FIFA announce 3-man shortlist for Coach of the Year

claudio ranieri

FIFA have cut their shortlist down to just three for Coach of the Year.

None of the trio are particularly surprising. As reported by Goal, Claudio Ranieri leads the way, recognised for leading Leicester City to the most unlikely success story.

In a similar vein, Fernando Santos joins him having upset the odds to lift the European Championships trophy with Portugal.

And Zinedine Zidane completes the list, less than a year into his managerial career. Zizou may have only taken over from Rafa Benitez at Real Madrid in January, but he quickly guided them to the Champions League.


Ranieri is the initial favourite despite Leicester’s current struggles. The Italian is under huge pressure to turn things around with the Premier League champions, but his monumental achievements with the Foxes haven’t been forgotten in a hurry.

Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino were the other representatives from English football, Pep Guardiola named for his success with Bayern Munich.

Chris Coleman and Didier Deschamps featured for their work at the Euros with Wales and France respectively, while La Liga’s Diego Simeone and Luis Enrique were also beaten to the final cut.

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