Ranieri heads candidates for FIFA coach award
ZURICH (AP); CLAUDIO RANIERI’S latest reward for leading Leicester to an unlikely Premier League title is a nomination for FIFA’s coach of the year award.
FIFA announced Ranieri and Zinedine Zidane among 10 contenders yesterday.
Zidane, who lead Real Madrid to the Champions League title, is a candidate despite starting his first top-level coaching job only in January.
Chris Coleman, the coach of another unheralded team, was nominated for taking Wales to the European Championship semifinals.
Euro 2016-winning coach Fernando Santos of Portugal and Didier Deschamps of beaten finalist France were also nominated.
Last year’s winner, Luis Enrique of Barcelona, and 2011 winner Pep Guardiola are among club coaches on the list. It is completed by Juergen Klopp, Mauricio Pochettino and Diego Simeone.
Voting will be done by national team captains and coaches, selected media and an online fan poll. Each section will be weighted 25 per cent of the final tallies.
FIFA will announce a three-man shortlist on December 2.
The rebranded Best FIFA Awards ceremony will be held on January 9 in Zurich.
Chris Coleman (Wales), Didier Deschamps (France), Pep Guardiola (Bayern Munich, Manchester City), Juergen Klopp (Liverpool), Luis Enrique (Barcelona), Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham), Claudio Ranieri (Leicester), Fernando Santos (Portugal), Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid), Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid).