Guardiola, Zidane among FIFA Best Coach nominees

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A number of the world’s top managers are vying for FIFA Best Coach honors, while a few under-the-radar selections have worked their way into the mix after strong performances at the World Cup.

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The 10-man shortlist was released on Tuesday, with Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola and former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane likely favorites to take home the honors.

Five national team bosses made the list, including Didier Deschamps of the world champions France, Croatia boss¬†Zlatko Dalic, Belgium’s Roberto Martinez and England’s Gareth Southgate

FIFA first introduced its “The Best” awards in 2016, which includes nine awards in total on the men’s and women’s side of soccer.

Zidane took home Coach of the Year honors last year, while former Leicester manager Claudi Ranieri had earned the first-ever award two years ago.

Here’s the full list of nominees.


Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus)
Stanislav Cherchesov (Russia)
Zlatko Dalic (Croatia)
Didier Deschamps (France)
Pep Guardiola (Manchester City)
Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool)
Roberto Martinez (Belgium)
Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid)
Gareth Southgate (England)
Ernesto Valverde (Barcelona)
Zinedine Zidane (formerly Real Madrid)