Carlo Ancelotti has won the 2022 UEFA Men’s Coach Of the year, beating Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola who made it to the final three-man shortlist.
Real Madrid dominated the 2022 UEFA Awards after an epic 2021-2022 football season. Star strike, Karim Benzema, bagged the men’s player of the year award, beating the other two nominees – Kevin De Bruyne of Belgium and Manchester City and Thibaut Courtois of Belgium and Real Madrid.
Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid manager emerged as the winner of men’s coach as he prevails against the two Premier League Managers, Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) and Pep Guardiola (Manchester City), who made the final three-man list.
A Look At The Other Two Contenders
Jurgen Klopp is indisputably a great tactician with a seemingly magical control of the game. He took Liverpool from a struggling mid-table Premier League team to a title contender and Champions League winner. Liverpool nearly set an unprecedented record in English football when they almost landed a quadruple. Under Jurgen Klopp’s watch, Liverpool won the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup, finished as runner-up in the Premier title challenge, and made it to the final of the UEFA Champions League.
Pep Guardiola was another sensation with Manchester City. He won the Premier League title for the 5th time since his arrival in England as manager. Out of the five times that he has laid his hands on the trophy, it is only Jurgen Klopp has been able to interrupt his reign with a win in the 2019/2020 football season. Guardiola has won it three consecutive times before winning it in 2021 and successfully defending it in 2022.
Within the season in question, Pep Guardiola successfully defended the Premier League title and guided Manchester City to the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Why Carlo Ancelotti Deserve The Award
Carlo Ancelotti deserves the 2022 UEFA Award after his achievement with Real Madrid in the year in question. Ancelotti won the La Liga with Real Madrid after garnering 86 points to go 13 points clear of second place Barcelona. Real Madrid scored 80 goals and conceded 31 in their La Liga campaign last season.
His heroic Champions League outing gave him a huge edge over his competitors. Real Madrid lost once in the group stages, winning the other five and garnering 15 points. They scored 14 goals in the preliminary stage of the competition.
The Los Blancos went on to eliminate top tournament favorites and heavyweights. Paris Saint Germain, Manchester City, including defending Champions Chelsea, were casualties. Ancelotti went on to grasp a crucial 1-0 win over 2019 champions and six times winners, Liverpool, to win his second UEFA Champions League trophy with the club. He also added the UEFA Super to complete an epic treble for the La Liga giants.
Who Is Carlo Ancelotti?
Regarded as one of the greatest football managers of all time, Carlo Ancelotti is a 62-year-old Italian football manager. He is also a former Italian footballer.
Ancelotti started his professional football career in 1973 when he played for Reggiolo. He joined Parma between I975 to 1976. In 1976, he transitioned to Parma senior team, where he made 55 appearances, scoring 15 goals. He joined Roma in 1979 and made 171 appearances scoring 12 goals.
Ancelotti ended his football career with AC Milan, where he played for five years between 1987 and 1992. He made a total of 112 appearances and scored 10 goals.
Ancelotti made 26 appearances for Italy’s national team and scored one goal.
Ancelotti is one of the most decorated football managers in Europe. He has managed top clubs in major Leagues across Europe. The 62-year-old has managed Juventus, AC Milan, Parma, Napoli, PSG, Everton, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, and Real Madrid. He uses 4-4-2 as his preferred formation.
He has won the Serie A and Coppa Italia both as a coach and player. Ancelotti has won the French Ligue 1, Bundesliga, La Liga, Cop Del Rey, Premier League, FA Cup, and UEFA Champions League, including several individual awards.
Ancelotti has a daughter Katia and a son David. David joined him as assistant manager at Everton. He is also working with him at Real Madrid.