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Real Madrid's Carlo Ancelotti Becomes 2nd Coach to Win 3 European Cups

Real's coach Carlo Ancelotti gestures,  during the Champions League final soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid in Lisbon, Portugal, Saturday, May 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffMay 26, 2014

With a 4-1 win over Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti became just the second manager in history to win three European Cups, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Liverpool legend Bob Paisley, who managed the Merseyside club from 1974 until he retired in 1983, was the first manager to lead his team to three European Cups, winning in 1977, 1978 and 1981.

Ancelotti has managed some of the biggest clubs in the world, including Serie A sides Juventus and AC Milan and English Premier League outfit Chelsea FC. He was managing Ligue 1's Paris Saint-Germain before taking over at Real Madrid last summer.

Ancelotti's previous Champions League titles both came with AC Milan. The Rossoneri first triumphed under Ancelotti in 2003 when they defeated Juventus 3-2 on penalties after 120 scoreless minutes at Old Trafford. Ancelotti and Milan picked up a second Champions League title in 2007, defeating Liverpool 2-1 in Athens.

Milan also led 3-0 at halftime of the 2005 final in Istanbul, but they ultimately lost 3-2 in penalties after giving up a trio of second-half goals to Liverpool in one of the more memorable games in CL history.

While Real Madrid finished third in La Liga this season behind both Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona, they defeated Barca 2-1 in the Copa del Rey final back on April 16. A third-place league finish is never acceptable for Los Blancos, but the club can probably make an exception in light of Ancelotti's fantastic work in other competitions.

 

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