|Luis Enrique and Pep Guardiola|
After France Football and FIFA ended their partnership, both parties brought about their individual award ceremonies to celebrate football excellence for the year 2016. France Football have the Ballon d’Or while FIFA introduced a new “FIFA Football Awards 2016.”
FIFA will honour the best footballers and coaches of 2016 in both Men and Women football category, and as stated in their official website, the nominees for all of these awards will be made know gradually on different dates.
On Wednesday, November 2, FIFA took to their official website to announce the 10 nominees for the 2016 FIFA Coach of the Year award and the nominees aren’t quite surprising. The list features Barça coach Luis Enrique who helped the Catalans to a domestic double in his second season at the cub.
The Asturian is joined by former Barça and current Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola, Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane, Mauricio Pochettino, PL winner Claudio Ranieri and Atlético Madrid tactician Diego Simeone. Euro 2016 winning coach Fernando Santos also features while the likes of Chris Coleman, Didier Deschamps and Jürgen Klopp.
2016 FIFA BEST COACH NOMINEES
Chris Coleman (Wales/Welsh national team)
Didier Deschamps (France/French national team)
Pep Guardiola (Spain/FC Bayern Munich/Manchester City)
Jürgen Klopp (Germany/Liverpool)
Luis Enrique (Spain/FC Barcelona)
Mauricio Pochettino (Argentina/Tottenham Hotspur)
Claudio Ranieri (Italy/Leicester City)
Fernando Santos (Portugal/Portuguese national team)
Diego Simeone (Argentina/Atlético Madrid)
Zinédine Zidane(France/Real Madrid).
The winner of the award will be chosen through a combined voting process, in which 50% of the decision will be based on the choices of all captains and head coaches of national teams around the globe. The other 50% will be split between the result of an online public ballot with football fans and submissions from a selected group of over 200 media representatives from the six continents.
The voting goes from November 4 to November 22, and the winner will be announced during the Gala on January 9 after the final three nominees would’ve been announced on December 2, 2016.