FIFA have shortlisted ten candidates for the men coach of the year 2019.
FIFA have shortlisted ten candidates for the men coach of the year 2019. The list comes as no surprise as all of the nominated candidates has thoroughly deserved to claim this spot.
- Leading Algeria to the AFCON triumph, manager Djamel Belmadi was the first nominee in the list. Besides lifting the trophy, the African side just once in a year – making himself in a firm position to compete for the award.
- World Cup winning manager Didier Deschamps guided his side to the top of the Nations League group stages, but couldn’t lift the accolade. An impressive second-place finish in the FIFA rankings sees him come second in the nominee list.
- Argentina’s Marcelo Gallardo guided his nation to a third-place finish in the Copa America and lifted the Recopa Sudamericana with River Plate. He finds a spot in these ten nominees.
- Ricardo Gareca became the first coach guiding Peru to the Copa America final. They might finish runners-up, but he certainly did punch above his weight.
- Undoubtedly, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola competes for this trophy. The Spanish International won the domestic treble and considered as one of the favourites for this individual accolade.
- Liverpool gaffer Jurgen Klopp finds a spot after consistent displays in the Premier League and Champions League. The German won his first-ever Champions League glory and managed to muster 97 points in the league, finishing second.
- Mauricio Pochettino did not spend a penny during last summer, but carried his side to the final of the Champions League. Besides, he met his regular target by qualifying for the Champions League next season.
- Portugal won the inaugural Nations League campaign under the management of Fernando Santos. Additionally, the reigning Euro winners have not tasted defeats in the last ten games.
- Ajax were entertaining in the Champions League, thanks to Erik Ten Hag, competing against all odds. He guided his side to domestic double and reached the Champions League semifinal for the first time in 22 years.
- The last man on this list is Brazil’s Tite. Under his management, the Selecao won their first Copa America trophy in 13 years and conceded just one goal en route to the glory.
Public voting link: https://www.fifa.com/the-best-fifa-football-awards/best-fifa-mens-coach/