FIFA Announces Nominees for 2019 The Best Fifa Men’s and Women’s Coach


Fifa on Wednesday officially announced the nominees for their prestigious The Best Men’s and Women’s Coach of the Year award.

A list of ten candidates for The Best Fifa Men’s Coach 2019 was drawn up by a panel of Fifa legends.

France coach Didier Deschamps won the award in 2018.

Pep Guardiola is seen as one of the favourites for this year’s accolade after guiding Manchester City to the domestic treble.

The Spaniard guided Manchester City to the Premier League title, and also lifted the FA Cup, as well as the Carabao Cup in 2018/19.

Jurgen Klopp is also on the shortlist after guiding Liverpool to only their sixth European Cup, while his Uefa Champions League final opponent Mauricio Pochttino has also made it.

From the shortlist, four groups of the football community, namely journalists, fans, national team coaches and captains – each section having a weighting of 25% – will now be allowed to vote for their favourites. The voting period commences on 31 July and concludes at midnight (CET) on 19 August.

All award winners will be revealed at The Best FIFA Football Awards show in Milan on 23 September.

The Best FIFA Men’s Coach           

Djamel Belmadi (ALG/Algerian national team); Didier Deschamps (FRA/French national team); Marcelo Gallardo (ARG/River Plate); Ricardo Gareca (ARG/Peruvian national team); Pep Guardiola (ESP/Manchester City); Jurgen Klopp (GER/Liverpool); Mauricio Pochettino (ARG/Tottenham); Fernando Santos (POR/Portuguese national team); Erik ten Hag (NED/Ajax); Tite (BRA/Brazilian national team).

The Best FIFA Women’s Coach    

Milena Bertolini (ITA/Italian national team), Jill Ellis (USA/USA national team), Peter Gerhardsson (SWE/Swedish national team), Futoshi Ikeda (JPN/Japanese U-20 national team); Antonia ‘Tona’ Is (ESP/Spanish U-17 national team), Joe Montemurro (AUS/Arsenal), Phil Neville (ENG/English national team), Reynald Pedros (FRA/Lyon), Paul Riley (ENG/North Carolina Courage), Sarina Wiegman (NED/Dutch national team)