Carlo Ancelotti Officially Announced as Manager of Real Madrid

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJune 25, 2013

Carlo Ancelotti is the new manager of Real Madrid after securing his exit from Paris Saint-Germain, the Spanish club announced on their official website. He replaces Jose Mourinho at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The Real Madrid CF presented tomorrow Wednesday, June 26, to Carlo Ancelotti as new coach of the first team for the next three seasons. The event will take place at 13:00 h in the Royal Box Santiago Bernabeu stadium. Then Carlo Ancelotti will appear before the media in the press room.

The 54-year-old Italian boss is coming off a campaign in which he led the big-spending French club to a Ligue 1 title. But the offseason game of managerial musical chairs left the Real Madrid job open and he decided to jump at the opportunity. 

It marks the seventh stop of his head coaching career. Previous clubs included Juventus, AC Milan and Chelsea. The move to Real will mark his first La Liga stint.

He takes over a Los Blancos squad that didn't live up to expectations this past season. Hopes were high after the club ended rival Barcelona's three-year reign atop Spain's top division, but they were no match for Barca during their repeat bid.

Their El Clasico foes took a commanding lead and never looked back, outpacing the second-place Blancos by 15 points to recapture the La Liga title.

Ancelotti's task is finding a way to overtake Barcelona on a more consistent basis. Also, the club has been eliminated in the Champions League semifinals in three straight seasons. Finding a way to get over that roadblock is indeed key.

His winning percentage has actually increased at every stop as a manger. He started with Reggiana, where he won just over 41 percent of the matches, in 1995. That number was all the way up to nearly 64 percent during his time with PSG.

So he does have a strong track record on success. He should also be prepared to handle the pressure after spending more than a decade with high-profile clubs across Europe. It's usually the most overlooked factor when a manager takes a marquee job, but Ancelotti is used to it by now.

He inherits a roster led by superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who's scored at least 50 goals across all competitions in each of the past three campaigns. Few players in the world are better building blocks than the Portuguese international.

The roster is bolstered by the likes of Mesut Ozil, Angel di Maria, Sergio Ramos and Iker Casillas, who will be seeking a return to form under the new manager. So the foundation for a championship squad is in place, Ancelotti just needs to find the missing pieces.

Winning trophies is the only acceptable result at Real Madrid. The club hopes Ancelotti is the manager who can bring them to the Bernabeu.