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We warmly welcome Everton Manager Carlo Ancelotti to talk with us about leadership, football, identity and culture - from Italy to Everton, as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of annual lectures on subjects of Italian interest made possible by a generous bequest from alumna, and former lecturer in French and Italian, Professor Lucrezia Zaina.
Carlo Ancelotti is one of world football’s pre-eminent managers.The Italian has exclusively traded in Europe’s grandest trophies and been employed by a selection of the continent’s foremost clubs. It is a measure of Ancelotti’s relentless success as a manager that a glittering playing career is often overlooked in any discussion about the 61-year-old’s remarkable life in football to date.
As a midfielder Ancelotti began his playing career with Italian club Parma, helping the club to Serie B promotion in 1979 before moving to Roma the following season where he won a Serie A title and four Copa Italia titles. The Italy international, capped 26 times by his country and played in two World Cups, continued his successful playing career by being part of the 1980s AC Milan team where he won two league titles and two European Cups.
As a manager, Ancelotti’s feat of winning the Champions League three times brackets him in an exclusive three-strong club. He is one of only two men to have managed in four finals. He has managed Reggiana, Parma, Juventus, Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Napoli and now Everton, winning domestic titles in Italy, England, France, Spain and Germany.
Joining Carlo in conversation are experts Professor Susan Bridgewater, Director of Executive Education and Director of the Centre for Sports Business, University of Liverpool and Professor John Foot, Professor of Modern Italian History, University of Bristol. Their conversation is anticipated to lead us through his career, from player to manager offering insights into experiences of culture, identity and sense of place as he reflects upon moves that lead him from Italy to our city of scouse footballing pride. Following their discussion, there will be opportunity for the audience to ask questions.
Italian Studies has been taught at this university since 1881. Now in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, it is a small and friendly community of academic and teaching staff whose research and teaching interests cover contemporary fiction, linguistics, cultural history, film and transcultural studies. The lecture is funded by a generous legacy bequest from Lucrezia Zaina, a lecturer in French and Italian at the University 1964-1988. Legacy gifts are a significant source of donations to the University and benefit the institution long into the future, funding ground-breaking research, scholarships and bursaries and improving facilities for students. A reduced rate of Inheritance Tax is applicable to estates that leave at least 10% to charity, increasing the benefits of legacy gifts further.