FIFA have made public the nominees to The Best Award in the category of coach, both male and female football. Among the nominees we can see Zinedine Zidane, who only arrived to the position in January and now he has become one of the best coaches of the world.
The list of three candidates to win the trophy are Fernando Santos, Claudio Ranieri and Zinedine Zidane. The list of nominees of best coach in female football are Jill Ellis (US national coach), Silvia Neid (former German coach) and Pia Sundhage (Swedish coach). The winner will be announced on the 9th of January in Zurich (Switzerland).
Zinedine Zidane will have tough opponents to bring the prize home. Claudio Ranieri made history with Leicester City and the Foxes won the Premier League for the first time in the history. A team made to avoid relegation, surprised the world and beat all English teams in a shocking victory.
The other nominee, Fernando Santos, also beat the odds. No one thought that Portugal could win the Euro, however they knew how to play the crucial games and they beat France in Paris in the final to win the trophy for the first time in the history.
Zidane has also good reasons to win the trophy. The French manager arrived to the bench in January in his first experience at a top level. He has only lost two games -against Atlético Madrid and Wolfsburg- and now Los Blancos are in a run of 32 games unbeaten. In this time, he has won the Champions League and the European Supercup. He also fought La Liga until the last game and was able to win Barcelona at Nou Camp in El Clásico. For all this reasons, Zidane could win The Best Coach Award given by FIFA.
This time, Diego Pablo Simeone was not among the nominees, despite bringing Atlético Madrid to their second European final in only three years. Luis Enrique, winner of La Liga and Copa del Rey, cannot win the trophy neither.