- Birthplace: Reggiolo, Italy
- Previous Clubs: Reggiana, Parma, Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain.
- Honours: Intertoto Cup: 1999, Coppa Italia: 2003, Serie A: 2004, Italian Supercup: 2004, UEFA Champions League: 2003, 2007, UEFA Super Cup: 2003, 2007, FIFA Club World Cup: 2007, English Premier League: 2010, FA Cup: 2010, Ligue 1: 2012-13
Now established as one of European football's finest coaches, Ancelotti is one of the most successful and well-respected bosses in the business and has delivered trophies in three major European leagues. Now at Real Madrid, he has the opportunity to become only the second man -- Jose Mourinho was the first -- to win the league title in England, Italy and Spain.
Ancelotti began his playing career with Parma in 1976, but spent just three years there before Roma snapped him up. A tough midfielder, Ancelotti captained Roma to the title in 1983 and also helped the side win the Italian Cup on four occasions. In 1987, he joined Milan, where he became part of the legendary squad that won successive European Cups in 1989 and 1990. Alongside the likes of Paolo Maldini, Franco Baresi and Alessandro Costacurta in defence, Frank Rijkaard and Roberto Donadoni in midfield and Marco van Basten in attack, Ancelotti finished his career on a high and won the Scudetto in 1991-92.
His first coaching job came in 1995 with Serie B squad A.C. Reggiana. He spent just a year with the club, and won them promotion, before moving back to Parma, this time as boss. Cutting his teeth with the likes of a young Gianluigi Buffon under his care, the Italian did well and proved himself worthy of managing one of the larger Italian sides. Juventus came calling in 1999 and he became the successor of Marcello Lippi at the Old Lady.
Although he did not win a trophy during his two-year stint, twice finishing as runner-up in Serie A, he continued to show his credentials and was hired as a replacement for the sacked Fatih Terim at AC Milan in 2001. The Rossoneri had been on a trophy-less run themselves, but Ancelotti set them on the right track in his first season leading them to the semi-finals of the 2001-02 UEFA Cup. A season later, Ancelotti brought the Champions League and Italian Cup back to the San Siro.
The success did not stop there though. Milan won their first league title since 1999 the following year and finished runners-up behind Juventus in 2004-05 and 2005-06 (although both Scudetti were later wiped from the record books due to Juventus' involvement in the Calciopoli scandal) for the next seasons.
The signing of Brazilian midfielder Kaka for just &euro,8.5 million from Sao Paulo proved to be one of the best ever, but Ancelotti's greatest achievement, however, was picking the club up from their disappointment in the 2005 Champions League final. Leading 3-0 at half time, Milan crumbled and lost on penalties to Liverpool, but returned to face the English side two years later in Athens, winning 2-1. It was Ancelotti's second Champions League trophy as Milan coach and his fourth title overall, having also won it twice as a player in 1989 and 1990 and he became only the fifth coach in history to achieve this feat.
Despite his strong style of man-management, Ancelotti struggled to recreate his success in the subsequent years and Chelsea were regularly linked with a move for the Italian. Eventually they got their man ahead of the 2009-10 season, and he brought immediate success, leading the Blues to the league and cup Double in his first season in charge.
Despite starting the 2010-11 campaign in sparkling fashion, Chelsea tailed off and suffered a terrible spell over the winter months. That essentially cost them the Premier League, finishing second to Manchester United, and they also lost to Red Devils in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Ancelotti was brought in to win the Champions League, and this latest failure was not good enough for owner Roman Abramovich. Within hours of the last game of the season, a 1-0 loss at Everton, Ancelotti parted company with the club.
He was not out of a job for long, though, joining nouveau riche French side Paris St-Germain in December 2011 and finishing a close second behind Montpellier in his first season. With Zlatan Ibrahimovic leading the attack, complemented by the likes of Ezequiel Lavezzi and Marco Verratti, Ancelotti's PSG came back stronger in 2012-13, winning the Ligue 1 title at a canter and reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League before narrowly losing out to Barcelona. Two seasons was enough for Ancelotti, however, and after stating his desire to join Real Madrid he was given his wish as he swapped the Parc des Princes for the Bernabeu in June 2013.
Strengths: Keen to instil discipline into his sides, Ancelotti develops and nurtures relationships with his players and has won credit for his tactical acumen.
Weaknesses: His calm demeanour has been interpreted by some as a lack of passion, while he has also been accused of being too passive and slow to make changes when his sides are in trouble.
Career high: Winning the Double with Chelsea in his first season in English football.
Career low: The 2005 Champions League final -- Liverpool beat his AC Milan side on penalties after coming back from 3-0 down at half-time.
Tactics: After a disastrous spell with the diamond formation that worked well for Milan, Ancelotti now usually prefers his sides to play with width, flood the central midfield and often utilise a lone striker. He is committed to attacking football and never lets his sides take their foot off the gas.
Quotes: "Ancelotti will be a breath of fresh air. Real Madrid has great players, they just need to play like a team. Ancelotti will make that happen. He has played and coached at the very top, so he knows full well what goes on in the dressing room." Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff speaks of his admiration for the Italian, 2013.
Trivia: Ancelotti's autobiography was titled, Preferisco la Coppa ("I Prefer the Cup"), with a word-play on the Italian word "coppa" that stands both for "cup" and a type of cured cold pork meat cut.
Real Madrid Squad
|37||Diego Javier Llorente|
|22||Ángel Di María|
|32||Jaime Romero Gómez|