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 also announced Ranieri and Zinedine Zidane among 10 contenders. Zidane, who led 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
semi-finals. Euro 2016-winning coach Fernando Santos of Portugal and Didier Deschamps of beaten finalists 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 Jurgen 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 re branded Best FIFA Awards ceremony will be held on
January 9 in Zurich.