Carlo Ancelotti spoke Friday about the one who was captain of the real Madrid in the preview of the match against Seville (Saturday, 6:30 p.m.). All eyes are directed these days to Sergio Ramos and the Madrid coach did not hesitate to thank him for his time at the club: “Yeah Today I am here it is for Sergio Ramos. If he hadn’t scored the goal in the final, he probably wouldn’t be here.” He refers, of course, to La Décima.
However, the Italian has behind him a trajectory that began in 1995 and that has led him to become the only coach who has the five major European leagues.
The ‘hero’ of the tenth Champions League
When Zidane He left the bench in 2021, after a season without titles, the name of Raul Gonzalez, who would have been promoted from Castilla, just like ‘Zizou’ did. But once again, Florentino Perez was in charge of breaking all the predictions that the press had, announcing the return of Carlo Ancelotti, who was announced as the ‘hero of La Décima’.
Many will wonder why winning that cup was so important. The answer is simple: Madrid had not achieved success in Europe for 12 yearswhile watching, in the background, Barça Guardiola win it all. Until that moment, fans had to go back to that night of May 15, 2002 in which Zidanewho this time saw him from the bench as second coach, left a volley for history, which gave Madrid its ninth Champions League.
Everything raised a resurface that day in Lisbon, which was also the first final that pitted two teams from the same city against each other. The epic of this crucial event lasted until the 93rd minute, which, from that day on, became known in the capital as the ‘ninety and Ramos’ slot. Real Madrid lost after a goal Godinuntil in injury time, a corner Modric assisted the second captain, who scored the tying goal with a header, which in extra time would be finished off Bale, Marcelo and Christian.
12 years later, Ancelotti had brought joy back to the Madridistas. But, since Madrid lives in the present and all coaches are ‘obliged’ to win titles, his second season ended without achievements, so the Italian ended up leaving through the door of Valdebebas.
The only one with the five major European leagues
Ancelotti began his career on the bench in 1995 at the AC Reggiana of the Italian second division, where he spent a year until moving on to coach the Parma (1996-1998). From there, the great ones knocked on his door, due to his offensive and colorful gamewhich made him become the coach of the Juventus between 1998 and 2001. Subsequently, he spent nine years in the Milan until 2009. At this stage, the A series in the 2003/2004 season and its two Champions (2003 and 2007).
He was only in the team for two campaigns. Chelseawhich were enough for him to take over the Premier League (2009-2010 season) at the London club. Not content with this, the coach traveled to the French capital, where he directed the Paris Saint-Germain (2011-2013), winning the Ligue 1 in his second year.
It was then when Real Madrid knocked on his door, with whom he got the Copa del Rey, Champions, Super Cup and Club World Cup in this first stage.
In 2016, after a year without stepping on the bench, the Bayern Munich It was his destiny. There, as in most clubs, it was about arriving and kissing the saint, because he got the Bundesliga in its first season (2016-2017).
He only had one left to become the only coach who has achieved the five major European leagues. How capricious fate is that, after two years in Naples and two others in the Evertontook him back to real Madrid in 2021, to harvest a season that will be remembered by the epic comebacks in all qualifying rounds Champions. From the PSGuntil the Chelsea and the City by Guardiola. A year that culminated with the Spanish victory that was missing: the 35th League for the white team.
Complete honors of Carlo Ancelotti
The Real Madrid coach has almost 30 years behind him directing top clubs, with a style of play that has evolved over time.
Thus, his record includes 25 titles: 4 Champions League3 Club World Cups3 European Super Cups5 Suspenders (Spain, England, Italy, France and Germany) 2 Copa del Rey1 English Cup, 1 Italian Cup, 6 Super Cups (2 from Spain, 1 from England, 1 from Italy and 2 from Germany).
Brazil, closer than ever
The Italian coach, at his 65 yearshas garnered a profile that seems willing to complete the only challenge that remains: lead a selection. The ‘canarinha’, just around the corner. The brazilian team He waits for him until his contract with Real Madrid ends this year. It is an open secretalthough it would only be verbal.
“This stage in Madrid will close my career. After the whites, I will retire. Real Madrid is the top of football,” said Ancelotti in August 2022. “I don’t talk about my future“said the Italian this Friday. Draw your own conclusions.
Ednaldo Rodriguespresident of the Brazilian Football Confederationalready assured that he would be the Brazil coach in the Copa America 2024which will be held starting June 20.
In short, no one knows what was going through his head. Florentino Perez when he brought it back. Whether or not it was for that Champions League and, consequently, thanks to Sergio Ramosthe merit of which is the most successful coach in the European Cup and the third with most games for Real Madrid It is unquestionable.