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Carlo Ancelotti: The Beautiful Games of an Ordinary Genius Hardcover – October 19, 2010

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"The book’s a riot; frank, anecdotal, dripping with hilarious self-deprecation..." ~Jonathan Northcroft, Sunday Times (UK)

"hugely entertaining" ~Henry Winter, Daily Telegraph (UK)

"smart and surprising" ~Paul Doyle, Guardian (UK)

"For those with an interest in football (soccer), for those with an interest in a well told tale, 'Carlo Ancelotti' by 'Carlo Ancelotti' with Alessandro Alciato (Rizzoli New York, $25.00, 264 pages, 35 photographs) fits the bill. The former star player, the famed coach of top teams in Italy and England, the outspoken Ancelotti touches all bases in this illuminating autobiography. There is something to learn on each page about 'the beautiful game' and the man some call 'the ordinary genius'." ~Frommer Luxury Travel

"For the first time in English, Ancelotti's autobiography, Carlo Ancelotti: The Beautiful Games of an Ordinary Genius, released yesterday. The book offers candid insight on the difference between the Italian and English games. Ancelotti's playing days at Parma, Roma and Milan are well covered, as are his recent managerial triumphs. Friend, and former teammate, Palo Maldini offers the forword."~Selectism

About the Author

Carlo Ancelotti won championships as a player with Roma and A.C. Milan, and was a coach for Reggiana, Parma, Juventus, and A.C. Milan before moving in 2009 to London to manage Chelsea F.C. Paolo Maldini is one of the world’s most famous players. He has played under Ancelotti with A.C. Milan and alongside him on the Italian national team.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; First Edition edition (October 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847835383
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847835386
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is certainly a little more candid than I expected it to be. Carlo voices his opinion about a few players, coaches and club directors and staff, which mostly fit in with what the media portrays of them, but this book does give some additional insights. He shares several anecdotes which give some idea of the kind of camaraderie which exists between teammates, most of which are hilarious! He also briefly goes over his contract negotiations with various clubs he has coached (and almost coached), and even provides a copy of his coaching contract with Juventus. Carlo also talks about each of his Champions League finals as a coach.

However, my main disappointment was that he would very quickly go through each of these topics without getting into too much detail. There is no detailed tactical analysis of any football game, not much information about calciopoli and not enough about players which most football fans don't know already. I understand that Carlo still has several years of coaching ahead of him and cannot risk offending anybody, but I did hope for more given that this is an autobiography.

However, Carlo has a good sense of humour which is evident throughout the book and the fact that he has interacted with some of the biggest names in football provides enough material for one to keep turning the pages. Overall, this is a very good read.
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I'm not a supporter of Chelsea or Milan or even Serie A but Ancelotti has won many top trophies and I was curious to see what he has to say. This purchase turned out to be a fantastic purchase! The book takes you from his playing days to his start as an assistant on the Italian national team in the World Cup and on wards to the Serie A clubs and Chelsea. The best part of this book is the author never drags on with his stories, each chapter is fairly concise, he focuses a lot on stories and opinions involving the players, managers and directors rather than a certain game or incident. Some examples include off-field activities involving Chelsea and Milan players, his first training session with Kaka, his impressions of the various mangers and directors in Serie A. Overall I feel any fan of European clubs will find it a fairly interesting read!
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I was looking for Ancelotti's game planning and tactical details but found none in the book. He did reveal a side of his persona that I did not know: the guy is hilarious!; His love of food is hysterical; good anecdotes, easy read. Too bad he was replaced at Chelsea but I sincerely hope he goes back to training soon, maybe his beloved Rome that is not doing so great under Luis Enrique.
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This is a must read especially for A.C. Milan fans. It tells you insight about Milan and what it means to become a Milan fan.

Apart from that this is book is a page-turner. There are so many interesting stories and I have to mustered my strength not to laugh out like mad man.

This book is not about football tactics, management or backroom negotiations. It's a story about a man who has win so much as a player and as a manager.

My only disappointment is that the cover picture should not be him with Chelsea shirt because (1) there's not much chelsea-related story and (2) ultimately, he has identified himself so strongly with A.C. Milan, the cover should be him with Milan shirt.

In the end, buy the book and enjoy the ride.
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Well written, with a lot of humor. I was in between youtube and the book the whole time reliving Carlo's triumphs.
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All royalties are going to Fondazione Sterano Borgonovo which is dedicated to finding a cure for Lou Gehrig's Disease(according to the cover), which is an added bonus because it is a funny and interesting read for any football/soccer fan. Ancelotti's personality really comes through too. If you are on the fence just get it!
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This book had me laughing out loud many a time! I had no idea that Carlo Ancelotti is this kind of a man =) Buy it, read it, it's well worth it.
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Ancelotti, who is one of only six people to have won the Champions League - Europe's most prized football trophy - as both player and coach, takes us along as he recounts a life pursuing his passion for football. This is the story of a self-described ordinary man reaching extrairdinary heights.

Rated one of the best new sports books -

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