Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is the most successful manager in UEFA Champions League history. The Italian coach has won the European trophy four times in his managerial career.
The 62-year-old, who has also won two UCL titles as a player, is the only manager to win the continental championship four times.
Carlo Ancelotti’s UEFA Champions League trophies
Carlo Ancelotti has won the UEFA Champions League four times - 2003, 2007, 2014 and 2022. While the first two triumphs came with AC Milan, the next two were with Spanish giants Real Madrid.
The 2003 success and eventual disappointment
Ancelotti’s first taste of Champions League success came in 2003 when his AC Milan dream team defeated fellow Serie A side Juventus in the final. A match that went goalless in regulation time was decided through penalties. David Trezeguet, Marcelo Zalayeta and Paolo Montero faltered for Juve as Milan won the game 3-2 on penalties.
Two years later, in 2005, the same Milam team lost the UCL final to Liverpool in what is now considered as one of the finest comebacks in football history.
Goals from Paolo Maldini and Hernan Crespo had put Milan 3-0 up within the opening 45 minutes. While the first period was all Milan, Liverpool turned the tides within six minutes, with goals from Steven Gerrard, Vladimír Smicer and Xabi Alonso making it 3-3.
The game once again went to penalties where a certain Jerzy Dudek proved out to be the messiah as Milan went home without the honour.
Ancelotti completed his retribution in 2007 when the two met in the 2006-07 final. This time around, Milan managed to hold on to their 2-1 lead and the game ended in regulation time.
Carlo Ancelotti’s double with Real Madrid
His first season with Real Madrid started the Galacticos’ dominance in European football to an extent that between 2014 and 2022, the team has won five UEFA Champions League titles.
The 2013-14 UCL final is particularly remembered for Sergio Ramos’s injury-time equalizer against Atletico Madrid. Real went on to win the final 4-1 in extra time.
After a brief tour around Europe, the Italian returned to Madrid in 2022 and guided the team to their 14th European title, once again beating Liverpool in the final.
Before the 2021-22 triumph, Ancelotti was one among three managers to have won the UCL title three times as a coach. Former Liverpool manager Bob Paisley won the title in 1977, 1978 and 1981 while Zinedine Zidane did the same with Real Madrid in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Meanwhile, as many as 17 different managers have won the Champions League two times. This includes Alex Ferguson, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho.
Most successful managers in UEFA Champions League history
|Carlo Ancelotti||4||2003, 2007, 2014, 2022||Milan, Real Madrid|
|Bob Paisley||3||1977, 1978, 1981||Liverpool|
|Zinedine Zidane||3||2016, 2017, 2018||Real Madrid|
|José Villalonga||2||1956, 1957||Real Madrid|
|Luis Carniglia||2||1958, 1959||Real Madrid|
|Bela Guttmann||2||1961, 1962||Benfica|
|Helenio Herrera||2||1964, 1965||Inter|
|Miguel Munoz||2||1960, 1966||Real Madrid|
|Nereo Rocco||2||1963, 1969||Milan|
|Stefan Kovacs||2||1972, 1973||Ajax|
|Dettmar Cramer||2||1975, 1976||Bayern Munich|
|Brian Clough||2||1979, 1980||Nottingham Forest|
|Ernst Happel||2||1970, 1983||Feyenoord, Hamburg|
|Arrigo Sacchi||2||1989, 1990||Milan|
|Ottmar Hitzfeld||2||1997, 2001||Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich|
|Vicente del Bosque||2||2000, 2002||Real Madrid|
|Alex Ferguson||2||1999, 2008||Manchester United|
|Jose Mourinho||2||2004, 2010||Porto, Inter|
|Jupp Heynckes||2||1998, 2013||Real Madrid, Bayern Munich|
|Pep Guardiola||2||2009, 2011||Barcelona|
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