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Since Leaving Milan, Ancelotti Has Been On Historic Tour of Europe

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The former champion as a player and coach at Milan will make history in Germany next summer.

Carlo Ancelotti and former Milan captain Massimo Ambrosini in Dubai when Ancelotti was in charge of Paris-Saint Germain.
Carlo Ancelotti and former Milan captain Massimo Ambrosini in Dubai when Ancelotti was in charge of Paris-Saint Germain.
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Carlo Ancelotti played his entire career in Italy, and his first four managerial jobs kept him in his native country.

But since leaving Milan in 2009, Ancelotti has been on a journey across Europe that will reach a historic point this summer.

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has announced he will leave the Bavarian giant at the end of the season, and Ancelotti has been tabbed as his replacement. Ancelotti is taking the 2015-16 season off from coaching after departing Real Madrid last summer.

When he takes control at Bayern Munich, Ancelotti will be the first manager to coach in all five of Europe's top leagues: Serie A, the English Premier League, the French Ligue 1, Spain's La Liga and the German Bundesliga.

Ancelotti spent eight years at the helm of Milan, winning the Champions League twice. He resigned in 2009 and took control at Chelsea.

In his first year at Chelsea, Ancelotti led Chelsea to the domestic double, winning the Premier League in the FA Cup. He was sacked the following season after failing to win again. Ancelotti was in charge when Chelsea purchased Fernando Torres from Liverpool.

He joined Paris-Saint Germain in December 2011, helping the French giant overcome Montpellier to win the league title. After winning the title again the following season, he asked to leave PSG for Real Madrid.

In his first season at Madrid, Ancelotti finally got the Galacticos over the hump and claimed "La Decima," the club's 10th Champions League/European Cup title. However, as it was at Chelsea, the major trophies did not come the next season, and Ancelotti was replaced in favor of Rafa Benitez.

The common theme for Ancelotti: he is coaching the best. Wherever he goes, his teams are competitors. After his debut coaching season with Reggiana, he moved to Parma and made it a Scudetto contender. Since then, Juventus, Milan, Chelsea, PSG and Real Madrid have all been graced by his managerial prowess.

At Bayern, he will inherit another tremendous squad. The Bavarians remain the class of the Bundesliga year after year and will always have a say in who controls Europe.

In 970 matches as a manager, Ancelotti has won 565 matches. He has only lost 177, and his teams have a combined goal difference of plus-921 under his guidance. As a manager, he has won the Champions League three times, three domestic league titles, as well as three domestic cups and three UEFA Super Cups. He has won the Club World Cup.

Of course, most of his managerial success came as Milan's head man, as he was with the Rossoneri longer than any other club. Ancelotti won 238 of his 423 matches in charge, losing only 84 times. He won the Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup twice with Milan, as well as one trophy each in Serie A, Coppa Italia, the Club World Cup and Supercoppa Italiana.