FIFA’s flagship award night for players and coaches also known as The Best FIFA Football Awards for 2022 will take place on the 27th of February 2023 in Paris, France.
The award will be given to those who excelled during the 2021/2022 football season and those who shone brightly during the recently concluded men’s World Cup in Qatar will be hoping to crown their efforts with the silver mini trophy.
Zeroing on the Men’s Coach of the Year category, five names were nominated:
• Carlo Ancelotti (Italy / Real Madrid CF)
• Didier Deschamps (France / French National Team)
• Pep Guardiola (Spain / Manchester City FC)
• Walid Regragui (Morocco / Wydad AC / Moroccan National Team)
• Lionel Scaloni (Argentina / Argentinian National Team).
Ahead of the award night the final three names have been revealed and they are:
• Carlo Ancelotti: His achievements in the year under review saw him lead Real Madrid into a La Liga and Champions League double. Though he might have won the La Liga without much of a challenge, his team’s run from the Round of 16 in the Champions League to the final was impressive where he faced PSG, Chelsea, Manchester City before defeating Liverpool in the final and in the process winning the 14th Champions League for Real Madrid.
• Pep Guardiola: The Spaniard has etched his name in a class of coaches who are serial winners in every team they manage. Even with his trophy-laden career as a coach, his hunger to keep winning and his knack for perfection has kept him in the class of top coaches. In the 2021/22 season, he won Manchester City’s fourth league title in five seasons.
• Lionel Scaloni: A somewhat unlikely name, went all the way and won Argentina’s third World Cup title after his team defeated the French national team on penalties in a pulsating final match in Qatar. After Argentina’s shocking loss in their opening group game against Saudi Arabia, Scaloni was able to make his side play as a unit and he had his name written in gold when his captain Lionel Messi lifted the World Cup trophy for the first time for the South Americans since Diego Maradona did same in 1986.
Any winner from the final shortlist no doubt will be surely deserving of the award.
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