Book look: Ancelotti on fans, food and footy

Carlo Ancelotti has accepted an enormous challenge. He did not hesitate when Bayern Munich boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge rang to ask whether he could imagine taking over as coach when it became clear that Pep Guardiola would leave. The former Real Madrid manager is expected to keep Bayern’s high level and snatch as many trophies as possible. Who is the man who had so much success in Italy, England and Spain?

His autobiography is out now in German, translated by Elisabeth Liebl. Ancelotti presents himself as a kind-hearted person who loves working with others, having success in soccer and, especially: eating. The former AC Milan midfielder spends several paragraphs on describing outstanding dinner experiences with family and friends – and David Beckham. He also does not shy away from revealing locker room pranks and hotel room jokes. Ancelotti does not try to disguise his satisfaction with winning the Champions League with Milan against his former club Juventus in Manchester in 2003 considering the rejection and insults of Juve supporters.

In “Carlo Ancelotti. Die Autobiografie”, the ex-Paris St. German boss admits regretting not signing Roberto Baggio when he had the chance – and he dedicates a whole chapter to Milan icon Kaka. The book also contains facts football fans will love: details concerning his contract as Juventus manager after sneaking away from Fenerbahce chiefs’ flattery.

Ancelotti describes how he found his own policies and strategy as coach following an assignment as assistant manager of Gli Azzurri coached by Arrigo Sacchi. Ancelotti writes about Sacchi’s obsessions and his passion for details – aspects which drove the laid-back lover of good cuisine crazy. The autobiography features Ancelotti’s thoughts on Italy’s performance in the 1994 World Cup and funny little stories about meeting Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in Geneva and Paris.

Carlo Ancelotti. Die Autobiografie
By Carlo Ancelotti & Alessandro Alciato
Published by Piper (

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