Carlo Ancelotti is back in charge at Real Madrid

Real Madrid’s coach Carlo Ancelotti looks on before their King’s Cup final soccer match against Barcelona at Mestalla stadium in Valencia April 16, 2014. REUTERS/Sergio Perez (SPAIN – Tags: SPORT SOCCER)CODE: X00213

Real Madrid have hired the Italian to replace Zinedine Zidane, with the 61-year-old returning to the club he previous coached with success between 2013 and 2015. 

Carlo Ancelotti is back in charge at Real Madrid. The Italian has been brought back to the club he previously coached between 2013 and 2015, when he won Real Madrid’s 10th European Cup – the long-awaited Décima. He replaces his former assistant Zinedine Zidane and will reunite with several of his former players. He’s one of the greatest managers of the modern era, but here are some things you might not know about Carlo.  

Entrenador del club Real Madrid ANCELOTTI – Carlo Ancelotti (53) zidane durante el partido de la Liga BBVA, jornada 15, en el que se enfrentan los equipos Real Madrid CF y Real Valladolid CF Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, España el 30/11/2013. /// Real Madrid Coach ANCELOTTI – Carlo Ancelotti (53) zidane during round 15 of the BBVA league, soccer match between Real Madrid CF – Real Valladolid CF at the Santiago Bernabeu estadium, Madrid – Spain by November 30, 2013. // Miguel Lopez.

He was one of the finest players of his generation 

Ancelotti hung up his boots back in 1992, so not all football fans remember watching him play. But those who did see him play will remember Ancelotti as one of the best midfielders of his generation. The Italian formed part of Arrigo Sacchi’s legendary AC Milan side, winning back-to-back European Cups with the Rossoneri in 1989 and 1990. 

He grew up on a farm 

Born in Reggiolo, a town equidistant between Parma and Bologna, Ancelotti spent his childhood on a farm and helped his family out with the work on the fields. They produced parmesan cheese and Ancelotti helped to milk the cows, a responsibility he has since said taught him the value of being patient.  

He once appeared on Star Trek! 

Carlo has made it on to the big screen, enjoying a small cameo in the 2016 movie ‘Star Trek Beyond.’ When in Vancouver to visit the set, he spoke to director Justin Lin and was given the cameo role. “I play the part of a scientist who has to examine an alien,” he said afterwards. “It was good. I pretended it was Cristiano Ronaldo in front of me!” 

He’s still in with a chance of making history 

Ancelotti’s coaching career has taken him all across Europe, and he’s won the league title in Italy, England, France and Germany. Until now, though, LaLiga Santander has eluded him. It was Atlético de Madrid and Barcelona who lifted the title during his first stint at Real Madrid. This season, he’ll look to make further history by becoming the first coach to win a championship in all five of Europe’s biggest domestic leagues.  

He has a strong relationship with much of the Real Madrid squad, new and old 

This is Ancelotti’s second stint in charge at Real Madrid and has already worked closely with the likes of Varane, Kroos, Casemiro, Isco, Modric and Martin Ødegaard, even giving the young Norwegian his debut as a 16-year-old. And don’t forget, he’s also close to new superstar David Alaba, having worked with the Austrian international while at Bayern Munich.  

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