchi, before becoming his selection assistant. Italian and vice-champion of Brazil in the 1994 World Cup.
As a coach, the former coach of Parma (1996-1998) and Juventus (1999-2001) opened his career with Milan with the Italian Cup in 2003, the league title in 2004 and the League twice champions in 2003 and 2007, knowing that he was in charge of the technical staff during the famous defeat against Liverpool in the final of the major continental competition in 2005, after the Italian team had advanced 3-0 at the end of the first half.
After his fourth Champions League title, it’s hard to imagine the world of football without this man who is respected and loved by all.
“I want to spend time with my grandchildren, go on vacation with my wife, and there are many things that I have neglected and that I would like to do,” he said in early May, knowing that he has a contract with Real Madrid. Madrid until 2024.
“After Real, yes, maybe I will stop, but if Real keep me here for ten years, I will be a coach for ten years.”