Carlo Ancelotti Record in Major Cup Competition Finals

Carlo Ancelotti is one of the most decorated coaches in football history having won titles across Europe. He is the only coach to have won the league in all five of the continent’s major leagues, and one of three coaches to have won the Champions League three times.

As Ancelotti’s Real Madrid prepares to face Liverpool in the Champions League final in Paris, let’s take a look at his record in major cup finals throughout his career.

Juventus

1999 Intertoto Cup – Juventus 4 – 2 Rennes (total)

Having made a name for himself in Reggiana and Parma, Ancelotti took over Juventus from Marcelo Lippi and immediately won the title in his first season. Juventus was one of the three winners of the Intertoto Cup, beating Rennes 4-2 on aggregate.

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The first leg, which was held in Cesena, won 2-0 and Bebo Inzaghi scored both goals – a prelude to the partnership with Ancelotti that will bring much success later. Rennes took an early lead in the second leg in France but unexpected goalscorers Antonio Conte and Gianluca Zambrotta secured a draw despite a late equalizer last night.

AC Milan

UEFA Champions League – 2003 – AC Milan 0 (3) -0 (2) Juventus

After his dismissal by Juventus, Ancelotti returned to Milan, where he spent most of his career. A quiet first season was followed by an impressive second season in 2002-03 in which Milan secured the Champions League and Coppa Italia while finishing third in the league.

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The highlight was the victory over his old team Juventus in the Champions League final in Manchester. A benign game with few chances was decided by penalties after Dida, who had been backed by Ancelotti amid criticism the previous season, made three saves in a penalty shootout. Milan became the European champion for the first time since 1994.

Italian Cup – 2003 – Milan 6-3 Roma (total of two matches).

Just three days after their continental win, Milan secured their second title of the season thanks to a 2-2 draw in the second leg at the San Siro against Roma. Ancelotti’s side did most of the work in the first leg, scoring four goals in the second half to seal a 4-1 win away to home in the capital.

Serginho scored twice in the first leg, along with Shevchenko and Ambrosini’s goals, while Rivaldo and Inzaghi scored in the second leg. Francesco Totti scored all three goals for Roma.

Intercontinental Cup – 2003 – Milan 1 (1) – 1 (3) Boca Juniors

The predecessor of the Club World Cup was the site of Carlo Ancelotti’s first defeat in the final. Ancelotti’s team played in Japan and lost to Boca Juniors led by Carlos Bianchi on penalties in the decider.

Thomason gave Milan an early lead, but Donnett equalized Boca soon after. The penalty shootout from Milan was so bad with both Pirlo, Seedorf and Costacurta failing to score, allowing Boca to take the trophy.

UEFA Champions League – 2005 – AC Milan 3 (2) – 3 (3) Liverpool

Ancelotti suffered his second defeat in the final on that infamous night in Istanbul. After leading 3-0 in the first half through Crespo’s double and Maldini’s goal in the first minute, Milan collapsed in the second, conceding three goals in six minutes to send the match into overtime.

Two years after the successful penalty kick against Juventus, the tables turned on Ancelotti’s side as Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek saved two goals and Serginho hit the net to give the English side an unlikely best win.

UEFA Champions League – 2007 – Milan 2 – 1 Liverpool

The Rossoneri avenged their defeat in Istanbul two years later, as they beat the Reds in Athens to win their seventh Champions League title. Just as in Ancelotti’s first final, it was Bebo Inzaghi’s double that got the job done.

It was a professional and efficient performance under pressure, something that has since become synonymous with Ancelotti’s team.

FIFA Club World Cup – 2007 – AC Milan 4-2 Boca Juniors

A few months after his success in the Champions League, Milan completed another revenge by defeating Boca Juniors for the FIFA Club World Cup after four years of denying the Argentine team the title.

Inzaghi and Palacio exchanged blows in the first half, but three goals in twenty minutes in the second half ensured the Italian team’s victory, despite Ledesma’s late consolation.

Chelsea

2010 FA Cup – Chelsea 1-0 Portsmouth

After spending 14 years as a coach in Italy, Ancelotti moved to newly wealthy Chelsea at the start of the 2009-10 season and brought with him the winning touch. The retirees won the Premier League and FA Cup double in the Italian first season at Stamford Bridge.

A single goal scored by Wembley himself, Didier Drogba, was enough to see Chelsea win the oldest competition in world football. They beat Portsmouth, who became the first team since 1997 to reach the cup final and were relegated from the English Premier League in the same season.

Real Madrid

King’s Cup – 2014 – Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona

Ancelotti took over from Jose Mourinho at the Santiago Bernabeu at the start of the 2013-14 season, and like his previous appointments, success didn’t take long. Real Madrid beat eternal rivals Barcelona in a dramatic final at Mestalla to win only the King’s Cup for the second time in 20 years, and their last domestic cup win to date.

Angel Di Maria gave Los Blancos an early lead before Marc Bartara equalized for Barcelona in the second half. Five minutes before the end of time, Gareth Bale turned on the rear flares to run from inside the attacking break and bypassed Jose Pinto for a creative winner.

UEFA Champions League – 2014 – Real Madrid 4-1 Atletico Madrid (after the match).

Real Madrid broke the tenth cup curse thanks to Ancelotti when they beat local rivals Atlético in the 2014 Champions League final in Lisbon. Diego Godin’s first-half goal looked like it would give Atlético their first-ever European Championship, but a belated comeback broke Los Colchoneros’ hearts.

Sergio Ramos equalized in the 94th minute to send the match into extra time before three goals in the last ten minutes of 120 minutes Bale, Marcelo and Ronaldo handed the trophy to Madrid.

FIFA Club World Cup 2014 – Real Madrid 2-0 San Lorenzo

Carlo Ancelotti’s team became the world champion when they beat Argentina’s San Lorenzo in Marrakesh. It was a routine win with the Champions League final champions a few months ago, Ramos and Bale, as they scored goals to secure the trophy.

This was Ancelotti’s last major final as his time in Madrid was followed by somewhat disappointing spells with Bayern Munich, Napoli and Everton. Returning to the Bernabeu this season, can he lead Real Madrid to win the 14th Champions League title?