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Men's World Coach

LUIS ENRIQUE
  • LUIS ENRIQUE

  • ESP
    Spain
  • For Luis Enrique, being recognised as the FIFA Men’s Football Coach of the Year has capped a splendid 2015. The Asturias-born coach could barely have imagined a finer first season in the high-pressured Barcelona hotseat, passing his test with flying colours. And having guided the Catalan outfit to their second ever Liga-Copa del Rey-UEFA Champions League treble, racking up records in the process, he subsequently bolstered his credentials by adding the UEFA Super Cup to the trophy cabinet. Indeed, Barcelona ended the calendar year having lifted five of the six titles available. “Normally people are drawn to winning teams, but I think in the case of Barça that bond is also strengthened by the way those titles are won,” he said following his side’s triumph at the FIFA Club World Cup.

The Finalists

Pep GUARDIOLA
  • Pep GUARDIOLA

  • ESP
    Spain
  • Pep Guardiola had to make do with just one trophy in his second season at Bayern Munich, though the Catalan coach’s stats at the helm of the Bavarian giants were once again highly impressive. At times controversial, the 44-year-old tactician’s rotation policy did bear fruit in the Bundesliga, where his team took hold of top spot on matchday five and remained there for the rest of the season. Bayern were thus crowned champions with the best goals for and against records, shipping just 18 strikes in 34 league encounters. An unfortunate run of injuries dented Bayern’s potency in the other competitions they challenged for, and they lost out in the semi-finals of the German Cup and the UEFA Champions League. Sinking them in the latter tournament were Barcelona, spearheaded by an inspired Lionel Messi who Guardiola was unable to find a way to stop, despite knowing him so well.
Jorge SAMPAOLI
  • Jorge SAMPAOLI

  • ARG
    Argentina
  • At the age of 55, Jorge Sampaoli enjoyed the greatest achievement of his coaching career so far, by guiding Chile to a historic first-ever triumph in the Copa America. The title won at Chile 2015 is a worthy reward for the Argentinian strategist who, ever since taking charge of La Roja in late 2012, has not stopped evolving and improving his team. Impressive at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, Chile were under pressure to take their performances up a further notch, a feat they achieved at the Copa America. Not only did Chile end up champions, reversing the course of a history devoid of major trophy success, they were also the competition’s best all-round team. Voracious in attack, their 13-goal tally higher was than any other side. Opponents could not handle the intensity of their pressing nor a style of football based around control and swift passing. In other words, Chile did exactly what Sampaoli had intended.

The other candidates

  • Massimiliano ALLEGRI

  • ITA
    Italy
  • Carlo ANCELOTTI

  • ITA
    Italy
  • Laurent BLANC

  • FRA
    France
  • Unai EMERY

  • ESP
    Spain
  • Jose MOURINHO

  • POR
    Portugal
  • Diego SIMEONE

  • ARG
    Argentina
  • Arsene WENGER

  • FRA
    France