The Italian Carlo Ancelotti made history on Saturday, with Real Madrid's victory over Espanyol, by becoming the first coach to win all five major European Leagues - Italy, England, France, Germany, and Spain - thus completing a record of 22 titles in the 27 years he has been head coach.
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He began his career in 1995, at the helm of a modest Reggiana, which he promoted to Serie A in his first season, after which he left for Parma, where in his second season (1997) of the three he managed, he fell just short of his first major success, finishing runner-up in Serie A, a position he occupied in his two seasons (1999-2000 and 2000-2001) at Juventus.
He did, however, win his first trophy with the Bianconeri, winning the Intertoto in 2000, although his moment of explosion came in 2001 when he took charge of Milan.
His eight seasons ended with the same number of titles, including two Champions Leagues and the first of the five major leagues, winning Serie A in 2004.
With which teams did he win the leagues?
In 2009 he left his country for Chelsea and to collect the rest of the domestic titles. In 2010 he won the Premier League, in 2013 the Ligue 1 with PSG, in 2017 the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich, and in 2022 the LaLiga Santander, which eluded him during his first spell at Real Madrid.
The team got off to an unbeatable start to the 2014-2015 campaign. 22 wins in 22 games to set the record in Spain and remain four behind the best record achieved by Ajax Amsterdam in the 1971-1972 season. With the Club World Cup title under their belts, the team fell down in the final and decisive stretch.
Real Madrid were four points ahead of Barcelona, who seemed to be in crisis due to the bad relationship between Luis Enrique and Leo Messi, and seven points ahead of Atlético de Madrid, but this advantage vanished in a campaign that ended with a Barça hat-trick and led to the departure of Ancelotti.
Ancelotti got his revenge
Finally, Ancelotti won four games in advance this season, making him the coach with the third-best winning percentage in La Liga, behind only José Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, with 76.3%. Ancelotti, on the other hand, has a 74.54% winning percentage with 81 matches won out of 110; the rest, 14 draws and 14 defeats.
An enviable record to which he also adds another record, this one shared, being, together with Zidane and Paisley, the only coaches with three Champions League titles; and still alive in the semifinals to fight for what could be his fourth.