Saturday, December 27, 2008

Carlo Ancelotti Biography

Name : Carlo Ancelotti
Carlo Ancelotti :
Personal information : Full name
Date of birth : Place of birth
Height : Playing position
Club information : Current club
Senior clubs1 : Years
Club : App (Gls)*
1976-1979 1979-1987 1987-1992 : Parma A.C. A.S. Roma A.C. Milan
: National team
1981-1991 : Italy
25 (1) : Teams managed
1995-1996 1996-1999 1999-2001 : 1 Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. * Appearances (Goals)

Carlo Ancelotti (born June 10, 1959 in Reggiolo) is a former football player and now coach. He has been coach of the Italian team A.C. Milan since November 2001 when he succeeded Fatih Terim. Before that he coached A.C. Reggiana 1919, Parma A.C. and Juventus F.C..

With numerous titles, notably two UEFA Champions League trophies and the prestigious Scudetto, won under his reign, he is arguably one of the most successful Milan coaches of all time.

As a player, "Carletto" appeared 26 times for Italy, and played in the 1990 FIFA World Cup. He started his career in 1976 with Parma AC. In 1979 he transferred to AS Roma, as captain and midfielder, where he won the Italian championship and 4 times the Italian Cup. From 1987 until 1992 he played for AC Milan. He was in the legendary AC Milan team that won the 1989 and 1990 Champion Clubs' Cups in Barcelona and Vienna.

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 moved on to Parma F.C. - which included upstart goalkeeper Gigi Buffon and current Milan goalkeeping trainer Villiam Vecchi - and promptly won the 1997 UEFA Cup. In 1999 he became the successor of Marcello Lippi at Juventus, but went trophyless during his two-year stint at the club, finishing runner-up twice in Serie A. That all 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 foundered domestically and in Europe since winning the Scudetto 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 fourth. 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 striker Andrea Pirlo to a defensive playmaker and playing him alongside Manuel Rui Costa. At the same time, the striking partners of Filippo Inzaghi and Andriy Shevchenko were dominant and dynamic. Milan won the Champions League, beating Ancelotti's old team, Juventus, 3-2 on penalties at Old Trafford, and took home the Scudetto and Coppa Italia 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 in horrific fashion to Liverpool F.C., in which Milan lost 3-2 on penalties after blowing a 3-0 halftime lead. 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 won it also twice as a Milan player in 1989 and 1990. One week later, Ancelotti signed a two-year contract extension, keeping him at Milan until 2010.

Ancelotti is only the fifth coach 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) and former Milan teammate Frank Rijkaard (AC Milan player 1989, 1990, Ajax player 1995, FC Barcelona coach 2006). He also ranks second in number of Milan matches coached with 322, trailing Nereo Rocco (459).

He has often expressed interest in coaching Italy after his Milan contract expires in 2010.

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