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Happy New Year! 1 January 2024

First Edition of Year of the Daily Merengue

The Daily Merengue is a place where you can feel free to discuss all things football. Do not be alarmed by the overt RMCF bias. It’s in the name!

Shoutout to the mods who do a fantastic job, Valyrian Steel, Kung_Fu_Zizou, Juninho, NeRObutBlanco and yours truly, Felipejack.

Mbappé after Midnight

The King of the long balls. Guess who?

Future prediction

Florentino signed Ancelotti back in July 2021. I think it’s safe to say that most of us not only failed to predict Carlo’s success, but how Perez changed his management of coaches. Ancelotti not only stayed past one season; he will complete his three year contract and has already signed an extension for two seasons more and goes until 30 June 2026. Very few fans would have believed that in 2021. So, let’s make a prediction again (it’s not what you want, but what do you think will happen).


What will happen with Carlo Ancelotti?

This poll is closed

  • 4%
    He will be fired at the end of this season
    (22 votes)
  • 22%
    He will be fired or leave during the next season (2024/2025)
    (117 votes)
  • 6%
    He will be fired around 2025/2026 mid-season
    (35 votes)
  • 57%
    He will leave after completing his contract. Real will sign another coach
    (295 votes)
  • 9%
    Real Madrid will extend his contract again.
    (47 votes)
516 votes total Vote Now

Why Ancelotti didn’t go to Brazil NT?

As you probably know, Ancelotti extension is being talked a lot in Brazil. Marcel Rizzo, a Brazilian journalist, published a piece (allegedly) explaining why Carlo opt not to coach Brazil NT.

Per Rizzo, Ancelotti was interested in coaching Brazil NT and salary, contract time - until the end of 2026 World Cup with the possibility of renewing until 2030 - and house options was shown to Carlo and the Italian liked. Ancelotti would have even listened to options that could be involved in the transition process until his arrival. One of those was the former Brazilian player Falcão (who played with Carlo at Roma in 1980s), but at the time he was directing Santos.

By the end of July, Ancelotti was less receptive with the contacts made by CBF. The leaks to the press was definitely not liked by Carlo, especially when Brazilian commentator Luiz Roberto announced in national TV, during the friendly Brazil vs Guiné, that CBF considered the signing of Ancelotti as done deal. Ancelotti apparently was also reached by CBF to give his approval on Diniz as interim coach, but Carlo didn’t want to be involved in this process. Since then, the contacts became more rare and CBF considering keeping Diniz if the results were good. And that’s just one of the problems now. Diniz results are not good and CBF now don’t even have a President.

Happy New Year to all of you. That 2024 can be a year full of happiness, with many victories and titles.

Hala Madrid y Nada Mas.

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