The Premier League has a clean sweep of nominations in The Best FIFA awards men’s coach category with Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino all included on the three-man shortlist.
The Man City, Liverpool and Tottenham managers have been selected from the initial 10-man shortlist announced in July to battle it our for the title of best men’s coach, with the award to be handed out in Milan later this month.
Guardiola became the first manager to ever win the domestic treble in England last season, while Klopp guided Liverpool to their highest ever Premier League points total and Champions League success. His side beat Pochettino’s Tottenham in the Madrid final to claim their sixth European Cup.
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Man City and Liverpool are also represented in the best goalkeeper category, with Ederson and Alisson named alongside Barcelona’s Marc-Andre Ter Stegen on the three-man shortlist.
Liverpool also have a further nomination, as Virgil van Dijk goes against Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to be named best men’s player. The Netherlands defender last week beat the pair to be named UEFA’s Player of the Year.
Furthermore, England Women head coach Phil Neville, who guided the Lionesses to the semi-finals of this summer’s World Cup, made the shortlist for women’s coach of the year.
Neville’s side were beaten by eventual winners the United States in France.
Lucy Bronze, one of England’s standout stars at the World Cup, is shortlisted for the women’s player award.
However, she is up against arguably the most high-profile player of the tournament, Megan Rapinoe, and her USA team-mate Alex Morgan.