Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti says he’s ‘encouraging CANADA’ in Qatar as the Italian sees the North American country as his ‘second home’… and admits he’d like to MANAGE them when their home World Cup in 2026
Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that due to his home country’s absence he will be supporting Canada at the 2022 World Cup.
Despite their spectacular triumph at Euro 2020 last year, Ancelotti’s beloved Italy failed to reach the final, crashing out against North Macedonia in the second qualifying round of the UEFA.
As a result, the Real Madrid boss looked elsewhere to find a side to cheer on in the final and eventually settled on John Herdman’s side.
Carlo Ancelotti revealed he was supporting Canada at the World Cup in Qatar
Speaking on Italian radio, the 63-year-old explained why he supports the Maple Leafs.
“I will be cheering on Canada at the World Cup as they have been away for many years and this is my second home. The president of the Canadian Federation is from Abruzzo, so everyone applauds for Canada.’
Ancelotti has long had ties with the North American nation. His wife Mariann Auger McClay is from Canada and the couple resided in the country after his first spell in charge of Real Madrid ended in 2015.
Making their first final appearance since 1986, Canada are currently bottom of Group F after suffering a narrow 1-0 loss to Belgium earlier this week.
While the nation’s return to competition may ultimately prove brief on this occasion, Ancelotti also hinted at a hint that is sure to get Canadian fans excited as they approach the 2026 tournament they are expected to co- organize alongside Mexico and the United States.
The Real Madrid boss’s wife, Mariann Auger McClay, is from the country and the couple lived there after Ancelotti left Real Madrid in 2015.
Ancelotti even hinted he could take charge of the Maple Leafs for their 2026 World Cup campaign on home soil
“Yes, there could be a national team, but it’s too early now. Certainly not for this World Cup. That of 2026, why not? It could happen. If it’s Canada, why not? I would like that, of course. Canada has done very well.
The former Chelsea boss never coached at international level during his glittering career, despite starting out in coaching as Arrigo Sacchi’s assistant for the Azzurri.
However, he also recently revealed that he plans to end his storied gambling career at the end of his current stay in the Spanish capital.