Real Madrid Names Carlo Ancelotti as Manager as PSG Hires Blanc
Real Madrid named Carlo Ancelotti as manager, the Spanish soccer club said on its website.
Ancelotti received a three-year contract to replace Jose Mourinho, who left the club at the end of last season. Ancelotti, who will be presented at a news conference tomorrow, last month led Paris Saint-Germain to its first French league title in 19 years.
PSG said in a statement it hired Laurent Blanc to replace Ancelotti, giving the former French national team coach a two-year contract.
Ancelotti, 54, had been linked in the Spanish press with the Real Madrid job ever since Mourinho announced May 20 he wouldn’t return for a fourth season. Mourinho joined Chelsea on June 30 for a second stint with the English Premier League club.
Real failed to win a trophy last season. It lost its Spanish league title to Barcelona, fell to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League semifinals and was beaten by Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey final.
Ancelotti took over PSG on Dec. 30, 2011, after Antoine Kombouare resigned. He guided the club to a second-place finish in Ligue 1, and then this past season PSG captured its first league championship since 1994, and third overall.
Ancelotti twice won the Champions League with AC Milan from 2001-2009, along with one Serie A title. He led Chelsea to both the Premier League and F.A. Cup titles in 2010, but stepped down after a second-place finish the following season. He’s also managed Reggiana, Parma and Juventus.
Blanc was confirmed as PSG coach moments after Real announced Ancelotti’s hiring.
The 47-year-old won the French league title with Boudeaux in 2009 and took over as national team coach the following year. He guided France to the quarterfinals of the 2012 European championship, but didn’t renew his contract after the tournament.
Blanc inherits a PSG team that won Ligue One by 12 points and reached the Champions League quarterfinals, where it lost to Barcelona. The club is owned by an investment arm of the Qatari government and has spent 250 million euros ($328 million) on players such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva from AC Milan and Ezequiel Lavezzi from Napoli as it seeks to join the world’s elite.
“The board of Paris Saint-Germain has given Laurent Blanc the mission to build on last season and to continue the club’s ascendancy toward the summit of the European game,” the club said in its statement.
A former central defender, Blanc helped France win the 1998 World Cup and 2000 European championship. He also won league titles at Manchester United and Auxerre, along with domestic cups with Montpellier, Auxerre and Barcelona.
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