Carlo Ancelotti names son as assistant coach at Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich are acknowledged as a family club and new coach Carlo Ancelotti is extending this tradition by employing his son, Davide, as co-trainer. Buckle up for the first father-son coaching duo in Bundesliga history.
Davide, 27, is a former AC Milan youth player. He failed to make the grade as a professional but enjoyed more success with his Sport Science studies, which later got him the gig as fitness coach at Real Madrid under his father's tutelage.
In the Spanish capital, Davide got on famously with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos. It was originally envisaged that the 27-year-old would take on a similar role at the German champions. But after intensive tuition in German over the past eight months, Davide has already been elevated to assistant coach status.
Now he can often be seen in training, armed with his tactics board, barking out orders in German.
Commenting on his new role at the record German champions, Davide explained: "I support our coaches both in training and in prematch preparations. On the training pitch, I explain exercises or just help out with the language. My father speaks German well but doesn't understand everything yet.
"I like the language -- it's difficult but I find it very interesting."
And just a couple of months into his time in Munich, home of the world-famous Oktoberfest, Davide is already well aware of the basics of how to survive in Bavaria, with "one beer please" already part of his staple linguistic diet.
Mark Lovell covers Bayern Munich for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter: @LovellLowdown.