Carlo Ancelotti

The Lucrezia Zaina Bequest: In Conversation with Carlo Ancelotti

We were delighted to welcome Carlo Ancelotti as we celebrated 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.

That is a statement supported by the Everton manager’s glittering CV. 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.

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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 Cup (modern day Champions’ League).

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, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Napoli and now Everton, and has won domestic titles in Italy, England, France, Spain, and Germany.

Joining Carlo for this in conversation event were experts Professor Susan Bridgewater, Director of Executive Education and Director of the Centre for Sports Business at the University of Liverpool and Professor Fiona Beveridge, Executive Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Liverpool. Their conversation with Carlo Ancelotti took us through his career, from player to manager reflecting upon and offering insights into experiences of culture, identity and sense of place as he reflected upon moves that led him from Italy to our city of scouse footballing pride.

Following their discussion, there was opportunity for the audience to ask questions.

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