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Carlo Ancelotti
Personal information
Date of birth June 10, 1959 (1959-06-10) (age 50)
Place of birth Reggiolo, Italy
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Chelsea (manager)
Youth career
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[1] 26 (1)
Teams managed
1995–1996 Reggiana
1996–1998 Parma
1999–2001 Juventus
2001–2009 Milan
2009– Chelsea
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Carlo Ancelotti (born June 10, 1959 in Reggiolo, Province of Reggio Emilia) is an Italian football manager and former player. He is the current manager of the English Premier League football club Chelsea F.C.[2]

A midfielder, Ancelotti enjoyed a successful playing career, most notably with AC Milan, with whom he won two Scudettos and two European Cups in a five year period. He was capped 26 times for the Italian national team and played at the 1986 and 1990 World Cups.

After spells as coach of Reggiana, Parma and Juventus, Ancelotti was appointed AC Milan manager in 2001. Ancelotti guided Milan to the Scudetto in 2004, the UEFA Champions League in 2003 and 2007 and the Coppa Italia in 2003. They were also Serie A and Champions League runners-up in 2005. He is one of six men to have won the European Cup as player and manager.


Playing career

As a player, "Carletto," as he was nicknamed, appeared 26 times for Italy, and participated in the 1986 and 1990 FIFA World Cup, where he was teammates with former club mate and former Italy coach Roberto Donadoni, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini and a young Paolo Maldini.

He started his club career in 1976 with Parma A.C.. In 1979, he transferred to AS Roma, as captain and midfielder, where he won the Italian championship (1983) and 4 times the Italian Cup. From 1987 until 1992 he played for A.C. Milan, and was part of the Milan squad that won consecutive European Cups in 1989 and 1990. During this time, Milan played with one of their finest teams ever assembled in that decade, with Maldini, Franco Baresi, Mauro Tassotti and Alessandro Costacurta in defence, Frank Rijkaard, Ruud Gullit and Roberto Donadoni in midfield and Marco van Basten in attack. His finest moment with Milan was when he received a pass from Ruud Gullit, dribbled around two Madrid players, and netted a powerful long-range shot during the Rossoneri's 5-0 thrashing of Real Madrid in the 1989 European Cup semifinals. He went on to play all 90 minutes in Milan's 4-0 dismantling of Steaua Bucureşti in the final.

Coaching career

Ancelotti is one of only six coaches to win the Champions League as both a player and a coach, along with Miguel Muñoz (Real Madrid player 1956, 1957, Real Madrid coach 1960, 1966); Giovanni Trapattoni (AC Milan player 1963, 1969, Juventus coach 1985); Johan Cruyff (AFC Ajax player 1971-73, FC Barcelona coach 1992), former Milan teammate Frank Rijkaard (AC Milan player 1989, 1990, Ajax player 1995, FC Barcelona coach 2006) and Josep Guardiola (FC Barcelona player 1992, FC Barcelona coach 2009). He also ranks second in number of Milan matches coached with 413, trailing Nereo Rocco.


Reggiana, Parma, and Juventus

Ancelotti's first coaching job was with Serie B squad A.C. Reggiana 1919 in 1995. In his only year with the club, Reggiana earned promotion to Serie A. Ancelotti then returned to Parma - which included upstart goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and current Milan goalkeeping trainer Villiam Vecchi - in 1996. He became the successor of Marcello Lippi at Juventus the next season, but went trophyless during his two-year stint, finishing runner-up twice in Serie A.

A student at Coverciano, in 1997 he penned a research article entitled "The Future of Football: More Dynamism".[3]


Ancelotti's fortunes changed when he went to AC Milan in 2001 as a replacement for the fired Fatih Terim. 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 his first full season, Ancelotti soon had Milan back in European competition, leading them to the semi-finals of the 2001-02 UEFA Cup, in which Milan finished third.

The following season, Ancelotti, who was heavily criticized by club president Silvio Berlusconi due to his defensive tactics, was able to adopt a creative play in Milan while making several roster changes. He made Dida, still maligned for his 2000 Champions League howler against Leeds United, his new starting goalkeeper barely a month into the 2002-03 campaign, while converting budding attacking midfielder Andrea Pirlo to a defensive playmaker and playing him behind Manuel Rui Costa. At the same time, the striking partners of Filippo Inzaghi and Andriy Shevchenko were dominant and dynamic. Milan won the 2003 Champions League, beating Ancelotti's old team, Juventus, 3-2 on penalties at Old Trafford, and the Coppa Italia and took home the Scudetto in 2004.

Under Ancelotti's reign, Milan were also back-to-back Serie A runners-up to Juventus in 2004-05 and 05-06 (both Scudetti were later wiped from the record books due to Juventus' involvement in the Calciopoli scandal), and lost the 2005 CL final to Liverpool F.C. losing 3-2 on penalties after leading 3-0 at halftime. Two years later, though, Milan avenged their defeat to Liverpool with a 2-1 win at the Olympic Stadium in Athens on May 23, 2007, 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.


Ancelotti announced his resignation from Milan less than an hour following their 2-0 victory over ACF Fiorentina on May 31, 2009, after the club terminated his contract by mutual consent with one year remaining. The next day, he was confirmed as the new Chelsea manager after agreeing to a three-year, £9-million contract.[4] Ancelotti, succeeding temporary replacement Guus Hiddink, became the club's fifth manager in 21 months, following Jose Mourinho, Avram Grant, Luiz Felipe Scolari and Guus Hiddink. He is the third Chelsea manager hailing from Italy, after Gianluca Vialli and Claudio Ranieri.

On 9 August 2009, Ancelotti scooped his first trophy as Chelsea manager, the Community Shield, after 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 the 15th August 2009. On the 26th of September Chelsea lost their first game under Ancelotti at the DW Stadium against Wigan Athletic, losing 3-1. On 2 December, Chelsea exited the Carling Cup at the quarter finals stage following a penalty shootout defeat to Blackburn Rovers after a 3-3 draw at Ewood Park. Chelsea crashed out of the Champions League on 16 March 2010 after a 1-3 aggregate loss to Internazionale, having lost both home and away, in the Round of 16 stage.

Future plans

Ancelotti said in an October 2009 interview with that one day he would like to return to Italy and become the manager of Roma, the only Italian club he would go to at this point in his career. Ancelotti also said that he would like to be the Italian national football team's manager after the upcoming 2010 World Cup.[5]

Personal life

In 1983, Ancelotti married Luisa Gibellini, with whom he had two children: a daughter, Katia, and a son, Davide, who also played in the AC Milan youth team and later joined Serie D's A.S.D.C. Borgomanero in June 2008.[6] In 2008, Carlo Ancelotti confirmed in an interview that he had broken up with his wife of 25 years.[6]

In May 2009, Ancelotti's autobiography, Preferisco la Coppa ("I Prefer the Cup", with a word-play by notoriously glutton Ancelotti on the Italian word "coppa" that stands both for "cup" and a type of cured cold pork meat cut), 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.[7]



Club performance League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Italy League Coppa Italia Total
1976-77 Parma Serie C 1 0
1977-78 21 8
1978-79 Serie C1 33 5
1979-80 Roma Serie A 27 3
1980-81 29 2
1981-82 5 0
1982-83 23 2
1983-84 9 0
1984-85 22 3
1985-86 29 0
1986-87 27 2
1987-88 Milan Serie A 27 2
1988-89 28 2
1989-90 24 3
1990-91 21 1
1991-92 12 2
Total Italy 338 35
Career Total 338 35



Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Reggiana Italy 1995 1996 &0000000000000038.00000038 &0000000000000016.00000016 &0000000000000013.00000013 &0000000000000009.0000009 &0000000000000042.11000042.11
Parma Italy 1996 1999 &0000000000000102.000000102 &0000000000000048.00000048 &0000000000000031.00000031 &0000000000000023.00000023 &0000000000000047.06000047.06
Juventus Italy 1999 2001 &0000000000000114.000000114 &0000000000000063.00000063 &0000000000000018.00000018 &0000000000000033.00000033 &0000000000000055.26000055.26
Milan Italy 6 November 2001 31 May 2009 &0000000000000413.000000413 &0000000000000234.000000234 &0000000000000100.000000100 &0000000000000079.00000079 &0000000000000056.66000056.66
Chelsea England 1 July 2009 Present &0000000000000045.00000045 &0000000000000030.00000030 &0000000000000008.0000008 &0000000000000007.0000007 &0000000000000066.67000066.67
Total &0000000000000712.000000712 &0000000000000391.000000391 &0000000000000170.000000170 &0000000000000151.000000151 &0000000000000054.92000054.92


As a Player



As a Manager





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Carlo Ancelotti
Personal information
Full name Carlo Ancelotti
Date of birth 10 June 1959 (1959-06-10) (age 51)
Place of birth    Reggiolo, Italy
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
National team
1981-1991 Italy
Teams managed

Carlo Ancelotti (born 10 June 1959) is a former Italian football player. He has played for Italy national team. He was a successful manager at Milan, helping them win the UEFA Champions League twice, the Coppa Italia once, the Serie A once, the Italian Supercup once, the UEFA Super Cup twice and the FIFA Club World Cup once. He is now the manager of Premier League club Chelsea.

Club career statistics


Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
1976/77ParmaSerie C10
1978/79Serie C1335
1979/80RomaSerie A273
1987/88MilanSerie A272
CountryItaly 33835
Total 33835

International career statistics


Italy national team



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