Carlo Ancelotti, a former Italian footballer and now coach, began his football career with Parma, in 1974. He remained with the club till 1979, when he moved to Roma and took up the position of captain and midfielder, leading the team to victory in the 1983 Italian Championship, as well as four COppa Italia titles. After this, Ancelotti moved to Milan, and remained with the club from 1987 till 1992, during which time he participated in two consecutive European Cups, in 1989 and 1990.
Milan was at the peak of their team strength during this period, with some highly skilled players in its ranks, including Paolo Maldini, Mauro Tassotti, Franco Baresi, Ruud Gullit, Marco van Basten, Frank Rijkaard, Roberto Donadoni and many others.
Ancelotti made his international debut against Netherlands, and scored his first and also his only goal, in the match, which ended in a draw. After this, he made 26 appaearances in international matches, including the 1986 and 1990 World Cup, where he played alongside Roberto Mancini, Paolo Maldini and Roberto Donadoni. In 1001, Ancelotti officially retired from professional football and decided to opt for coaching instead.
Ancelotti began his tryst with coachin in 1995, with Reggina. He helped the team attain a promotion to Serie A, but left the club for Parma, the very next year. His team at Parma included players such as Villiam Vecchi and Gianluigi Buffon. With Ancelotti’s help, Parma managed a 2nd place finish in the 1996-97 season, guaranteeing a spot in the Champions League. With a fifth place finish in the next season, Parma also guaranteed a spot in the UEFA Cup.
In 1998, Ancelotti moved to Juventus, taking up the position of manager from Marcello Lippi. His move started out on a good note, with Juventus nabbing the Intertoto Cup, but soon tapered off, with the next season proving entirely trophyless. Unable to achieve anything remarkable during the rest of the time with Juventus, Ancelotti moved to Milan in 2001. This was following the sacking of the former manager, Fatih Terim, due to poor results.
With AC Milan, Ancelotti began a new era in his coaching career, as well as a new era in the history of one of the most popular teams in the world. Ancelotti came in and took charge, leading Milan to third place in Serie A as well as to the semi finals of the 2001-02 UEFA Cup.
Ancelotti, under heavy criticism, brought in Dida as his first choice and pushed Andrea Pirlo back into a defensive midfielder’s role. Within two seasons, the change had come and after Andriy Shevchenko and Filippo Inzaghi hit form, Milan grabbed Ancelotti’s first UEFA Champions League title, in 2002-03, as a coach. Ancelotti also took Milan to the Coppa Italia title while the following year, despite being ousted in the semi-finals of the Champions League, Milan did win the Scudetto.